Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Equiping Business for Success

Legal Forum

May 06, 2018 - May 08, 2018

Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC

Program Highlights
Providing Legal Direction and Valuable Counsel for over 50 Years
The PREMIER EVENT for attorneys serving the equipment leasing and finance industry
The best place to OBTAIN UPDATES ON LEGAL ISSUES that impact your company
UNMATCHED NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES with your peers in the industry
Highlights from the 2018 Legal Forum
  • Roundtable discussions on the following key issues: air, rail, marine; motor vehicle; fiscal agency; inside and outside counsel; fraud; syndication; hot topics; municipal leasing; legal update litigation; legal update bankruptcy
  • Concurrent sessions on such topics as: intro to leasing; tax reform; e-leasing; litigations and advanced provisions; tidewater/ damages; state licensing; bundled services; California lenders licensing; securitization; basic lease documentation; UCC basics; UCC advanced;
  • General Sessions on the always popular Legal Update and Ethics
* Conference Qualifies CLE Credits
Sponsorship Opportunities
Contact Steve Wafalosky at 440-247-1060 or if you are interested in sponsoring any of the conference events.  
Conference Qualifies CLE Credits
Who Should Attend?
Internal and external counsel of all experience levels will benefit from this Forum.

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 - May 06
  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 - May 07
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 - May 08
8:30 am - 9:30 am
  Motor Vehicles Roundtable
9:45 am - 10:45 am
  Hot Topics Roundtable
  Municipal and Government Roundtable


Stewart Abramson

Senior Managing Counsel
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

Stewart Abramson is Managing Counsel in the Wells Fargo Law Department. His team supports all aspects of the Wells Fargo equipment finance and asset based lending businesses across the Wells Fargo enterprise, including, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc., Wells Fargo Financial Leasing, First Union Rail, Wells Fargo Preferred Capital and the Asset Based Lending  and Factoring businesses that are part of Wells Fargo Capital Finance.  He served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Charter Financial, Inc. from 1988 until Charter’s acquisition by Wells Fargo in 2000, and was General Counsel of North American Corporation prior to joining Charter. Stewart holds a B.S from Union College (NY) and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

R. Scott Adams

Senior Counsel - US
Volvo Financial Services

Scott Adams serves as Senior Counsel, United States for Volvo Financial Services in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has experience structuring, negotiating and documenting a variety of commercial transactions, as well as managing bankruptcy and insolvency matters. A native of Charleston, W.Va., he attended Colgate University and WVU College of Law.

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.      

Jedd Bellman

Assistant Commissioner for Non-Depository Supervision
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Jedd Bellman is the Assistant Commissioner for compliance and enforcement in the Office of the Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation. Mr. Bellman manages the compliance team that supervises all non-depository institutions, including approximately 15,000 licensees that range from mortgage lenders, brokers and servicers to check cashers, money transmitters and debt management firms. He also manages the team responsible for carrying out the Commissioner’s enforcement powers. Additionally, he is an American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators (AARMR) appointee on the Multi-State Mortgage Committee, which is charged with coordinating the examination, investigation, and supervision of those mortgage lenders, brokers and servicers operating in more than one state, as well as a Director on the Executive Committee of the North American Collection Agency Regulatory Association (NACARA). Mr. Bellman received his B.A. in Philosophy from Union College and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Paul Bent

Senior Managing Director
The Alta Group LLC

Paul Bent is a seasoned equipment leasing executive who currently serves as senior managing director of The Alta Group and manager of its Legal Services practice. With several decades of experience as an investment banker, equipment leasing CEO, and transaction attorney, Paul has participated in all facets of leasing and corporate financing. He provides Alta clients with insight and advice in assessing both strategic and tactical business plans and alternatives, developing and implementing leasing transactions and structures, reviewing business and documentation practices, and analyzing asset-based financing alternatives.
He serves as an industry and testifying expert in legal matters involving equipment leasing and financing, transaction structuring, and contract interpretation; and he provides services as a neutral arbitrator and facilitator in difficult disputes over leasing and corporate finance, with emphasis on maintaining relationships and avoiding litigation.  He earned his A.B. from UCLA, with highest departmental honors in mathematics and computer science, and his J.D. from Southwestern Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of the Southwestern University Law Review.
Based in Long Beach, California, Paul has direct and hands-on experience in developing, arranging, facilitating, managing, negotiating and closing leases, structured corporate financings, and related business transactions. As an investment banker and a transaction attorney, he has analyzed, negotiated and participated in hundreds of transactions for clients throughout the world. In addition to serving with The Alta Group, he is the founder, president and general counsel of GoodSmith & Co., Incorporated, a corporate financial services firm specializing in large-ticket leasing, leveraged leasing, and asset-based corporate financing.
In addition to his work in leasing, Paul is a professional singer.  He has sung for nine years with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and performs with the Long Beach Camerata Singers.  His voice can be heard on many movie and video game soundtracks, including "World of Warcraft."

