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U.S. Trustee Felicia S. Turner Joins the American Bankruptcy Institute as Deputy Executive Director

Contacts: John Hartgen
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U.S. TRUSTEE FELICIA S. TURNER JOINS THE AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE AS DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

July 11, 2007 Alexandria, Va. —  The American Bankruptcy Institute is pleased to announce that U.S. Trustee Felicia S. Turner will join the American Bankruptcy Institute staff in September as Deputy Executive Director. Turner comes to ABI after serving as U.S. Trustee for Regions 20 and 21.  She has been active member of ABI as a conference speaker and has participated on the advisory board of ABI’s Caribbean Insolvency Program.

'We are delighted that Felicia has agreed to join our staff,' said ABI Executive Director Sam Gerdano. “Her vast substantive knowledge and keen management skills will be a great help in taking ABI to the next level of service to the insolvency community.'

'The addition of Felicia Turner to ABI's management team will further enhance the organization's ability to meet the needs of our 11,500 members,” ABI President Reginald W. Jackson added. “As ABI embarks on its next 25 years, Felicia's experience, bankruptcy knowledge and energy offer an excellent complement to the outstanding abilities of Sam Gerdano, ABI's Executive Director.'

As U.S. Trustee for Regions 20 and 21, Turner managed 12 offices covering 13 federal judicial districts and four federal circuits in Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico. She oversaw the coordination of the U.S. Trustees Office’s participation in bankruptcy cases under all chapters to preserve the integrity of the judicial system, including the development and implementation of policy and ensuring regional and national consistency in and appropriateness of the federal government’s legal positions. Prior to her appointment as U.S. Trustee, Turner was a partner in the Atlanta-based law firm Troutman Sanders LLP, where she was a member of its Bankruptcy Practice Group and the Litigation Section. Before joining Troutman Sanders in 1999, she was a bankruptcy associate with the Owensboro, Ky., firm Sullivan, Mountjoy, Stainback & Miller PSC, where her work ranged from representing debtors and creditors in consumer cases to serving as counsel for large corporate debtors. A resident of Atlanta, Turner received her B.A. from Depauw University in 1991 and earned her J.D. at Duke University in 1994.

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