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Amy Quackenboss Selected as ABI Executive Director

Alexandria, Va. — The Executive Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Board of Directors announces that ABI Deputy Executive Director Amy Alcoke Quackenboss will succeed Samuel J. Gerdano as ABI Executive Director effective January 1, 2020. She was chosen by a search committee following a nationwide search led by Sterling Martin Associates of Washington, D.C.

Amy joined the ABI staff as Deputy Executive Director in November 2010, and added the title of General Counsel in 2012. In her capacity as Deputy Executive Director, Quackenboss has been involved in all aspects of ABI's operations, including educational programming, publishing, information technology, staff management and budgeting. She also led a team of ABI volunteers and staff in developing ABI's 2020-22 strategic plan, which will be released soon.

“Amy was selected from among a very distinguished group of candidates as the most qualified to succeed Sam Gerdano,” said ABI President Alane Becket of Becket & Lee, LLP (Malvern, Pa.). “Her experience and commitment to the success of the ABI is unmatched and I have no doubt she will be an exceptional leader.”

Prior to joining the ABI staff, Quackenboss practiced law at Hunton Andrews Kurth (Atlanta), where she focused her practice on bankruptcy litigation and restructuring. She has significant experience representing lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, indenture trustees, creditors’ committees, and acquirers of assets in chapter 11 bankruptcies. In 2002, she was honored with the H. Sol Clark award by the State Bar of Georgia for her commitment to pro bono work. She also clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Stanley in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia from 1996 through 1998. Quackenboss received her B.A. from Miami University of Ohio and her J.D. from Washington & Lee School of Law.

“Amy is perfectly suited to lead ABI, and I'm delighted she has been selected Executive Director,” said Gerdano, who announced his retirement in June 2019, after 29 years as ABI Executive Director.


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 For additional conference information, visit