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Ericka Johnson of Womble Bond Dickinson LLP Selected to ABI’s Board Of Directors

The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Ericka Johnson of Womble Bond Dickinson LLP (Wilmington, Del.) has been elected to ABI’s Board of Directors. An ABI member since 2008, Johnson is the co-chair of ABI’s Emerging Industries and Technology Committee, was a member of the steering committee for ABI’s “40 Under 40” program and serves on the ABI Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board. She will serve a term of three years on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors.

Johnson is a partner at Womble Bond Dickinson LLP. She formerly worked for a leading bank holding company, where she managed consumer finance operations and internal risk assessments and audits from the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Johnson calls on that experience for her clients, which include middle-market chapter 11 debtors, official unsecured creditors’ committees and plan fiduciaries. She has advised debtor-in-possession lenders, landlords, secured and unsecured creditors, and asset-purchasers on bankruptcy and corporate restructuring matters across manufacturing, retail, real estate, and media/technology sectors.

Johnson was selected to the Super Lawyers Delaware Rising Stars list from 2013-2017. Her pro bono service includes representing victims of domestic violence and children under the care of the Delaware Division of Family Services. Johnson received her B.A. from the University of Delaware and her J.D. from the University of Delaware Law School.

The complete list of directors and officers is available at http://www.abi.org/about-us/board-directors.

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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 www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abi.org/calendar-of-events.

H. David Cox of Cox Law Group Selected to ABI’s Board Of Directors

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that H. David Cox of Cox Law Group (Lynchburg, Va.) has been elected to ABI’s Board of Directors. An ABI member since 2006, Cox is the education director of ABI's Consumer Bankruptcy Committee, edited and helped revise ABI’s Consumer Bankruptcy: Fundamentals of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, Fourth Edition, and was a member of ABI’s Consumer Commission Advisory Committee on Case Administration and the Estate. He will serve a term of three years on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors.

Cox practices bankruptcy law throughout the Western District of Virginia from his offices in Lynchburg, Danville, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Winchester. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a judicial law clerk for the late Hon. William E. Anderson. Cox is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. He received his B.A. in 1992 from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and his J.D. from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law in 1995.

The complete list of directors and officers is available at http://www.abi.org/about-us/board-directors.

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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 www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abi.org/calendar-of-events.

 

Dawn Cica of Carlyon Cica Chtd. Selected to ABI’s Board Of Directors

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Dawn Cica of Carlyon Cica Chtd. (Las Vegas) has been elected to ABI’s Board of Directors. An ABI member since 2010, Cica is the co-chair of ABI’s Asset Sales Committee and a member of the Business Reorganization, Claims Trading, Health Care, International, Secured Credit and Unsecured Trade Creditors Committees, and she is a frequent speaker at ABI events. She will serve a term of three years on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors.

A partner at Carlyon Cica, she has more than 30 years of experience working on transactions of all types, including transactional aspects of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights such as strategic resolutions, workouts, restructurings, settlements, debtor-in-possession financings and asset purchases/sales. Cica has been involved in many influential Nevada bankruptcies in various industries, including the Aladdin Resort, Station Casinos, Riviera Hotel & Casino, Jerry’s Nugget, Las Vegas Monorail, Lake Las Vegas, South Edge, Consolidated Resorts, Viansa Winery, Tower Homes, Village at Centennial Springs, CommPartners, Global Axcess, MEGO Financial, Integrated Financial Associates, USA Capital, Rodeo Creek Gold, Martifer Solar USA, Nevada Cancer Institute, Cal-Neva Lodge, LLC, New Cal-Neva Lodge, LLC, Nevada Gaming Partners, LLC, John Ritter, DC Solar, and Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino. She has also participated in bankruptcies and assignments for the benefit of creditors in California and New York.

Cica received her B.S. from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1984, and her J.D. in 1987 from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. She has received numerous industry and peer recognitions, including the National M&A Advisory Award for Real Estate Deal of the Year – Chapter 15 Sale of the Veris Gold Mine (2015), and as Nevada and Top 50 Women Mountain States Super Lawyer.

The complete list of directors and officers is available at http://www.abi.org/about-us/board-directors.

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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 www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abi.org/calendar-of-events.

