Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Equiping Business for Success

Legal Forum

April 28, 2019 - April 30, 2019

Omni San Diego Hotel
San Diego, CA

Registration for this conference will open at the end of February.

Registration Fees

Price Description Amount
*First Time Attendee (ELFA Member First Timer) $1050.00
*Spouse/Companion of Member $275.00
*Spouse/Companion of Non Member $275.00
Attendee (ELFA Member) $1225.00
Attendee Additional (ELFA Member) $1105.00
Committee Member $610.00
Non Member Attendee (All) $2450.00
Speaker - Member (Attending Entire Conference) $610.00
Speaker - Non Member (Attending Entire Conference) $610.00

View cancellation and other policies

Available Functions

Sunday - April 28
  Special Dietary Requests
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  Embassy Row & Woodrow Wilson’s House Tour
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
  Smithsonian’s National Zoo Tour
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  Air, Rail, Marine Roundtable
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
  Fiscal Agency Roundtable
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
  Newcomer Reception
Monday - April 29
11:00 am - 12:00 am
  Inside and Outside Counsel Roundtable
  Syndications Roundtable
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  Legal Update Bankruptcy Roundtable
  Legal Update Litigation Roundtable
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
  Fraud Roundtable
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
  Women In Leasing Reception
Tuesday - April 30
8:30 am - 9:30 am
  Motor Vehicles Roundtable
9:45 am - 10:45 am
  Hot Topics Roundtable
  Municipal and Government Roundtable


R. Scott Adams

Senior Counsel - US
Volvo Financial Services

Andrew Alper

VP and Shareholder
Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C.

Andrew K. Alper is a Vice President and shareholder with the law firm of Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C. in Los Angeles, California.  Andrew has the A.V. Rating with Martindale Hubbell and has been representing equipment lessors, funding sources and other financial institutions since 1978.  Andrew obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles making the Dean’s List in 1979.  Andrew was on the Board of Directors for the United Association Equipment Lessors (now known as National Equipment and Finance Association (NEFA) and has been a speaker for the United Association of Equipment Lessors and NEFA, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association of America (ELFA) at its Credit and Collections Conference and Legal Forum, the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors  (now part of NEFA), and the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers. Andrew has been on the ELFA Legal Committee and Credit and Collections Committee and continues to serve on the subcommittee for Amicus Briefs and Renewal Legislation.      

Peter Beardsley

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Peter Beardsley represents lenders, finance companies, lessors and borrowers in all types of finance transactions including asset-based and real estate supported facilities, leveraged financing transactions, lender finance, aircraft financings, ship financings, secured and unsecured lending transactions, leasing, revolving and term loan facilities, loan restructurings, and workouts and bankruptcy proceedings, including DIP loans. Peter's clients have included banks, finance companies, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, and hedge funds. Peter has also represented buyers and sellers of loan portfolios of residential and commercial mortgages and automobile loans, distressed assets and distressed debt, and has wide-ranging experience representing debtors and creditors in commercial loan workout negotiations, pre-bankruptcy restructurings and foreclosure proceedings, including asset sales under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcies.

Michael Beattie

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

Michael Beattie is a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Mike represents banks, financial institutions, equipment finance companies and other lenders and lessors in a wide range of commercial financing transactions that include tax-motivated leases, leases intended as security, revolving credit facilities, term loans, real estate financings, construction and permanent loan financings and restructurings. He has a particular focus on transportation assets, including corporate aircraft and commercial vessels of all types. He is a frequent lecturer on various lending and leasing topics. Mike obtained his Master of Business Administration degree from Frostburg State University (2000) and his J.D. (2004) from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Merrick Benn

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Merrick's practice focuses on personal property commercial financing with an emphasis on negotiating and documenting middle market and big ticket transactions involving all equipment types and classes including manufacturing lines, aircraft (corporate and commercial), vessels (barges and tankers), railroad rolling stock, software, and technologies.
Merrick has extensive experience in tax motivated "true leases," leases intended for security, off-balance sheet loans (synthetic leases), term and demand loans, commercial paper conduit transactions, and securitizations. In addition to originating deals, Merrick's practice includes the syndication of, and participation in existing transactions. He works regularly with special forms of credit enhancements such as letters of credit, guaranties, and insurance policies. Merrick also counsels clients on the acquisition and disposition of loan and lease portfolios.
Merrick is a frequent lecturer on the negotiation and documentation of equipment lease transactions.
Prior to joining Womble Carlyle, Merrick was a member of the Corporate/Finance practice group at DLA Piper LLP (US), where he worked on both domestic and international financing matters with an aggregate value in the billions of dollars.

Steven Brady

Assistant General Counsel
GreatAmerica Financial Services

Rachel Brescoll

Vice President
Citizens Asset Finance, Inc.

Mirna Cardona

Senior Counsel
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

Kent Carter

Gordon & Rees, LLP

Kent is a partner in the Chicago office of Gordon & Rees and co-chair of the firm’s Banking & Finance group. Mr. Carter's practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, with a concentration on the Uniform Commercial Code, including secured transactions, equipment leases, commercial sales and negotiable instruments. He represents clients in complex contract disputes and business torts in state, federal, bankruptcy and appellate courts. Kent’s practice also includes representation of secured lenders and other parties in all aspects of business workouts and insolvency law, including asset sales, restructuring, refinancing, bankruptcy, out-of-court workouts and successor liability. He frequently advises financial institutions and lenders in connection with all facets of their businesses and operations, including dealership and franchise terminations, consumer credit compliance, loan documentation and administration, credit restructurings, work outs, creditors’ rights, lender liability avoidance and defense, vendor programs, broker-dealer agreements, and sale and purchase of lease portfolios.  Kent has been a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association for twenty years and he has also served as a faculty member on the Uniform Commercial Code for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Matthew Cleaves

Senior Counsel
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

Robert Cohen

Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Robert S. Cohen is a Partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, with offices located on Long Island and in New York City. With over 26 years of experience in all facets of the equipment leasing and asset based lending industries, Bob's practice is devoted to commercial litigation, creditors' rights, corporate transactions and bankruptcy matters. Bob has particular experience in the documentation of financial transactions, enforcement of equipment leases and secured loans, as well as the negotiation of workouts and resolutions. He frequently serves as a speaker and author on various topics relating to the leasing industry.
Bob devotes a significant portion of his time as an active member of ELFA, serving on its Credit and Collections Management Committee, as well as participating as a presenter at its various conferences, including its 2013 Legal Forum Conference, and 2012 and 2011 Credit and Collections Conferences where he served as a speaker at sessions on litigation strategy, electronic discovery, forbearance agreements, lease/secured transaction documentation and legal updates in the finance industry. He is also an active member of NEFA, serving on both its Legal and Education Committees and participating as a presenter at its annual conferences.
In 2012, Bob also presented at the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys' CLEW Conference. In addition to his professional endeavors, Bob is an active supporter of the Special Olympics of New York-Long Island Region, where he has served as a Chairman of its Annual Gold Coast Tour for Champions Golf Outing for the past eleven years.   

