Who We Are

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.

Our Members

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.

Dedicated Staff

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, 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.