Geoffrey L. Berman Named ABI President-Elect

Geoffrey L. Berman Named ABI President-Elect

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May 20, 2010 Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Geoffrey L. Berman of Development Specialists, Inc. (Los Angeles) has been selected by the ABI Board of Directors to be President-Elect. He will become president for a one-year term, beginning with ABI’s Annual Spring Meeting in 2011. An ABI member since 1991, Berman has served as ABI’s Vice President–Publications, chaired the Task Force on General Assignments, authored ABI’s General Assignments for the Benefits of Creditors, Second Edition manual, was a contributing editor and Executive Editor to the ABI Journal, and has been a frequent speaker at ABI conferences.

Berman is a vice president at Development Specialists, Inc. His practice focuses on general assignments for the benefit of creditors (in various businesses and industries including wholesale seafood, retail auto parts, various manufacturing concerns, wholesale nursery operations and high-tech companies) and liquidating and creditor trusts under chapter 11 reorganization plans.

Berman is also a member of the Los Angeles, Orange County and Bay Area Bankruptcy Forums and the Association of Insolvency Accountants, and is a frequent lecturer on bankruptcy and insolvency subjects. He received his B.A. in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and finance from the University of the Pacific and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.

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