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  • 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. 


  • GLSA State of the Industry and Business Meeting

    GLSA State of the Industry and Business Meeting

    Friday, July 16th, 2021 2:00 pm central

    Join GLSA as it presents its State of Industry, a dynamic session of legal plans and attorneys who will discuss the Access to Justice landscape.

    Register in advance for this webinar:

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


  • GLSA Webinar Series: How to Use Your Personal Brand to Easily Market Your Practice/Career, Eliminate Bias & Increase Diversity

    Next in the GLSA Webinar:

    How to Easily Market Your Practice/Career and Eliminate Bias By Increasing Diversity Using Your Personal Brand

    Thursday, July 8th, 2021 2:00 pm central

    Our personal brands make us unique as lawyers. They also create an environment where conflict reigns and diversity is lacking if the personal brand distinctions are not clarified and harnessed well. When done well, the results are a thriving legal practice, easier marketing, a happier workforce, collaborative work environment, maximum efficiency and better attorney-client relationships and attorney- attorney relationships.In this interactive session, learn:
    • the shocking connection between diversified legal environments that actively seek to eliminate bias and attorney-client/attorney-attorney relationships
    • how you can have a corporate legal culture that mitigates business risk AND still drives creativity and innovation- of employees and the law firm brand
    • how you can maintain a diverse law firm and utilize this diversity to grow- including better hiring and managing/terminating employees
    • the Five “Cs” of brand management to achieve, and cultivate, diversity in your law firm environment and in attorney-client relationships

    Katy Goshtasbi

    Katy GoshtasbiKaty Goshtasbi is a branding, diversity and growth expert and founder of Puris Consulting. She works with law firms, lawyers and organizations on growing with diversity, in size and profits, by mastering change and developing brands that get their message out effectively and ethically. The results include happier, more productive lawyers, reduced stress, attracting better clients and more revenues. Katy practiced securities law for over 14 years at the US Securities & Exchange Commission, on Capitol Hill, in a major law firm and in-house. She has written two books on the subject matter, one for the ABA. She was the 2018-2019 Chair of the ABA Law Practice Division and 2020-2021 Chair of the Division’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She can be reached by email at .

    Register in advance for this webinar:

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

  • Webinar Series: Disaster Preparedness

    Next in the GLSA Webinar Series:

    Disaster Preparedness

    Friday, May 21, 2021 2:00pm central


    Do you know how many businesses do not reopen following a disaster?

    Do you know how many businesses fail within one year? Two years?

    Do you know the difference between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?

    Hear state-of-the-art tips of how to protect your most critical business documents!

    Most importantly, learn how to  effectively deal with the different types of emergencies.

    Participate in simulation exercises

    All of the above will be featured at this  month’s must-attend webinar! 


    Vincent Imhoff


    Register in advance for this webinar:

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

  • Webinar: Diversity in the Law

    GLSA Webinar Series presented:

    Diversity in the Law


    Lindsay N. Greene


    Most recently, the lack of diversity in law firms has been a well-publicized issue, and many law firms have, over time, recognized the need to recruit and promote diverse attorneys.

    Recent events underscore the urgency of the issue and highlight the ongoing inequality in the legal industry despite those past efforts; some of which amount to mere “window dressing.”

    During this webinar, Attorney Lindsay N. Greene discussed ways in which firms can improve diversity (not simply race and gender), why diversity in the law matters socially and addressed how diversity affects a firm’s economic bottom line.



  • Business Meeting and Elections June 18, 2021

    GLSA will hold its annual business meeting with Board Elections, on June 18, 2021.  As part of the business meeting,  we will be having elections to fill three (3) open seats on the Board of Directors.

    Those individuals elected to the Board of Directors will be for a three (3) year term. All voting members are eligible to be nominated. All voting members may nominate another voting member or may nominate themselves.

    The Nominating Committee will select the best nominees to run for election to the Board. The Nominating Committee will base its decision on the following:

    • A desire to serve on the Board
    • Some background and familiarity with the legal plan industry
    • Regular-Voting Membership in GLSA.

    This is a working board and the time spent is productive in advancing the mission of the organization.

    To submit your name or a colleague’s name for consideration as a candidate, send an e-mail or letter.

    • Tell us about yourself or your suggested candidate

    Please let the Nominating Committee know a little about yourself.  You may also support the nomination with recommendations from other members who know you or your candidate.  

    Don’t forget to include basic contact information including e-mail addresses.

    • Highlight relevant background and experience  

    A proven record of volunteer work and leadership in relevant organizations and strong practical experience in the legal plan industry will be a plus.

    • Distinguish yourself or your candidate 

    The election process is an opportunity to encourage participation in GLSA leadership by a wide diversity of members.  If electing you or your candidate will make GLSA more inclusive, or provide unusual but useful experience or perspective, please indicate such facts in the nomination.

    All nominations must be submitted to the committee so that they are received on or before May 7, 2021.   Nominations must be made by submitting by the name of the nominee, a short biographical statement for the nominee and why the nominee should ultimately be elected to the Board of Directors.
    All nominations should be sent via email to the GLSA Executive Director at  Nominations received after May 7, 2021 might not be considered by the Committee. Following the nomination of candidates, the Nominating Committee will convene to consider all nominations and will then announce the candidates for this year’s election.
    If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please do not hesitate to contact Executive Director, Annette M. Waggoner  via email to or 847-907-4670.

    Group Legal Services Association    P.O. Box 1693  Arlington Heights, IL 60006

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