Amanda Cook

V.P. and Counsel
TIAA Commercial Finance, Inc.

Benjamin Court

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Benjamin represents banks, lenders, equipment finance organizations, creditors, and business owners of all sizes in a variety of areas including business and commercial transactions and litigation, bankruptcy, UCC disputes, and creditors' remedies. He has handled complex financing transactions and lawsuits, appeals, bankruptcy matters, arbitrations, and mediations for clients in numerous jurisdictions throughout the country. Benjamin also works with clients to avoid litigation and resolve disputes informally, and he frequently counsels clients in the drafting of structured finance instruments, debt restructuring and workouts, and debt portfolio analysis. He is also a frequent speaker and author on topics involving equipment leasing and finance, secured transactions and UCC matters, bankruptcy, and creditor remedies.

Bar Admissions
- Minnesota
- North Dakota
- Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Tax Court

- University of Minnesota law School, J.D.
- University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude

Professional Affiliations
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Member of the Bankruptcy and Civil Litigation Sections
- Hennepin County Bar Association
- Member of the Debtor/Creditor's Rights Committee
- Federal Bar Association
- Turnaround Management Association
- Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
- Member of the Legislative and Regulatory Subcommittee
- Lease Enforcement Attorney Network

Alexander Darcy

Askounis & Darcy, PC

Alex Darcy is a shareholder at Askounis & Darcy PC in Chicago.  Alex specializes in representing banks, finance companies, and vendors in equipment lease litigation, appellate, bankruptcy and transactional matters.  He has litigated equipment leasing related matters in all fifty states and Puerto Rico.  Since graduating in 1993 from The Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, he has practiced exclusively in the equipment finance area with Tom Askounis.  
Alex cut his teeth on the $180 million Recomm equipment leasing fraud, a mid-1990s Ponzi scheme in which the vendor rebated a portion of the lease payments back to the lessees through separate, undisclosed "royalty" contracts.  More recently, Alex worked to uncover fraud in the Wildwood Industries and Equipment Acquisition Resources matters.  He also defended an equipment finance company from the Federal Trade Commission's challenge to floating forum selection clauses in equipment lease contracts, winning dismissal of that part of the Federal Trade Commission's Complaint.  
Alex is licensed to practice law in Illinois, California, and Maryland, as well as numerous federal courts throughout the country.  He is a 1987 graduate of Hamilton College.    

Debra Devassy Babu

Askounis & Darcy, PC

Debbie Devassy Babu is a Shareholder at Askounis & Darcy PC, a Chicago law firm.  She concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, bankruptcy litigation and appeals.  Debbie has handled a number of cases involving complex fraud schemes and appeals that have affected the equipment finance industry. 
Debbie has previously served on the ELFA's Legal Committee and is currently a member of the ELFA's Service Providers Business Council Steering Committee.  She obtained her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.    Debbie resides in Chicago with her husband and two children.

Steve Dinkelaker

American Lease Insurance

Elizabeth Fella

Quarles & Brady LLP

Elizabeth Fella is a partner in internationally-known law firm, Quarles & Brady LLP, officing out of the Firm's Tucson, Arizona location.  Elizabeth practices in the Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Group. Honored five times among Thomson Reuters' Southwest Rising Stars, recognizing the top young lawyers in the region, she has represented lenders, borrowers, and trustees in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy litigation, chapter 11 plan confirmation litigation, lien avoidance actions, and non-dischargeability actions.  In addition, she has represented lending institutions and banks in bankruptcy and state court litigation against guarantors, as well as representing clients in bankruptcy appeals.

Scott Finlinson

General Counsel
Onset Financial, Inc.

As the General Counsel for Onset Financial and Mazuma Capital, Scott brings his unique skill set to bear in protecting the enterprise while at the same time helping it grow. Since joining Onset in 2014, Scott oversees and manages all of the company’s legal issues while also scaffolding the company’s internal policies, procedures and documentation. Prior to joining Onset, Scott was a partner in the Salt Lake City, Utah based law firm, Ray Quinney & Nebeker where he worked in the firm’s corporate, tax and real property sections and was voted one of Utah’s Legal Elite. Scott is a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and has recently been appointed to serve on its Legal Committee.

Scott has represented clients locally and nation-wide in multi-million dollar mergers and acquisitions and has represented equipment leasing companies in transactions across the country. Scott is an active member of the Utah State Bar where he is a frequent presenter and lecturer on business matters and served as the past president of the Bar’s Business Section. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law where he served on the Utah Law Review. He is an avid road biker and skier and enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters.

Ilese Flamm

General Counsel
Donlen Corporation

Jonathan Fleisher

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Jonathan is a partner in the Financial Services Group and chair to the firm’s Asset & Equipment Finance Group and Automotive Group. His financial services practice focuses on the commercial finance industry with a particular emphasis on innovative cross-border transactions and equipment finance. He has particular expertise assisting US commercial finance companies, both public and private, with establishing operations in Canada providing both legal and practical business advice. His experience also extends to all forms of debt finance including subdebt, venture financings, convertible debt, tranche b debt and asset-based lending. He is noted in both Lexpert and Best Lawyer as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in Equipment and Asset Finance and hold Martindale Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating.   

Marc Frohman

Frohman & Associates LLC

Marc Frohman is a sole practitioner and seasoned equipment finance attorney. Prior to opening his own practice in 2012, Marc was an associate general counsel with De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. and GE Capital Transport International Pool/GE Capital Modular Space, and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Vishay Intertechnology (VSH), an electronic components manufacturer.
Marc's clients include a variety of lenders, equipment finance companies and operating leasing companies, in which capacity he assists with complex transactions, vendor program negotiation, syndication, contract process management and general legal matters. Among his areas of expertise are IT, healthcare, lighting, office and motor vehicle leasing. In recent years, Marc has increasingly focused on managed equipment service agreement financing on a transaction and programmatic basis. Marc is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania Law School (1991) and Yale College (1982) and is based in Philadelphia.

