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  • The GLSA 2022 Annual Conference

    GLSA members recently met at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans for its first annual conference since 2019.

    Members attended sixteen (16) education and networking sessions, visited with industry vendors, and enjoyed a wonderful Awards Luncheon.

    Wayne Hassay was installed as GLSA President and met with the new board to discuss the objectives for the next year.

  • January CLE Sessions and Networking

    Thank you to all who attended GLSA’s Virtual Event 2022! Thank you to our stellar speakers whose presentations on an array of topics were useful and timely! We look forward to continuing our webinar series when GLSA will present a monthly webinar for the benefit of our members.


    Registration Open!
    Member Price – $100.00
    Non-Member Price – $200.00

    Join Fellow GLSA Members for CLE Sessions and Networking!

    JANUARY 20, 2022

    Virtual Mediation and Arbitration
    Speaker: Roxanne Smithers, Smithers + Ume-Nwagbo, LLC


    Customer Service Plan Design
    Speaker:  Rinky S. Parwani, Parwani Law, P.A.


    Consumer Protection
    Speaker:  Jorge Newbury, DebtCleanse


    JANUARY 21, 2022


    Comparative Law-US Law vs. The World
    Speakers: Pat Monks, Monks Law and Antje Fedderke and Simon Warr (Secretary General), Legal Protection International
    Current Cyber Threats and Defensive Strategies
    Speaker: Steven Zetzer, Small Cyber

    How to be an Exception Plan Attorney
    Speakers: Mark Nelms, LegalShield and Charles Johnson, Boston Teachers Union

    Return To Work: Issues & Considerations
    Speaker:  Harry J. Secaras, Ogletree Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC

    And then…
    A Great Networking Event!
    Meet new colleagues, reconnect with existing ones and strengthen relationships….all while having some fun!REGISTER NOW

  • GLSA Webinar Series: Subchapter V Bankruptcy with Arent Fox

    November 4, 2021 at 2pm Eastern

    Recent Developments in Bankruptcy:  2021 will be remembered as the year when bankruptcy filings precipitously dropped despite the impact of COVID-19.  We will discuss impact of Subchapter V and other recent developments that make bankruptcy an important consideration even as credit remains available and uncertainty continues to impact financial projections and business models.

    With Speakers George P. Angelich and Justin A. Kesselman from Arent Fox.


    George P. Angelich, Partner:
    George P. Angelich is a partner in the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring practice at Arent Fox LLP in New York, NY. He represents debtors, committees of unsecured creditors, secured creditors, and lenders in bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation proceedings. George led the team that advised subchapter V debtors Desigual and G-Star. In addition, George represented, Diesel, and successfully confirmed a fully consensual Chapter 11 plan of reorganization in just 38 days, for which the team was recognized with the M&A Advisor’s 2019 “Restructuring Deal of the Year” award. George has represented other clients and constituencies in retail bankruptcies such as Fortunoff’s and Rock & Republic Enterprises Inc. He has represented retailers in out-of-court restructurings including, for example, a women’s luxury brand swimwear company and a cosmetics company. George is also the editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s textbook entitled Retail and Office Bankruptcy Landlord/Tenant Rights.

    Justin A. Kesselman, Associate:
    Justin A. Kesselman is an associate in the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring practice at Arent Fox LLP in New York, NY. He has extensive experience handling business bankruptcies, financial restructurings, out-of-court insolvency strategies, and commercial litigation. He has represented trustees, unsecured creditor committees, secured lenders, landlords, debtors, and assignees in a wide range of distressed situations, including complex reorganizations, liquidations of diverse asset portfolios, avoidance actions, and assignments for the benefit of creditors. His bankruptcy practice focuses primarily on the representation of creditors and fiduciaries.

  • Register for GLSA’s 2021 Annual Meeting

    We are excited to invite you to our 2021 Annual Meeting. It will be held virtually. Please register for events using the links supplied below. We look forward to seeing you there!

    DAY ONE: November 11, 2021

    Virtual Mediation and Arbitration9:00am-10:00am (central)

    Speaker: Roxanne Smithers, Smithers + Ume-Nwagbo, LLC


    How to be an Exception Plan Attorney 11:30am-12:30pm (central)

    What do legal plan providers look for in a referral attorney.  Important traits will be revealed, as well as how a network attorney can grow his/her business

    Speakers: Mark Nelms, LegalShield and Charles Johnson, Boston Teachers Union


    Consumer Protection2:00pm-3:00pm (central)

    An information session which will teach our members how to handle debt defense cases from intake to settlement.  Become familiar with the consumer law litigation cycle as well as identify typical FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, RESPA and fraud violations. 

    Speaker:  Jorge Newbury, DebtCleanse


    DAY TWO: November 12, 2021

    Cyber Security9:00am-10:00am (central)

    Speaker: Steven Zetzer


    Comparative Law-US Law vs. The World11:30am-12:15pm (central)

    Learn the difference between legal plans in the United States and legal expense insurance used in Europe and beyond. 

    Speakers:  Pat Monks, Monks Law and Antje Fedderke (Secretary General), Legal Protection International


    Customer Service Plan Design12:30pm-1:00pm (central)

    Speaker: Rinky S. Parwani, Parwani Law, P.A.


    Returning to the Workplace2:00pm-3:00pm (central)

    Speaker:  Harry Secaras, Ogletree Deakins


    Networking Event3:00pm-4:00pm (central)


  • Webinar: Back to the Basics

    Back to the Basics

    Friday, August 27th, 2021 2:00 pm Central

    Register in advance for this webinar:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



    The Back to the Basics webinar will provide training, information related to legal plans, and focus on the role of Referral Attorneys. 

    We will discuss the need for legal services, Access to Justice (“A2J”) initiatives, and the importance of legal plans and referral attorneys in meeting the need for legal services and challenges related to A2J.

    We will focus on ways to grow your practice, how to work with legal plans, and what legal plans look for in referral attorneys.

    The Webinar will provide an opportunity for professional growth and development, practice tips, and how to deliver exceptional customer service.

    The U.S. Department of Justice established the Office for Access to Justice (“A2J”) in March 2010 to address what has come to be viewed as a crisis in our criminal and civil justice system. The majority of states have established an A2J Commission. Our judicial system is not fair and poses great challenges for those who don’t have access to an attorney. The two main barriers to ATJ are cost and not knowing where to go for help. We can all support legal services plans that provide a real and economical alternative to help meet these challenges and provide equal access to justice and referral attorneys.



    Mark Nelms - GLSAMark Nelms is Assistant General Counsel for Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., d/b/a LegalShield (“LegalShield”). He has been at the home office of LegalShield for the past 5 years.  Prior to that, Mark was the Managing Partner with the Oklahoma Provider Law Firm of Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis.  Mark received multiple member’s choice and leadership awards from LegalShield during his 19 years at the Provider Law Firm.  Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa. Mark is a member of the ABA and GLSA and is licensed in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Colorado. Mark has been appointed to serve on the board for the GLSA. Mark is passionate about Access to Justice initiatives across the country. 



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