Who We Are

Encouraged by the federal tax code since 1983, structured settlements provide strong financial security to victims of physical injuries and their families. Using a tailored stream of payments, a structured settlement provides a long-term payment stream that is completely exempt from state and federal income taxes.

Founded in 1984, the National Structured Settlements Trade Association (NSSTA) represents nearly 1,200 licensed consultants, attorneys, insurance companies, and other professionals who work with accident survivors and their dependents.


Eric Vaughn

Executive Director

Eric Vaughn joined NSSTA as Director of Government Affairs in 2001 and has previously served on the White House Domestic Policy Council and the National Security Council. He also served in senior policy positions with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

A longtime veteran of Capitol Hill, Eric has worked for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. After his Congressional service, he became president of the Renewable Fuels Association, the national ethanol and bio-fuels industry trade association.

He has a Masters Degree in International Economics from the Maxwell School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Sciences Degree from Alfred University.


John Stanton

General Counsel

John Stanton is a partner at Hogan Lovells, successor firm to Hogan & Hartson, where he practices in the area of federal income taxation, with emphasis on legislative matters, regulatory issues, and controversy proceedings. He has served as NSSTA’s general counsel for more than 20 years.

During his service as lobbyist and counsel, John successfully sought tax changes broadening the use of structured settlements and facilitating their use to resolve workers compensation claims. He also successfully sought the retention of current law treatment of derivative claims for physical injury tort damages.

His court admissions include the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and the U.S. Tax Court.


Debbie Sink

 CE Compliance Director

Debbie Sink is a result driven Sales & Marketing Professional with 20+ years of consistent achievements in highly competitive markets. 

She has proven expertise over the last eight years in the continuing education industry and has handled accreditation administration for State Department of Insurance programs nationwide and State Bar’s for attorneys continuing legal education. Specialties include accreditation expertise ensuring educational planning elements are utilized for proper CE compliance.Debbie will act as NSSTA’s CE Compliance Director while continuing to look for new and inventive ways NSSTA can meet the needs of its learners. 


Courtney Hill

Director of Member Relations

Courtney joined the NSSTA team in July 2010. She has been with Book Hill Partners since October 2008 as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Client Relations. Prior to joining BHP, Courtney worked as the Government Affairs Coordinator for a large international trade association in Washington, DC.

Courtney graduated from Marymount University in Arlington, VA where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.