Eric L. Johnson of Spencer Fane LLP Selected to ABI’s Board of Directors

Eric L. Johnson of Spencer Fane LLP Selected to ABI’s Board of Directors

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Eric L. Johnson of Spencer Fane LLP (Kansas City, Mo.) has been elected to ABI’s Board of Directors. An ABI member since 2001, Johnson is the co-chair of ABI's Secured Credit Committee, was a member of the steering committee for ABI's 40 Under 40 program and serves on the ABI Midwestern Bankruptcy Institute program. He will serve a term of three years on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors.

Johnson is a partner at Spencer Fane, co-practice group leader for its Banking and Financial Services Group, and practice group leader for its Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Group. He represents clients in bankruptcy, nonbankruptcy insolvency proceedings such as receiverships and foreclosure proceedings, out-of-court workouts and restructurings, and other related insolvency matters. As an experienced litigator, Johnson also represents clients in complex insolvency-related litigation, including bankruptcy avoidance actions and other adversary proceedings and contested matters. He also is a member of the panel of chapter 7 trustees for the Western District of Missouri and is currently serving as a federal equity receiver.

Johnson currently serves as the chair of the Missouri Bar’s Business/Corporate Division and as president of the Kansas Bar Association’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section. In the past, he has served as co-chair for the Missouri Bar’s Bankruptcy Creditor/Debtor Rights Committee, as president and board member for the Kansas City Bankruptcy Bar Association, and as a member of the Bench Bar Committees for the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. He has also served on various subcommittees for the Missouri Bar, including the subcommittee related to the Missouri Commercial Receivership Act.

Among his many distinctions, Johnson has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® from 2010-2020 and as its Lawyer of the Year (2017) in Litigation – Bankruptcy, and he was listed in the Kansas City Business Journal’s Best of the Bar from 2010-2016. He received his B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in 1998 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2001.

The complete list of directors and officers is available at


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