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The American Bankruptcy Institute is the nation’s largest association of bankruptcy professionals, made up of over 12,000 members in multi-disciplinary roles, including attorneys, auctioneers, bankers, judges, lenders, professors, turnaround specialists, accountants and others. ABI is committed to serving our members with high-quality conferences, comprehensive continuing education, effective legal research, and dynamic networking opportunities.
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Founded in 1982, ABI plays a leading role in providing congressional leaders and the general public with non-partisan reporting and analysis of bankruptcy regulations, laws and trends. ABI is often called on to testify before Congress, analyze proposed bills, and conduct periodic briefings for congressional committees and legislative staff. 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 dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. 
Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano

Samuel J. Gerdano joined ABI in May 1991 as executive director and editor-in-chief of the ABI Journal and Law Review. He is frequently called on by the local and national media as an expert on bankruptcy-related matters and cited as an authority on the matter. He has authored numerous articles on bankruptcy and appears regularly as a presenter and panelist at continuing legal education programs.

From 1985 to 1991, Gerdano was the chief legal counsel to Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and staff director for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Administrative Practice (now known as the Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts). This subcommittee has jurisdiction over the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and Gerdano has played an integral role in major bankruptcy policy changes since 1985.

Prior to his service on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, Gerdano was Assistant Chief Counsel for Advocacy for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC. He is admitted to practice in the Federal and local courts of the District of Columbia and the U.S.Supreme Court. He was named a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in 2001. He is active in the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.

He is a 1983 honors graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law and received a B.A. in journalism, magna cum laude, also from Syracuse, in 1977. Originally from New Hartford, NY, he resides in Virginia with his wife and three children.


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