Equipment Leasing and Finance Association - Equiping Business for Success

Legal Forum LIVE!

May 04, 2021 - May 05, 2021

Virtual Event

 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 at the 2021 Legal Forum:
Legal Update
CA, NY, Federal Licensing and Disclosure
Security Data, Cybersecurity, Privacy
Air, Rail, Marine
The Courts, Bankruptcy and Workout Strategies During the Pandemic- What are the Courts Doing?
E- Docs and Working Remotely/ E-docs Considering the Pandemic
Inventory Financing/International & Motor Vehicles
Merger Up & Other Restructures- Lessons Learned
Managed Bundled Services; Government Finance- Municipal/Tribal
Cross-Border Lease Transactions; Does your Contract Work Across State Lines?
Fintech: What is it and How Do I Help My Business Use It?
UCC Basics and Advanced

Conference qualifies for CLE

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Price Description Amount
*Attendee ELFA Member $595.00
Attendee (ELFA Member) $595.00
Committee Member $295.00
Non Member Attendee (All) $795.00
Speaker - Member (Attending Entire Conference) $295.00
Speaker - Non Member (Attending Entire Conference) $295.00

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Conference Schedule

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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 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 twice and the Credit and Collections Committee and continues to serve on the subcommittees for Amicus Briefs, Legislation, and Renewal Legislation. Andrew was awarded the prestigious Edward R, Groobert Award for Legal Excellence by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association in 2019. Andrew was named one of the 25 most influential persons in equipment leasing and finance by the Leasing News in 2015. Andrew wrote the Chapter on Equipment Leasing for the California Continuing Education of the Bar in its periodical entitled Financing and Organizing California Businesses released in April, 2007, and updated the California Continuing Education of the Bar manual of California UCC Sales and Leases published in December, 2014. Andrew has written many articles for The Monitor and also has written for the Journal of Equipment Lease Financing on the California Financial Law. Andrew has spoken on various topics at the ELFA Legal Forum, ELFA Credit and Collections Conference, National Equipment Finance Association, Small Business Lending Conference, and National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers on various transactional, litigation, operational, and bankruptcy topics. Andrew has also taught the legal and collections sections in the ELFA Principles of Leasing classes. Andrew has also presented a seminar on Equipment Leasing for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Andrew's practice emphasizes the representation of all aspects of equipment leasing, equipment finance, real property finance, bankruptcy, business and commercial litigation in State and Federal Courts, factoring, and transactional and operational matters for various types of financial institutions and commercial creditors.

Christa Ballin

Dell Financial Services

Christa joined Dell in 2017 as Legal Counsel for its finance subsidiary, Dell Financial Services L.L.C. (DFS), supporting payment solutions in the U.S. for small and medium businesses, the public (State, Local, & Educational government entities, “SLED”), and consumer segments. She also supports DFS’ global payment terms, “aaS” offerings for infrastructure, software and PCs (IaaS, SaaS, PCaaS, etc.), and utility & consumption-based solutions. In 2019 with the DFS business growing exponentially, Christa became the lead attorney for DFS’ entire SLED segment, providing contractual and legal support on various, complex government deals for the DFS North America Public Sales organization in both Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining Dell, Christa was a Corporate Associate Attorney at Orson and Brusini, Ltd., where she specialized in business and corporate law, business governance and succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, commercial transactions, employment law, and real estate. Prior to that, she was a Litigation Associate Attorney at Bengtson & Jestings, LLP for two years with an emphasis on insurance defense and insurance coverage disputes, as well as municipal law, land use and zoning issues, and title insurance claims. She holds a bar license at the state and federal levels in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and is an active member of various professional organizations, including, but not limited to, the RIBA, MBA, FBA, AGLF, ELFA, NECCA, and ACC Northeast Chapter. Since going inhouse with Dell, Christa has enjoyed the opportunity to devote herself to one client and become a true partner inside a dynamic business that is continuously innovating, changing and growing.

Naomi Barnes

Kutak Rock LLP

Naomi Barnes is a Partner in the Scottsdale office of Kutak Rock. She lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico She focuses her practice on transactions involving Native American tribes, but also represents municipal and governmental entities, as well as investment banks and conduit borrowers in municipal public finance transactions, particularly project-finance transactions involving conduit and other structures. In her tribal practice, Naomi regularly advises tribal governments, tribal businesses and tribal instrumentalities on finance, corporate matters and business matters. She has advised on numerous financing transactions involving Native American tribes, including taxable and tax-exempt loans and securities offerings. Financed projects include tribal infrastructure, casinos, casino expansions, general commercial projects, health clinics, administration facilities, public-safety facilities, conference centers, hotels and other projects./p>

Stephen Bisbee

eOriginal Inc.

