New Officers and Directors Elected During ABI's 35th Annual Spring Meeting

New Officers and Directors Elected During ABI's 35th Annual Spring Meeting

Alexandria, Va. — The following members of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) were elected to leadership positions as officers and directors during ABI’s 35th Annual Spring Meeting, held April 20-23 in Washington, D.C.:

Retired Bankruptcy Judge Eugene R. Wedoff (Chicago) becomes ABI President for a one-year term, succeeding Jeffrey N. Pomerantz of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Los Angeles), who now assumes the position of Immediate Past President. Ted Gavin of Gavin/Solmonese LLC (Wilmington, Del.), formerly ABI’s Vice President-Development, was named President-Elect and will become President in April 2018. James Patrick Shea of Armstrong Teasdale LLP (Las Vegas) succeeds Brian L. Shaw of Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC (Chicago) as Chairman of the Board for a one-year term.

Dr. Annerose Tashiro of Schultze & Braun GmbH (Achern, Germany) was elected to serve a two-year term as ABI Vice President-International Affairs. Mark G. Stingley of Bryan Cave LLP (Kansas City, Mo.) was named to a two-year term as ABI Vice President-Membership. Robert P. Reynolds of Reynolds, Reynolds & Little (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) was also named to a two-year term, replacing Ted Gavin as ABI Vice President-Development.

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

  • Jason Brookner of Gray Reed & McGraw LLP (Dallas)
  • Douglas M. Foley of McGuireWoods LLP (Washington, D.C.)
  • James A. Peko of Grant Thornton LLP (New York)
  • Kathy Bazoian Phelps of Diamond McCarthy LLP (Los Angeles)
  • Bradley D. Sharp of Development Specialists, Inc. (Los Angeles)

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 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