Newsletter of the ABA Business Law Section Committee on
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Message from the Chair

Congratulations to Mitch Bach for Receiving the 2010 Wells Fargo Fidelity Award!

Special Report - Employment Law:
New York Enacts Law Enhancing Employer Wage Notice Requirements and Imposing Steeper Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages

Featured Article
  In re Blue Pine Group, Inc.:
Sanctions Imposed on Attorney Who Succumbed to "Butler-Style" Client Representation


Subcommittee Updates
  Appellate Litigation
  Business Courts Subcommittee
  Employment Law Subcommittee
  International Litigation
  Partnership and Alternative Business Entities Subcommittee
  Pro Bono and Public Service Subcommittee


Committee Leadership Roster

Editorial Board:
  Peter F. Valori
  Editorial Chair
  Damian & Valori LLP
  305-371-3960
  www.dvllp.com

  Gary Zhao
  Editorial Vice Chair
  SmithAmundsen LLC
  312-894-3210
  www.salawus.com


2011 Business Law Section
Spring Meeting

April 14 - 16, 2011
Boston, MA
  Message from the Chair
   
William D. Johnston, Committee Chair William D. Johnston
Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee

I hope that, by the time you are reading this message, you have had a joyous holiday season, have rung in the New Year, and have started to look forward to Spring (whether Spring skiing or Spring flowers or both).

This message is to invite and encourage three things:
  • Attendance at meetings;
  • Joining one or more of our Committee's subcommittees; and
  • Accepting leadership positions within the Committee.
Meetings. While we continue to explore how we can be in touch with one another as fellow committee members between meetings (whether by phone, e-mail listserv, webcasts, etc.), there is no real substitute for in-person interaction at ABA meetings. It is at those meetings that we can most effectively get to know one another and share CLE and other content with one another. Please give every consideration to attending the upcoming Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Boston (April 13-16) and the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto (August 4-8). And please consider attending the 2011 Global Business Law Forum in London (September 22-23). The Forum will reprise the successful conference hosted by the Section in Frankfurt in May 2008. As in Frankfurt, the London conference will include networking opportunities and fifteen CLE programs presented by Section committees.

The Spring Meeting in Boston will include the always-enjoyable Diversity Networking Reception on Wednesday, April 13. Thursday, April 14, will feature two outstanding CLE programs sponsored by our Committee ("Dodd-Frank: Will Increased Federal Regulation of Corporate Governance Improve Corporate Performance?" and "The 2011 Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation"). Bret Cohen's law firm, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C., will host a cocktail reception, followed by our Committee Dinner in the Wine Room at Lucca Restaurant - North End. Friday, April 15, will start with a "coffee with the chair" meet and greet for all current and prospective Committee members. Next will be one CLE program sponsored by our Committee ("Managing Electronically Stored Information Before, During and After Litigation: Views from the Trenches and the Benches") and two CLE programs co-sponsored by the Committee ("Establishing a Culture of Excellence in your Organization: Beyond Diversity and Inclusiveness" and "The Future of Paperless Loan Processing: MERS Role in the Foreclosure"). Also on Friday, we'll have the Section Lunch, our meeting of Committee leaders, the Women's Business and Commercial Advocates Reception, and the Section Dinner. Last, through Saturday, April 16, our Committee's more than thirty subcommittees and task forces will be meeting.

Subcommittees and task forces. Which brings us to subcommittees and task forces. If you are not already a member of a subcommittee or task force, please consider joining (the list appears later in this newsletter). And, in all events, please know that you are welcome to visit any of the meetings and to share your thoughts without any commitment on your part! Subcommittee and task force participation can be a great means of gaining substantive knowledge while having the opportunity to get to know Committee members in a smaller group setting and having the opportunity to develop and refine writing and program ideas.