Stephen F. Bisbee is the co-inventor of the eOriginal® process and serves as President and CEO of the Company. He founded eOriginal to fulfill the vision of a unique solution wrapping electronic business and legal processes in security technologies to reduce the inefficiencies of critical paper transactions. His leadership role among the American Bar Association committees that established the legal standards for electronic commerce has been invaluable in the design of the eOriginal products. Mr. Bisbee’s years of experience as a corporate attorney specializing in commercial transactions, financing and development also provided the business foundation for the eOriginal platform. eOriginal is a founding member of the Electronic Signature & Records Association, and Mr. Bisbee has served as its Chairman and currently serves on its Board of Directors.

Mr. Bisbee and the team at eOriginal have been members of ELFA for over six years. During that time, eOriginal and its customer, Direct Capital Corporation, were recognized in 2010 for the Operations and Technology Award for Direct Capital’s ClickFund project that transformed business processes and reduced transaction time and increased efficiency. In 2008, Madison Capital, supported by eOriginal, was also recognized by ELFA at the Operations and Technology conference for their project focused on customer engagement.

Rachel Brescoll

Kutak Rock LLP

Rachel Brescoll is an Associate in Kutak Rock LLP’s Chicago office, practicing in the firm’s Finance Group. Rachel’s practice focuses on equipment leasing and finance transactions. Before joining Kutak Rock, Rachel worked as an in-house attorney at Citizens Asset Finance for six years. At Citizens Rachel handled a variety of asset finance transactions and syndications. Rachel holds a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and a B.A. from Hanover College.

Eileen Brown

Thompson Coburn LLP

Eileen Brown, partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, is a successful negotiator and strategist who focuses on her clients' goals while keeping an eye on the big picture. She advises and negotiates on behalf of financial institutions, foreign and domestic government entities, and mid-sized publicly traded companies in equipment leasing; international, asset-based, and project finance transactions; and government guaranteed finance.

As outside counsel to the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), Eileen works on corporate and small project financing's. Past projects include multiple offshore drilling rigs in Mexico, power plants in Turkey, agricultural and mining equipment in Ukraine, a renewable energy project in Brazil, locomotives in Gabon, vessels and fire engines in Nigeria, and communications equipment in Trinidad and Tobago.

With nearly 25 years' experience, Eileen advises clients on maritime financing, commercial, and regulatory matters, including loan and security documents, purchase and sale agreements, and a variety of leasing and chartering arrangements. She also counsels large companies negotiating aircraft leases, acquisitions, financing, purchase, and sale as well as advising on aircraft operational structures under Part 91 and negotiating public and private charter arrangements with U.S. air carriers. Eileen represents clients before various U.S. agencies, such as the Department of Transportation, the Maritime Administration (MarAd), and the Coast Guard.

Scott Chait

Vice President & Counsel
Sumitomo Mitsui Finance & Leasing Co., Ltd.

Scott Chait is an equipment leasing and finance attorney in the Americas Division of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. His industry experience includes not only in-house and law firm positions, but he has also served “in the trenches” in an operations role with an international bank affiliate. His experience covers a wide-range of asset types in the small, medium, and large ticket sectors and he has documented, structured, negotiated, and closed a diverse portfolio of transactions, including direct originations, syndications, refinancings, workouts, transfers and assumptions, and vendor and dealer referral and remarketing programs. Scott has also developed standard documentation, policies, and operational procedures, and conducted extensive trainings for non-lawyer professionals. His past experience also includes handling litigation and bankruptcy matters for banks, bank affiliates, captives, and independent equipment finance companies.

Robert Cohen

Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Robert S. Cohen is a Partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP, with offices located on Long Island and in New York City. With over 26 years of experience in all facets of the equipment leasing and asset based lending industries, Bob's practice is devoted to commercial litigation, creditors' rights, corporate transactions and bankruptcy matters. Bob has particular experience in the documentation of financial transactions, enforcement of equipment leases and secured loans, as well as the negotiation of workouts and resolutions. He frequently serves as a speaker and author on various topics relating to the leasing industry.

Bob devotes a significant portion of his time as an active member of ELFA, serving on its Credit and Collections Management Committee, as well as participating as a presenter at its various conferences, including its 2013 Legal Forum Conference, and 2012 and 2011 Credit and Collections Conferences where he served as a speaker at sessions on litigation strategy, electronic discovery, forbearance agreements, lease/secured transaction documentation and legal updates in the finance industry. He is also an active member of NEFA, serving on both its Legal and Education Committees and participating as a presenter at its annual conferences.

In 2012, Bob also presented at the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys' CLEW Conference. In addition to his professional endeavors, Bob is an active supporter of the Special Olympics of New York-Long Island Region, where he has served as a Chairman of its Annual Gold Coast Tour for Champions Golf Outing for the past eleven years.

Benjamin Court

Stinson 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

Jennifer Crastz

Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP

Jennifer Witherell Crastz’s practice is concentrated on bankruptcy and bankruptcy litigation, representing secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 proceedings, and a broad range of business and commercial litigation matters, including U.C.C. and equipment leasing disputes.

Ms. Crastz received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her law degree in 1996 from Southwestern University School of Law, where she was a member of the Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas.

