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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.
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.
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.
This year, in an effort to establish an enhanced level of professional education for the structured settlements industry - NSSTA is proud to announce the inaugural Master's Certificate in Structured Settlement Consulting (CSSC) certificate program. This class is available to current CSSC Holders and those that have been in the industry for more than 20 years. This inaugural class of the MSSC program will benefit from professional and academic experience of the Notre Dame faculty, world renown experts, as well as an outstanding selection of structured settlement professionals, both as attendees and instructors, along with a variety of exciting guest speakers. In addition, 32 CE credits will be given to those that complete the course! For more highlights, information, and to register, click here!