John Cannizzaro of Ice Miller LLP Selected as One of ABI's 2021 "40 Under 40"

John Cannizzaro of Ice Miller LLP Selected as One of ABI's 2021 "40 Under 40"

Alexandria, Va. ABI announces that John Cannizzaro of Ice Miller LLP (Columbus, Ohio) 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.

Cannizzaro is a member of Ice Miller's Finance and Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Groups, where he concentrates his practice on Uniform Commercial Code issues, loans, workouts and other financial transactions. He frequently represents clients in debtor/creditor disputes, commercial and bankruptcy litigation and other insolvency matters. Prior to joining Ice Miller, Cannizzaro clerked for two federal bankruptcy court judges: Hon. Hannah L. Blumenstiel in the  Northern District of California (five years) and Hon. Charles M. Caldwell in the Southern District of Ohio (two years). Much of his work involved complex business transactions, including the sale or restructuring of tech companies, commercial property ventures, health care facilities and retail chains. Before his time at the federal judiciary, Cannizzaro worked in private practice representing clients in a variety of matters, including bankruptcy, civil litigation, foreclosure defense and mediation, municipal law and business-planning. He received his J.D. from Capital University Law School in 2009, where he graduated valedictorian, and received his B.S. in computer and information sciences in 2005 from The Ohio State University, where he graduated magna cum laude with honors in the arts and sciences. Cannizzaro was named to the 2017 class of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges' (NCBJ’s) Next Generation Program at NCBJ’s Annual Meeting, and he currently serves on the leadership team of the American Bankruptcy Institute's Bankruptcy Litigation Committee.

“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, 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 For additional conference information, visit