Jolene Tanner of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles Selected as One of ABI's 2021 "40 Under 40"

Jolene Tanner of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles Selected as One of ABI's 2021 "40 Under 40"

ABI announces that Jolene Tanner of the U.S. Attorney's Office (Los Angeles) 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.

Tanner is an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the Tax Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, where she primarily handles bankruptcy tax litigation in the Central District of California. She also serves as the Office’s Criminal Bankruptcy Fraud Referral Coordinator and is frequently sought-after as a bankruptcy tax expert to present at bar events and to train others, including law students, U.S. Trustee’s Office personnel, chapter 7 trustees, chapter 13 trustees, subchapter V trustees, federal agency counsel, other AUSAs and private practitioners. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Tanner was a judicial law clerk for Hon. Mark D. Houle and Hon. Deborah J. Saltzman in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California. She was Judge Houle’s law clerk when he sat pro tem on the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. During law school, Tanner externed for Bankruptcy Judge Sheri Bluebond. Her law review article “Stern v. Marshall: The Earthquake that Hit the Bankruptcy Courts and the Aftershocks that Followed,” 45 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 587 (2012), has been cited in multiple publications, including amicus curiae to the Ninth Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. Tanner received her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. cum laude in law and society from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“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