ABI Announces 2020 "40 Under 40" Emerging Leaders in Insolvency Practice

ABI Announces 2020 "40 Under 40" Emerging Leaders in Insolvency Practice

Alexandria, Va. ABI announces the honorees of its 2020 “40 Under 40” initiative, which identifies 40 top industry professionals under age 40. The honorees will be recognized at a special virtual ceremony to be held in February 2021. ABI’s 2020 class of “40 Under 40” honorees are:

  • Krystal M. Ahart of Kahn & Ahart PLLC/Bankruptcy Legal Center (Phoenix)
  • Liz Boydston of Polsinelli (Dallas)
  • Kayla D. Britton of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Indianapolis)
  • Robert Britton of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (New York)
  • Veronica D. Brown-Moseley of the Boleman Law Firm (Richmond, Va.)
  • Richard P. Cook of Cape Fear Debt Relief (Wilmington, N.C.)
  • Laura Coordes of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (Phoenix)
  • Jody A. Corrales of DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C. (Tucson, Ariz.)
  • Chris Creger of CohnReznick LLP (New York)
  • Swapna Deshpande of Ankura Consulting Group (New York)
  • Christopher DiPompeo of Jones Day (Washington, D.C.)
  • Prof. Jared Ellias of the Hastings College of the Law at the University of California (San Francisco)
  • Erin R. Fay of Bayard, P.A. (Wilmington, Del.)
  • Cameron M. Fee of Skadden Arps (Wilmington, Del.)
  • Maja Zerjal Fink of Arnold & Porter (New York)
  • Jeffrey Fraser of Albertelli Law (Tampa, Fla.)
  • Bradley T Giordano of McDermott Will & Emery (Chicago)
  • Isley Gostin of WilmerHale (New York)
  • Victoria A. Guilfoyle of Blank Rome LLP (Wilmington, Del.)
  • Cristina Perez Hesano of Perez Law Group, PLLC (Glendale, Ariz.)
  • Susana Hidvegi of the Colombian Superintendence of Companies (Bogotá, Colombia)
  • Eunice Hudson of Freddie Mac (McLean, Va.)
  • Ferve E. Khan of Baker & Hostetler LLP (New York)
  • James Ktsanes of Latham & Watkins LLP (Chicago)
  • Michael L. Martinez of Grier Wright Martinez, PA (Charlotte, N.C.)
  • Conor McShane of AlixPartners, LLP (New York)
  • Peter R. Morrison of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (Cleveland)
  • Ellen E. Ostrow of Stoel Rives, LLP (Salt Lake City)
  • Nisha R. Patel of Samuel I. White, P.C. (Richmond, Va.)
  • Alan R. Rosenberg of Markowitz Ringel Trusty + Hartog (Miami)
  • Brian Schartz of Kirkland & Ellis LLP (New York)
  • Cristine Schwarzman of Ropes & Gray LLP (New York)
  • Sunny Singh of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (New York)
  • Dania Slim of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (Miami)
  • Randall Swick of Reid Collins & Tsai LLP (Austin, Texas)
  • Sarah E. Tomlinson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis)
  • Natasha Tsiouris of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (New York)
  • Jolene Wee of JW Infinity Consulting LLC (New York)
  • Erica S. Weisgerber of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (New York)
  • Claire K. Wu of SulmeyerKupetz, APC (Los Angeles)

“Accomplished in both their careers and communities, the 2020 class of honorees is an inspiration for the future of the insolvency community,” said ABI Executive Director Amy Quackenboss. “We look forward to collaborating with this diverse collection of young leaders in the full range of ABI's activities to advance the profession.”

Honorees were chosen from both large and small firms from every region of the country, and represent diverse practice areas such as law, finance, consulting, academia, government and more. The age range of this year’s class is between 32 and 40 years old, with 16 of the honorees having applied previously to ABI’s “40 under 40” initiative. Sixteen members of the 2020 “40 under 40” class are male and 24 are female, and 15 of the honorees are people of color. One honoree is located in Bogotá, Colombia.

Nominations were submitted earlier this year by the candidates themselves or by colleagues via the initiative’s website, http://abi40under40.org. More than 200 candidates, each with outstanding records of professional achievement and community leadership, were evaluated by 20 judges. The majority of the applicants were partners, directors or managing directors at their firms.

A steering committee chaired by Hon. Daniel P. Collins (D. Ariz.; Phoenix) included experienced professionals from ABI’s current leadership, including four former honorees, established the criteria for selection and chose this year’s class. Members of the steering committee included Hon. Martin R. Barash (C.D. Cal.; Woodland Hills), John R. Bollinger of Boleman Law Firm, P.C. (Hampton, Va.), Marchand Boyd of Axos Bank (Delaware, Ohio), Scott K. Brown of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (Phoenix), Daniel F. Dooley of MorrisAnderson (Chicago), Paul H. Deutch of Omni Agent Solutions (New York), Scott Eisenberg of Amherst Partners, LLC (Birmingham, Mich.), Allen G. Kadish of Archer (New York), Jon Jay Lieberman of Sottile & Barile LLC (Loveland, Ohio), Kathryn McGlynn of AlixPartners LLP (New York), Lindsay Zahradka Milne of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine), Chérie Schaible of Ankura (New York), Bradley Sharp of Development Specialists, Inc. (Los Angeles), Summer M. Shaw of Shaw & Hanover PC (Palm Desert, Calif.), E. Patrick Shea of Gowling WLG (Toronto), Glenn E. Siegel of Morgan Lewis (New York), William Snyder of CR3 Partners LLC (Southlake, Texas), Catherine L. Steege of Jenner & Block (Chicago) and Wayne P. Weitz of B. Riley Advisory Services (New York)

The goal of ABI’s “40 under 40” initiative is not simply to create a one-time ceremony, but to fully engage those selected as future leaders in the insolvency profession and to build on the initiative each year. ABI staff have created a year-round promotional campaign in the ABI Journal and at all of its CLE programs in consultation with the steering committee.

For more information about ABI’s “40 under 40” initiative, visit http://abi40under40.org/.


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan 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 membership includes nearly 11,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit www.abi.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abi.org/calendar-of-events.