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 The National Structured Settlements Trade Associations CE Compliance Director. She has proven expertise over the last eight years in the continuing education industry. She has handled accreditation management in the fields of insurance, healthcare and legal. Debbie was instrumental in developing our association's newest member service, NSSTA University; where members can get presentations approved for adjusters and attorneys credits applicable towards their license compliance. This service provides a way for NSSTA members to utilize education to get in front of the decision makers in our industry. Her depth of experience in the legal and insurance continuing education market positions her perfectly with NSSTA's goal to grow our industry. Debbie will assume a few new strategic roles within NSSTA Association Management team and we believe her involvement in the day to day operatioins will be key to adding value to our Association.