Samuel J. Gerdano is the
Executive Director of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the
nation’s largest multi-disciplinary organization in the field of
insolvency. He joined the ABI in May,
From 1985 to 1991, he was
the chief legal counsel to Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and staff
director for the Subcommittee on Courts and Administrative Practice of
the Senate Judiciary Committee. The
Subcommittee had jurisdiction over the U.S. Bankruptcy
Code. Mr. Gerdano has thus been involved in
all major bankruptcy policy changes since 1985.
Immediately prior to his
service on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Gerdano was Assistant
Chief Counsel for Advocacy for the U.S. Small Business Administration,
Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was with
a major law firm in the District of Columbia.
He is a 1983 honors graduate of
the Syracuse University College of Law and received a B.A. in
journalism, magna cum laude, also from Syracuse, in 1977.
He is admitted to
practice in the Federal and local courts of the District of Columbia and
the U.S. Supreme Court. He was named a
Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in
He is active in the
Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators and the
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.
Mr. Gerdano is
Editor-in-Chief of the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and
the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. He is the author of numerous articles on bankruptcy and other
legal topics, regularly appears as a presenter at continuing legal
education programs, and is a frequently cited authority on bankruptcy in
the national news media.
A native of New Hartford, N.Y.,
he resides in Vienna, Virginia with his wife Michelle, daughters Marisa
and Natalie and son, Samuel III.