Robert Geis

Director / Chief Counsel Equipment Finance

Bob provides legal support to CIT’s small and mid-ticket lease and loan vendor business segments with an emphasis in the technology, industrial and healthcare markets through negotiation of vendor and end user agreements, and portfolio acquisitions and sales.   Bob also provides legal and regulatory compliance support to CIT Bank subsidiaries.
Prior to CIT, Bob was in-house counsel with Barnett Banks in Florida for five years litigating consumer collection and bankruptcy matters followed by 10 years with Xerox Corporation as region counsel responsible for enforcing commercial leases, managing bankruptcy matters, and supporting its Public Sector Leasing division.  Immediately prior to joining CIT, Bob worked for Metavante Regulatory Services as Compliance Manager and provided regulatory compliance advice, training, and consulting services to financial institutions.
Bob received his law degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from University of South Florida.  Bob lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife and two daughters.

Arlene Gelman

Vedder Price P.C.

Arlene N. Gelman is a Shareholder at Vedder Price in the firm's Commercial Litigation and Corporate Reorganization, Bankruptcy and Insolvency groups and currently serves as Co-Chair of Vedder Price's Creditors' Rights and Collections group.

Ms. Gelman concentrates her practice in the representation of lenders, equipment lessors and other creditors in U.S. state, federal district, appellate and bankruptcy courts, including prosecuting numerous breach-of-contract and replevin actions and representing the interests of secured and unsecured creditors in various state courts and in bankruptcy matters.

Ms. Gelman is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A., with distinction, 1989) and Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1994), where she was an Edward F. Hennessey Scholar. Ms. Gelman also served as a staff attorney to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois; Law Clerk to the Honorable Ronald Barliant, Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; Law Clerk to the Honorable Eugene Wedoff, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; and Law Clerk to the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.

Ms. Gelman presented the secured creditor's perspective as a speaker and panelist in the program "Triage for the Financially Distressed Business," hosted by the Committee on Business Bankruptcy and the Committee on Corporate Governance at the American Bar Association's 2009 Annual Meeting.

Ms. Gelman spoke as a panelist on the topic of forbearance agreements at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's 2017 Equipment Management Conference & Exhibition.

Ms. Gelman spoke as a panelist on the legal update panel at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's 2018 Credit & Collections Management Conference, where she also serves as a committee planning member.

Ms. Gelman has been selected by her peers from 2013 to 2018 as a Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Workout: Commercial and Creditor’s Rights/Commercial Collections. In addition, Ms. Gelman has received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell.

Daniel Goldberg

Attorney and Counsel
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Marshall Goldberg

Glass & Goldberg-A Law Corporation

Marshall F. Goldberg is the Managing Partner and a founder of Glass & Goldberg. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science, and was a member of the Dean's Honor List throughout his university tenure. He graduated from Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles in 1979 with Honors.
Marshall's expertise includes both litigation and transactional matters in the areas of commercial finance law, corporate restructuring, equipment leasing, secured and unsecured transactions, creditor rights, real estate, and insolvency law. He specializes in the representation of creditors and real estate owners, including major banks, equipment lessors, credit and capital corporations, factors, finance companies, thrifts and other funding sources and lenders. He has been an active member and leader for many years in financial institution associations, including the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association ("ELFA"), the National Vehicle Leasing Association ("NVLA") and the National Equipment Finance Association (“NEFA”), and its predecessors.
Marshall is listed in the February 2013-2105 issues of Los Angeles Magazine as one of the top lawyers is Southern California.
Marshall was showcased in the December 2011 issue of Forbes Magazine, as the Magazine’s exclusive Southern California choice for outstanding lawyer in Bankruptcy, Property, Commercial and Creditor/Debtor Rights law.
Marshall has been selected for the past six consecutive years for inclusion in "Super Lawyers," which represents only 5 percent of the lawyers in the State of California.  Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers, chosen from a rigorous, multiphase process, who have attained high peer recognition and professional achievement.
Marshall is the 2009 recipient of the annual "Excellence in Leasing Award" presented on behalf of the ELFA Legal Committee.
For ELFA, Marshall has served on the Legal Committee, the Credit and Collections Management Committee, and as a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Equipment Lease Financing.  He has been the Chairman of the Professional Development, Education and Information Sub-Committee for the ELFA Legal Committee.  He is responsible for developing, organizing, managing and editing the Legal Website, which includes an online compendium of legal issues pertaining to the 50 States, "What's New in the Law", and the "Catalogue of Legal Information". With the assistance of the ELFA staff, he developed, chaired and monitored the Legal Listserve, an online forum for attorneys to discuss pertinent legal issues on a daily basis. Marshall is co-author and co-editor of the Executive Guide to Remedies, and the Executive Guide to Lease Documentation.
Marshall also extensively speaks and instructs within the legal and business communities. He has given numerous educational and strategic seminars throughout the United States on subjects including Loan and Lease Enforcement, Mixed Collateral, Fraud Prevention, Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy, the Seller Assisted Marketing Plan Act (SAMP), Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, and the Uniform Personal Property Leasing Act. He is a regular panel speaker at a multitude of legal education seminars for the commercial financial services industry on such topics as the Uniform Commercial Code and real property secured transactions. He provides annual legal update presentations for financial association lawyers, including written summaries of current case and statutory law. Also, Marshall frequently speaks to bar associations on the topics of pre-judgment and post-judgment remedies and bankruptcy. Marshall’s legal writings include publications on topics relating to commonly litigated contractual provisions, on the Uniform Commercial Code and on collateral preservation and disposition.
Marshall sits on the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Provisional and Post Judgment Remedies Section, and is a member of the Commercial and Bankruptcy Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Financial Lawyers' Conference and the State Bar of California.
Marshall has earned the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Robert Goldberg

Senior Company Counsel
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

Bob is a Senior Company Counsel with Wells Fargo & Co.  Bob provides legal support to Wells Fargo’s equipment finance businesses throughout North America; he also supports Wells Fargo’s restaurant finance business, First Union Rail, and Wells Fargo Bank’s renewable energy finance business. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Bob was General Counsel of CitiCapital, Citigroup’s equipment leasing and secured lending business, a Managing Director of Citibank, N.A., and a member of CitiCapital’s Operating Committee.  Bob was responsible for providing legal support to Citi’s equipment finance businesses throughout North America and in Western Europe, and was the internal Citi lawyer responsible for Citi’s global aviation and railcar finance businesses. Bob was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.  He is a frequent lecturer at trade association conferences, and has written a number of articles and book chapters on topics relevant to equipment leasing/secured lending.  Bob received his JD from the University of Miami School of Law, and an LL.M in Trade Regulation from the New York University School of Law.  