Committee leadership positions. Finally, a hallmark of our Committee always has been its inclusiveness and the opportunity the Committee affords for leadership no matter a member's level of seniority. That leadership can take the shape of serving as a chair or vice chair of a subcommittee or task force. It also includes those Committee members who serve as judicial designees, as the Business Law Section Advisor, as Business Court Representatives, and as liaisons to numerous other committees within the Business Law Section and to the ABA Litigation Section. In keeping with Section policy, we ask that Committee leaders stay in one position for no longer than three years. The practical upshot is that orderly "turnover" provides leadership development opportunities for all and gives those who have turned over positions new leadership opportunities within the Committee and/or within the S ection.

So, if asked to serve in a leadership position, please give every consideration to doing so. I am certain that you will find the service to be worthwhile and enjoyable.

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As always, if you have any questions or comments, or if I can be of assistance in any way, please contact me at 302.571.6679 or wjohnston@ycst.com. Hope to see you in Boston!




Bill Johnston is a partner in the Wilmington, Delaware-based law firm of Young Conaway Stargatt &Taylor, LLP. He is a past chair of the firm's Corporate Counseling and Litigation practice group.


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  Congratulations to Mitch Bach for Receiving the 2010 Wells Fargo Fidelity Award!
   
Five attorneys who worked to make Philadelphia's Commerce Court become a reality have been named the recipients of the 2010 Wells Fargo Fidelity Award. The award was presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

The recipients were Mitchell L. Bach, a member of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Edward G. Biester III, a partner with Duane Morris LLP; Gregory H. Mathews of Effective Dispute Resolution Services, LLC; Darryl J. May, a partner with Ballard Spahr LLP; and Marc J. Sonnenfeld, a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

"They all worked together for a number years to get Commerce Court started," explained Wells Fargo Fidelity Award Committee Chair Jane Leslie Dalton. "Commerce Court has become not just prominent in Pennsylvania but nationally famous. Businesses don't mind going there because they know they are going to get judges who are used to dealing with business problems," the former Chancellor said.

The criteria for the award are significant accomplishments in improving the administration of justice (preferably in Philadelphia); the absence of prior recognition for this work by the Philadelphia Bar Association; distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized.); the accomplishment must arise from voluntary activities rather than for service rendered as a paid professional; and it is preferred that the recipient be a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association not now in public office or directly involved with court operations or any other public service activity.


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  Special Report - Employment Law
   
New York Enacts Law Enhancing Employer Wage Notice Requirements and Imposing Steeper Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages
Michael Arnold of Mintz Levin reports that in April 2011, the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act will go into effect. This Act amends the New York Labor Law by (1) requiring employers to provide employees with certain information regarding their wages and hours on their earnings statements and in written notices, (2) requiring employers to maintain payroll information for a longer period of time, (3) strengthening the penalties imposed on employees failing to comply with wage and hour requirements, and (4) extending the reach of the Labor Law's anti-retaliation prohibitions. This continues New York's trend of offering greater protections to employees against wage and hour violations than federal law currently provides and will force employers to revisit and revise their existing payroll and document retention policies and procedures. For further information on this new law, please visit: http://www.mintz.com/newsletter/2010/Advisories/0830-1210-NAT-ELB/web.htm



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  Featured Article
   
In re Blue Pine Group, Inc.: Sanctions Imposed on Attorney Who Succumbed to "Butler-Style" Client Representation
By Gregory W. Fox
It is axiomatic that attorneys are officers of the courts in which they practice in addition to being advocates for their clients' interests. As an officer of the court, an attorney cannot robotically advocate a client's litigation position without making an effort to independently verify facts provided by that client. This is especially true when there are clear indications that a client's version of the facts is inaccurate. Failure to conduct an appropriate inquiry can result in the attorney advocating a meritless and frivolous position, which, in turn, can potentially leave the attorney with no defense to sanctions by the court. A Nevada attorney recently learned this lesson the hard way when Judge Bruce Markell of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada imposed a $109,528 sanction on him for filing and prosecuting a bankruptcy case that was not properly authorized by the debtor corporation. SeeMemorandum Imposing Sanctions, In re Blue Pine Group, Inc. , Case No. 09-13274 (Bankr. D. Nev. Oct. 7, 2010). The Blue Pine case, which is summarized below, offers a valuable lesson to attorneys: "Lawyers are not given the privilege of assuming that their clients or other lawyers are unfailingly truthful." Id. at 10, n.8.


