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Luis Rivera of Henderson Franklin Starnes & Hold, P.A., Selected as Emerging Leader in ABI's "40 Under 40" Initiative

Alexandria, Va. ABI announces that Luis Rivera of Henderson Franklin Starnes & Holt, P.A. (Fort Myers, Fla.) has been selected as an emerging leader in ABI’s inaugural “40 Under 40” initiative. The initiative was launched this year to identify 40 of the top insolvency industry professionals under the age of 40, who will be formally recognized at ABI’s 2017 Winter Leadership Conference, taking place Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, Calif.

Rivera has broad experience in business litigation, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and insolvency counseling. He is Board Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law and is a Consumer Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification. Since 2010, Rivera has also served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee for the Middle District of Florida (Fort Myers Division). Rivera's bankruptcy experience includes representation of lenders, landlords, individuals and financial institutions in both consumer (chapter 7 & 13) and chapter 11 reorganization cases, as well as involuntary and discharge proceedings. As a trustee, he is also routinely involved in the liquidation of business enterprises, including the recovery and sale of assets; the investigation, development, and prosecution of litigation to recover funds for creditors; and the reconciliation and payment of claims held by creditors. Rivera has been recognized for his professional achievements, including being honored by Florida Super Lawyers magazine (2009-17), receiving the Alexander L. Paskay Professionalism Award by the Southwest Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association (2015) and achieving the highest AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

“Each of these 40 young men and women are distinguished by their extraordinary professional accomplishments and leadership in their communities,” said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano.

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 via the initiative’s website, through which professionals nominated themselves or a colleague. Membership in ABI was not required. Nearly 300 individuals started the rigorous applications process, and 195 entries were ultimately submitted for judging. Those selected were chosen from both large and small firms from every region of the country, and represent diverse practice areas such as law, finance, accounting, consulting, academia, government and more. Members of the selection committee were Patricia Redmond (chair) of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. (Miami), Nina Parker of Parker and Associates (Winchester, Mass.), Soneet Kapila of KapilaMukamal, LLP (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Katie Coleman of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (New York), Derek Abbott of Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell (Wilmington, Del.), Eve Karasik of Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill (Los Angeles), Doug Lutz Frost Brown Todd LLC (Cincinnati), Judge Deborah L. Thorne (N.D. Ill.; Chicago) of Illinois, Risa Wolf-Smith of Holland & Hart LLP (Denver) and ABI President Hon. Gene Wedoff (ret.).

Click here to view the full list of “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 more than 12,000 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