Jennifer Gould

Stark & Stark, P.C.

Jennifer D. Gould is a Shareholder at Stark & Stark, PC, a regional law firm with offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, where she is a member of the Bankruptcy & Creditor's Rights, Litigation, and Business & Corporate Groups. Jennifer represents financial institutions, equipment lessors, private equity firms, and other businesses in state, federal and bankruptcy courts nationwide. She also counsels clients in connection with commercial loan and lease documentation as well as general corporate legal issues. Jennifer is a long time member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and serves on ELFA's Legal Committee following six years on the Credit & Collection Management Conference Committee. Jennifer has published articles and lectured on a wide range of issues pertaining to the turnaround and equipment leasing industries.  She resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband and seven year-old son.  

Gary Green

Clark Hill PLC

Gary E. Green practices in the Banking & Finance, Litigation and Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Departments. He has more than 28 years of experience representing financial institutions in foreclosures, receiverships, lender liability, bankruptcy and restructuring.

Gary’s experience includes loan documentation, portfolio sales and U.S. Small Business Administration loan programs. He has extensive experience in the equipment lease finance industry, including litigation, bankruptcy, collection policies and procedures, vendor programs, broker-dealer agreements, and sale and purchase of lease portfolios.

Gary has years of trial experience in state, federal and bankruptcy courts throughout the country in all facets of litigation, fraudulent conveyance, preferences and receiverships. He has prosecuted TROs and Preliminary Injunctions by the successful use of electronic discovery. Gary's experience encompasses the defense of Class Actions involving Consumer Fraud, Fair Debt Collection Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and Securities Fraud.

Gary has lectured and written on bankruptcy, trial techniques, evidence, settlement negotiations, collection practices, and counseled his clients on the pitfalls of the electronic era in the uses of electronic discovery. He has been awarded the “Illinois Leading Lawyer” in Banking and Financial Institutions Law and Bankruptcy in 2004 - 2014 and Illinois Super Lawyers 2010 - 2016. Gary served on the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Executive Legal Committee from 2009 - 2011. In addition, he serves on the State Legislative and Uniform Commercial Code Subcommittees and was the Chair of the Equipment Leasing Times legal section.

Benjamin Gross

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Benjamin David Gross is a partner and a member of Lavery's financial services and creditors' rights law, real estate law, mining law, consumer law, and entertainment and sports law groups. He is also co-head of Lavery's infrastructure law group.
Mr. Gross is regularly called upon to guide his clients in the creation of optimum structures and practices for meeting their objectives in the most satisfactory and effective way possible. He advises them on creating a winning team, drafting both simple and complex documents (including contracts for PPPs, major projects and international/cross-border deals) designed to achieve desired outcomes and protect their interests throughout negotiations with numerous stakeholders.
Areas of practice that Mr. Gross actively contributes to include banking law and the negotiation and drafting of loan documents (corporate and consumer credit) and the related movable and immovable security agreements, leasing contracts, leases, and installment sales contracts (aircraft, rolling stock, heavy machinery, etc.).
Over the years, Mr. Gross has also developed a practice in non-litigious areas of commercial law related to insolvency, bankruptcy, the enforcement of movable and immovable security, the Consumer Protection Act, and competition law, in order to better provide his clients with sound legal advice encompassing a broad spectrum of business contingencies and considerations.
Mr. Gross is listed in the 2016 Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory in the fields of asset and equipment finance and leasing, was recognized as a mining law leader in LEXPERT®s publication Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, and as a leading infrastructure lawyer in LEXPERT®s publication Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers published in the report on Business Magazine of the Globe and Mail on September 16, 2016.

Edward Gross

Vedder Price P.C.

Edward K. Gross is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the Global Transportation Finance team. He established the firm's Washington, DC office and has over 25 years of experience representing bank-affiliated and large, independent equipment financing companies in all aspects of equipment finance transactions, including documenting, structuring, negotiating, syndicating and enforcement. Mr. Gross handles all types of equipment finance matters and structures, including single-investor, leveraged financings, true/tax motivated leases, synthetic leases, TRAC leases, bundled and other vendor-originated financings, and domestic and cross-border financings, primarily for transportation equipment, but also for the following types of equipment: manufacturing and assembly line, construction and drilling, energy-related and other facilities, medical and health-related facilities, computers and software, telecommunications and other high-tech equipment, trucks and trailers, modular units and FF&E.
Mr. Gross is considered an industry leader in business aircraft finance, especially jet aircraft and helicopters. These transactions vary in structure and include tax and non-tax lease and secured loan financing of managed and/or chartered aircraft, air taxi and air ambulance fleet and engine pools, and aircraft operated under fractional and pay card arrangements. Clients include large publicly or privately held businesses, governmental entities or high-net-worth individual users. Many of these transactions involve foreign registered aircraft. Many clients rely on Mr. Gross in syndication transactions, including large portfolio purchases, one-off sales and assignments, discounting, back-leveraging and participation transactions. He has prepared equipment lease, loan and syndication forms for many of the most active financing providers in the industry. Working with Vedder Price's well-regarded bankruptcy and creditors' rights practice, Mr. Gross has assisted financing providers, including various creditor groups, with workout, restructuring, bankruptcy and enforcement matters. He also serves as a member of the Steering & Drafting Committees of the Aviation Working Group/Industry Consultative regarding Non-Citizen Trust.
Mr. Gross was named in Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2007-12) and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and The Legal 500. He was elected as Fellow to the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers in 2011. He has been recognized by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and ELFA's Legal Committee Edward A. Groobert Excellence in Leasing Award in 2011. A client respondent in Airfinance Journal's 2011 Guide to Aviation Lawyers mentions, Vedder Price can turn a deal in a day or two if necessary. Ed Gross is our go to person for time-sensitive matters. Ed Gross was selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal's The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers 2011.  

Marc Hamroff

Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Marc L. Hamroff serves as the Managing Partner of Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP with offices in Garden City and Manhattan. He also Chairs the firm's Financial Services Practice which includes the Bankruptcy, Equipment Leasing, Secured Lending and Creditors' Rights Groups. He provides special concentration in litigation, workout and bankruptcy matters nationwide. In his capacity as head of the Financial Services Group, he has spearheaded the representation of secured lenders, banks and lessors in a wide range of transactions. Mr. Hamroff also works closely with the firm's Litigation Group and actively handles a wide variety of commercial litigation cases including injunction and attachment proceedings, business divorce/separation cases and restrictive covenant disputes. In addition, he regularly provides educational and strategic seminars on a multitude of issues affecting the leasing and secured lending community.