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  Subcommittee Updates
   
Appellate Litigation Subcommittee
Kendyl Hanks and Mark Trachtenberg, Chairs
The Appellate Litigation Subcommittee sponsored two very successful programs in 2010, and has more exciting projects in the works.

At the 2010 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the Subcommittee, along with the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Business Law Section, sponsored a program and panel discussion entitled "The Cutting Edge of Arbitration: What You Need to Know." Subcommittee Co-Chair Mark Trachtenberg, a partner in the appellate practice group of Haynes and Boone, LLP in Houston, TX, moderated a panel consisting of (1) Rob Friedman, a partner with Littler Mendelson P.C. in Dallas, who successfully argued the Rent-a-Center case before the Supreme Court; (2) F. Peter Phillips, an arbitrator, mediator and consultant practicing through Business Conflict Management LLC in Montclair, New Jersey, and vice-chair of the ADR Committee; and (3) Deborah Rothman, a mediator and arbitrator based in Los Angeles, California. The program - which included a discussion of recent United States Supreme Court arbitration cases, drafting tips for arbitration clauses, and the use of arbitration consultants - was very well-attended and earned excellent reviews from both judges and practitioners.

On November 19, 2010, at the Business Law Section's Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., the Appellate Subcommittee sponsored a program entitled: "Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! - Significant Supreme Court Trends and Decisions for Business Lawyers and Their Clients." Subcommittee Co-Chair Kendyl Hanks, a partner in the appellate practice group of Haynes and Boone, LLP in New York City, moderated a panel of experienced Supreme Court practitioners and scholars, including (1) Thomas Hungar, Co-Chair of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP's Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group in Washington, D.C., and previously a United States Deputy Solicitor General who has argued 24 cases before the Court; (2) Andrew Pincus, a partner with Mayer Brown's appellate practice in Washington, D.C., Co-Director of the Yale Law School's Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic, and a former General Counsel of the United States Department of Commerce who has argued 20 cases before the Court; and (3) Professor Mark Tushnet, an esteemed scholar on the history of the Supreme Court, a professor of law at Harvard Law School and professor emeritus at Georgetown Law School. The panel discussed recent and anticipated decisions from the United States Supreme Court affecting business lawyers and their clients, and contextualized the Court's recent decisions in the broader history of the Court and in light of its recent reputation as "pro-business." The program provoked thoughtful questions and comments from a standing-room audience, and earned excellent reviews. In light of the significant business cases currently pending before the Court, and the popularity of this panel, the Subcommittee hopes to arrange a repeat performance at a future meeting.

The Appellate Litigation Subcommittee has big plans for 2011 as well. Subcommittee Co-Chairs Kendyl Hanks and Mark Trachtenberg have prepared a comprehensive review of 2010 Supreme Court trends and decisions in cases affecting business lawyers and their clients. This review will be published as the Appellate Chapter in the ABA Section of Business Law's popular Annual Review of Litigation publication, which is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2011. The Chapter will summarize and analyze the major Supreme Court business cases decided in 2010 or currently pending before the Court - providing both a review of the Court's recent path and a preview of where the Court is headed on a variety of topics of interest to all business lawyers. The Subcommittee always has an eye on major appellate developments of interest to Business Law Members, and hopes to present new and innovative programming at 2011 ABA meetings. The Appellate Subcommittee is always looking for new members, creative ideas for programming, and opportunities for co-sponsorships with other committees and, possibly, sections. Join us for our Subcommittee meeting at the Spring 2011 meeting in Boston, where we will talk about major developments and programming opportunities going forward. The Subcommittee meeting will take place on Friday, April 15, 2011 from 3:00-4:00 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Please sign up online, or contact either of the Subcommittee Co-Chairs, Kendyl Hanks (e-mail: Kendyl.Hanks@haynesboone.com or Mark Trachtenberg (Mark.Trachtenberg@haynesboone.com). For more information, visit our Subcommittee website at: http://www.abanet.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=CL150009.


