Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be nominated?

The American Bankruptcy Institute's 40 Under 40 Award is open to bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring professionals from around the world who are 40 years old or younger as of December 1, 2017.

Nominees may come from, but are not limited to, the following fields:

• Academic

• Attorney

• Auctioneer

• Case administrator

• Consultant

• Credit professional

• Financial advisor

• Government practice (federal, state, local)

• Lending

• NGOs or professional association

• Trustees

• Turnaround consulting

Does the nominee have to be a member of the ABI?

ABI membership is not required.

How do I Apply

Begin your application by clicking “I am a rising star” <hyperlink> and following these easy steps:

Log In

  • If you were nominated by someone else, you will be asked for the username and password that were supplied to you in your initial nomination notification.
  • If you would like to apply without a nomination, click on “Create new account” at the top of the page.

Complete the Application

  • Fill out the form;
  • Submit your resume;
  • Submit at least 1 letter of recommendation. Each letter of recommendation must include the recommender’s name, firm, email address, and direct phone number.

Please note: You can start, save and resume your application as many times as you like. Submission deadline is July 31, 2017.

Next Steps:

  • After you have applied to the program, you will receive notification that your submission has been received.
  • Honorees will be notified by September 30, 2017
  • The 40 Under 40 recognition event will take place at ABI’s 2017 Winter Leadership Conference in Palm Springs, California in November. 

Can I be nominated twice?

Yes, but you may not be named to ABI's 40 Under 40 list in multiple years. If you are not selected in 2017, you may be considered again if still under age 40.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes, but you must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from those with direct knowledge of your professional achievements.

Can I nominate more than one person?

Yes. If you feel there are several individuals within your firm or organization who deserve consideration, please submit all of their nominations.

Does the nominee know that he or she has been nominated?

Yes. The nominee will receive an email notifying him/her that a nomination has been submitted. The nominee also will receive reminders to submit any supporting materials.

Is there a fee for making a nomination?

No. There is no fee associated with the ABI 40 Under 40 program.

Why should I nominate someone?

Nominating a young professional for ABI's 40 Under 40 program:

• Celebrates the achievements of young professionals in the bankruptcy community who are tomorrow's leaders

• Highlights rising stars in your firm or organization

• Showcases how firms and organizations help to mentor and provide professional development

• Identifies future leaders within ABI

• Offers the winners a chance to be featured at an ABI conference, in the ABI Journal and website

• Provides the winners with exclusive networking and recognition opportunities, as they are invited as ABI guest to special recognition events

• Helps advance the future of the bankruptcy community.


What are the benefits to being selected?

Those selected will be honored at a special awards ceremony at the 2017 Winter Leadership Conference in LaQuinta, Calif. Honorees will be invited to attend an exclusive reception with ABI leaders and judicial faculty from the conference, as well as future special events. Honorees will also be profiled on ABI's website and the ABI Journal. In addition, each "class" of honorees will receive other special recognition when attending ABI events, signifying their achievement in this select group of young professionals.

How do I know if my online nomination form went through? Will I receive a confirmation?

After submitting your nomination(s), you will get a message thanking you for your nomination. Your supporting nomination materials also are submitted online.

Will I be notified if the person I nominate is selected?

Yes. ABI will contact all 40 individuals we select for 40 Under 40 recognition, as well as the individual who submitted their nomination.

When are nominations and the supporting materials due?

Nominations are due July 31, 2017.

What is the criteria for selecting a 40 Under 40 winner and how does the selection process work?

Nominations will be judged by a committee of senior professionals, representing the diversity of the bankruptcy community. Some of the qualities and characteristics the committee will be looking for (in no particular order):
• Academic training (degrees earned, etc.)
• Achievements in representations on behalf of clients
• Authorship and publications
• Community service
• Dedication
• Inventiveness
• Leadership skills
• "People" skills/mentoring ability
• Personal integrity
• Professional service (with professional societies, organizations, educational events, etc.)
• Public speaking/presentation skills
• Sustained career progress
• Technical skills
• Work/life balance.

If I’m selected, what happens next?

If selected, you will be invited to participate in the recognition and networking events at the 2017 Winter Leadership Conference (Nov. 30-Dec. 2) at LaQuinta, Calif., including the special awards luncheon. You must be willing to attend in person. Your profile and photo will be published in the ABI Journal and website, among other press and publicity.