Mr. Hamroff earned his Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law where he currently serves as an adjunct professor of law teaching Secured Transactions. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board and Business Law Advisory Committee. His firm also established The Moritt Hock & Hamroff fellowship in support of Hofstra Law's Access to Justice Incubator.

In addition to his legal career, Mr. Hamroff is a long standing member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association-Long Island Division where he currently serves as its Chairman. Under his leadership as Chairman, his Board was one of only two regional boards recognized as a Gold Standard Board for excellence in promoting the AHA's mission of helping Americans live a life free of heart disease and stroke.

John Heninger

Chief Counsel
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance

John Heninger is Chief Counsel of U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, a division of U.S. Bank National Association, and of its indirect subsidiary, U.S. Bancorp Government Leasing and Finance, Inc. U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, one of the largest equipment finance providers in the nation, has been providing quality equipment finance solutions for more than 40 years and is a major funding source for companies in virtually every industry sector nationwide. U.S. Bancorp Government Leasing and Finance, Inc. is a major provider of tax exempt equipment leasing and other financing solutions for state and local governments throughout the United States. John has served as in house counsel to U.S Bank Equipment Finance since 1998. He manages the law division of Equipment Finance, which includes six attorneys and two paralegals, and also supports lease and loan originations, with primary focus on compliance, syndications, aircraft finance, and government finance. Before joining the U.S. Bank Law Division, John was Assistant General Counsel to the Port of Portland (Portland, Oregon) and an associate with the law firms of Miller Nash, Morrison & Foerster and Latham & Watkins. He previously served on the Legal Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. 

John holds a B.A. from Colorado College, an M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Andrew Hodhod

Senior Associate
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Andrew Hodhod is a senior associate in the Financial Services Group of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of lending, leveraged finance, secured transactions, restructuring and the regulation of financial institutions.
Andrew is licensed to practise in the provinces of Ontario and Québec. He regularly represents financial institutions, private lenders, lessors, inventory financiers and borrowers in connection with private and public financings, syndicated and cross-border loans, alternative financings, leasing, inventory and equipment finance transactions, securitizations and vendor programs.
Andrew has been recognized as a “Rising Star” (Financial Restructuring) in the 2019 edition of IFLR1000 - The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms. He has received this award every year since 2016 (inclusively).

Jason Huff

Partner, Corporate, Finance and Investments
King & Spalding

Jason Huff is a partner in King & Spalding's Finance practice and resident in our Charlotte office. Jason is active in the leveraged finance, transportation finance and structured project finance practices.
Jason represents banks, financial institutions, equipment finance companies, lenders, lessors and other parties in leveraged finance and other financial transactions. He has wide-ranging experience representing lenders and lessors in all aspects of domestic and cross-border equipment and structured finance transactions with specific focus on transactions involving aircraft and rail equipment.
Jason represents clients in all aspects of equipment finance and in all types of equipment financing structures, including single-investor and syndicated lease and loan transactions, leveraged financings, true / tax motivated leases, synthetic leases, TRAC leases and other domestic and cross-border financings. He also advises clients in lease and loan portfolio purchases and sales.
Jason speaks regularly at aviation and rail conferences and conducts workshops for clients on a wide range of topics in equipment finance.

Robert Ihne


Robert W. Ihne is an attorney with over twenty-five years of experience in commercial financing, primarily in the areas of secured transactions and equipment leasing. Such experience has included drafting, negotiating and providing advice related to direct transactions, syndications, vendor financing, and forms of credit enhancements such as guaranties and letters of credit.
Mr. Ihne was employed by CIT, which engages in many types of asset-based financing, for over twenty years. In addition to the usual transactional work there, he bore primary responsibility for educating CIT’s attorneys and businesspeople concerning the implications of the revisions to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code that took effect in 2001. He was previously associated with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and the New Jersey law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch, and clerked for Hon. John J. Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has recently consulted for DLL.
Mr. Ihne is a Member of The American Law Institute and a Member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. He has been a member of the Legal Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association and various subcommittees thereof, and was a recipient of the ELFA Excellence in Leasing Award for 2006. He is a member of the Board of Editors of, and contributor to, LJN’s Equipment Leasing Newsletter. He is also a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.  
Mr. Ihne was a member of the faculty for the ALI-ABA course of study called  The Emerged and Emerging New Uniform Commercial Code” and The New Uniform Commercial Code held in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston from 2000 through 2007 and was a member of a panel sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education entitled “UCC Article 9 – Secured Transactions: A Year Later” in June of 2002.     

Horace Jordan

EVP & General Counsel
Kingsbridge Holdings, LLC

Mr. Jordan is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Kingsbridge Holdings, LLC and its operating subsidiaries Trilogy Leasing Co., LLC and Capital Technology & Leasing, L.L.C.  He also is one of Kingsbridge’s founding members.  Mr. Jordan is responsible for the legal and administrative operations of Kingsbridge and its subsidiaries.
Prior to joining Kingsbridge, Mr. Jordan was with Relational, LLC as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 2001 through 2005 where he managed the legal and human resources departments and was a member of Relational’s Executive Committee.  From 1991 through 2000, Mr. Jordan was with the law firm of Jenner & Block where he was a partner for five years specializing in litigation and business disputes.  From 1998 to 1990, Mr. Jordan was an associate with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in Chicago and in Hong Kong specializing in corporate law and international transactions.
Mr. Jordan has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago Law School teaching courses on Privacy Rights in Employment.  He has published multiple articles on tax and commercial law issues as well the role of in-house counsel and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education conferences.  He has been a member of leadership for many years with the American Bar Association, currently serving as a member of the Board of Council for the Section of Litigation, and is a member of the board of directors for several not-for-profit organizations.
Mr. Jordan received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law and received his Bachelors of Science degree magna cum laude from Tufts University.
Mr. Jordan resides in Lake Forest, Illinois with his very understanding wife Diana and his four “nearly perfect” daughters Calla, Gwen, Taryn and Charlotte.  When not otherwise engaged in family activities, Mr. Jordan’s interests include travel, athletics, performing arts, politics, reveling in the success of the Beelzebubs acappella singing group and rooting for the Northwestern Wildcats, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago Bears.

Scott Kearns

Legal Director
Dell Financial Services

Scott is a 20+ year veteran of the leasing and financing industry having worked for small, medium and large ticket organizations. For the past 11+ years, he has supported Dell Techonologies' captive finance organization, Dell Financial Services.