Business Courts Subcommittee
Cory Manning, Chair
The Subcommittee's membership increased slightly over the last year to 146. The Subcommittee is co-sponsoring with the Corporate Counseling and Litigation Subcommittee and the Electronic Discovery and Trial Technology Subcommittee a program at the Spring Meeting in Boston, entitled "Managing Electronically Stored Information Before, During, and After Litigation: Views from the Trenches and the Benches." The program will feature judge, e-discovery experts, and client representatives from around the United States. This year saw a change in the Subcommittee's leadership with Cory Manning assuming the Chair. It is with sincere appreciation of the efforts of Rick Gross and Lee Applebaum (Subcommittee Co-Chairs for the last several years) that Cory takes the Chair. He has been assured that Mr. Gross and Mr. Applebaum are always available for advice. In his efforts to make the Subcommittee's website more active as a resource, Lee has continued to populate the website with links to useful information on American and international business and commercial courts, including court websites, articles, and reports.

And for the eighth year, Lee coordinated the Business Courts chapter in the Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, which includes a number of Subcommittee members as authors.


Employment Law Subcommittee
Bret A Cohen, Chair; Bradford Newman, Vice-Chair
The Employment Law Subcommittee is finishing its work preparing the Employment Law Chapter for the Annual Review. As this year-long project wraps up, we actively seek Section members to get involved generally, and more specifically, want Section members to assist us with formulating our break-out meeting Agenda for the Spring Meeting. If you are passionate about Employment Law, or just want to get more involved with the Section, please reach out to us. You will find yourself warmly welcomed by a group of experienced and engaged Subcommittee members consisting of Employment Attorneys from around the Country, and that include in-house and government attorneys. Don't wait another year.

Join us, get involved, and meet other Subcommittee members in Boston later this year.


International Litigation Subcommittee
Peter J. Lukasiewicz, Chair; Deborah Templer, Vice-Chair
The International Litigation Subcommittee, still a relatively young subcommittee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, held its annual meeting at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Denver, Colorado, on April 23, 2010. As it has done in the past, our Subcommittee joined with the Business Courts and Class and Derivative Actions Subcommittees in holding a joint subcommittee meeting and program on "Comparative Judicial Perspectives on Derivative Actions in the U.S. and Canada." Guest speakers included the Honourable Donald Parsons, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, Bruce Jameson of Prickett Jones & Elliot, and Kelley McKinnon of Gowlings Lafleur Henderson.

Our Subcommittee continues to contribute to the Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, having just submitted our chapter for the 2011 edition - this year, focusing on investor protection under NAFTA's Chapter 11. The Subcommittee welcomes new or existing members who would like to contribute to our chapter in next year's edition of the Annual Review.

Finally, we welcome new members to the Subcommittee. We will have a Subcommittee meeting at the Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Boston and we encourage any attorneys with an interest in international litigation to join us.


Partnership and Alternative Business Entities Subcommittee
Dominick Gattuso, Chair; Jason Jowers and Steve Brauerman, Vice-Chairs
The Partnership and Alternative Business Entities Subcommittee is approximately 104 members strong. We are looking to grow our membership this year and need your support to do it. Why join us? Limited liability companies have been the go-to entity choice for the past several years, outpacing the formation of new corporations by a ratio of almost 3 to 2. Our subcommittee covers cutting-edge issues relating to limited liability companies, limited partnerships and other non-corporate business entities. What does that mean to you? Our subcommittee and its members possess a wealth of experience and knowledge about some of the hottest business entities out there. We would like to share that knowledge and experience with you. How? By joining us at our subcommittee meetings, picking up a copy of the latest edition of the Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporation Litigation, or simply contacting us to express interest and ask some questions. Our members include judges, business litigators, transactional attorneys and in-house counsel from around the country. If your interest is piqued or you are a member that has not been able to attend a Spring Meeting in the last few years, please join us at our break-out meeting at the Spring Meeting in Boston, where you can meet other members of the subcommittee, assist us in planning our agenda for the year, and discuss some of the interesting partnership and alternative business entity decisions from 2010 and early 2011. We look forward to seeing you in Boston in April.