Denise Blau

Vedder Price P.C.

Denise L. Blau is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the firm’s Tax practice and the Global Transportation Finance team.

Ms. Blau is a tax attorney who focuses on federal income tax planning and tax controversy representation of domestic and foreign corporate, partnership and individual clients. She has extensive experience in cross-border and domestic equipment lease financings, project and real estate financings, equity and debt financings, securitization transactions, international tax matters, joint ventures and acquisitions.

Ms. Blau lectures extensively on financing, securitization and leasing matters and is the author of many articles on those subjects. The Legal 500 United States guide recommends Ms. Blau in the Finance—Asset Finance and Leasing category. Ms. Blau was selected for inclusion from 2007 to 2013 in New York Super Lawyers. In addition, she received an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Blau graduated from New York University School of Law and University of Pennsylvania, cum laude.

Alison Bost

Deputy General Counsel

As the Womble Bond Dickinson (US) Deputy General Counsel, Alison supervises a team of attorneys and paralegals that advises the firm on all legal issues, including conflicts of interest, lateral hiring, firm expansion initiatives, personnel issues, legal ethics and professional responsibility and risk management. Alison has recently become experienced in handling various issues related to transatlantic law firm combinations. She also manages outside counsel on litigation matters involving the firm. In addition, Alison regularly provides training on ethics issues to firm attorneys and staff as well as to firm clients and is a frequent speaker on legal ethics topics at various continuing legal education programs.

Before becoming full-time counsel to the firm, Alison gained experience in litigation and appellate matters, handling a variety of civil cases in both North Carolina and federal courts. She also successfully argued appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Her appellate work addressed various legal contexts, including employment law, local government/municipal law, federal and state constitutional law and insurance law.

Alison also serves as the Vice Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has been a member of that committee since its inception. Alison is currently leading a firm-wide training initiative on unconscious or implicit bias and works in conjunction with the committee to drive the firm’s inclusion strategy to tangible results.

Rachel Brescoll

Vice President
Citizens Asset Finance, Inc.

David Burton

Mayer Brown LLP

David K. Burton is a partner in Mayer Brown's New York office and a member of the Tax Transactions & Consulting practice. He advises clients on a wide range of US tax matters, with a particular emphasis on project finance and energy transactions. In addition, he also advises clients on tax matters regarding the formation and structuring of domestic and offshore investment funds. David has extensive experience structuring tax-efficient transactions, such as sale-leasebacks, flip partnerships, pass-through leases and other structures, for the acquisition and financing of renewable energy assets.
Earlier in his career, David was the managing director and senior tax counsel at GE Energy Financial Services (GE EFS), one of the world's leading investors in energy projects. Before joining GE EFS, David was a tax lawyer at GE Capital and primarily focused on aircraft and equipment leasing and financing and asset acquisitions.
David received the "Distinguished Legal Writing Award (Law Firm)" as part of the 2016 Burton Awards. He also is a co-editor of Tax Equity Times, which addresses issues at the intersection of renewable energy and tax policy in the United States. In addition, he co-authored Chapter 16 in PLI’s Equipment Leasing-Leveraged Leasing.  David is also ranked in Band 3 by Chambers USA 2017 in the area of Projects: Renewables & Alternative Energy.
David has been a member of the tax committee of the Equipment Leasing and Financing Association for over 15 years as well as spoken on tax reform for ELFA in a January 2018 webinar- "Expensing Provisions," ELFA Tax Bill Webinar. He recently co-authored an article on tax reform that was published in ELFA’s QuickBrief, - "The Impact of Tax Reform: What Equipment Leasing Companies Need to Know“.
David received his BA magna cum laude from Ithaca College in 1993 and his JD cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1996, where he was on the staff of The Tax Lawyer.

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.

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

Charles Cross

Senior Counsel
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

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.

Robert Downey

General Counsel
Macquarie Corporate and Asset Finance

Bob Downey is Macquarie Group's General Counsel-Corporate and Asset Finance Group for North America, and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. Macquarie Group is an international bank, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with over 320 billion dollars in assets under management. Bob has primary responsibility for Macquarie Equipment Capital Inc., which offers world-wide equipment financing solutions to the mining sector, Advantage Funding Commercial Capital Corp., a speciality vehicle finance company and Macquarie Electronics, a reseller of IT equipment. Bob also has supervisory responsibility for Macquarie's Canadian equipment financing group and Macquarie's trade receivables financing group.

Bob joined Macquarie from Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation, where he spent over 14 years supporting various Caterpillar enterprises including managing its domestic litigation and transaction teams. Before Caterpillar Bob spent 9 years with The CIT Group/Equipment Financing, Inc., in Livingston, New Jersey. Bob started his career with Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon, a New York City law firm.

Bob is a past Chair of ELFA's Legal Committee and remains involved in Legal Committee's activities. He is a winner of ELFA's Ed Groobert Award for his various activities and is a frequent speaker at the Legal Forum.

