NASP Board/Staff Directory

Fred Love

Fred Love is General Counsel at SuttorPark Capital. Bringing over 15 years of experience in the structured settlement asset class, Mr. Love uses his expertise to implement and maintain best practices and to ensure compliance with the federal and state guidelines that govern the origination process. Mr. Love has served as General Counsel and held leadership positions at several industry participants including Peachtree Settlement Funding, Freedom Financial Solutions, and Client First Funding and is deeply involved in industry oversight. Prior to his emergence as an industry legal expert, Mr. Love worked as a litigation associate at Jones Day, an international law firm. Mr. Love received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his JD/MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Richard Connelly

Richard Connelly is counsel at JG Wentworth, and was previously its general counsel. He has more than 38 years of experience in general litigation and corporate law, as well as significant experience in personal injury and worker's compensation. He co-founded Receivables Management, Inc., an insurance auditing and adjusting firm for the hospital industry. When that firm merged with CRW Financial in 1993, he served as CRW's general counsel until it was sold to the NCO Group. Connelly is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pinnacle Value Fund. Rick currently serves as treasurer to NASP and is the representative of NASP Board Member J.G. Wentworth, LLC.   He earned his BA at LaSalle University and his law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law.

Bob Thompson


Bob Thompson is the founder and principal officer of Annuity Transfers, Ltd. His career in consumer finance started at General Motors Acceptance Corporation, and he has worked in the banking industry, building and managing consumer loan portfolios. Thompson also spent more than nine years managing financial and administrative operations for the United States government and has served as an executive in the specialty finance business since 1997.  He received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA from George Washington University.

Jason Sutherland
Board Member; Chair of Legal and Legislative Committee

Mr. Sutherland is the Director of Capital Markets for DRB Capital, LLC and a board member of NASP. He has over 14 years of experience as an attorney and executive in the specialty funding arenas and is also the Founder and Managing Director of Citadel Financial, Ltd.  Prior to founding Citadel, he was the Vice President of Legal Affairs for Peachtree Settlement Funding, where he also concentrated on the creation of financing facilities and was also an Associate Attorney at Brian Cave LLP.  Jason received his B.A. from The University of Georgia and his J.D. from New England Law — Boston.

Amanda Dobanton
Board Member

Amanda Dobanton serves as Partner and In-House Counsel at Fairfield Funding.  She has worked at Fairfield Funding for over 10 years.  At Fairfield she has direct experience with every step of the process of structured settlement transfers.  Prior to Fairfield Funding, Amanda’s career began at a Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Firm.  She earned a BS in History and Political Science at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA and earned her JD at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. 

Lori Lasher
Board Member

Lori Lasher is General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of The J.G. Wentworth Company since April of 2018.  Prior to joining The J. G. Wentworth Company, Ms. Lasher was a Partner in the global law firm of Reed Smith LLP for 24 years and before that Ms. Lasher was a Partner in the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. Ms Lasher graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and she received her law degree from The Dickinson School of Law.

Mark Haslam
Board Member

Serving as Vice President and Head of Capital Markets, Mark is responsible for J.G. Wentworth's Securitization Platform, Investor Relations, Warehouse Financing as well as the ongoing development of the Financing and Capital Markets platforms for the Specialty Finance Division. Mark started his career with the J.G. Wentworth Company®in 2006 and has held various management roles, most recently serving as Vice President of Business Development, heading the Life Contingent, Annuity, Lottery and Wholesale product lines.

Earl Nesbitt
Executive Director and General Counsel

A partner with Nesbitt, Vassar, and McCown, LLC, Earl Nesbitt specializes in commercial and business litigation, and represents many structured settlement purchasing companies. He formerly was general counsel for Settlement Capital Corporation and a partner in Jackson Walker, LLP in Dallas, Texas. Nesbitt takes a central role in NASP’s lobbying efforts, notably in the enactment of federal and state legislation governing the Secondary Market. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law and the University of Texas at Austin.