Board of Directors
LINDSEY ROHAN, PRESIDENT
Lindsey Rohan, maintains a Sole Practice providing general counsel services to Alternative Finance Companies while additionally serving as outside General Counsel for Platinum Rapid Funding Group, Ltd. These services include a focus on Contract Law, Collections, Corporate Law, Capital Raises and Real Estate with an emphasis on Compliance to both internal protocols and emerging regulations. Upon completion of her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law, with admittance to practice Law in the Courts of the State of New York as well as before the United States District Court, she began her career as an Associate for Pollack Cooperman & Fisher, P.C. Through her years of experience at Pollack Cooperman within the fields of Transactional Real Estate, Collections, Foreclosure and General Litigation she was able to transition into a Sole Practice with ease. For the past five years Lindsey has dedicated her practice to the evolving Alternative Finance area of practice. Lindsey currently holds the Title of President and was a founding member of the Alternative Finance Bar Association (AFBA) established in 2017. The AFBA is an attorney only bar association geared towards providing a vital resource to industry side attorneys. She is also an active participant for the Commercial Finance Coalition which lobbies on behalf of various Alternative Finance Companies to be both informed and influential on both the State and federal levels of government.
KATE FISHER, TREASURER
Kate Fisher is a partner of Hudson Cook's Maryland office. Her practice focuses on the areas of Consumer Financial Services and Small Business Financing. Kate represents banks, finance companies, private equity and investment bank investors, merchant cash advance companies, and small business lenders establishing new programs and products, and conducts due diligence and compliance reviews of consumer lending and business financing portfolios. Kate’s practice also includes assisting clients with compliance with state and federal consumer protection and related laws as they develop and maintain mortgage lending, automobile finance and other credit programs.
PATRICK SIEGFRIED, VICE PRESIDENT
Patrick serves as Assistant General Counsel for Rapid Financial Services, LLC dba RapidAdvance. He joined the company in 2011 after graduating from George Washington University Law School. Patrick assists RapidAdvance’s General Counsel with corporate governance, business policy and regulatory and legal compliance. He also oversees the company’s legal collections department.
CHRISTOPHER MURRAY, SECRETARY
Christopher Murray is an attorney with Stein Adler LLP. He manages matters involving commercial disputes, merchant cash advance, purchases of receivables, commercial contracts, usury law, insurance law, and commercial collections. He routinely handles arbitrations, litigations, appeals, and mediations. He has experience litigating several high profile matters involving defeating attempts to recharacterize merchant cash advance and factoring contracts. Chris is admitted to practice law in the state courts of New York and Connecticut, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of The Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Nassau County Bar Association. Chris earned his Juris Doctor at SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he graduated with honors (cum laude). Chris received the CALI Award in Advanced Civil Procedure: Multiparty Litigation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware.
JAMIE POLON, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Jamie Polon is a partner at Mavrides Moyal Packman Sadkin LLP and manages the law firm’s Creditors’ Rights Group. He represents a plethora of clients including multi-national banking entities, alternative finance lenders, merchant cash advance entities, global credit card companies, and small and large businesses with receivable management matters. He has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clientele. He is licensed to argue before the Eastern and Southern District Courts of New York, the Second, Third and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States District Court of New Jersey, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of International Trade. In 2013, 2014 2015 and 2016, Jamie was selected by the publication “Super Lawyers” as a New York Metro Rising Star in the field of Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights. Jamie’s practice includes consumer and commercial litigation, corporate and transactional law, commercial real estate lending, real estate litigation and outside general counsel services. For almost 20 years Jamie had been zealously representing large and small corporations and individuals navigate legal issues in various fields. Jamie is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Georgia and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Jamie also oversees a network of national collection litigators and judgment enforcement
counsel throughout the United States. Jamie is a member of the National Creditor Bar Association, membership committee chairman of the Alternative Finance Bar Association and the Long Island City Lawyers Association as well as has been involved with the Turnaround Management Association and several charitable boards in New York, including the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Association-New York Chapter and Variety, The Children Charity. He has also been involved with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
ANTHONY F. GIULIANO, BANKRUPTCY CHAIR
Anthony F. Giuliano is a Partner with Pryor & Mandelup, LLP, an AV- Rated law firm servicing a broad range of corporate and individual clients. Mr. Giuliano has extensive experience representing creditors, debtors, trustees, creditors’ committees and merchant cash advance companies in all aspects of the bankruptcy process as well as out-of-court insolvency matters. His areas of concentration include bankruptcy reorganizations, debtor and creditor rights, and bankruptcy related litigation. Mr. Giuliano also has substantial litigation experience in core bankruptcy matters and general commercial matters, with special expertise in the areas of fraudulent conveyance actions and preference actions. Mr. Giuliano works extensively with leading members of the merchant cash advance industry providing them with precisely tailored and practical strategies and legal advise for maximizing recovery from the bankruptcy estate and minimizing exposure to costly litigation
brought by trustees and debtors. Mr. Giuliano graduated with distinction from Hofstra Law School in 1994 where he was a member of the Hofstra Law Review. He also has holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Fordham University. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1995. He is also admitted to the Federal District Courts of the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a member of the Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations, the Chapter 11 Lawyers Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of New York as well as the American Bankruptcy Institute.
MARK T. DABERTIN,EDITOR
Mark T. Dabertin is special counsel in the Financial Services Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Berwyn office. Mr. Dabertin has over 25 years of broad-based experience in financial services law and regulatory compliance. Mr. Dabertin’s career includes extensive experience in banking, lending, safety and soundness, and anti-money laundering. His work in regulatory compliance at large financial institutions has been marked by innovations that resulted in fundamental structural changes to existing firm-wide compliance activities, including with respect to regulatory change management, risk assessments, and vendor management. Mr. Dabertin frequently handles the negotiation of agreements between non-bank lenders and regulated banks and has represented both banks and non-bank parties to such relationships. Mr. Dabertin has authored numerous articles regarding the online lending industry, including for the Review of Banking and Financial Services, the American Banker, and the Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, and is often called upon to serve as a speaker or panelist at online lending conferences.