Raymond Dusch

Senior Corporate Counsel
Cisco Systems Capital Corporation

Mr. Dusch is Senior Corporate Counsel for Cisco Systems, Inc. ("Cisco"), supporting Cisco Systems Capital Corporation (commonly known as "Cisco Capital"), the global financing captive of Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking and IT, including all aspects of leasing and financing the sale of Cisco's technologies, products and services.

Mr. Dusch is an experienced attorney who has represented domestic and international financial institutions in all aspects of equipment leasing and asset-based financing, including lease financing, secured loan and syndication transactions, portfolio acquisitions and sales, vendor programs and securitizations. For more than 35 years, he has represented lessors, lenders, vendors, lessees, as well as purchasers and sellers of leases, in leasing and financing many types equipment, in domestic and international transactions.

Mr. Dusch received his B.S. degree (magna cum laude) in Accounting from New York University Stern School of Business, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an Editor on the New York University Law Review. Prolific as an author, Mr. Dusch's articles have been published in various national legal and business publications such as American Banker, The New York Law Journal, The Secured Lender, The Journal of Equipment Lease Financing, Equipment Leasing Today, and Monitor: Leasing & Financial Services. He is co-author of three chapters in the COMMERCIAL LOAN DOCUMENTATION GUIDE and two chapters in EQUIPMENT LEASING, Matthew Bender's comprehensive treatise on equipment leasing.

Currently on the Board of Editors of LJN's Equipment Leasing Newsletter, Mr. Dusch is a former a member of ELFA's Legal Committee and NVLA's Legal and Legislative Committee.

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.

Andy Fishburn

VP, Federal Government Relations
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

Andy Fishburn is the Vice President of Federal 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. Fishburn joined ELFA in September 2012. He directs and operates all aspects of the association’s federal relations strategy and the engagement of members in political programs.

Fishburn has focused on legislative, financial and tax policy matters throughout his distinguished career within the Department of Treasury and the U.S. Congress. He served in legislative affairs positions and as senior advisor to four Secretaries of the Treasury, including as a Deputy Assistant Secretary under Secretaries John Snow and Henry Paulson. During 2010 and 2011, he served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and worked for Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on tax policies such as bank taxation, tax administration, oversight of the IRS, tax extenders and small business tax issues. Most recently, he was the Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Mint, acting as the Bureau’s lead legislative strategist and congressional liaison.

He has a B.S. in environmental studies from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University.

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.   

Eric Gazin

Senior Counsel
GE Capital Markets Group

Eric Gazin is Senior Counsel Syndications with GE Capital Americas. As Senior Counsel Syndications, Mr. Gazin provides legal support for the syndication activities of GE Capital’s Capital Markets Group and all the GE Capital business units whose transactions are syndicated through GE Capital’s Capital Markets Group. GE Capital provides financial solutions and services to a broad range of businesses throughout the United States.

Prior to joining GE, Mr. Gazin was a shareholder at the law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Gazin has served on the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (“ELFA”) Legal Committee. He has spoken at several ELFA Legal Forum conferences and is co-chairman of ELFA’s Capital Markets Subcommittee.

Mr. Gazin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College and a Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law. He is a past Fulbright Fellow, having studied at Warsaw University in Poland.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

Ruthanne Hammett

Thompson Coburn LLP

Ruthanne C. Hammett is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP where she practices in the firm's Banking and Commercial Finance department. Her practice includes representing banks, leasing companies, captive finance subsidiaries, borrowers and lessees in loans, structured financing and leases. She has twenty-five years of experience in a wide variety of commercial finance transactions, including secured, unsecured, syndicated, asset-based, acquisition and lease financing transactions. She is familiar with both large corporate and middle-market lending as well as with sales of loan and lease portfolios and distressed loans and assets.

Ms. Hammett holds a Bachelor's Degree (cum laude) from Illinois State University and a Juris Doctorate (cum laude) from the University of Illinois. She is member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and is also on her firm's diversity and associate review committees.

With roots tracing back to 1929, Thompson Coburn LLP has represented clients from every industrial and corporate sector, including energy, banking, transportation, manufacturing and communications. The firm has earned the trust and loyalty of its clients by consistently meeting their expectations for premier legal representation without the high-maintenance character of a typical big firm. Now, with more than 380 lawyers and 40 practice areas operating in offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and Southern Illinois, the firm continues to serve clients throughout the United States and beyond.

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.

