Honors and Awards

Regina Stango Kelbon Named a Top Woman in Asset-Based Lending by ABF Journal

Regina Kelbon Headshot

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that partner Regina Stango Kelbon has been named to ABF Journal’s inaugural list of Top Women in Asset-Based Lending, which recognizes the most influential and innovative women in the industry. The first class of honorees features professionals from multiple disciplines “who have shaped and will continue to shape the asset-based lending world,” and are profiled in ABF’s Journal’s special 2021 DE&I issue.

Regina’s Top Women in Asset-Based Lending profile is available here and shared in full below.


Partner and Head of Bankruptcy Practice, Blank Rome LLP

  • Member, Secured Finance Network
  • Member, Women in Secured Finance Committee, Secured Finance Network
  • Member and Former Board Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Former Chair, TMANOW
  • Co-Chair, Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee on Corporate Governance, American Bar Association 

Regina Stango Kelbon has spent her entire career with Blank Rome, helping to shape it from the inside out by rising from associate to partner and co-chair of the finance, restructuring and bankruptcy practice group while taking on roles for the firm’s lawyer promotions, distribution and executive committees.

Kelbon also has been at the forefront of shaping and promoting Blank Rome’s culture, which she believes was strong when she joined in 1985 but has only gotten better since. Kelbon has been a big part of that, actively participating in such initiatives as the firm’s Annual Women’s Leadership Summit, Women’s Business Development Academy and Women’s Forum Bootcamp Series. Providing avenues to mentorship is important to Kelbon because she knows how critical such relationships can be. She credits much of her success to the leaders who helped her during her career. She is now doing the same for others.

In addition to receiving tremendous support through her professional journey, Kelbon also has relied on her strong desire to learn from others and to forge strong connections through the professional network she has curated. 

“Business development requires relationship building, which takes time, effort and patience,” Kelbon says.

It also helps that Kelbon got an early introduction to the challenges of bankruptcy, as she worked on the LTV Corporation Chapter 11 case during her time as an associate. She has worked on many other high-profile cases in the years since, consistently challenging herself to reach the next level. 

“The common denominator of every goal is that I set my expectations high, want to be the best I can be and want to be an inspirational leader and role model for others to achieve their maximum potential,” Kelbon says.