COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Law firm Smiley Wang-Ekvall announced today that its Partner Robert S. Marticello was selected as an emerging leader by the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) for its inaugural "40 Under 40" award. The organization recognized Marticello as one of the top insolvency professionals under the age of 40 for his excellence in corporate bankruptcy and restructuring and bankruptcy-related litigation.
Marticello, 39, accepted the award during a luncheon held last week in connection with ABI's 2017 Winter Leadership Conference at the La Quinta Resort & Club as the audience listened to words of praise about Marticello's accomplishments.
The "40 Under 40" winners, distinguished by professional achievements and service, were selected by experienced professionals from ABI's leadership. "Each of these 40 young men and women are distinguished by their extraordinary professional accomplishments and leadership in their communities," said ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano.
Marticello is "immensely brilliant and talented in every capacity I have witnessed him in—writer, orator, advocate, strategist, and facilitator," said firm client Yan Lee of JBJ Supply Co. who recommended Marticello for the award. "What truly distinguishes Bobby is his passion for his work, his personal integrity and, above all, the empathy and fairness with which he approaches not just his clients but also his adversaries."
Marticello has represented virtually all parties in chapter 11 and chapter 7 bankruptcy cases and in out-of-court workouts across a broad range of industries, including retail and real estate. He currently represents the committee of creditors in the case of East Coast Foods, Inc., owner and operator of four Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles restaurants in Southern California, including the original location on Gower in Hollywood.
This is the second time in five years that Marticello, who has a JD from California Western School of Law (graduating Magna Cum Laude), won a Top 40 award recognizing emerging talent. In 2012, he was honored by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges' Next Generation Program, which chose 40 "up and coming" bankruptcy attorneys from across the country.
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