Joshua Hasko

Messerli Kramer

Joshua A. Hasko is a shareholder with Messerli Kramer, and serves as the Chair of the Business Litigation Department. Josh has also been elected to serve two consecutive terms on the firm’s Board of Directors.  He is consistently included on the Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, which recognizes the top 2.5% of lawyers in the State.  In 2016 and 2017, Josh was named to Super Lawyer’s® Top 100 List.
Josh concentrates his practice on commercial business disputes, with an emphasis on complex contract and business tort litigation; creditor remedies and Uniform Commercial Code disputes including equipment leasing and secured transactions; fiduciary duty and shareholder claims; and real estate litigation.  He practices in state and federal courts, bankruptcy courts, appellate courts, and in arbitration proceedings.   
Josh is dedicated to client service and works with his clients to develop an aggressive and practical legal strategy consistent with their goals and objectives.

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.

C. Lawrence Holmes

Dilworth Paxson LLP

Since joining Dilworth Paxson in 1993, Mr. Holmes has established a track record of landmark legal successes and longstanding client partnerships. Larry concentrates on representing financial institutions such as insurance companies, finance lease companies, and lenders. A passionate advocate for his clients, Larry is skilled at humanizing large institutions and effectively communicating with juries and judges.

Larry's work includes pivotal cases that have impacted Pennsylvania law. He obtained a jury verdict for the defense on behalf of Lloyd's of London after a two-week trial in the Commerce Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia for breach of contract. On appeal, he successfully argued before both the Superior and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and helped establish a new law in Pennsylvania on behalf of the insurance industry.

With a growing reputation as an engaging legal thought leader, Larry has spoken numerous times at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) annual Legal Forum, most recently as a speaker at the 2014 Forum, after which Larry was appointed to the ELFA Legal Committee for 2015-2017. For a number of years he has presented Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE programs on insurer bad faith, and other topics. Prior to joining Dilworth, Larry served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr. of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court - writing opinions, providing counsel, and learning the skills of passionate persuasion and respectful dissent that would inform his career.

Robert Hornby

Member of the Firm
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

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.     

Michael Karpen

Troutman Sanders LLP

Michael Karpen is a partner with the Finance Section of Troutman Sanders LLP. Mr. Karpen represents financial institutions, equipment lessors, hedge funds, lessees and borrowers in a wide range of secured and unsecured financing transactions and large, middle and small ticket equipment and software leasing transactions. Mr. Karpen specializes in representing funding sources, banks, equipment lessors and lessees in all aspects of equipment financing, including structuring, preparing and negotiating documentation in connection with credit facilities, sale and purchase of leases, lease receivables and lease portfolios, vendor program agreements, securitization transactions, syndicated loans, participations, project finance, merger and acquisition financings, and preparation and advice regarding lease forms. Transactions in which Mr. Karpen has participated involve the financing of all asset classes, including aircraft (where he completed financing the acquisition of a portfolio of 48 aircraft assets), vessel, rail, motor vehicles, containers, solar and other renewal energy and clean tech equipment and systems, software, managed equipment, computers and various other types of small, middle and large ticket equipment. Mr. Karpen is one of the leading experts on "managed solution financing," the financing of a combination of equipment leases, software and services. Mr. Karpen also represents clients in connection with the purchase and sale, and establishment of, independent, subsidiary and captive leasing companies.
Mr. Karpen is a long time member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, is a former member the ELFA Legal Committee, and is also an active member of other equipment trade associations. Mr. Karpen has authored several articles, which have been published in major leasing publications. He also serves as co-editor of the Commercial Finance Guide and the Commercial Loan Documentation Guide (Lexis/Nexis Publishers), and also assists in updating several chapters in those treatises. He is also a frequent lecturer on various topics relating to lease and loan transactions and documentation.
Troutman Sanders LLP, founded in 1897, is an international law firm with more than 650 lawyers in offices located in New York (where Mr. Karpen 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.

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.

Elliott Klass

General Counsel
Amur Equipment Finance

Marc Klyman

Vedder Price P.C.

Marc L. Klyman is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the Capital Markets group. He is experienced in a wide range of lending and capital markets transactions. Marc has represented lenders and borrowers in transactions secured by receivables, inventory, real estate and other assets. He also has worked on the securitization of aircraft leases, aircraft loans, auto leases, auto loans, credit card receivables, dealer floorplan receivables, equipment leases, equipment loans, health care receivables, marine container leases, mortgage loans, railcar leases, recreational vehicle loans, senior settlements (life insurance policies), ship loans, structured settlements (litigation settlements), student loans, tax liens and trade receivables.

Marc has represented clients in connection with various distressed transactions, including workouts or restructurings of transactions involving an advertising agency, an automobile finance company, a construction company, a department store chain, a factoring firm, a health care finance company and a mining company. He has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in Corporate Finance, Secured Transactions and Securities & Venture Finance from 2013 to 2017.

Marc graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude and the University of Michigan with highest distinction.

Mark Kohler

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

Mark D. Kohler is the General Counsel Capital Markets/Syndications of GE Capital US Holdings, Inc. GE Capital provides financial solutions and services to a broad range of industries throughout the United States and the World. As General Counsel Capital Markets/Syndications, Mr. Kohler manages GE Capital's Capital Markets/Syndication Legal Department and provides legal advice, strategy and expertise to GE Capital's Capital Markets Group and all the GE business units whose transactions are syndicated through GE Capital's Capital Markets Group.

