ABI Announces 2022 "40 Under 40" Emerging Leaders in Insolvency Practice

ABI Announces 2022 "40 Under 40" Emerging Leaders in Insolvency Practice

Alexandria, Va. — ABI announces the honorees of its 2022 “40 Under 40” initiative, which identifies 40 top industry professionals under age 40. The honorees will be recognized at a special ceremony to be held on Dec. 9 at ABI’s 2022 Winter Leadership Conference at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif. ABI’s 2022 class of “40 Under 40” honorees are:

  • Morris Alhale of AlixPartners (New York)
  • Timothy Anzenberger of Adams and Reese LLP (Jackson, Miss.)
  • Justin Bernbrock of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP (Chicago)
  • Amber Carson of Gray Reed & McGraw LLP (Dallas)
  • Kara Casteel of ASK LLP (St. Paul, Minn.)
  • Russell Chaplain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia (Roanoke, Va.)
  • Erin Diers of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (New York)
  • Rebecca Earl of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey (Trenton, N.J.)
  • Gianfranco Finizio of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP (New York)
  • Warren Ford III of the Goosmann Law Firm (Omaha, Neb.)
  • Nicole Fulfree of Lowenstein Sandler LLP (Roseland, N.J.)
  • Thomas Fullerton of Akerman LLP (Chicago)
  • Mawerdi Hamid of the Minnesota Attorney General's Office (Minneapolis)
  • Nicole Helmstetter of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC (Miami)
  • Jonathan Henrich of Ernst & Young LLP (New York)
  • David Herman of Dechert LLP (New York)
  • Evan Hill of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (New York)
  • Brad Kahn of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (New York)
  • Nick Kaluk of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (New York)
  • Jason Kathman of Spencer Fane LLP (Plano, Texas)
  • Lucy Kweskin of Mayer Brown (New York)
  • Roger Maldonado of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Minneapolis)
  • Danielle Mashburn-Myrick of Phelps Dunbar LLP (Mobile, Ala.)
  • Kelli Norfleet of Haynes and Boone, LLP (Houston)
  • Benjamin Olushola of Gordon Brothers International, LLC (London)
  • Ryan Omohundro of Alvarez & Marsal (Houston)
  • Morgan Patterson of Womble Bond Dickinson LLP (Wilmington, Del.)
  • Gregory Pesce of White & Case LLP (Chicago)
  • Sarah Primrose of King & Spalding LLP (Atlanta)
  • Steven Serajeddini of Kirkland & Ellis LLP (New York)
  • Adam Shpeen of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (New York)
  • Prof. Lindsey Simon of the University of Georgia School of Law (Athens, Ga.)
  • Brendon Singh of Tran Singh LLP (Houston)
  • Chad Van Horn of Van Horn Law Group, P.A. (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • Emily Wall of Cavazos Hendricks Poirot, PC (Dallas)
  • Fabio Weinberg of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (New York)
  • Genevieve Weiner of Sidley Austin LLP (Los Angeles)
  • Erin West of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. (Madison, Wis.)
  • Jamila Justine Willis of DLA Piper (New York)
  • Christopher K.S. Wong of ArentFox Schiff LLP (Los Angeles)

“The 2022 honorees continually display the acumen, energy and passion in both their careers and communities to demonstrate that they are the future leaders of the insolvency profession,” said ABI Executive Director Amy Quackenboss. “This year’s class, like those in years past, brings together a widely diverse collection of young leaders who we fully expect will propel ABI and the insolvency community forward.”

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 members of a 20-person steering committee. The majority of the applicants were partners, directors or managing directors at their firms.

This year’s Steering Committee, chaired by Paul Deutch of Omni Agent Solutions (New York), included Veronica Brown-Moseley of the Boleman Law Firm, PC, (Richmond, Va.), Prof. Anthony Casey of the University of Chicago Law School (Chicago), Rosa Evergreen of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (Washington, D.C.), Jeffrey Fraser of Albertelli Law (Lake Worth, Fla.), Scott Gautier of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Los Angeles), Allen Kadish of Archer (New York), Peter Keane of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Wilmington, Del.), Demetra Liggins of McGuireWoods LLP (Houston), Cynthia Nelson of FTI Consulting, Inc. (Los Angeles), Charissa Potts of Freedom Law, PC (East Pointe, Mich.), Dr. Ivan Romo Valdovinos of SOELI Consulting (Mexico City), Melissa Root of Jenner & Block LLP (Chicago), Tara Schellhorn of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP (Morristown, N.J.), Bankruptcy Judge Joshua Searcy (E.D. Tex.; Tyler), Glenn Siegel of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (New York), Bankruptcy Judge Sage Sigler (N.D. Ga.; Atlanta) Kristina Stanger of Nyemaster Goode, P.C. (Des Moines, Iowa), Dylan Trache of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP (Washington, D.C.) and Nicholas Zluticky of Stinson LLP (Kansas City, Mo.). Many of the members of this year’s Steering Committee are themselves past ABI “40 under 40” honorees.

Now in its sixth year, 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 10,000 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.