William H. Henrich Elected to ABI’s Executive Committee

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that William H. Henrich of Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC (New York) has been elected to serve as an at-large member of ABI’s Executive Committee. An ABI member since 1998, Henrich is active in numerous ABI committees, a frequent speaker at ABI conferences and a contributor to the ABI Journal. He will serve a term of three years on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors.

Henrich is co-chair of Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC in New York and has more than 30 years of experience in turnaround and crisis management, loan workouts, bankruptcy consulting and performance improvement. He has also advised secured and unsecured creditors in chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, including developing plans of reorganization and providing bankruptcy forensic analysis to support litigation. Prior to joining Getzler Henrich, he served in Arthur Andersen’s corporate recovery services group, and in 1982 he started its New York bankruptcy and restructuring practice. A past president of the Turnaround Management Association’s New York chapter, he frequently speaks and writes on turnaround and bankruptcy issues. Mr. Henrich is a CPA and received his B.B.A. from Baruch College, City University of New York, and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

The complete list of directors and officers is available at http://www.abi.org/about-us/board-directors

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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 www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abiworld.org/conferences.html.

New ABI Website Supplies Bankruptcy Professionals with Key Resources to Help Navigate the Financial Crisis Resulting from the Covid-19 Pandemic

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) launched its new COVID-19 Resources website for bankruptcy professionals and the public to access essential information and analysis regarding the financial distress being inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The site features exclusive ABI content on the crisis, recommended member analysis, industry sector news, charts and more.

“Bankruptcy professionals are rising to meet the challenges faced by financially distressed businesses and consumers,” said ABI Executive Director Amy Quackenboss. “ABI’s new COVID-19 Resources site is a valuable tool to provide practitioners, businesses and consumers with the information they need to approach this evolving crisis.

Sections of the new site include:

  • COVID-19-Related ABI Resources: Access ABI webinars, podcasts and articles focused on the financial distress resulting from the pandemic.
  • Member Analysis: Read ABI member articles and blogs, and explore law firm pages devoted to responding to the COVID-19 financial crisis.
  • Industry News: See breaking news and reports on 16 different industry sectors, including small business, retail, energy, airlines, tourism and more.
  • Charts & Visualizations: View informative charts and statistics tracking developments related to the COVID-19 financial crisis.
  • COVID-19 Legal Information: Read the text of the laws that have been enacted to help stabilize and stimulate the U.S. economy amid the crisis.
  • Global Responses: Learn about the financial measures that other countries are taking in response to the crisis, with a compendium presented by ABI’s Global Insolvency site.

New content will be added regularly, so be sure to visit and bookmark the COVID-19 Resources website by clicking here.

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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 www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abi.org/calendar-of-events.

 

Stephen D. Lerner Elected to ABI’s Executive Committee

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Stephen D. Lerner of Squire Patton Boggs (Cincinnati) has been elected to serve as an at-large member of ABI’s Executive Committee. An ABI member since 1990, Lerner is the program chair of ABI’s Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar and a frequent speaker at ABI conferences. He is also active on four ABI membership committees. He will serve a term of three years on the 60-member ABI Board of Directors.

Lerner is the global chair of Squire Patton Boggs’ Restructuring & Insolvency Practice Group. He has an extensive national and cross-border restructuring practice in which he represents debtors, committees of unsecured creditors, secured and unsecured creditors, directors and acquirers of troubled businesses in chapter 11 reorganization cases, chapter 9 municipal restructurings, chapter 15 cases and out-of-court restructurings throughout the U.S. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, for which he has served as Regent for the Sixth Circuit, and he currently serves as a member of its Board of Directors and chair of its Strategic Planning Committee. Since 2004, Lerner has been named one of Ohio’s top bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which named him one of a handful of bankruptcy and restructuring lawyers in the U.S. to receive a Star Individual ranking. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1985.

The complete list of directors and officers is available at http://www.abi.org/about-us/board-directors.

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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 www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abi.org/calendar-of-events.

Soneet R. Kapila Elected ABI Treasurer

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Soneet R. Kapila of KapilaMukamal, LLP (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has been named to a two-year term as ABI Treasurer. An ABI member since 1994, Kapila is a co-chair of ABI’s Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop, a contributing author to ABI’s Fraud and Forensics: Piercing Through the Deception in a Commercial Fraud Case, a regular speaker at ABI events, and an active member in the ABI Anthony H.N. Schnelling Endowment Fund. He will serve a term of two years on ABI’s Executive Committee.

