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ABI's Business Reorganization Committee is by far our largest, consisting of nearly 1,500 members. Augmented by four specialized subcommittees, the group was formed to study, analyze and make reports and recommendations on the operations of business reorganization cases. It is co-chaired by Robert J. Keach and Anthony H.N. Schnelling, who both also serve on ABI's Board of Directors.

Robert J. Keach, who will become a 20-year ABI member in 2005, is the chair of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Practice Group at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson in Portland, Maine. His practice focuses on the representation of various parties in workouts and bankruptcy cases, including debtors, creditors, creditors' committees and third parties acquiring troubled companies and/or their assets. Mr. Keach is a member of the federal bars of Maine and Massachusetts, as well as the First Circuit, and has appeared before the bankruptcy courts in the Districts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, the Central District of California and the Eastern District of New York. He is currently co-counsel to the debtors in Maine's largest-ever chapter 11 case, involving a satellite television provider and affiliates, and recently represented purchasers of two of New England's largest independently owned pulp and paper companies.

Mr. Keach has also appeared as a panelist on national bankruptcy programs, and is the author of several articles on bankruptcy and creditors' rights. He is currently a contributing editor to the ABI Journal's News at 11 column and is a past co-chair of the ABI's Northeast Bankruptcy Conference.

In 1998, Mr. Keach was inducted into the American College of Bankruptcy as a member of their 10th Class. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's Section on Business, Banking and Corporations and the Section on Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law. He has been certified by the American Board of Certification in business bankruptcy law since 1994 and was elected to the ABC Board of Directors in January 2004.

Anthony H.N. Schnelling is a founding member and managing director of Bridge Associates LLC in New York. After earning a B.A. in history from Swarthmore and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, Mr. Schnelling became a commercial banker with JP Morgan in New York, where his responsibilities included financing and mergers and acquisitions assistance for bank clients in the shipping, insurance, paper, steel and heavy equipment industries in Scandinavia and the Netherlands. Later, as a consultant with international investment bank Warburg Paribas Becker, he provided mergers and acquisitions advice to and undertook private placement activities on behalf of bank clients in the United States, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. Subsequently, Mr. Schnelling was chief executive and the principal shareholder of Colora Printing Inks, a group of privately owned international specialty chemical companies that manufactured industrial inks and nail polish bases in the United States, Europe and Australia and marketed the products worldwide.

Mr. Schnelling heads Bridge's crisis management advisory team at Crown Central Petroleum Corp., a multi-billion operator of Texas refineries and wholesale and retail distributor of petroleum and convenience products in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States. Other recent engagements include heading the bankruptcy advisory and crisis-management team of Conseco Finance Corporation, for which he has been named plan administrator.

Mr. Schnelling's past engagements have included TransCom USA, distributors of heavy-duty truck parts; InaCom Corp., a $5.9 billion reseller of computer design services and hardware provider to Fortune 1000 companies; and Sentry Technology Corp., the country's largest manufacturer and supplier of bingo gaming equipment and supplies. In addition to his management and financial activities, Mr. Schnelling has taught at Columbia University's School of Business in New York and has served as a guest lecturer at the Jones Graduate School at Rice University in Houston on topics relating to troubled company turnarounds, workouts and bankruptcies.

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Jean R. Robertson has been named "Ohio Super Lawyer" in 2004 by both Law & Politics Magazine and Cincinnati Magazine. A shareholder in the Business Restructuring Department of McDonald Hopkins Co. LPA in Cleveland, she has been practicing law in Ohio and Pennsylvania for 14 years. Shawn M. Riley, a shareholder and chair of the Business Restructuring Department of McDonald Hopkins Co. LPA in Cleveland, also has been named "Ohio Super Lawyer" in 2004 by Law & Politics Magazine and Cincinnati Magazine. Mr. Riley has been practicing law in Ohio for 18 years. McDonald Hopkins also has an office in Columbus, Ohio, and focuses on middle- and upper-middle-market businesses nationally.

Hinkle Elkouri Law Firm L.L.C. announced it has opened a new east office in the Wilson Estates Office Park in Wichita, Kan. The expanded office will house nine attorneys and a support staff of approximately 15. Hinkle Elkouri will continue to occupy the 20th, 21st and 22nd floors of the Epic Center. It is relocating its estate planning and business succession planning practices from the Epic Center to the east office. Attorneys J. Scott Pohl and John Pearson also moved to the new office. Established in 1987, Hinkle Elkouri is the second-largest law firm in Wichita, serving both the private and public sectors with a portfolio of practice areas structured to address all legal aspects of its clients' business and personal lives. The office address is 8621 East 21st Street North, Suite 200, Wichita, KS 67206-2991, (316) 267-2000.

George L. Clauer III, formerly of Seale & Ross PLC of Baton Rouge, La., has relocated his practice to Greenville, S.C. He has practiced bankruptcy and creditors' rights for 29 years and will continue that practice with Skinner & Associates Law Firm LLC. Mr. Clauer was formerly a panel trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. He will also continue his seminars and lectures to creditors and attorneys on bankruptcy and collection issues.

