DECEMBER 2020 VOL. 7, NO. 11
From the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund

ABI Endowment Closes Difficult Year on a High Note

This year posed many challenges to the ABI Endowment. The curtailment of in-person conferences pushed the popular Silent Auctions online and limited the fellowship events that often encourage both giving and imaginative ways to raise funds.

But the work of the Endowment continues and is perhaps as vital to the bankruptcy and insolvency community as it has ever been. Grants from the Endowment are currently funding a study of the effectiveness of financial education on distressed consumers, a study about whether the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion has had a correlative effect on the rate of consumer bankruptcy filings, and the Veterans’ Affairs Task Force.


As the year closes, we encourage you to consider a generous donation to support the ABI Endowment Fund. Contributions can be made in a variety of ways:

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Contributions to the ABI Endowment are tax-deductible. ABI is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
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Virtual Wine Event Attracts Oodles of Oenophiles

On December 2, a sizeable crowd of ABI Endowment supporters gathered online for a lively and informative presentation by Eddie Osterland, who holds the distinction of being America’s first Master Sommelier. Sprinkling his talk with entertaining anecdotes from his storied wine career, Mr. Osterland also introduced four wines — which many participants had received in advance — and guided the group through tasting notes and a broad overview of the global wine market. Although many attendees shared the sentiment that under a different set of circumstances they would have been sharing the experience in person at the Winter Leadership Conference, the online event nonetheless was hailed as a great time of shared fellowship that raised nearly $10,000 for the ABI Endowment. The event was sponsored by generous donations from BakerHostetler, Cozen O’Connor, East West Bank, Polsinelli and SSG Capital.
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Eddie Osterland


Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the ABI Endowment every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Endowment Fund. Just name the American Bankruptcy Institute as your charity.


ABI is also gladly accepting donated auction items. If you have something you would like to donate, please contact ABI Sales Manager Sharisa L. Sloan at Don’t know what to donate? Possible items have been selected and are available for purchase at under a special ABI Wish List. Contributing to the silent auctions, either through a donation or a generous bid, is a great way to support the ABI Endowment.

Levels of Support

Millennium Level
Contributions of $50,000 and above

30th Anniversary Circle
Contributions of $30,000 – $49,999

Century Council Member 
Contributions of $25,000 – $29,999

Contributions of $20,000 – $24,999

Contributions of $15,000 – $19,999

Lifetime Member
Contributions of $10,000 – $14,999

Contributions of $5,000 – $9,999

Sustaining Member
Contributions of $2,000 – $4,999

Leadership Club
Contributions of $1,000 – $1,999

Contributions of $100 – $999

Pledges at the Leadership Club
level and up are payable over
up to five years.

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Endowment Fund Development Committee

Vice President—Development:
Christopher A. Ward

Committee Members:
Steven M. Berman
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Eric J. Fromme
Theodora Oringher, PC

Richard S. Lauter
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Jerry M. Markowitz
Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.

Bradley D. Sharp
Development Specialists, Inc.

Donald A. Workman

Endowment Fund

Regional Endowment Chairs


Chair: Donald A. Workman – BakerHostetler
Charles Forman – Forman Holt
Neil B. Glassman – Bayard, P.A.
Thomas M. Horan – Cozen O’Connor
Warren Martin – Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC
Richard M. Meth
James E. Van Horn – Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Chair: Richard S. Lauter – Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Daniel A. DeMarco – Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
James A. Lodoen – Lindquist & Vennum LLP
Claire Ann Richman – Steinhilber Swanson
Sheryl L. Toby – Dykema Gossett PLLC

New England
Chair: Jeffrey T. Varsalone – G2 Capital Advisors, LLC

New York Metro
Co-Chair: Lisa G. Beckerman – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Co-Chair: Allen D. Wilen – EisnerAmper LLP

Rocky Mountain
Co-Chair: Annette W. Jarvis – Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Lynne Long – All Business Development Solutions, LLC

Chair: Kristina M. Johnson – Jones Walker LLP
Rudy J. Cerone – McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
Craig M. Geno – Craig M. Geno, PLLC
James R. Irving – Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
Derek F. Meek – Burr & Forman LLP
James E. Smith – Williams Anderson PLC
Emily Campbell Taube – Burr & Forman LLP


Chair: Jerry Markowitz – Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.
Terri L. Gardner – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Neil C. Gordon – Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Jennifer McLemore – Williams Mullen
Jennifer M. Meyerowitz – Summit Investment Management LLC
Edward J. Peterson, III – Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Postler, PA
Lynn Lewis Tavenner – Tavenner & Beran, PLC
Glenn Thompson – Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC

Texas & Southwest
Co-Chair: Jason S. Brookner – Gray Reed & McGraw, PC
Co-Chair: Scott Van Meter – GlassRatner LLC
Jordan A. Kroop – Perkins Coie LLP
John Penn – Perkins Coie LLP
Thomas J. Salerno – Stinson LLP

Chair: Bradley D. Sharp – Development Specialists, Inc.
Matthew Gates – Duff & Phelps, LLC
Randye B. Soref – Polsinelli

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