Samuel J. Gerdano

American Bankruptcy Institute

Samuel J. Gerdano joined ABI in May 1991 as executive director and editor-in-chief of the ABI Journal and Law Review. He is frequently called on by the local and national media as an expert on bankruptcy-related matters and cited as an authority on the matter. He has authored numerous articles on bankruptcy and appears regularly as a presenter and panelist at continuing legal education programs. From 1985 to 1991, Gerdano was the chief legal counsel to Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and staff director for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Administrative Practice (now known as the Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts). This subcommittee has jurisdiction over the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and Gerdano has played an integral role in major bankruptcy policy changes since 1985. Prior to his service on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, Gerdano was Assistant Chief Counsel for Advocacy for the U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC. 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 2001. He is active in the Association of Continuing Legal Education Administrators and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.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. Originally from New Hartford, NY, he resides in Virginia with his wife and three children.