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New ABI Officers and Directors Elected

Alexandria, Va. — The following members of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) were elected to leadership positions as officers and directors:

Hon. Barbara J. Houser (N.D. Tex., Dallas) becomes ABI President for a one-year term, succeeding Alane A. Becket of Becket & Lee, LLP (Malvern, Pa.), who now assumes the position of Immediate Past President. Robert P. Reynolds of Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), formerly Vice President—Development, was named President-Elect and will become President in April 2021. Ted Gavin of Gavin/Solmonese LLC (Wilmington, Del.) succeeds retired Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff (Chicago) as Chairman of the Board for a one-year term.

Christopher A. Ward of Polsinelli (Wilmington, Del.) was elected to serve a two-year term succeeding Robert P. Reynolds as ABI Vice President-Development. Soneet R. Kapila of KapilaMukamal, LLP (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), formerly an at-large member, was selected to serve as Treasurer. Stephen Lerner of Squire Patton Boggs (Cincinnati) and William Henrich of Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC (New York) were elected as at-large members of the Executive Committee. Lisa Sommers Gretchko of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC (Royal Oak, Mich.), Vice President—Publications; Thomas M. Horan of Fox Rothschild LLP (Wilmington, Del.), Vice President—Communication & Information Technology; and Annerose Tashiro of Schultze & Braun GmbH (Achern, Germany), Vice President—International Affairs, were all reappointed to two-year terms.

Nine ABI members were elected to their first terms on the ABI Board of Directors:

  • Dawn Cica of Carylon Cica (Las Vegas)
  • H. David Cox of Cox Law Group (Lynchburg, Va.)
  • Eric L. Johnson of Spencer Fane LLP (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Ericka Johnson of Womble Bond Dickinson LLP (Wilmington, Del.)
  • Paul Leake of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (New York)
  • Erika Morabito of Foley & Lardner LLP (Washington, D.C.)
  • Victor Owens of East West Bank (Pasadena, Calif.)
  • William S. Sugden of Alston & Bird (Atlanta)
  • Adrienne Walker of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC (Boston)

There are 60 members on the ABI Board of Directors. The complete list of directors and officers is available at


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 11,000 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