Ms. Crastz previously served for two years as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert W. Alberts, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

A seasoned litigation and bankruptcy attorney with experience in both state and federal courts, Ms. Crastz is also admitted to all four U.S. District Courts of California.

Jeanette Dannenfelser

Vice President and General Counsel
Summit Funding Group, Inc.

Jeanette has served as VP, General Counsel and Secretary of Summit Funding Group, Inc. since 2016. 

Prior to joining Summit, Jeanette was the General Counsel of Global Heating Technologies, a start-up company specializing in flameless heating technologies, for which she negotiated license and other agreements with prominent consumer products and tobacco companies. Jeanette also led a successful international arbitration based in Zurich, Switzerland on behalf of GHT.

Jeanette also has extensive experience leading and managing litigation, both in-house as Litigation Counsel for a Fortune 500 medical products company and as outside trial counsel representing the interests of many international corporations in contract, banking and tort matters.

Mandeep Dhaliwal

Lawson Lundell LLP

Mandeep’s practice deals mainly with banks and private lenders in both secured and unsecured financing transactions.
Mandeep has experience in the preparation and negotiation of loan and security documentation for real estate financing, including construction lending and permanent financing, subordinated debt financing and related intercreditor arrangements, leasing and other asset-based financing structures, hedging, securitization and aircraft finance.
He serves as counsel to insurance companies in providing secured deposit protection contract facilities under the Real Estate Development and Marketing Act (B.C.).
Mandeep has acted on behalf of borrowers in assisting them with international project financing, with a focus on mining and independent power projects financings.
He is regularly retained by US and Ontario law firms to advise on British Columbia lending, security and opinion matters.
Mandeep also represents clients in a variety of commercial and multiple unit residential real estate acquisitions.
Mandeep is the current head of the Corporate Group at Lawson Lundell.

Kristin Esche

Associate Chief Counsel
John Deere Financial

Kristin Esche currently serves as Associate Chief Counsel, John Deere Financial. In this role she provides legal guidance in support of the Company’s lending services and financial innovation. Since Kristin joined Deere & Company in 2012, she has counseled the Company in the areas of litigation, corporate governance, and securities law. Before joining Deere, she spent a decade in Los Angeles where she had a diverse commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense practice.

Julia Gavrilov

Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Julia Gavrilov concentrates her practice in equipment leasing, secured finance, asset-based lending and all areas of complex commercial litigation. On the transactional side, Ms. Gavrilov specializes in the drafting of equipment lease and loan documents in various secured financing transactions on behalf of secured lenders, banks and lessors, and in representing both buyers and sellers in syndication and capital market transactions. Based on her steady rise throughout the leasing and finance industry, Ms. Gavrilov has been invited to speak on numerous industry panels, and is slated to be a panelist at various upcoming industry conferences, including the Legal Forum for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and the ELFA Credit & Collections conference.

As a seasoned litigator, Ms. Gavrilov’s commercial litigation practice includes the enforcement and/or preservation of lender/lessor’s rights under defaulted equipment lease and secured loan transactions, and in regularly representing both institutional and individual clients in actions involving breach of contract, fraud, shareholder derivative disputes, trademark infringement, counterfeiting, trade diversion, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), attorney malpractice and bankruptcyrelated disputes before the Federal and State courts, as well as various arbitral bodies.

In addition to her daily practice, Ms. Gavrilov also Chairs the Firm’s Women’s Initiative program: “MHH WINS” – “Women’s Initiative for Navigating Success”.

New York Law School, J.D. 2006 Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A. 2002

Ms. Gavrilov is admitted to practice in New York, as well as before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ms. Gavrilov is a member of the American, New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations. She is also member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) where she serves on its Service Providers Business Council Steering Committee as well as on the Research Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation. Additionally, Ms. Gavrilov is a member of the Secured Finance Network's (SFNet) Women in Secured Finance Committee as well as a member of GGI-Worldwide Alliance of Independent Law Firms.

2020-SFNet Top Women In Commercial Finance 2020-SFNet 40/40 Award


Robert Geis

Director / Assistant General Counsel, Equipment Finance

Bob provides legal support to CIT’s small and mid-ticket lease and loan vendor business segments with an emphasis in the technology, industrial and healthcare markets through negotiation of vendor and end user agreements, and portfolio acquisitions and sales. Bob also provides legal and regulatory compliance support to CIT Bank subsidiaries.

Prior to CIT, Bob was in-house counsel with Barnett Banks in Florida for five years litigating consumer collection and bankruptcy matters followed by 10 years with Xerox Corporation as region counsel responsible for enforcing commercial leases, managing bankruptcy matters, and supporting its Public Sector Leasing division. Immediately prior to joining CIT, Bob worked for Metavante Regulatory Services as Compliance Manager and provided regulatory compliance advice, training, and consulting services to financial institutions.

Bob received his law degree from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from University of South Florida. Bob lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife and two daughters.

Arlene Gelman

Vedder Price P.C.