Troy Kepler

Vice-President & Senior Corporate Counsel
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance

Troy C. Kepler is Vice-President and Senior Corporate Counsel for U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, a division of U.S. Bank National Association. Mr. Kepler advises U.S. Bank Equipment Finance on a variety of legal and regulatory issues and is actively involved in the resolution of disputes between U.S. Bank Equipment Finance and its customers, vendors, and manufacturer partners. In addition, Mr. Kepler conducts litigation on behalf of U.S. Bank Equipment Finance and manages its defensive litigation portfolio.

Melissa Kopit

Vedder Price P.C.

Melissa W. Kopit is an Associate at Vedder Price in the Washington, DC office and a member of the firm's Global Transportation Finance team. She concentrates her practice in corporate and financial transactions, with a focus on secured lending and asset finance, involving commercial and business aircraft, helicopters and general equipment assets.
Ms. Kopit counsels and represents lenders, borrowers, lessors, lessees, equity participants and other financiers in a wide range of cross-border and domestic transactions. These matters include secured debt transactions, asset-backed structured financings, back-leveraged and operating lease facilities, portfolio acquisitions, asset purchases and dispositions, sercuritizations and capital markets offerings. Ms. Kopit has also advised clients on aviation regulatory compliance and enforcement matters.
While in law school, Ms. Kopit served on the Article Selection Committee for The George Washington International Law Review and chaired the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition for the Mock Trial Board. Prior to joining Vedder Price, Ms. Kopit interned for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Department of Justice, and she represented clients in contract and employment matters as a student attorney through the Public Justice Advocacy Clinic.

Marjorie Krumholz

Thompson Coburn LLP

Margie's practice spans more than 30 years representing borrowers, lenders, lessors, and lessees in structuring, negotiating, and closing financing transactions, including leases, leveraged leases, and cross-border transactions. Nationally recognized for her equipment finance experience, particularly in the maritime industry, Margie handles equipment sales and purchases, and portfolio sales. She has worked on many complex financing structures, including transactions that have multiple tiers of debt secured by thousands of vessels.  
In addition to financing transactions, Margie counsels private equity and hedge fund clients in their investments in maritime businesses. She also counsels clients on maritime regulatory matters, including qualification as a United States citizen for purposes of the Jones Act and registration of vessels in flags of convenience. She practices in the area of trade finance through representation of banks that support the export of goods and services from the U.S. by providing loans that are guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).
Margie is a member of the ELFA Board of Directors, co-chair of the ELFA Air, Rail and Marine Subcommittee and former member of the Legal Committee. She is Managing Partner of Thompson Coburn’s DC office and co-chair of the firm's Federal Practice Group.

Sophia Kwon

Troutman Sanders LLP

Sophia Kwon is an associate with the Finance Section of Troutman Sanders LLP. She represents financial institutions, banks, captive finance companies, equipment lessors, lessees and borrowers in a wide range of financing transactions, including the preparation and review of documentation in connection with loans, leases, and the purchase, sale and financing of leases, loan receivables and portfolios. Sophia has participated in transactions involving the financing of many asset classes, including aircraft, vehicles, containers, software, computers and various other types of small, middle and large ticket equipment.
She also assists in updating several chapters in the Commercial Finance Guide and the Commercial Loan Documentation Guide (LexisNexis).  
Sophia Kwon obtained her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and her law degree from Fordham University School of Law.
Troutman Sanders LLP, founded in 1897, is an international law firm with more than 650 attorneys in offices located in New York (where Sophia is located), Atlanta, Beijing, Charlotte, Chicago, Hong Kong, Orange County, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tysons Corner, Virginia Beach, and Washington, D.C. The firm's clients range from individual entrepreneurs to large multinational corporations and reflect virtually every sector and industry. The firm's heritage of extensive experience, exceptional responsiveness and an unwavering commitment to service has resulted in strong, long-standing relationships with clients across the globe. In recognition of the firm's strong service culture, Troutman Sanders has been on the BTI Client Service A-Team for 13 consecutive years.

Dustin Lee

VP, Associate General Counsel
Fifth Third Bank

Mr. Lee is Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Fifth Third Bank, supporting its Commercial Lending line of business. He has experience structuring and negotiating lease and loan transactions with borrowers, lessees, vendors, leasing companies, investors, and other banks. Mr. Lee is an active member in the equipment finance industry and has extensive knowledge of the relevant commercial and regulatory issues.

Before joining Fifth Third Bank, Mr. Lee was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Summit Funding Group. In addition to managing the Legal Department, Mr. Lee led operations teams in the company's Documentation and Funding Groups. Mr. Lee's primary responsibility was executing within these Groups across the company's direct, vendor finance, and third-party origination platforms, facilitating the funding of over $1 billion in asset-backed lease and loan transactions. Mr. Lee met regularly with the company's Sales, Credit, and Syndications teams to evaluate and balance customer needs with funding requirements. Mr. Lee also worked closely with the company's board of directors and management team to develop and implement meaningful growth strategies.

Mr. Lee started his career at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he advised public and private companies on registered debt and equity offerings, private placements, venture capital financings, M&A deals, credit facilities, and '34 Act reporting, and also provided clients with day-to-day legal, regulatory, and commercial advice.

Dominic Liberatore

Deputy General Counsel

Dominic A. Liberatore is the Deputy General Counsel for DLL, a global provider of leasing and business finance solutions, including vendor finance.

Mr. Liberatore has been practicing law for 30 years focusing in the areas of leasing and asset based lending, and has served in a variety of senior in-house legal positions with DLL, IOS Capital, Inc. (the captive finance subsidiary of IKON Office Solutions, Inc.), Copelco Financial Services Group, Inc. and the FDIC. Prior to going in-house, Mr. Liberatore was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City and Wolf Block in Philadelphia. Mr. Liberatore is a past chairman of the ELFA Legal Committee and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Mr. Liberatore holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from the University of Buffalo.

Sherry Lowe Johnson

Director, Senior Counsel
Volvo Financial Services

Sherry Lowe Johnson has over 20 years of experience representing financial institutions, equipment leasing companies and special purpose entities on a myriad of legal issues and concerns, including litigation, regulatory and compliance, and transactional matters.  She is a highly requested speaker on issues concerning representation of lenders and bankruptcy-related issues.  

