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**Special Edition**

Ken Greene, Leasing Person
of the Year for 2023

This was a unanimous vote by the Leasing News Advisory Board with many compliments and why Ken should be chosen.

Ken was instrumental in the formation of Leasing News in 1992. He has written for Leasing News for 22 nears. He does not get paid as a contributing writer (neither do any of our writers nor the advisory board members).

Early this year, Ken resigned as Legal Editor. He had been diagnosed with cancer that was rampant in one of his kidneys. He eventually had it removed. The cancer spread to his other kidney and his lungs. They called it Stage 4 cancer; not good words to hear, he said. He went into remission with radiation treatment each day.

Ken never stopped working for his clients or the AACFB. He recommended Marshal Goldberg to take over his Legal Editor position. He did continue to work and wrote a few dozen articles, finding it better mentally to keep working.

He is still under treatments but has energy. He is back at work and actively writing again, too. It should be noted how helpful his wife, Barbara, has been caring for him, driving him to all is medical appointments, including daily radiation treatments, basically keeping him alive.

Ken is a musician, playing at many conferences and events, a fund raiser for music events at his kids’ high school in Marin County (he also played piano in Sausalito clubs here in California, raised funds for several 'organizations and for Ukraine since last year in Southern California.)

His full Leasing News Advisory Board biography follows:

Leasing News Advisor Emeritus

Ken Greene
Law Office of Kenneth Charles Greene
5743 Corsa Avenue, Suite 208
Westlake Village, California 91362
Tel: 818.575.9095
Fax: 805.435.7464

Ken is an equipment finance and commercial litigation attorney with the Law Office of Kenneth Charles Greene. He was involved in the formation of Leasing News, Inc. and represented it (pro bono) in the early days. He was a partner at Ross & Ivanjack, one of the first law firms in the country devoted exclusively to the equipment finance industry.

Ken received his B. A. at Brandeis University, graduating cum laude. He received his J.D. at Santa Clara University in 1980, also graduating with honors.

He started his own practice in Westlake Village, California, in 2013. The firm continues representing equipment finance companies, lenders, lessors, and brokers in contract review and preparation, litigation, bankruptcy, licensing, compliance, and transactions. He also represents small businesses and individuals in litigation, bankruptcy, contracts, and corporate matters and many entities and individuals in the entertainment industry.

Ken has worked with the American Bankruptcy Institute, California Bankruptcy Forum, Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, and National Equipment Finance Association. He has served on the NEFA Board twice and was its Legal Committee Chair, Legal Line Editor, Regional Committee Chair, and Conference Chairman. He is currently General Counsel for the American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers and has often presented conference panels and webinars.

Ken is determined to give back to the community, particularly in music and theater. He served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Mountain Play Association in Marin, and the Marin Symphony Orchestra Association, all pro bono.  He has been active in musical theater at the school and community levels. He has produced hundreds of shows and is very active in the Conejo Valley music community. Ken is also committed to producing benefit concerts for worthy causes like Ukraine relief, autism, cancer, equine healing, and more.

He has been a frequent writer on matters of leasing law. He is an acknowledged contributor on bankruptcy issues to Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 2d (Bancroft Whitney). He has lectured on leasing law and documentation, compliance, litigation, licensing, and disclosure law. He was Leasing News Legal Editor, still writes for Leasing News, and has served on its Advisory Board for years. He is published in AACFB's Commercial Break, Dealmaker Magazine, deBanked, Monitor, and other periodicals.

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