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

Ms. Gelman concentrates her practice on representing the interests of equipment lessors and secured and unsecured creditors in various state and federal courts and in bankruptcy proceedings throughout the country, including prosecuting numerous breach-of-contract and replevin actions.

In 2020, Ms. Gelman was included on Lawdragon’s list of the 500 Leading U.S. Bankruptcy and Restructuring Lawyers. Since 2013, she has been selected by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Workout: Commercial and Creditor’s Rights/Commercial Collections. She has also received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Rating in Martindale-Hubbell.

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

Past ELFA speaking events include:

Speaking as a panelist at ELFA's 2020 Webinar: Covid-19's Hidden Costs: Bankruptcy, Repossessions & Challenging Legislation

Speaking as a panelist on the Legal Update panel at ELFA's 2019 Legal Forum

Speaking as a panelist on the Legal Update panel at ELFA's 2018 and 2019 Credit & Collections Conferences

Speaking as a panelist at ELFA's 2017 Equipment Management Conference and Exhibition on the topic of forbearance agreements

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, regulatory compliance with lender licensing, corporate restructuring, equipment leasing, secured and unsecured transactions, creditor rights, real estate, commercial mortgage back securities and insolvency law. He specializes in the representation of creditors, servicers and real estate owners, including major banks, equipment lessors, credit and capital corporations, factors, merchant cash advance companies, finance companies, thrifts and other funding sources and lenders. Mr. Goldberg has served as lead counsel in well over one hundred major trials. 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 was listed in the February 2013-2021 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 twelve (12) consecutive years for inclusion in “Super Lawyers Magazine,” 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 recipient of the annual “Edward A. Groobert Award for Legal Excellence” presented on behalf of the ELFA Lawyers. This is the highest award given to an attorney by a peer group of hundreds of both in house and outside counsel.

For ELFA, Marshall serves on the Legal Committee and has served on 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, the Uniform Personal Property Leasing Act, Commercial Mortgage Back Securities and their Servicing and the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company 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. His weekly blog can be found at and his monthly update Newsletter is available upon request.

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.

Doron Goldstein

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Doron Goldstein, head of Katten’s Privacy, Data and Cybersecurity practice and the firm’s deputy general counsel and Katten privacy officer, has a well-earned reputation for helping clients from start-ups to multinationals overcome complex and sometimes frightening situations involving their data security and information technology. He is part of the inaugural group of twenty-seven lawyers certified as Privacy Law Specialists by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), accredited by the American Bar Association; the IAPP is not affiliated with any governmental authority. Doron is also an IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy and was named a "Cybersecurity Trailblazer" by the National Law Journal. With his background in information technology as both a software developer and network administrator, Doron works closely with clients' legal and technology teams in complex data management, cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS), and outsourcing arrangements, and counsels clients on privacy practices, information security, and data breach planning and response.

Doron also co-chairs Katten's Advertising, Marketing and Promotions group, and regularly advises on various aspects of advertising and promotional programs, branded entertainment, and integrated marketing campaigns, including talent and production agreements, advertising agency relationships, user-generated content, Internet distribution, brand and product integration, sponsorships, and promotions.

Barbara Goodstein

Mayer Brown LLP

Barbara M. Goodstein is a partner in the Banking & Finance practice of the New York office of Mayer Brown LLP. Barbara's experience consists of commercial and structured financing as well as restructuring of transactions for a wide range of asset types including auto, trade, health care, timeshare and lease receivables, sports franchises, intellectual property, transportation equipment (including aircraft, aircraft engines, railcars and vessels), technology equipment, medical equipment, communications and office equipment, construction equipment, and marine and inter-modal containers. She also has extensive debt workout and restructuring experience primarily representing senior creditors and syndicate groups, bondholders, and secured creditors both in and out of bankruptcy; foreclosures, DIP and exit financing; contested and consensual bankruptcy matters; and other financial and legal restructurings.

Barbara is a featured columnist for The New York Law Journal's Secured Transactions section and a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She is a member of the Board of Editors of Equipment Leasing Newsletter. She previously served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the ELFA, and is currently a member of the Legal Committee Subcommittee on Air, Rail and Marine.

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.

Benjamin Gross

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Benjamin is a long time member of ELFA and is a part of the committee that organizes this Legal Forum. He is a partner in the Montreal office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada’s largest law firm. His practice is centered around three fields of law: Debt Financing (including traditional bank loans, speciality loans (air, rail, marine, consumer) and others), Leasing and Inventory Financing, (securitization and alternative financing), Real Estate (traditional and non-traditional, such as infrastructure projects and mines) and Mergers and Acquisitions. He acts in local, cross-border and international deals and projects from inception (including structuring) to close. Benjamin is recognized by (i) Lexpert for his expertise in Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing (since 2015), Mining (since 2018) and Infrastructure (since 2018); and (ii) The Best Lawyers in Canada in Project Finance Law. Benjamin is an active member of multiple industry organizations, non-profit endeavours, community organisations, and is a proud husband and father.

