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The American Bankruptcy Institute is the largest multi-disciplinary, non-partisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI Canal Center Plazamembership includes more than 13,000 attorneys, auctioneers, bankers, judges, lenders, professors, turnaround specialists, accountants and other bankruptcy professionals providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. In fulfillment of its mission to provide information to its members, journalists, Congress and the public, ABI is engaged in numerous educational and research activities, as well as the production of a number of publications both for the insolvency practitioner and the public.

ABI is the nation’s leading provider of quality bankruptcy educational programs. ABI’s national and regional conferences are highly rated in the bankruptcy community for their thorough discussions of the latest developments and the opportunities to earn continuing legal and professional education. ABI’s conference and workshop panelists always include expert practitioners and bankruptcy judges who provide a unique perspective.

Executive Director Sam Gerdano

Policy-makers on Capitol Hill have long relied on the expertise of ABI in the evaluation of bankruptcy law and efforts to improve the system. While ABI does not advocate policy positions or lobby Congress for legislation, it does provide a unique multi-disciplinary perspective. The Legislative Committee analyzes proposed bills at the request of Congress and legislative staff. In addition to testifying before Congressional committees, ABI prepares white papers on current bankruptcy topics and also conducts periodic briefings for Congressional staff members.

ABI’s online headquarters, ABI World, is the most comprehensive reference tool on insolvency and related issues. In addition to the ABI Journal, published 10 times per year, and the ABI Law Review, published twice per year, ABI’s web site supports a semi-weekly newsletter of insolvency issues, Bankruptcy Brief , and prints a variety of specialized publications. Topics ranging from basic bankruptcy to complex issues. ABI also publishes educational materials from its many conferences. For information on obtaining any or all of these publications, please check out the Online Bookstore.

Have a particular area of interest? ABI has 18 topic committees focused on a variety of aspects. All members are invited to join the work of the committees at no additional charge.

Learn more about ABI by viewing the 25th Anniversary Video and award winning Honoring The Founders.