Mr. Kohler was previously Senior Syndication Counsel, Syndication Counsel and General Counsel where he provided legal support for the syndication activities of the GE Capital Americas, Capital Solutions and Commercial Equipment Financing units of GE Capital and Region Counsel where he provided legal support for the Syndication and Third Party Origination business units of the Commercial Equipment Financing unit of GE Capital. Prior to joining GE in 1997, Mr. Kohler was an associate with the law firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver in Baltimore, Maryland.

He holds a Bachelor's Degree (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor (with Honors) from The George Washington University National Law Center.

Mr. Kohler is the Chairman of the Legislative & Regulatory Subcommittee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's ("ELFA") Legal Committee, is a Fellow with the American College of Commercial Lawyers, received the Edward A. Groobert Excellence in Leasing Award in 2013, served on ELFA's Legal Committee from 2006-2008 and is a frequent speaker at ELFA and GE events.

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.

Jeffrey Lawyer

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Jeff Lawyer is a veteran tax attorney focusing on transactional tax planning, including leasing transactions, since 1986. Prior to attending law school, Jeff spent six years as a certified public accountant with a Big 4 accounting firm, which gives him a strong financial and accounting background to bring to bear on solving clients’ tax planning and structuring problems.

Jeff works with Womble Bond Dickinson’s clients and transactional lawyers assisting with tax structuring and planning for complex commercial transactions and mergers and acquisitions, including taxable asset and equity acquisitions, tax free mergers and reorganizations, and acquisitions with tax deferred equity rollovers.

Jeff counsels clients on the use of pass-through entities in joint ventures and investment transactions, including structuring distribution and allocation provisions of partnership and limited liability company agreements for real estate and private equity transactions. Jeff has extensive experience in planning and structuring tax deferred like-kind exchange transactions.

A significant portion of Jeff’s practice relates to counseling tax-exempt organizations. Jeff regularly counsels tax-exempt organizations on relationships with for-profit parties, including joint ventures between exempt organizations and for-profit parties.

Jeff has helped clients to successfully resolve federal tax audits and controversies in the administrative appeals process and in the US Tax Court.

Jeff has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America and Superlawyers for work in tax law.

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.

Michael Leichtling

Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

Michael A. Leichtling is resident in the New York office of Sills Cummis & Gross. Mr. Leichtling devotes a substantial part of his law practice to counseling lessors, banks, funds, investors and other funding sources in connection with secured financing, asset based lending, equipment leasing and renewable energy finance matters. He has extensive experience in structuring and documenting the purchase and sale of leasing companies and lease portfolios, vendor programs, outsource arrangements, strategic business alliances, syndication programs, asset-based credit facilities, technology transfer agreements and equipment finance programs.

Mr. Leichtling is a past Chairman and Trustee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation and served as a director of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (2001-2004). He is currently the Chairman of the Amicus Subcommittee of the ELFA Legal Committee and is a member of the ELFA State Legislation Committee.

Mr. Leichtling is Co-Editor in Chief of the Commercial Finance Guide and the Commercial Loan Documentation Guide (Matthew Benders Publishers). He is also a member of the Board of Editors of the Equipment Leasing Newsletter (Law Journal Publications). He is an author of several chapters in the Matthew Bender treatise on Equipment Leasing and has written numerous articles on leasing and secured lending for legal and finance industry publications. He also frequently presents at ELFA events.

Mr. Leichtling holds a bachelor's degree from The State University of New York at Binghamton and obtained his law degree from Northwestern University. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and New York County Lawyers' Association. Mr. Leichtling was named a "BTI Client Service All-Star", 2016-2017.

Alexis Levine

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Alexis focuses primarily on debt and structured financings, acting for both domestic and international lenders and borrowers. He also advises clients regarding federal, provincial and municipal lobbying, election financing, and other advocacy of government. Alexis has significant experience with structuring and documenting bilateral and syndicated loans and equipment financings, as well as securitizations and project, acquisition and asset-based financings. He has also advised on a number of securities transactions, including various public financings, take-over bids, mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings, debt offerings, and commercial paper financings. Alexis also has considerable experience in government and politics and has worked both on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and at Queen's Park in Toronto.  

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.

Pamela Martinson

Sidley Austin LLP

Pamela Martinson is a partner in Sidley's Palo Alto and Los Angeles offices, representing major institutional and other lenders, lessors, borrowers and equity sponsors. She possesses extensive experience in complex financings of all kinds, including syndicated lending transactions, equipment leases, asset-based lending, subscription finance, and structured finance. Pamela regularly handles the debt aspects of leveraged acquisitions. She is known for her handling of cross-border loans and security, intercreditor relationships and lending to technology companies. She advises clients on credit, workout and Uniform Commercial Code issues, and serves on Sidley's legal opinion and UCC committees.