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 30 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 enforcing these transactions. 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 other types of equipment, including: manufacturing and assembly line, construction and drilling, energy-related and other facilities, medical and health-related facilities, high-tech equipment (including “bundled” financings), trucks and trailers, modular units and vessel repair equipment.

Mr. Gross is considered an industry leader in business aircraft and helicopter finance. These transactions vary in structure and include tax and non-tax lease, operating lease and secured loan financing of managed and/or chartered aircraft, fleet aircraft and helicopters operated in various service capacities (e.g., air ambulances, oil and gas service, flight schools, etc.) and engine pools, aircraft operated under fractional and “pay card” arrangements and progress payment, completion and other multi-funding structures. Clients include market-leading aircraft and helicopter financing providers, investors or operating lessors, as well as 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 worked with Vedder Price’s Capital Markets team on securitizations of diverse asset classes. Mr. Gross has prepared 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.

Mr. Gross has been selected for inclusion in numerous editions of Who's Who Legal’s The International Who's Who of Aviation Lawyers, including the 2014 edition in which Mr. Gross participated in a roundtable discussion. In the 2013 edition of that publication, Mr. Gross is named one of the top 500 aviation lawyers in the world, and is cited as “a go-to lawyer for finance, insolvency and restructuring…well-respected by commercial clients.” In 2016 through 2020, Mr. Gross was ranked Band 1 in Private Aircraft (Global-wide) in Chambers High Net Worth, which recognizes the world’s leading high net worth advisers. In addition, in 2013 Mr. Gross was ranked in Chambers USA in the Nationwide Banking & Finance: Equipment Finance & Leasing category. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in Washington DC Super Lawyers (2007–2020) and The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2021) in the field of Equipment Finance Law. Mr. Gross was elected as Fellow to the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers in 2011, and elected as Regent to the College in 2012. 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.” He also recognized among the world’s leading aviation attorneys by in Euromoney’s Expert Guides “Aviation Guide” from 2013 to 2020.

Mr. Gross obtained his B.A. from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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.

Andrew Hodhod

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Andrew Hodhod is a partner in the Financial Services Group of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of lending, leveraged finance, secured transactions, restructuring and the regulation of financial institutions.

Andrew is licensed to practise in the provinces of Ontario and Québec. He regularly represents financial institutions, private lenders, lessors, inventory financiers and borrowers in connection with private and public financings, syndicated and cross-border loans, alternative financings, leasing, inventory and equipment finance transactions and vendor programs.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

As the largest, truly full-service Canadian law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) delivers practical legal advice for domestic and international clients across more practices and industries than any Canadian firm. With over 725 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals, BLG serves the legal needs of businesses and institutions across Canada and beyond – from M&A and capital markets, to disputes, financing, and trademark & patent registration.

Robert Hornby

Member of the Firm
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

An experienced litigator, Robert Hornby represents national and regional banks and finance companies in all aspects of equipment leasing, asset based lending and civil litigation in New York and New Jersey state and federal courts. He regularly counsels clients on a wide range of matters unique to the equipment finance and leasing industry, from drafting master documentation to the enforcement of lessors’ and secured creditors’ rights.

In addition, Robert’s litigation practice extends to the areas of construction law, commercial contract, solar energy litigation, product liability/toxic tort, professional malpractice, trusts and estates and franchise law. He is directly responsible for managing numerous complex litigation matters, including, but not limited to, those involving construction defect, shareholder derivative, restrictive covenant, solar energy and governmental authority issues.

Robert received his law degree cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of Arizona. He served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable David S. Baime, PJAD (ret.) in the New Jersey Appellate Division.

Jason Huff

Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

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.

Wendy Hurwitz

eOriginal Inc.

Adam Jackson


Adam's practice focuses primarily on structured finance transactions and asset-based financings.

Adam advises sellers and purchasers on public and private securitization transactions involving various asset classes, including auto loans and leases, railcar leases, residential and commercial mortgage loans, credit cards and trade receivables, and on whole-business securitizations.

Adam regularly acts on cross-border asset-based financings, including cross-border securitizations, factoring arrangements and cross-border lending. He has advised purchasers, sellers and servicers in Canada, the United States and Europe on the Canadian aspects of such cross-border transactions.”

Max Jarvie

Senior Associate
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Max Jarvie is a senior associate in the Privacy and Data Protection practice group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He provides assistance and strategic advice to organizations relating to privacy and data protection, the use of machine learning, blockchain and other technologies, information governance, data trusts, technology licensing, consumer protection, and corporate commercial matters. Max is sought after as a public speaker on privacy law and the legal implications of technology and publishes regularly on those subjects.

Scott Kearns

Senior 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.

Melissa Kopit

Vedder Price P.C.

