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Portland attorney named American College of Bankruptcy Fellow

Posted March 28, 2013, at 9:47 a.m.
Jay Geller
Jay Geller

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American College of Bankruptcy inducted Jay S. Geller of the Law Office of Jay S. Geller of Portland as a Fellow of the College on March 15,  in Washington, D.C.  The ceremony took place at the Smithsonian Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, and was presided over by D.J. (Jan) Baker, Chair of the College.

Geller was one of 39 nominees who were honored and recognized for their professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency. Geller’s practice focuses on complex bankruptcy and commercial litigation, corporate reorganizations, workouts, and Chapter 11 bankruptcies.  He spent the first 15 years of his career as an associate and then a partner in the Commercial Law Department of Jenner & Block (Chicago) until he relocated to Maine in 2000.

From 2009-2011, he was Co-Chair of Bernstein Shur’s Business Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group.  From 2002-2009 and again from 2012-present, Mr. Geller also has been Of Counsel to Shaw Fishman (Chicago).  He has served for more than 20 years as a faculty member at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and at the American Bankruptcy Institute Litigation Symposium, teaching trial advocacy skills to commercial and bankruptcy attorneys.

The American College of Bankruptcy is an honorary professional and educational association of bankruptcy and insolvency professionals. The College plays an important role in sustaining professional excellence. College Fellows include commercial and consumer bankruptcy attorneys, insolvency accountants, turnaround and workout specialists, law professors, judges, government officials and others involved in the bankruptcy and insolvency community.

Nominees are extended an invitation to join based on a record of achievement reflecting the highest standards of professionalism.  The College now has 821 Fellows, each selected by a Board of Regents from among recommendations of the Circuit Admissions Council in each federal judicial circuit and specially appointed Committees for Judicial and Foreign Fellows.

Criteria for selection include: the highest standard of professionalism, ethics, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership contributing to the enhancement of bankruptcy and insolvency law and practice; sustained evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing or writing on bankruptcy or insolvency; and a commitment to elevate knowledge and understanding of the profession and public respect for the practice.

For more information about Jay S. Geller, contact him at jgeller@maine.rr.com or 207-329-6172. For more information about the American College of Bankruptcy, or about the 2013 Induction Ceremony, contact Shari A. Bedker, Executive Director at 703-934-6154 or fax at 703-802-0207 and email atsbedker@amercol.org.

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