Please contact the Partnership and Alternative Business Entities Subcommittee Chair, Dominick Gattuso, via email: dgattuso@proctorheyman.com. You can also contact the subcommittee's Vice Chairs, Jason Jowers and Steve Brauerman, by email: jjowers@morrisjames.com and sbrauerman@bayardlaw.com.


Pro Bono and Public Service
Kristin Gore and Victoria Mitchell, Chairs
The Pro Bono and Public Service Subcommittee is partnering with Junior Achievement during the Business Law Section's Spring Meeting in Boston for its pro bono public service project. On Wednesday, April 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. volunteers from the Business Law Section will meet with Junior Achievement students from local high schools to present on the topic of business ethics. If you would like to volunteer as a guest speaker for this project, please contact Kristin Gore at kgore@carltonfields.com or Victoria Mitchell at victoria.mitchell@hklaw.com for more information.


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  Leadership Roster
   

VICE CHAIRS:
Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
Suite 1900
400 E. Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2509
(602) 382-6366
FAX: (602) 6070
Patrick Thomas Clendenen
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
One Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-2127
(617) 573-4709
FAX: (617) 573-4710
CHAIR:
William D. Johnston
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
The Brandywine Building
1000 West Street, 17th Fl.
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 571-6679
FAX: (302) 576-3304

IMMEDIATE PAST-CHAIR:
Peter J. Walsh, Jr.
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
1313 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19899
(302) 984-6037
FAX: (302) 658-1192
 