Bruce Masterson

General Counsel
First American Equipment Finance, an RBC / City National Company

Bruce has served as General Counsel for First American Commercial Bancorp, Inc. for the last thirteen years and has worked as both in-house and outside counsel to several leasing companies over the last twenty-eight years. Bruce received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a member of the Law Review. Bruce is a member of the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania Bars and was Chairman of the EFLA Legal Committee for 2012.

Matthew McKeon

SVP & Senior Counsel II
Key Equipment Finance

Lisa Moore

Sr. Counsel
PNC Equipment Finance, LLC

Lisa Moore serves as Senior Counsel at PNC Equipment Finance, LLC, (“PNCEF”), headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, a wholly owned subsidiary of PNC Bank, N.A., where she is embedded in the business. Lisa has supported PNCEF and its predecessors for over fifteen years with a focus on back end matters and operations, as well as front end support for rail, the buy-sell desk and corporate finance. Lisa regularly conducts internal training on both front and back end topics. She is a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) Amicus Brief Committee and previously served on the ELFA Legal Committee. Lisa has previously presented at the ELFA Legal Forum on the topics of NorVergence and Chapter 11.  

Mitchell Neider

Managing Director -Associate General Counsel
Banc of America Leasing

Mitchell (Mitch) Neider is the General Counsel for Bank of America Global Leasing, one of the leading bank-owned asset finance and leasing companies in the world, with offices throughout the US and internationally.  He is a member of the senior management team and leads a group of attorneys responsible for supporting all aspects of the business.
Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2010, Neider served in various legal and leadership roles at The CIT Group, De Lage Landen Financial Services and Soc Gen Equipment Finance.
Neider received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Camden.

Jennifer Ng

Associate General Counsel
Eastern Funding LLC

Andrea Nicotera

Senior Corporate Counsel
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance

Brittany Ogden

Attorney, Partner
Quarles & Brady LLP

Stephen Patterson

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Frank Peretore

Member of the Firm
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Frank Peretore has served as a trusted legal advisor and counselor to national and regional banks and finance companies ranging from closely held companies to Fortune 100 companies. Frank has over 30 years of experience in commercial lending and leasing with a concentration in equipment finance and leasing and other asset based lending. Frank's representation includes drafting master documentation for equipment leasing and asset based lending for direct and private label programs, TRAC, FMV and other true lease structures, leases intended as security, equipment finance agreements and vendor programs, as well as purchase/sale of one-off deals and full portfolios. Frank's representation has also included the enforcement of lessors' and secured creditors' rights in thousands of matters in the state, federal and bankruptcy courts.

As a long-standing leader in his field Frank has published highly-acclaimed books titled "Workouts and Enforcement for the Secured Creditor and Equipment Lessor," (Lexis/Nexis 2015 edition) and "Secured Transactions for the Practitioner, How to Properly Perfect Your Personal Property Lien and Assure Priority." In 2015, Frank was nominated by Leasing News as one of the 25 most influential attorneys in the U.S. in the Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry.

Prior to joining the firm, Frank was a founding member of the law firm of Peretore & Peretore, P.C.

Frank received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a member of the Dean's List. Frank received his B.S. in Economics from State University of New York College at Oneonta where he graduated with high honors.

Kenneth Peters

Dressler & Peters, LLC

Kenneth D. Peters is a partner with Chicago-based DesslerPeters.  As a former executive in the oil industry, he brings to every engagement valuable first-hand experience with the entire business lifecycle.  Ken focuses on representing banks, financial institutions, large multi-national corporations and LLCs in all matters related to commercial litigation, financing arrangements and creditor rights.
Ken also draws on valuable business insights gained from teaching at the MBA program at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and serving on corporate boards. He was one of the highest-rated instructors and served on the curriculum council. He has also taught continuing legal education courses at the Chicago Bar Association and at ExxonMobil to in-house attorneys, and has published articles on a broad range of practice areas. In addition, Ken chaired the legal committee of the National Equipment Finance Association.

Ralph Petta

President and CEO
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

Ralph Petta is the President and CEO of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), the premier trade association representing 550+ member organizations in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector. Mr. Petta leads the organization in executing its mission to foster business development, deliver industry information and analysis, provide educational opportunities and advocate for the industry. He is also President of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, which is dedicated to inspiring thoughtful innovation and contributing to the betterment of the equipment leasing and finance industry.

Mr. Petta, an authority in the business of equipment finance, has been with the association since 1987. Before assuming the role of President and CEO in January 2016, he served as Chief Operating Officer for six years, providing coordination, direction and oversight of ELFA programs and services designed to add value to the association's member organizations. Prior to that, he served as Interim President. From 1987 to 2010 he was Vice President-Research & Industry Services, managing ELFA's information, benchmarking and market research initiatives. Throughout his career at ELFA, Mr. Petta has assumed leadership roles in virtually all functional areas within the organization, including governance, membership marketing, communications, business and professional development, state advocacy and the association's affiliated Foundation.

He is often quoted in industry trade publications and is a frequent speaker about the role of equipment finance in the U.S. economy and trends and developments in the equipment finance sector.

Mr. Petta is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), as well as ASAE's Key Industry Association Committee (KIAC).  He completed the ASAE/University of Maryland College of Business and Management executive development certificate program in association management. He also was selected for and participated in the ASAE Future Leaders Conference. Mr. Petta is a member of the Exchequer Club of Washington, DC.

Before joining ELFA, Mr. Petta worked for nine years in the office of United States Senator Sam Nunn, serving in a variety of professional capacities. He was Senator Nunn's legislative assistant when he left to join the association. Mr. Petta graduated from Syracuse University, earning a B.A. degree in political science.  

Ann Pille

Reed Smith LLP

Carla Potter

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Scott Riehl

VP, State Government Relations
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

Scott Riehl serves as Vice President of State Government Relations for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), the premier trade association representing 575+ member organizations in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector.

Mr. Riehl joined ELFA in June 2016. He directs and executes all aspects of the association’s state government relations strategy, monitoring and engaging legislation and regulation impacting the industry in all 50 states.

Mr. Riehl brings 24 years of direct issue advocacy, legal and legislative staff experience to ELFA. For 13 years he represented the consumer products industry, including serving as Vice President of State Government Affairs and Associate Counsel at the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Prior to GMA, Mr. Riehl served as a Vice President at Stateside Associates, a full-service state legislative tracking company, where he provided direct political consultation for numerous Fortune 500 companies and D.C.-based trade associations. Previously, Mr. Riehl was a state affairs specialist for the National Rifle Association of America. Immediately prior to joining ELFA, he led the Riehl Group LLC, a political and strategic issue management and consulting firm based in Virginia.

