New Officers and Directors Elected During ABIs 29th Annual Spring Meeting

New Officers and Directors Elected During ABIs 29th Annual Spring Meeting

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April 8, 2011, Alexandria, Va. — The following members of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) were elected to leadership positions as officers and directors at ABI’s 29th Annual Spring Meeting, held March 31- April 3 in Washington, D.C.:
Geoffrey L. Berman of Development Specialists, Inc. (Los Angeles) becomes ABI President for a one-year term, succeeding Melissa Kibler Knoll of Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC (Chicago), who now assumes the position of Immediate-Past President. James T. Markus of Markus Williams Young & Zimmerman LLC (Denver) was named President-Elect, to become President in April 2012. Robert J. Keach of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine) succeeds John W. Ames of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald PLLC (Louisville, Ky.) as Chairman of the Board for a one-year term.
Jeffrey N. Pomerantz of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Los Angeles) was named to a two-year term as Vice President-Education, succeeding Markus. James Patrick Shea of Shea & Carlyon, Ltd. (Las Vegas) was elected to serve a full two-year term as Vice President-Communication & Information Technology, after succeeding Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff (N.D. Ill.; Chicago). Judge Wedoff will remain on the ABI Executive Committee as an At-Large member.
Five new members were elected to the ABI Board of Directors: Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey (D. Del.; Wilmington), Jay M. Goffman of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (New York), Bankruptcy Judge Barbara J. Houser (N.D. Texas; Dallas), Mitch Ryan of Epiq (Orange, Calif.) and Ronald J. Silverman of Bingham McCutchen LLP (New York).
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 13,000 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