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CHAIR
Brigida Benitez
Inter-American Development Bank
Office of Institutional Integrity
1300 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20577
(202) 623-2277
FAX: (202) 663-6363
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION VICE CHAIR
Ernest Ehling, Jr.
Attorney at Law
509 Stillwells Corner Road, #E4
Freehold, NJ 07728-2965
(732) 431-5235
FAX: (732) 431-5237
ANTITRUST AND TRADE LITIGATION CHAIR
Barbara Sicalides
Pepper Hamilton LLP
2 Logan Square, #3000
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799
(215) 981-4000
FAX: (215) 981-4750
APPELLATE LITIGATION CHAIRS
Kendyl T. Hanks
Haynes and Boone, LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
Floor 26
New York, NY10020-1007
(212) 659-4972
FAX: (212) 884-8232
Mark Trachtenberg
Haynes and Boone, LLP
1 Houston Center
1221 McKinney
Suite 2100
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 547-2528
FAX: (713) 236-5567
BANKRUPTCY LITIGATION CHAIR
Michael D. Rubenstein
Liskow & Lewis
1001 Fannin Street, #1800
Houston, TX 77002-6756
(504) 556-4092
FAX: (713) 651-2952
BANKRUPTCY LITIGATION VICE CHAIRS
Carolyn Peterson Richter
Troutman Sanders LLP
600 Peachtree Street, NE
#5200
Atlanta, GA 30308-2216
(404) 885-3358
FAX: (404) 962-6667
Sarah Loomis Cave
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
One Battery Park Plaza
New York, NY 10004-1482
(212) 837-6559
FAX: (212) 422-4726
BUSINESS COURTS CHAIR
Cory E. Manning
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
The Meridian 17th Floor
1320 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201-3204
(803) 255-5524
FAX: (803) 255-9163
BUSINESS TORTS CHAIR
Dale Michael Weppner
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
10 S. Broadway, #2000
St. Louis, MO 63102-1747
(314) 241-9090
FAX: (314) 241-8624
BUSINESS TORTS VICE CHAIR
James F. Williams
Perkins Coie LLP
1201 3rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
(206) 359-3543
FAX: (206) 359-4543
CLASS AND DERIVATIVE ACTIONS CHAIRS
Mac Richard McCoy
Carlton Fields
4221 W. Boy Scout Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607-5780
(813) 229-4165
FAX: (813) 229-4133
Joseph Ianno, Jr.
Carlton Fields
525 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 650-8000
FAX: (561) 659-7368
CORPORATE COUNSELING AND LITIGATION CHAIR
Kurt M. Heyman
Proctor Heyman LLP
116 North West Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 472-7302
FAX: (302) 472-7320
CORPORATE COUNSELING AND LITIGATION VICE CHAIR
Denise Seastone Kraft
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
919 N. Market Street, #1500
Wilmington, DE 19801-3046
(302) 425-7106
FAX: (888) 325-9741
CRIMINAL AND ENFORCEMENT LITIGATION CHAIR
Martin C. Grant
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045-1003
(212) 720-5032
FAX: (212) 720-5860
CRIMINAL AND ENFORCEMENT LITIGATION VICE CHAIR
Kevin R. Puvalowski
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter &
Hampton LLP
Twenty-Fourth Floor
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
(212) 634-3033
FAX: (212) 655-1733
E-DISCOVERY CHAIR
Robert J. Witte
Strasburger & Price LLP
901 Main Street, #4400
Dallas, TX 75202-3279
(214) 651-4612
FAX: (214) 659-4089
E-DISCOVERY VICE CHAIR
Kevin F. Brady
Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP
1007 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19899
e-mail: kbrady@cblh.com
(302) 888-6257
FAX: (302) 656-0116
EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION CHAIR
Bradford Newman
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
1117 S. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1106
(650) 320-1827
FAX: (650) 320-1900
EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION VICE CHAIR
Melanie Emmons Damian
Damian & Valori, LLP
1000 Brickell Avenue, #1020
Miami, FL 33131-3014
(305) 371-3960
FAX: (305) 371-3965
ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION CHAIR
John Fehrenbach
Winston & Strawn LLP
1700 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-3817
(202) 282-5000
FAX: (202) 282-5100
ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION VICE CHAIR
Susan A. MacIntyre
126 Home Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301-1015
(202) 371-5840
FAX: (202) 371-5950
ERISA AND PENSION LITIGATION CHAIR
James Patrick Baker
Jones Day
555 California Street , Fl. 26
