NSSTA Mission, Vision & Strategy Statement
Mission (Who are we and why are we here): We promote growth, establishment, and preservation of structured settlements in order to provide long-term financial security to personal injury claimants and their families through periodic payments.
Vision (Where are we going): To be the secure, guaranteed financial product of choice for injured parties.
Strategy (How we will collectively get to our vision):
- We will promote through public advocacy, legislative action and educational programs.
- We will promote utilization of periodic payment arrangements generally as a tool for resolving claims.
- We will seek innovative opportunities through public and private forums.
Founded in 1985, 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. Our members are passionate about the work we do to help injured people. We strive for excellence and help our clients find the right solutions to meet their needs.
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.
Michael J. Miller, General Counsel
Mike Miller is a partner at Cozen O’Connor and has been assisting clients (annuity owners, annuity issuers, and producers) with structured settlement issues for over 25 years. Mike’s structured settlement experience covers a broad range of issues. Mike has assisted with drafting model structured settlement legislation, with Private Letter Rulings on new structured settlement products, and with counseling clients on developing protocols for responding to the issues raised by structured settlement factoring transactions and the claims that often result from these transactions. Mike has also developed a national reputation for successfully litigating a variety of structured settlement cases, has authored a host of publications focused on the structured settlement industry, and is a regular presenter on topics involving structured settlements.
Mike’s court admissions include the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Susan J. Stauss, General Counsel
Susan is a member at Cozen O’Connor and has been litigating for and counseling her clients in the insurance industry concerning structured settlements and life insurance for twenty years. Susan represents various major insurance and annuity companies in cases involving complex issues presented by structured settlements.
Susan has represented major insurance and annuity companies in the opposition of the transfer of structured settlement payment rights throughout the United States. She has handled cases involving complex issues presented by structured settlements, including the attempted transfer of structured settlement payment rights, disputed claims of entitlement to structured settlement payments, tax issues, beneficiary and estate issues, commutations, transfers of minor’s structured settlement payments, workers’ compensation issues, bankruptcy issues, U.C.C. issues, child support issues, and garnishment orders.
Susan has assisted with drafting model legislation and has counseled insurers on developing protocols for responding to the issues raised by factoring transactions and the claims that often result from these transactions.
Susan’s court admissions include the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Court -- New Jersey.
Debbie Sink, NSSTA Operations & CE Compliance Director
Debbie Sink is The National Structured Settlements Trade Associations Operations and CE Compliance Director. She brings an unparalleled combination of experience, expertise, and professionalism across all facets of the Associations operations and continuing education compliance programs. 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's focus as a member of the NSSTA Management Team will be in the day to day operations our Association.