Textron Financial Corp. announced that Russell E. Brant has joined its Business Credit Division as president based in its headquarters in Alpharetta, Ga. Most recently, Mr. Brant was a senior executive in Ernst & Young's Corporate Finance Group, where his financial advisory expertise centered on designing optimal capital structures and raising capital for clients.

Christian Onsager, a 20-year ABI member and a former ABI director, now has his own firm, Onsager & Staelin LLC, located at 1873 S. Bellaire St., Suite 1401, Denver, CO 80222. The firm is dedicated to bringing quality representation to businesses in all aspects of commercial law at an affordable rate. Mr. Onsager has practiced in the areas of bankruptcy reorganization, litigation, finance, M&A and real estate since 1975. He may be contacted at (303) 512-1123 or [email protected].

The Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors (AIRA) announced that Amy Lynne Long of Hilco Appraisal Services LLC in Northbrook, Ill., has been certified as a Certified Insolvency Restructuring Advisor (CIRA). She is Hilco's vice president of Business Development and previously was a vice president at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance LLC.

The Dallas office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP announced that Toby L. Gerber is a partner, and Mark A. Platt and John N. Schwartz are senior associates of the firm. Mr. Gerber has more than 28 years of legal experience in bankruptcy matters and commercial litigation, and is experienced in reorganization, syndicated lending and troubled-debt workouts. He received a Lawyer of the Year Award from the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and was named "One of the Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine. He has served on numerous bar association committees and is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy matters. He currently focuses his practice on bankruptcy litigation and has represented secured and unsecured creditors and creditors' committees, as well as debtors. Mr. Schwartz has represented clients in bankruptcy matters and litigation for more than seven years, representing debtors, unsecured creditors' committees, secured lenders and creditors throughout the United States. He is admitted to practice in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the District of Arizona and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP (K&L) announced that Edward M. Fox has joined the firm as a partner, resident in the New York office. He was formerly with Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn LLP, where he headed the firm's bankruptcy practice. Mr. Fox is experienced in virtually all aspects of bankruptcy, corporate reorganizations and financial restructurings, and represents indenture trustees, landlords and other creditors in some of the country's largest bankruptcy cases. He has also represented banks, pension funds, labor unions and other creditors in numerous chapter 11 reorganization cases involving retailers, hotel and motel properties, office buildings, casinos and other businesses.

Conway MacKenzie & Dunleavy announced that Frank R. Mack has joined the Chicago office as a director. He has more than 18 years of experience in the turnaround industry. Prior to joining CM&D, Mr. Mack was a principal and vice president of Kugman Associates Inc., where he provided expert testimony on the United Airlines bankruptcy case, managed several sell-side transactions, represented debtors and secured creditors, and is currently serving as post-confirmation plan monitor in the National Steel case. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Public Accountant. CM&D also announced that Van E. Conway has been named "Entrepreneur of the Year - Consulting" by Ernst & Young. As one of the founders of CM&D, Mr. Conway has been with the firm since its inception in 1987. He is nationally recognized in the fields of insolvency/bankruptcy; financing, reorganization and management of troubled companies; mergers and acquisitions; debt restructuring and litigation support.

GE Commercial Finance Business Credit announced that it has named Michael P. McCormick as senior vice president of origination based in Chicago, where he will manage new business development initiatives in Ohio, as well as through intermediaries in the Chicago market. With more than 22 years of experience in the asset-based lending industry, Mr. McCormick previously served as senior vice president of Bank of America Business Capital, where he closed transactions with commitments totaling $325 million.

Dallas-based commercial law firm Munsch Hardt Kofp & Harr P.C. merged on Aug. 1 with Houston law firm Floyd Jones Rios Wahrlich P.C., forming one of the largest commercial reorganization, creditors' rights and bankruptcy practices in Texas. The Munsch Hardt office in Houston also provides transactional and litigation services. This merger creates a statewide presence for Munsch Hardt, with more than 100 attorneys in Dallas, Houston and Austin. Among the prominent bankruptcy attorneys brought together by the merger are Ben B. Floyd, a shareholder of Floyd Jones who serves as incoming co-chair of the International Bar Association's Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights Section, and Russell L. Munsch, one of the founding shareholders of Munsch Hardt and co-managing shareholder of Munsch Hardt's Austin office. Texas Monthly selected both Mr. Floyd and Mr. Munsch as Texas's "Super Lawyers," and The Texas Lawyer selected Mr. Munsch as one of Texas's "Top Notch Lawyers." ABI members include Thomas S. Henderson, David R. Jones, Kevin M. Lippman, Joe E. Marshall, E. Lee Morris, Jay H. Ong, Deborah M. Perry, Mark Harrington Ralston, Randall A. Rios, Blake E. Rizzo, Eric J. Spett, Raymond J. Urbanik, Joseph J. Wielebinski and Michael F. Wurst.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2004

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