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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 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.
A former White House speechwriter and Capitol Hill press secretary, Peter Arnold has handled NSSTA’s marketing and public relations operations since 1996.
Peter's experience includes serving as the executive director and spokesman for several Washington-based lobbying organizations including a high-tech coalition that successfully lobbied for a federal Internet tax moratorium and a cable television coalition that opposed “open access” regulations on broadband service.
He is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College.
Media inquiries: Please contact Peter at 703 629 8552.
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.
Member Relations Manager
Courtney joined the NSSTA team in July 2010. She has been with Book Hill Partners since October 2008 as the Government Affairs and Client Relations Manager. Prior to joining BHP Courtney worked as a Government Affairs coordinator for a large trade association.
Director of Communications and Social Media
Raushanna joined the NSSTA team and Book Hill Partners in February 2011. Her experience spans the areas of public affairs, media and public relations. It was during her time working for a private international investment firm, the Kurdistan Regional Government and an elite, lifestyle-fitness Company in Montreal, Canada that she continued to develop her strategic communication and branding skills.
Raushanna attended the University of Minnesota School of Journalism where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Communication Studies. She is a proud native of South Dakota.
Debbie Sink with CEU School Administration is the CEU School Administrator/Coordinator for the National Structured Settlement Trade Association and will work in partnership with the NSSTA Education Committee in developing our agenda for the Annual and Regional Conferences.
Debbie will handle all aspects of NSSTA’s continuing education programs. She will serve as NSSTA's administrative contact with all regulatory agencies and will maintain all necessary documents to assure that programs and instructors meet the qualifications per state department of insurance statutes.