San Francisco, CA 94101
(415) 875-5721
FAX: (415) 875-5700
ERISA AND PENSION LITIGATION VICE CHAIR
John R. Cornell
Jones Day
222 E. 41st Street
New York, NY 10017-6739
(212) 326-8332
FAX: (212) 755-7306
ETHICS, PROFESSIONALISM AND CIVILITY CHAIR
Andrew F. Halaby
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
1 Arizona Center
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2289
(602) 382-6277
FAX: (602) 382-6070
FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS LITIGATION CHAIRS
James L. Forman
Oberman Thompson & Segal
120 S. 6th Street, #850
Minneapolis, MN55402-1805
(612) 217-6449
FAX: (612) 217-6444
Steve Ganis
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
One Financial Center
Boston, MA02111
(617) 348-1672
FAX: (617) 542-2241
FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS LITIGATION VICE CHAIR
Kevin J. Mitchell
Baker & Daniels LLP
111 E. Wayne Street
Suite 800
Fort Wayne, IN46802
(260) 460-1754
FAX: (260) 423-6264
FORMER CHAIRS ADVISORY CHAIR
Peter J. Walsh, Jr.
Potter Anderson
& Corroon, LLP
1313 North Market Street
P.O. Box 951
Wilmington, DE19899-0951
(302) 984-6037
FAX: (302) 658-1192
IN-HOUSE LITIGATION MANAGEMENT CHAIRS
Jay A. Dubow
Advanta Corporation
P.O. Box 844
Spring House, PA19477-0844
(215) 444-5927
FAX: (215) 444-5915
Michael C. Flynn
PNC/National City Mortgage
050-CD950
2650 Warrenville Road, #500
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 663-5645
INDEMNIFICATION AND INSURANCE CHAIR
Janet R. McFadden
Drinker Biddle
1500 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-1209
(202) 842-8892
FAX: (202) 842-9465
INDEMNIFICATION AND INSURANCE VICE CHAIR
Michael A. Pittenger
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
1313 N. Market Street
P.O. Box 951
Wilmington, DE 19899-0951
(302) 984-6000
FAX: (302) 658-1192
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION CHAIR
Stuart M. Riback
Wilk Auslander LLP
675 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-5704
(212) 421-2233
FAX: (212) 762-6380
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION VICE CHAIRS
Howard J. Susser
Burns & Levinson LLP
125 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110-1616
(617) 345-3738
FAX: (617) 345-3299
Sarah Osborn Hill
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
PNC Plaza
500 West Jefferson Street
Suite 2800
Louisville, KY 40202-2898
(502) 562-7319
FAX: 589-0309
INTERNATIONAL LITIGATION CHAIR
Peter Lukasiewicz
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
1 First Canadian Place
P.O. Box 121
Toronto, ONM5X 1G5
(416) 862-4328
FAX: (416) 863-3428
INTERNATIONAL LITIGATION VICE CHAIR
Deborah Templer
Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
1 First Canadian Place
P.O. Box 121
Toronto, ONM5X 1G5
(416) 862-5785
FAX: (416) 862-7661
MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
271 Cadman Plaza E, #1595
Brooklyn, NY 11201-1800
(347) 394-1862
FAX: (347) 394-1865
MEMBERSHIP VICE CHAIRS
Martin C. Grant
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045-1003
(212) 720-5032
FAX: (212) 720-5860
Kendyl T. Hanks
Haynes and Boone, LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
Floor 26
New York, NY10020-1007
(212) 659-4972
FAX: (212) 884-8232
Caroline D. Pham
The George Washington University School of Law
1919 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(209) 324-5013
NETWORK NEWSLETTER CHAIR
Peter Valori
Damian & Valori, LLP
1000 Brickell Avenue, #1020
Miami, FL 33131-3014
(305) 371-3960
FAX: (305) 371-3965
NETWORK NEWSLETTER VICE CHAIR
Gary Zhao
SmithAmundsen LLC
150 N. Michigan Avenue
Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 894-3377
FAX: (312) 997-1871
PARTNERSHIP & ALTERNATIVE BUSINESS ENTITIES CHAIR
Dominick T. Gattuso
Proctor Heyman LLP
1116 West Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 472-7311
FAX: (302) 472-7320
PARTNERSHIP & ALTERNATIVE BUSINESS ENTITIES VICE CHAIRS
Stephen B. Brauerman
Bayard, P.A.
222 Delaware Avenue
Suite 900
P.O. Box 25130
Wilmington, DE19899-5130
(302) 429-4232
FAX: (302) 658-6395
Jason C. Jowers
Morris James LLP
500 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1500
P.O. Box 2306
Wilmington, DE19899-2306
(302) 888-6860
FAX: (302) 571-1750
PRO BONO AND PUBLIC SERVICE CHAIRS
Victoria H. Mitchell
Holland & Knight LLP
200 S. Orange Avenue, #2600
Orlando, FL 32801-3453
