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Attorney Advisory Council
As part of a strategic campaign to increase the effectiveness of the 504 delivery system, the National Association of Development Companies joined with a number of the most highly respected attorneys in the 504 community to form the NADCO Attorney Advisory Council in 2014, first to advise NADCO regarding the content and delivery of training for Designated Attorneys and CDC personnel involved in closing SBA 504 loans. The founding attorneys include:

Lucy Davis

Ms. Davis’ practice concentrates on representing lenders and Certified Development Companies in commercial transactions, particularly SBA 504 loan transactions.
 She practices in Richmond, Virginia. Full bio

Brendan DeRiggi
Certilman Balin

Brendan Deriggi represents lenders and borrowers in all types of commercial lending transactions, including small business and middle-market loans, construction loans, leasehold financing and asset based credit facilities. 
Full bio

Victor A. Diaz, 
Starfield & Smith

Victor A. Diaz is the Managing Partner of Starfield & Smith’s Florida office where he concentrates his practice in the areas of financial, commercial, transactional and property law, with emphasis on the representation of financial institutions involved with SBA lending programs. Full bio.

 Charles Dumas
Lemery Greisler LLC

Mr. Dumas is experienced with regard to the acquisition, disposition, development and re-development of commercial and corporate real property, commercial leasing, construction law, financing, and land use matters.
 Full bio

C. Thompson Harley
Fletcher, Harley & Fletcher, LLP

C. Thompson (Tom) Harley concentrates in Business, Real Estate, and Employment Law. He serves as counsel to businesses, professional practices, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
 Full bio

Todd Kobernick
Law Offices of Todd Kobernick

Todd Kobernick's practice is focused on providing legal and advisory services on matters related to business, real estate, construction, nonprofit entity, lender and United States Small Business Administration legal matters.
 Full bio.

 Michael O'Shea
Certilman Balin

Michael F. O'Shea, a partner in the Banking Department at Certilman Balin, concentrates on the documentation of credit facilities on behalf of institutional lenders.
 Full bio

Ethan Smith
Starfield & Smith, PC

Ethan W. Smith's areas of practice focus on government guaranteed lending, commercial lending, banking, real estate and commercial law. Mr. Smith has closed thousands of government guaranteed loans.
 Full bio

 Jed Yaffee
Associate Attorney
Lemery Greisler, LLC

Jared P. Yaffee is a designated Attorney under SBA’s 504 Loan Program, who regularly closes 504 Loans throughout upstate New York and concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, corporate and commercial lending. 
 Full bio

Over the course of several years prior to the formation of the Attorney Advisory Council, NADCO had received numerous requests to make attorney training more accessible -- specifically, to offer courses online and on-demand. In addition, NADCO members including attorneys expressed a growing desire for training and tools to enable more collaboration and ongoing knowledge sharing as a component of training.

In other words, the 504 community expressed a strong desire to move beyond a textbook-based, classroom style of training to a more interactive, collaborative, and continuous-learning model.

Over the course of several months, the Attorney Advisory Council worked together pro bono with NADCO to develop an online and on-demand update webinar course, to be offered beginning in April, 2014. The webinar will be launched with a password-protected companion online discussion forum for attorneys, which will allow questions and answers after the webinar, as well as an ongoing knowledge-sharing platform. The platform, called NADCOconnect, will include a searchable library of documents, including regulations, the SOP, NADCO Technical Issues memos, custom forms, and other material.

NADCO and its Attorney Advisory Council look forward to working in partnership with SBA to ensure that our attorney training is of the highest quality, utility and accessibility. In a time of scarce resources, NADCO and the Attorney Advisory Council seek to build on this more collaborative model to be a resource partner for SBA Counsel where appropriate and desired, and in general, to work closely with SBA to ensure the continued success and betterment of the 504 loan program.

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