Gibbons Director Karen Giannelli Named Vice President of the American College of Bankruptcy
April 8, 2020
Karen A. Giannelli, a Director and past Chair of the Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Department of Gibbons P.C., has been named a Vice President of the American College of Bankruptcy, an elected fellowship of some of the most highly regarded professionals in the bankruptcy and insolvency fields throughout the world. The organization announced its 2020 Officers and Board of Directors earlier this week.
In addition to being an active member who has held many leadership positions during her time with the College, Ms. Giannelli was the first woman attorney from New Jersey to be elected into the College. Officers and directors serve two-year terms and are elected at the College’s annual meeting each March.
Among Ms. Giannelli’s many qualifications for the position is her nearly 40-year career at Gibbons, during which she has advised public and private companies and financial institutions throughout the country in the areas of financial restructuring, creditors’ rights, and financial services. She served as Chair of the firm’s Financial Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights Department and was one of the founding members of the Gibbons Women’s Initiative, which serves to develop young women professionals and extends opportunities for mentoring and networking throughout the firm and professional community.
Ms. Giannelli’s distinctions outside of Gibbons are also extensive. She was a founding member and the first president of the Women in Federal Practice in New Jersey Inc. She serves on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of Turnaround Management Association and was the chapter’s first female president. She was also the first woman elected Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Law Section. She is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, and Essex County Bar Association, as well as the ABA, and she frequently serves on the Third Circuit Merit Selection Committee for United States Bankruptcy Court Judgeships. Ms. Giannelli is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
About the American College of Bankruptcy
The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary public service association of United States and international insolvency professionals who are invited to join as Fellows based on a proven record of the highest standards of expertise, leadership, integrity, professionalism, scholarship, and service to the bankruptcy practice and to their communities. The College funds projects that improve the quality of bankruptcy law and practice, as well as access to justice, including through grants by its affiliated Foundation to pro bono legal service programs. The College facilitates the effective domestic and cross-border application of bankruptcy and insolvency laws and the administration of justice in the courts through conducting professional educational programs, sponsoring the publication of scholarly reports, and maintaining the National Bankruptcy Archives. In all of its work, the College is dedicated to enhancing professionalism, scholarship, and service in bankruptcy and insolvency law and practice.
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