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

Publications Co-author, “Differences Across the Pond: When Choice of Law Matters” Vedder Price Global Transportation Finance Newsletter, December 2020 Co-author, “Air, Rail and Marine Legal Update” Equipment Leasing and Finance Magazine, November 2020 Co-author, “USA: Aviation Finance & Leasing 2020” International Comparative Legal Guide: Aviation Finance & Leasing, April 2020 Co-author, “Recent Developments in the Transportation Leasing and Finance Industry in the US” World Leasing Yearbook 2020, January 2020 Co-author, “New or Not-So-New Things to Know” Equipment Leasing and Finance, August 2019

Speaking Engagements “Uniform Commercial Code Leasing Subcommittee Meeting” American Bar Association Business Law Section Virtual Annual Meeting, September 2020 “Legal Considerations for Aircraft Debt and Lease Finance” Corporate Jet Investor’s Aircraft Transaction Masterclass, November 2019 Panelist, “Cross-Border Lease Transactions Breakout” Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Legal Forum, April 2019

Lorenza Langarica O'Hea

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortes y Fuentes, S.C.

Partner at Mijares, Angoitia, Cortes y Fuentes since 2008 and member since 1998. Lorenza Langarica O'Hea has participated in structured financings, corporate, mergers and acquisitions matters, real estate and energy matters, including joint ventures and corporate and asset acquisitions, as well as tourist developments, with broad experience in representing domestic and international clients, regularly advising buyers, sellers, and investors in complex cross-border merger and acquisition transactions, including the antitrust aspects of such transactions, as well as the purchase and sale of private companies, buyouts, joint ventures and divestitures in Mexican target companies. Ms. Langarica O'Hea has been an integral part in several sales of highly valuable assets owned or controlled by Mexican governmental agencies.

Foreign associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York 2001-2002 Master of Laws, Georgetown University Law Center, 2001; Admitted to practice in Mexico, 1994; Law Degree with honors, Universidad Iberoamericana, 1988-1992.

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 more than 30 years focusing on 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, current ELFA Subcommittee Coordinator and a past chairman of the Subcommittee on Leasing of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the ABA Business Law Section. Mr. Liberatore is also a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Equipment Lease Financing.

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

Sherry Lowe Johnson

Director, Senior Counsel
Volvo Financial Services

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

Bonnie Michael

Vice President Legal & Compliance (USA)
Volvo Financial Services

David Miele

Chief Administrative Officer
Citizens Asset Finance, Inc.

David Miele is an SVP and Chief Administrative Officer of Citizens Asset Finance, Inc. (“CAF”)which operates as a division of Citizens Bank, N.A. David has responsibility for CAF’s Documentation Teams (in Warwick, RI and Chicago, IL), the Customer Support Team, Process Improvements and runs the CAF Legal Team of four other attorneys and a paralegal.

David is an active participant with ELFA currently serving on the following subcommittees of the Legal Committee: Capital Markets, Motor Vehicle, Amicus Curiae, Legal Award and Equipment Leasing & Finance Magazine. He previously chaired the Legal Committee in 2006, and served on the ELFA Financial Institutions Business Council Steering Committee from 2013 to 2017. David was the primary drafter of the ELFA Revised Code of Ethics promulgated in 2007. He has been a frequent lecturer at the ELFA Legal Forum and on web based seminars focusing on various aspects of equipment finance and documentation. He has also presented the ELFA Guest Lecture Program at local colleges and universities.

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 eighteen years with a focus on front end support for rail and structured finance as well as operations and back end matters.
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 currently serves on the ELFA Legal Committee. For 2020, Lisa is Chair of the Legal Committee. Lisa has previously presented at the ELFA Legal Forum on the topics of NorVergence, Chapter 11, Hot Topics and Inside and Outside Counsel.

Andrea Nicotera

Senior Corporate Counsel
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance

Andrea Nicotera is Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel to U.S. Bank National Association in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Andrea worked for K&L Gates LLP in Portland and Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia where she represented clients in asset-based lending, renewable energy project finance, acquisition finance and real estate transactions. Before becoming a lawyer, Andrea was a project manager for software development projects, first for a small software company and later for a global consulting firm. She has served on the ELFA Legal Committee since 2019 and holds a JD from Temple University and a BA from Swarthmore College.

Bradley Nielsen

Kutak Rock LLP

Brad Nielsen is an attorney in Kutak Rock LLP’s Omaha office practicing in the Finance and Restructuring Group. He has practiced in the finance area for 33 years.

Brad represents financial institutions in many types of complex financing transactions in a wide array of industries, ranging from middle market transactions to large multi-lender syndicated deals. His practice includes: equipment leasing and financing transactions; asset-based lending; revolving and term loan credit facilities; public finance; lease and loan portfolio purchase and sale transactions; participations; vendor program agreements; real estate finance; and restructurings and workouts.

Kutak Rock LLP is a national law firm of more than 500 lawyers with offices from coast to coast in 17 cities. Founded in finance, the firm's primary practice concentrations are business and corporate law, public finance, commercial finance, litigation and real estate law.