Deena Miller

Associate Counsel
Key Equipment Finance

Deena Miller has been an integral member of the Key Equipment Finance legal team since 2013. In this role, she is responsible for acting as a strategic advisor to clients regarding new laws and regulations and advising clients and co-workers of compliance requirements; identifying and assessing legal and enterprise risk and providing holistic business solutions that support risk mitigation . 

Previously, she served as Vice President of Asset Recovery, Director of Products and Markets and as an analyst for Asset Management at Key Equipment Finance. Prior to joining Key, Deena held a variety of legal and leadership roles as both in-house counsel and at law firms.

Deena earned her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and JD from Emory University. She continues to support the University of Colorado through volunteer efforts at the Leeds School of Business.

She resides in Colorado with her husband and two children (with one on the way).

Steven Mirsky

VP Operations & Associate Counsel
Pacific Rim Capital, Inc.

Alan Mogol

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

Alan J. Mogol is a Shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Alan has over 45 years' experience in the negotiation and documentation of equipment finance transactions, including tax-motivated single investor and leveraged leases of: manufacturing, retail, construction and mining equipment; modular storage facilities; computerized assembly line equipment; computer systems; medical and other high-technology equipment; over-the-road vehicles; corporate and business aircraft; and railroad rolling stock. These transactions include tax-motivated leases, TRAC and split-TRAC leases of vehicles, and leases for security.

Alan's experience also includes secured financing transactions, including: synthetic leases, working capital lines of credit, inventory and receivables facilities, letter of credit lines, and equipment financing. He has worked with credit enhancements, including: guaranties, letters of credit, certificates of deposit, cash collateral, deposit accounts, and pledges of certificated and uncertificated securities.

He has assisted more than a dozen national equipment financing companies in developing standard lease and syndication documentation. Alan has established motor vehicle and master aircraft titling trusts with clients to facilitate syndication and to address FAA citizenship issues. He has also worked with clients in developing structures for the tax leasing of equipment subject to industrial revenue bond financings and payment in lieu of tax programs.

He is a frequent lecturer and author in the equipment financing area. Alan received his J.D. (1971) from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. (with distinction) (1968) from the University of Virginia.

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.

Abigail Nesbitt

Senior Vice President, Litigation Manager
Winthrop Resources Corporation

Jennifer Ng

Associate General Counsel
Eastern Funding LLC

Brittany Ogden

Attorney, Partner
Quarles & Brady LLP

Greg Omer

Thompson Coburn LLP

Greg represents larger, nationwide banking organizations, as well as regional and community banks, in a broad-based regulatory practice, focusing in the areas of banking, financial services and corporate matters. Greg's practice also involves representation of loan companies, trust companies, money services businesses and other types of financial services providers. He formerly served as Chief Counsel for Missouri’s state bank regulatory authority, and he frequently writes and speaks on the latest bank regulatory topics. Greg is currently the Chair of the Missouri Bank Regulatory Reform Task Force established by the Missouri Bankers Association and Vice Chair of the State Banking Law Developments Subcommittee of the American Bar Association.

Farhad Patel

Associate General Counsel
MB Financial Bank

Farhad Patel is an Associate General Counsel at MB Financial Bank, supporting the equipment finance businesses of MB Financial Bank, which include MB Equipment Finance, Celtic Commercial Finance, and LaSalle Solutions.  Prior to joining MB Financial Bank, Farhad was in house at Well Fargo and GE Capital and in private practice at international and national law firms.

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.

Lisa Peters

Kutak Rock LLP

Lisa Peters is a partner in Kutak Rock LLP’s Omaha, Nebraska office. Ms. Peters concentrates her practice in the representation of creditors in connection with front-end structuring and documentation, insolvency, bankruptcy, restructuring, workout, and enforcement matters. She represents asset-based commercial lenders, equipment lessors, and commercial landlords in bankruptcy, district, and state courts across the United States in all stages of the remedy enforcement and bankruptcy process including pre-bankruptcy negotiations, financing, litigation, distressed asset sales, plan confirmation, replevin, foreclosure, and resolution of executory contract and lease issues. Her experience includes lending, financing, leasing, and bankruptcy matters spanning a wide array of industries including health care, franchise, manufacturing, real estate, and municipalities.

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.  

Jaime Reichardt

Chair - State and Local Tax Practice
Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

Jaime Reichardt is Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross State and Local Tax Practice. Mr. Reichardt helps companies not only identify potential compliance issues and tax reporting exposures, but also assists with identifying and securing pro-active refunds, tax credits or abatements, and other incentive opportunities. Throughout the years, he has secured several million dollars in tax savings and economic development benefits. His work in this area includes state and local business income tax, sales and use tax, gross receipts tax, realty transfer tax, unclaimed property, personal income tax, and various franchise and net worth taxes.