 

Kapila is a founding partner of KapilaMukamal, LLP (formerly Kapila & Co.). For over 20 years, he has concentrated his efforts in the areas insolvency, fiduciary and creditors’ rights matters. He represents other bankruptcy trustees, debtors, and both secured and unsecured creditors in and out of bankruptcy court. Kapila is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, and he has been named one of the Power Leaders in Law and Accounting by the South Florida Business Journal and Best Trustee by the Daily Business Review’s “Best of 2012.” In addition, the South Florida Business Journal honored him with its Key Partners Award. Kapila received his M.B.A. from the Cranfield School of Management Studies in England.

 

The complete list of directors and officers is available at http://www.abi.org/about-us/board-directors.

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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 conference information, visit http://www.abi.org/calendar-of-events.

Christopher A. Ward Named ABI Vice President-Development

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Christopher A. Ward of Polsinelli (Wilmington, Del.) has been named to a two-year term as ABI Vice President-Development. An ABI member since 2003 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, Ward is the chair and education director of the ABI Technology & IP Committee, a member of the Mid-Atlantic ABI Endowment Committee and a co-author of ABI’s A Business Creditor's Guide to Distressed Vendors, Debt Collection and Bankruptcy and The Chief Restructuring Officer’s Guide to Bankruptcy: Views from Leading Insolvency Professionals.

As co-chair of Polsinelli’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring practice and managing shareholder of its Delaware office, Ward routinely tackles financial restructurings and litigation. He has significant experience in representing chapter 11 debtors and unsecured creditors’ committees, working both sides of the restructuring industry. Ward is ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Delaware), and has been named in The Best Lawyers in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and in Delaware Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2012. He received his B.A. from Moravian College in 1995 and his J.D. cum laude from Widener University School of Law in 1999.

The complete list of directors and officers is available at http://www.abi.org/about-us/board-directors.

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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 www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abi.org/calendar-of-events.

 

Robert P. Reynolds Named ABI President-Elect

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Robert P. Reynolds of Reynolds, Reynolds & Little (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) has been selected by the ABI Board of Directors to be President-Elect. He will become president for a one-year term, starting at ABI’s 2021 Annual Spring Meeting. An ABI member since 1994, Reynolds has served as ABI’s Vice President-Development, and is a frequent speaker at ABI events and a past co-chair of ABI’s Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop.

Reynolds is a senior partner at Reynolds, Reynolds & Little, LLC in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he represents lenders in commercial litigation throughout Alabama and in bankruptcy proceedings in Alabama, the Northern District of Florida and other bankruptcy courts throughout the country. He is a former chair of the Alabama State Bar’s Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section, and he is board certified in both Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification. Reynolds received his B.S. in 1975 from Auburn University and his J.D. in 1979 from the University of Alabama School of Law.

The complete list of directors and officers is available at https://www.abi.org/about-us/board-of-directors.   

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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 www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abiworld.org/conferences.html.

Bankruptcy Judge Barbara J. Houser Named ABI President

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) announces that Chief Bankruptcy Judge Barbara J. Houser (N.D. Tex.; Dallas) has been selected by the ABI Board of Directors to be President for a one-year term, following a meeting of ABI’s Board of Directors on April 24. An ABI member since 2003, Judge Houser has served as Vice-President-Research Grants and co-chair for ABI’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and she is a frequent speaker at ABI events and contributor to the ABI Journal.

Sworn in as a bankruptcy judge for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas in 2000, Judge Houser previously was an attorney and shareholder at Sheinfeld, Maley & Kay PC in Dallas. While at Sheinfeld, she led the firm’s representation of clients in a variety of significant chapter 11 cases, including, as her last major case, the firm’s representation of Dow Corning Corp. — one of the largest chapter 11 cases ever filed.

Judge Houser was elected a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in 1994 and currently serves as its vice president. She was elected to membership in the National Bankruptcy Conference in 1996 and also serves as a member of its Executive Committee. In addition, Judge Houser is a past president of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. A frequent author and lecturer on corporate restructuring and insolvency law, she is a visiting professor of law at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, where she teaches creditors’ rights. Judge Houser is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy (15th Ed.) and the Collier Bankruptcy Manual (3d Ed.), and the National Law Journal named her one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America in 1998. She received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University Law School.

The complete list of directors and officers is available at https://www.abi.org/about-us/board-of-directors.   

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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 www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit https://www.abi.org/education-events.

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