Douglas Nielson

SVP, Innovation Research and Development

Doug Nielson is Senior Vice President, Innovation Research and Development at U.S. Bank. Doug leads the Research & Development team which focuses on exploring emerging trends, technologies & business models; develops and conducts proofs of concepts and proofs of technology; incubates new businesses; manages the bank’s blockchain/cryptocurrency practice, and spearheaded the bank’s initial engagement in the open API/open banking ecosystem including membership in the Financial Data Exchange.

Prior to U.S. Bank, Doug held a variety of global product strategy, development and management roles for American Express in the U.S. and Europe. During his tenure at Amex, Doug was responsible for launching numerous innovative payment solutions.

Doug has a Masters of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University.

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.

Ralph Petta

President and CEO
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

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

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

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

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

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

Ann Pille

Reed Smith LLP

Ann is a partner in the Chicago office of Reed Smith's Financial Industry Group. Ann maintains a national practice through which she represents equipment lessors and lenders in connection with transaction originations, including analysis and structuring around risk issues, and restructurings, workouts, distressed debt litigation, foreclosures and insolvency proceedings. Her clients regularly include commercial finance and leasing companies, major banks and hedge funds. Ann’s practice includes a particular focus on the restructuring and workout of distressed fleet finance and franchise finance deals.

Moorari Shah

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLC

Moorari K. Shah is Partner in the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices of Buckley LLP, where he represents banks, fintechs, mortgage companies, auto lenders, and other nonbank institutions in transactional, licensing, regulatory compliance, and government enforcement matters covering mergers and acquisitions, consumer and commercial lending, equipment finance and leasing, and supervisory examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions involving state and federal agencies. Prior to joining Buckley he was in-house counsel for Toyota Financial Services. Mr. Shah received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law (cum laude) and his B.A. from Duke University.

Samantha Skenandore

Attorney, Of Counsel
Quarles & Brady LLP

Samantha is Of Counsel at the law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP and works out of the Madison, Wisconsin office. Samantha focuses her practice on both federal Indian law and tribal law, advising tribal and corporate clients in tribal governance, governmental affairs, corporate transactions, real estate, labor issues, and litigation. Her extensive multijurisdictional experience with tribal law includes representation of corporate entities, both tribal and nontribal, in matters involving financing, minority or women-owned certification, labor relations, complex commercial real estate matters, and government relations.

Samantha also advises corporate clients on developing successful strategies to launch their businesses, seek and secure business certifications, build capacity, and prosper. Her experience extends to representing clients before members of Congress, congressional committees, and agencies through federal lobbying services.

Samantha obtained her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and her J.D. from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. She practices in Wisconsin, Arizona and numerous tribal jurisdictions. Samantha is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Kris Snow

Cisco Systems Capital Corporation

Kristine (Kris) A. Snow has more than two decades of commercial leasing and finance experience. In 2009, she joined Cisco Systems Capital Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc. As President, she leads the company's global captive finance and certified remanufactured equipment businesses. Kris previously served as President of Global Vendor Finance at CIT Group.

Kris is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board at ELFA. During her tenure, Kris has been an active participant serving on the Board of Directors from 2008-2011 and returned to the Board in 2017. In addition to her current position on the Board, she is a member of ELFA's Executive, Nominating and Personnel Committees. Previously, she served as Chair of the Captive and Vendor Finance Business Council Steering Committee. She has also served as a participant in the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Industry Future Council and a contributor to previous “State of the Equipment Finance Industry” reports.

Outside of ELFA, Kris has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations. She serves on the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees and is Board Member Emeritus for St. Mary's College School of Economics and Business Administration. She was honored by the Computer Reseller News 2019 Women of the Channel list, received the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence award, and the YWCA Tribute to Women Award for the Silicon Valley.

Kris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary's College of California.

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.

Ryan Thompson

PNC Equipment Finance, LLC

Ryan Thompson is Senior Counsel with PNC based in Philadelphia supporting its Dealer Finance, Vendor Finance and Commercial and Corporate Banking groups. Ryan’s areas of particular expertise are inventory financing and equipment leasing and finance. Before joining PNC, Ryan worked at DLL supporting its commercial finance and construction, transportation and industrial businesses and for a regional firm in Pennsylvania practicing creditors rights and commercial lending documentation.

Angela Ulum

Mayer Brown LLP

Angela Ulum is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office and a member of the Structured Finance practice. She has extensive experience representing issuers, borrowers, and commercial and investment banks in a variety of securitization and other structured finance transactions, with an emphasis on market participants in the auto and equipment sectors. Angela’s experience has involved the issuance and sale of publicly registered, 144A/Reg S and privately placed asset-backed securities, revolving and amortizing syndicated and bilateral financing facilities, portfolio purchases and sales, equipment loan and lease syndications and third-party servicing arrangements. Her experience includes representing captive finance companies, banks, independent finance companies and investors in transactions involving a wide variety of assets, including auto leases, auto loans, dealer floorplan, fleet leases, equipment leases and loans, participations, and esoteric and new asset classes.