In the legal and state legislative arenas, Mr. Riehl worked in the Washington, D.C., office of Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson, where he specialized in the firm’s government and defense contracts practice. Previously, he was on the staff of the Michigan Attorney General. Mr. Riehl began his government relations career in the Michigan Senate, where he served as Counsel and Chief Legislative Aide for two Michigan state senators.

Mr. Riehl has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Vermont and a J.D. from Thomas Cooley School of Law.

Sidney Scheinberg

Godwin, Bowman, & Martinez

Sidney H. Scheinberg sits on the Executive Committee, and is Chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Right Section with Dallas-based Godwin Bowman & Martinez, representing clients in complex and critical cases. The primary focus of Mr. Scheinberg's practice is on bankruptcy and business litigation matters, with an emphasis on the representation of secured creditors, such as automobile finance companies and national banking associations. His clients have included such luminaries as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan and GM Financial.
A former radio broadcaster, he has spoken at National Creditors Bar Association (NARCA) conferences, is a frequent speaker at National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees' meetings, and has taught a variety of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses on Bankruptcy.

Moorari Shah

BuckleySandler LLP

Moorari K. Shah is Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Buckley Sandler LLP, where he represents bank and nonbank financial institutions in corporate, finance, and transactional matters covering mergers and acquisitions, commercial and consumer lending and leasing, and transaction-related regulatory compliance issues.  Prior to joining Buckley Sandler he was in-house counsel for Toyota Financial Services.

Jud Snyder

BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company

Jud Snyder is the President of BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company and BMO's Senior Executive for Southeast Wisconsin.
Jud joined the Bank in 1994 and is responsible for leading the growth and development of BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company. This includes strategic and managerial responsibility for sales, operations, underwriting and equipment management capabilities within the Equipment Finance Company.
Prior to taking on his current role, he had roles in credit, sales and sales management in Equipment Finance prior to taking on the President's role in 2008. In 2010, he moved into the bank as M&I's Head of Specialized Industries. In this role he was responsible for Equipment Finance, Global Trade, Health Care, Dealer Finance, Agribusiness and Sponsor Finance. Following the BMO acquisition in 2011, he moved back into the head role at Equipment Finance with the mandate to leverage the business across BMO and grow the business to scale.
Jud obtained his BA in Russian and Economics from UW Madison ('94). He is currently the Chairman and an Officer of ELFA (Equipment Leasing and Finance Association). He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Ballet (Immediate Past Chair & President and Executive Committee Member), The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (Trustee), United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Teach for America and Froedtert Health Systems.
Jud lives in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin with his five children.

Mark Stout

Padfield & Stout, LLP

Mark Stout has conducted an active civil litigation practice in state and bankruptcy courts since 1998. Mr. Stout’s practice concentration includes commercial finance, asset based lending, equipment leasing and the Uniform Commercial Code. Mr. Stout represents a wide range of equipment lessors and asset based lenders in all aspects of business finance. He routinely advises clients in complex loan transactions and litigation matters. Mr. Stout has a successful track record representing lenders in loan enforcement actions, bankruptcy proceedings and out of court workouts.. He divides his practice equally between commercial litigation and bankruptcy litigation. Mr. Stout represents in excess of thirty financial institutions and leasing companies.
Mr. Stout has experience in Chapter 7, 9, 11, 12 & 13 proceedings and protecting secured creditors’ rights by utilizing various motions and adversary proceedings. In addition, Mr. Stout has represented Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees which recovered significant sums for the bankruptcy estates. Mr. Stout has been counsel on several bankruptcy appeals, all of which were decided in his clients’ favor.  Mr. Stout has experience in representing creditors in bankruptcies involving hospitals, oil and gas companies, construction companies, farms, restaurant groups, and numerous other businesses.
Mr. Stout has also within the last four years represented energy companies in oil and gas disputes, general and subcontractors in construction disputes, employment disputes concerning the enforceability of non-compete agreements, debt buyers in FDCPA matters, corporate directors in corporate governance disputes, probate disputes, medical software companies in contractual enforce-ability disputes, and defended law firms in alleged wrongful acts. In addition to litigation, Mr. Stout also assists commercial lenders in drafting financial instruments, forbearance agreements, and restructuring loans that comply with the UCC and Texas statutes.

Jennifer Sucher

Associate General Counsel
Donlen Corporation

Jennifer Sucher is an experienced commercial business lawyer providing strategic legal advice to clients for over 25 years. Jennifer’s practice as a Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP focuses on secured lending and leasing transactions, restructuring, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights. She has advised clients on a wide variety of issues involving healthcare finance, cash flow and asset based lending, franchise finance and commercial real estate. Jennifer spent 19 years working in-house as Executive Counsel at GE Capital and as Legal Operational Risk Manager at Heller Financial. Jennifer helps clients identify legal, compliance, regulatory and business risks while at the same time providing practical, creative and workable solutions. She also actively works with clients to reduce losses by successfully resolving or avoiding litigation and maximizing recoveries. Jennifer is highly skilled in explaining legal issues to non-lawyers, identifying common goals and building consensus in diverse groups. In 2017, Jennifer received her mediation certificate from Northwestern University.

James Ugalde

Quarles & Brady LLP

Edward Wang

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Edward Wang is a partner in our Financial Services Group as well as a member of our China Focus Group. He has acted for lenders (various financial institutions and private lenders) and borrowers in a variety of debt-financing and lending transactions, including leveraged buy-out financings, aircraft acquisition and financing, multi-jurisdictional lending transactions, syndicated loans transactions, asset-based lending, and within the context of business combinations, corporate mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. Edward also regularly acts for creditors, insolvency professionals, and debtors in various insolvency and restructuring proceedings including those under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.
Edward also has experience in China-related financing and insolvency matters that are based in Canada. Edward speaks both Mandarin Chinese and English. He was born in Beijing, China, where he lived for a number of years.

Kenneth Weinberg

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

Ken Weinberg is a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., and practices in the area of commercial finance, focusing on equipment leasing, equipment finance and project finance. He represents bank-affiliated, captive, and independent finance companies in many transactional aspects of equipment leasing and finance and has experience with many types of equipment and facilities. A key component of Ken's practice also includes his representation of both lenders and borrowers in connection with recourse and non-recourse energy project financing transactions across the country. Ken contributes regularly to the equipment leasing and finance industry and, since 2002, has published almost 100 editions of his regularly scheduled column, Dispatches from the Trenches, in Monitor Leasing and Financial Services.


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