John W. Ames Named ABI President

John W. Ames Named ABI President

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April 8, 2008 Alexandria, Va. The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that John W. Ames of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald PLLC (Louisville, Ky.) has been selected by the ABI Board of Directors to be President for the 2008-09 term. He succeeds Reginald W. Jackson of Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP (Columbus, Ohio) and will serve a one-year term that began at ABI’s 26th Annual Spring Meeting held on April 3-6 in Washington, D.C. He has been an ABI member since 1985 and has held a seat on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors since 1996, serving part of that time as Vice President- Publications and as a member of the Executive Committee.

Ames is a member of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald’s Tax and Finance Practice Group, and is the Bankruptcy and Workout Team Co-Chair. He works exclusively in the business reorganization process, both in chapter 11s and state law workouts. Ames represents debtors and both secured and unsecured creditors, and has served as a trustee and as creditors' committee counsel.He received his B.A. in international affairs from the University of Louisville in 1967 and his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1973.

Ames is also the Past-Chairman of the Kentucky Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, Past-Chairman of the Louisville Bar Association Bankruptcy Committee and Past Vice President of the American Board of Certification. He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America (Bankruptcy) from 1989-2006 and is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, Class of 1999. Ames is also a former captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1967-1972.

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