Daryl Smith of the Chapter 13 Trustee's Office Selected as One of ABI's 2021 "40 Under 40"

Daryl Smith of the Chapter 13 Trustee's Office Selected as One of ABI's 2021 "40 Under 40"

Alexandria, Va. ABI announces that Daryl Smith of the Chapter 13 Trustee's Office (Memphis, Tenn.) has been selected as one of ABI’s “40 Under 40,” ABI’s annual program that recognizes 40 of the top insolvency industry professionals under the age of 40. The honorees will be recognized at a special ceremony to be held on Dec. 10 at ABI’s 2021 Winter Leadership Conference at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Smith is a senior staff attorney for Sylvia Ford Brown, Chapter 13 Trustee for the Western District of Tennessee (Memphis). As the senior staff attorney, he is responsible for examining all chapter 13 cases filed as they are assigned to his case trustee, in addition to attending all legal matters as representative of the trust. Smith serves on the board of the Bankruptcy Section of the Memphis Bar Association and has made presentations at each of its annual bankruptcy seminars. Also, he serves on the Standing Committee for the Local Rules for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Additionally, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) awarded Smith with the NCBJ Presidential Blackshear Fellowship for 2021. Before becoming a chapter 13 staff attorney, he resided and practiced law in Mississippi. Smith has effectively served as an Assistant District Attorney in Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys and Yazoo Counties in Mississippi. Smith has prosecuted and tried more than three dozen criminal cases, from malicious mischief cases to capital murder cases. He received his J.D. in 2012 from the Mississippi College School of Law and his Bachelor's degree in political science and government in 2008 from Murray State University.

“The 2021 honorees are a testament to the future of the insolvency profession, with exemplary accomplishments in both their careers and communities,” said ABI Executive Director Amy Quackenboss. “We look forward to this diverse collection of young leaders propelling ABI's full range of activities forward to advance the profession.”

The “40 Under 40” winners are distinguished by professional achievements and service and were selected by a group of experienced professionals from ABI’s current leadership. 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.

Click here to view the full list of the 2021 “40 Under 40” honorees.


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.