Mr. Reichardt’s practice also includes resolving state tax controversies and audits with various revenue departments across tax types.

Before joining the Firm, he was a state and local tax director at Citrin Cooperman, providing consulting advice to all different types of businesses and individuals on income tax, sales tax, gross receipts tax, property tax, realty transfer tax and credits and incentives issues. Before Citrin Cooperman, he was a senior associate in the state and local tax practices with two other national law firms. Prior to private practice, Mr. Reichardt was a tax policy advisor with the State of New Jersey and a tax policy lobbyist.

Mr. Reichardt speaks frequently on topics related to state and local income and business activity taxes, nexus, income sourcing, sales tax nexus, product taxability and sourcing, as well as tax credits and incentives developments. He has been quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Legal Intelligencer and NJBIZ.

Andrew Romshek

Kutak Rock LLP

Mr. Romshek is a partner in Kutak Rock LLP's Omaha office practicing in the Finance and Restructuring Group. He focuses his practice on representing financial institutions and borrowers in a wide array of complex financing transactions, including equipment lease facilities, syndicate credit facilities, revolving credit facilities and term loan facilities. A significant portion of Mr. Romshek's practice includes representing major financial institutions in tax-exempt financings in the hospital, nonprofit, affordable housing and state and local government areas.

Kathryn Ryan

BuckleySandler LLP

David Schaefer, CLFP

Mintaka Financial, LLC

Mr. Schaefer is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mintaka Financial, LLC which was established in 2004 as an investment vehicle to fund small ticket, commercial equipment loans and leases. Dave has over thirty years of experience in the commercial equipment finance industry, including senior management responsibility for treasury, operations, information technology, accounting and portfolio management. David's leadership position with Mintaka includes strategic development, capital formation, and developing a network of affiliate partners whom originate transactions. David is also the founder and CEO of Orion First Financial, LLC (Seattle, WA) a loan and lease servicing company which provides underwriting, contract servicing and collection services to banks and independent financial institutions. Prior to establishing Orion he was president, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Financial Pacific Company. Dave also founded Checkmate Certified Collections In 1975, a consumer and commercial collection agency.
Dave is presently active with the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and currently serves on the ELFA Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He is currently the chairman of LeasePAC, the industry's only federal political action committee. Prior to this, he served on the Board of Directors of the United Association of Equipment Lessors, now the National Equipment Finance Association. He chaired the Small Ticket Business Council of the ELFA in 1999 and 2000. He obtained his CLP certification in 1996 making him one of the industry's earliest Certified Leasing Professionals.
Dave lives in Gig Harbor, WA and Scottsdale, AZ with his wife and four children. They enjoy camping, traveling, hiking and kayaking.

Tiffany Scurti-Swain

Senior Vice President, Senior Associate General Counsel
Huntington Equipment Finance

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.

Molly Simon

Senior Corporate Counsel
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance

Molly Simon is Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel for U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, a division of U.S. Bank National Association. Ms. Simon provides legal support to U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, including providing advice on legal issues related to lease and loan transactions, maintaining and upgrading standard documentation, developing documentation for new products, reviewing third party documentation and drafting language for customizing and negotiating transactions .

Allison Slager

Associate General Counsel
GreatAmerica Financial Services

Dan Stipano

BuckleySandler LLP

Dan Stipano brings more than three decades of bank regulatory and enforcement experience to his position as a partner in Buckley Sandler LLP’s Washington DC office. In his practice he advises on all aspects of bank regulatory and compliance issues, represents clients in state, federal, and foreign banking enforcement actions, and provides assistance in establishing, maintaining, and monitoring Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance programs.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Stipano was at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), where he served as Deputy Chief Counsel for 16 years, after joining the agency as a staff attorney 30 years ago. In his role as Deputy Chief Counsel, including serving two stints as Acting Chief Counsel, he was extensively involved in every major OCC enforcement action over the last 20 years up until the time of his departure. In addition, he played a key role in every major BSA/AML post-USA PATRIOT Act rulemaking and policy issuance.
Over the course of his career at the OCC, Mr. Stipano oversaw three Supreme Court cases that resulted in victories for the agency and the banking industry, supervised more than a dozen successful appeals of lower court decisions, and was instrumental in bringing the first fair lending action taken against a bank by a federal banking agency, as well as the first Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices action taken against a bank. Mr. Stipano has testified before Congress six times on enforcement and BSA/AML matters, and prepared dozens of OCC witnesses to do the same.
He received his J.D. from the College of William & Mary, and his B.A. from Union College.
*Admitted in the District of Columbia and Virginia.

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 is currently Associate General Counsel at Donlen, a customer-centric and technically integrated provider of financing and fleet management solutions for corporate fleets. Prior to joining Donlen, Jennifer was a partner at Quarles & Brady LLP where she focused on secured lending and leasing transactions, restructuring, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights. She has advised clients on a wide variety of issues involving vendor management, fleet financing, 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.

