Richard P. Cook of Cape Fear Debt Relief Selected as One of ABI's 2020 "40 Under 40"

Richard P. Cook of Cape Fear Debt Relief Selected as One of ABI's 2020 "40 Under 40"

Alexandria, Va. ABI announces that Richard P. Cook of Cape Fear Debt Relief (Wilmington, N.C.) has been selected as one of ABI’s “40 Under 40,” ABI’s annual program that recognizes 40 of the top insolvency industry professionals under the age of 40. Honorees will be recognized at a special virtual ceremony in February 2021.


Cook is the owner and managing attorney of Cape Fear Debt Relief, a boutique bankruptcy firm located in Wilmington, N.C. Founded in 2011, Cape Fear Debt Relief represents individuals and small businesses in chapter 7, 11 and 13 cases before the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts in Eastern North Carolina. In February 2020, Cook was named a chapter 11, subchapter V trustee for the Eastern District of North Carolina. He is one of only three attorneys in Wilmington recognized by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board-Certified Specialist in both Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law. Cook formerly served on the board of the North Carolina State Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section Council from 2013-16. He currently serves as the circuit chair for the Fourth Circuit for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 and 2007, respectively.


“Accomplished in both their careers and communities, the 2020 class of honorees is an inspiration for the future of the insolvency community,” said ABI Executive Director Amy Quackenboss. “We look forward to collaborating with this diverse collection of young leaders in the full range of ABI's activities to advance the profession.”


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 earlier this year by the candidates themselves or by colleagues via the initiative’s website, More than 200 candidates, each with outstanding records of professional achievement and community leadership, were evaluated by 20 judges. The majority of the applicants were partners, directors or managing directors at their firms.


Click here to view the full list of the 2020 “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 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