William Verhelle

Innovation Finance USA LLC

Bill is the Founder of Innovation Finance USA LLC, Harvard Partners LLC and First American Commercial Bancorp, Inc. d/b/a First American Equipment Finance.

Innovation Finance® is the creator of QuickFi® a revolutionary, patent pending self-service equipment financing platform. Incorporating A.I., blockchain, facial recognition, and the latest mobile and cloud technologies.

QuickFi® facilitates business equipment financing transactions that previously took days or weeks in three-minutes, 24/7/365, from anywhere. Several of the world’s leading global business equipment manufacturers selected QuickFi® to enable faster more profitable equipment sales, combined with a better and more transparent buyer financing experience.

Before starting Harvard Partners in mid-2015, Bill served as the cofounder and CEO of First American Equipment Finance (from its launch in 1996 until 2015). While a student at Cornell Law School in 1996, Bill founded First American with his long-time friend and business partner, Guy Klingler. They sold the business to City National Bank/Royal Bank of Canada in 2012. Bill agreed to remain CEO of the company until mid-2015. First American today serves as Royal Bank of Canada’s U.S. equipment finance business, with several Billion Dollars in assets.

Bill has J.D. from Cornell Law School (’98), an MBA from the Anderson Business School at UCLA (’92) and a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (’88). Bill is a member of the New York bar and is admitted to the New York Court of Appeals and to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In 2009 Bill served as the Chairman of the ELFA in Washington DC.

Bill and Cyndee Verhelle reside with their four children in Naples, FL.

Edward Wang

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Edward Wang is a partner in the Financial Services Group of BLG as well as a member of its China Focus Group. He has acted for lenders (various financial institutions and private lenders) and borrowers in a variety of debt-financing and lending transactions, including leveraged buy-out financings, aircraft acquisition and financing, multi-jurisdictional lending transactions, syndicated loans transactions, asset-based lending, and within the context of business combinations, corporate mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. Edward also regularly acts for creditors, insolvency professionals, and debtors in various insolvency and restructuring proceedings including those under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Edward also has experience in China-related financing and insolvency matters that are based in Canada. Edward speaks both Mandarin Chinese and English. He was born in Beijing, China, where he lived for a number of years.

Kenneth Weinberg

Rimon, P.C.

Ken Weinberg is a partner at Rimon P.C. and practices in the area of commercial finance, focusing on equipment leasing, equipment finance and energy finance. He represents bank-affiliated, captive, and independent finance companies in many transactional aspects of equipment leasing and finance, has experience with many types of equipment and facilities, and has been heavily involved in the creation of forms, policies and procedures for multiple bank-affiliated equipment leasing and finance companies. Ken has additional experience in the niche of energy financing, representing lenders, investors and developers in recourse and non-recourse financing transactions (debt and tax-driven sale-leasebacks) for energy facilities across the country and internationally, including biomass facilities, landfill-gas-to-energy projects, solar facilities, and natural-gas-fired plants. Ken contributes regularly to the equipment leasing and finance industry and, since 2002, has published approximately 100 editions of his regularly scheduled column, Dispatches from the Trenches, in the Monitor.

Stephen Whelan

Blank Rome LLP

Stephen T. Whelan is a partner in the New York office of law firm Blank Rome LLP, where he concentrates his practice on lease financings, securitization, energy finance and secured lending. Mr. Whelan is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, has been a member of the ELFA Board of Directors and Legal Committee, Chair of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Leasing, and a Visiting Lecturer on constitutional law at Princeton University.

Steve represents lenders, lessors, trustees, credit enhancers and arrangers in lease financings for aircraft, railcar, vehicle, maritime, medical, business, energy, and telecommunications equipment, as well as industrial housing and education projects. He also represents originators, investment banks, credit enhancers, trustees and investors in syndication and securitization of transportation assets, equipment leases, auto loans, energy saving performance contracts, healthcare receivables, export receivables and other financial assets.

Mr. Whelan is co-author of the ABA Annual Survey on Developments in the Law of Leases. He has authored four books on U.C.C. Article 2A and the “Securitization” chapters in the Matthew Bender & Co. treatises on Commercial Finance and Equipment Leasing.



What is the ELFA Legal Forum?
The Legal Forum is thepPremier event for attorneys serving the equipment finance industry, this conference provides an analysis of current legal issues facing lessors, offers a basic legal review for attorneys new to leasing, networking opportunities, and much more.
When will it be held?  
The Legal Forum will be held on May 4 - 5, 2021.          
When will registration open?  
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Who should attend?  
Internal and external counsel of all experience levels will benefit from this Forum.  
What can I expect at this virtual conference?  
This virtual event will mimic many of the qualities of an in-person event. This isn’t another zoom meeting: We’ll convene on an interactive online platform that will allow you to connect, share knowledge and learn like never before.           
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What are the fees to attend and what do they include?
Registration is for the two-day virtual event. The registration fee is:
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Why did ELFA decide to make the Legal Forum virtual in 2021?  
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