Richard Tannenbaum

Reed Smith LLP

Richard is a partner in Reed Smith's Financial Industry Group. He focuses on wing to wing aspects of credit and risk issues arising in equipment finance transactions, including, deal origination, workouts and restructurings, bankruptcy, and litigation. Richard’s subject matter and industry experience includes commercial distribution finance, corporate finance and equipment finance on deals in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Prior to joining the firm, Richard was at General Electric Capital Corporation where he was Executive Counsel in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Center of Excellence and previously a member of the Risk and Loss Mitigation Center of Excellence at GE Capital Americas. Richard was also the leader of GE Capital Americas Legal Productivity Council and was responsible for developing innovative alternative fee programs with major law firms.

Michael Tobak

Kutak Rock LLP

Mike Tobak is an attorney in the firm's Chicago office practicing in the Finance and Restructuring Group. He joined the firm after serving for more than 10 years as the general counsel of the health care equipment finance business of one of the largest finance companies in the United States.

Mr. Tobak represents financial institutions and borrowers in many types of complex financing transactions in a wide array of industries, ranging from smaller and middle market transactions to large multi-lender syndicated deals. The focus areas of Mr. Tobak's practice include equipment leasing and financing transactions, asset-based lending, working capital financings, revolving and term loan credit facilities, vendor program agreements, lease and loan portfolio purchase and sale transactions, securitizations, real estate and construction lending, acquisition financing, and bank regulatory matters.

Mr. Tobak is actively involved in the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), serving as Chair of its Financial Services Regulations Subcommittee, and was the recipient of ELFA's Legal Committee Edward A. Groobert Excellence in Leasing Award in 2014. Mr. Tobak also is a frequent speaker at national leasing, lending and health care trade association conferences and events.

James Ugalde

Quarles & Brady LLP

Allan Umans

VP & General Counsel
Pacific Rim Capital, Inc.

Mr. Umans is Vice President and general Counsel of Pacific Rim Capital, Inc. (“PRC”). In addition to overseeing all the legal affairs of the company, Mr. Umans manages the credit, syndications and Human Resource functions for PRC.  His primary responsibility is to execute the company’s direct platform and facilitate the negotiation, structuring and funding of PRC’s lease portfolio.  He is a longstanding active member of the ELFA, having most recently chaired the Legal Committee for 2016-17.  
Mr. Umans has a JD degree from Southwestern University Law School and a BA degree in Economics, with honors, from the University of Manitoba.

Shomari Wade

Troutman Sanders LLP

Shomari Wade focuses his practice on government contract matters (including equipment leases and fiancé agreements) and maintains an active litigation practice which includes bid protests and claims before the Government Accountability Office, Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, as well as various Federal and State Courts. Shomari’s practice includes contract formation work, such as negotiation of teaming agreements, formation of joint ventures and developing small business subcontracting plans. He works extensively in small business programs such as HUBZone, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business and the SBA 8(a) Program. Shomari also represents financial institutions, lenders and borrowers with respect to the pledge of government accounts receivable and the perfection of liens under the Federal Assignment of Claims Act. 
Shomari graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Howard University and received his J.D. from Tulane University Law School.

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.

Stephen Whelan

Blank Rome LLP

Stephen T. Whelan is a partner in the New York office of the law firm of Blank Rome LLP, where he specializes in lease financings, securitization, secured lending, corporate trust and municipal finance.  Mr. Whelan is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, a member of the American Law Institute, a Fellow of the American College of Investment Counsel, past Chair of the American Bar Association Subcomittee on Leasing, a former member of the ELFA Legal Committee, and a Visiting Lecturer on constitutional law at Princeton University.
Steve represents lenders, lessors, trustees, credit enhancers and arrangers in lease financings for business, energy, aircraft, railcar, vehicle, maritime, medical, and telecommunications equipment, as well as industrial projects and also is involved in private and government financing of industrial, housing and education projects.  He also represents originators, investment banks, credit enhancers, trustees and investors in syndication and securitization of leases, auto loans, energy saving performance contracts, transportation assets, healthcare receivables, franchise receivables, trade receivables, export receivables and other financial assets.  His work for many insurance and banking clients includes handling note purchase agreements, term loans, revolving credit facilities and letters of credit.  He also represents lessors and secured creditors in workouts or bankruptcy reorganizations involving equipment leases and securitized portfolios.
Mr. Whelan is co-author of the ABA Annual Survey on Developments in the Law of Leases.  He has authored three books on U.C.C. Article 2A and the Securitization chapters in the Matthew Bender & Co. treatises on Commercial Finance and Equipment Leasing.  More recently, he has authored articles on the proposed Dodd-Frank risk retention, data disclosure and conflict of interest rules emanating from the 2010 Dodd-Frank legislation.

Ashley Whyman

Vice President & General Counsel
NFS Leasing, Inc.


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