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New Officers and Board Members Elected During ABIs 27th Annual Spring Meeting

Contact: John Hartgen



April 7, 2009, Alexandria, Va. — The following officers and members of the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) were elected to leadership positions at ABI’s 27th Annual Spring Meeting, held April 1-4 in Washington, D.C.:

Robert J. Keach of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine) becomes ABI President for a one-year term, succeeding John W. Ames of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald PLLC (Louisville, Ky.), who now assumes the position of Immediate-Past President. Melissa Kibler Knoll of Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC (Chicago) was named President-Elect, to become President in April 2010. Reggie Jackson of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP (Columbus, Ohio) succeeds Judge Wesley Steen of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Texas (Houston) as Chairman of the Board for a one-year term.

Brian L. Shaw of Shaw Gussis Fishman Glantz Wolfson & Towbin LLC (Chicago) was named to a two-year term as Vice President-Membership, succeeding Kibler Knoll. Prof. Margaret Howard of Washington & Lee Law School (Lexington, Va.) succeeded Bankruptcy Judge Steven W. Rhodes (Detroit) to become Vice President-Research Grants. Ian G. Williams of Bryan Cave LLP (London) was named to a two-year term as Vice President-International, succeeding Josefina Fernandez McEvoyof Fox Rothschild LLP (Los Angeles). Patricia A. Redmond of Stearns, Weaver, et al. (Miami) was named to a two-year term as Vice President-Development, succeeding Anthony H.N. Schnellingof Bridge Associates LLC (New York), who became an At-Large member of the executive committee. Lynette Warmanof Hunton & Williams LLP (Dallas) was also elected to become an At-Large member of the executive committee. Rebecca A. Roof of AlixPartners LLC (New York) will remain Treasurer and Geoffrey L. Berman of Development Specialists, Inc. (Los Angeles) will remain Vice President—Publications after both were renominated to serve second terms as ABI Officers.

Seven new members were elected to the ABI Board of Directors: Alane A. Becket of Becket & Lee, LLP (Malvern, Pa.), Lorie R. Beers of KPMG Corporate Finance LLP (New York), Scott F. Gautier of Peitzman, Weg & Kempinsky LLP (Los Angeles), Dennis J. LeVine of Dennis LeVine & Associates, PA (Tampa, Fla.), Richard M. Meth of Day Pitney LLP (Morristown, N.J.), Francis A. Monaco, Jr. of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC (Wilmington, Del.) and J. Scott Victor of National City Capital Markets (West Conshohocken, Pa.).

There were 13 directors renominated to serve three-year terms (to 2012): Rudy J. Cerone of McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (New Orleans), Jonathan P. Friedland of Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC (Chicago), Prof. Margaret Howard of Washington & Lee Law School (Lexington, Va.), Robert J. Keach of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson PA (Portland, Maine), Patricia A. Redmond of Stearns, Weaver, et al. (Miami), Claire Ann Resop of von Briesen & Roper SC (Madison, Wis.), Tracy C. Sandler of Osler, Hoskins & Harcourt LLP (Toronto), Anthony H.N. Schnelling of Bridge Associates LLC (New York), James Patrick Shea of Shea & Carlyon, Ltd. (Las Vegas), Lynnette R. Warman of Hunton & Williams LLP (Dallas), Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff (N.D. Ill.; Chicago) and Ian G. Williams of Bryan Cave LLP (London).

There are 60 members of 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 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