(407) 244-1173
FAX: (407) 244-5288
Kristin A. Gore
Carlton Fields, P.A.
City Place Tower
525 Okeechobee Boulevard
Suite 1200
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-6350
(561) 650-8046
FAX: (561) 659-7368
PRO BONO AND PUBLIC SERVICE VICE CHAIR
J. David Wicker
Corbett Crockett
Suite 1050 American Center
3100 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 292-3600
FAX: (615) 383-5556
PROGRAMS CHAIRS
Robert L. Gegios
Kohner Mann & Kailas, S.C.
4650 N. Port Washington Road
Floor 2 North
Milwaukee, WI 53212-1077
(414) 962-5110
FAX: (414) 962-8725
Rick L. Lambert
Underwood Perkins, P.C.
5420 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1900
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 788-3309
FAX: (972) 788-3359
Paul J. Masinter
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.
546 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-3588
(504) 593-0882
FAX: (504) 596-0882
PUBLICATIONS CHAIR
Bret A. Cohen
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
1 Financial Center, Fl. 40
Boston, MA 02111-2641
(617) 348-3089
FAX: (617) 542-2241
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William Frank Carroll
Cox Smith Matthews Inc.
1201 Elm Street, #3300
Dallas, TX 75270-2115
(214) 698-7828
FAX: (214) 698-7899
Duris L. Holmes
Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, L.L.P.
755 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-3629
(504) 581-5141
FAX: (504) 566-4059
SECURITIES LITIGATION CHAIR
Michele E. Rose
Latham & Watkins LLP
555 11th Street NW, #1000
Washington, DC 20004-1327
(202) 637-1008
FAX: (202) 637-2201
SECURITIES LITIGATION VICE CHAIR
Paul R. Bessette
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
300 W. 6th Street, #2050
Austin, TX 78701-4236
(512) 320-7250
FAX: (512) 320-7210
SMALL FIRMS CHAIR
Kurt M. Heyman
Proctor Heyman LLP
1116 North West Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 472-7302
FAX: (302) 472-7320
SMALL FIRMS VICE CHAIR
Melanie Emmons Damian
Damian & Valori, LLP
1000 Brickell Avenue, #1020
Miami, FL 33131-3014
(305) 371-3960
FAX: (305) 371-3965
TECHNOLOGY CHAIR
Bruce E. Jameson
Prickett Jones & Elliott, P.A.
1310 King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 888-6532
FAX: (302) 658-8111
TECHNOLOGY VICE CHAIR
Bradford Newman
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
1117 S. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1106
(650) 320-1827
FAX: (650) 320-1900
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Gabriel S. Galanda
Galanda Broadman, PLLC
13320 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 300-7801
FAX: (206) 299-7690
Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
400 E. Van Buren Street
#1900
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2509
(602) 382-6366
FAX: (602) 382-6070
WOMEN BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL ADVOCATES CHAIR
Melanie Emmons Damian
Damian & Valori, LLP
1000 Brickell Avenue, #1020
Miami, FL 33131-3014
(305) 371-3960
FAX: (305) 371-3965
WOMEN BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL ADVOCATES VICE CHAIR
Stefanie C. Moon
Berger Singerman
350 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 712-5151
FAX: (954) 523-2872
TASK FORCE ON AD HOC COMMITTEE ON JUDGES INITIATIVE
CHAIRS
Merrick L. Gross
Carlton Fields
100 SE 2nd Street, #4000
Miami, FL 33131-2114
(305) 530-4056
FAX: (305) 530-0055
Hon. Donald F. Parsons, Jr.
Court of Chancery
500 N. King Street, #11400
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 255-0509
FAX: (302) 255-2210
Mitchell L. Bach
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
2 Liberty Place
50 S. 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2523
(215) 851-8466
FAX: (215) 851-8383
TASK FORCE ON DIVERSITY CLERKSHIP PROGRAM CHAIRS
Mitchell L. Bach
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
2 Liberty Place
50 S. 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2523
(215) 851-8466
FAX: (215) 851-8383
Amelia H. Boss
The EarleMackSchool of Law at DrexelUniversity
3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3397
(215) 571-4806
FAX: (215) 571-4763
William J. Woodward, Jr.
Temple University School of Law
1719 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6098
(215) 204-8984
FAX: (215) 204-1185
TASK FORCE ON LITIGATION REFORM AND RULES REVISION CHAIRS
Andrew F. Halaby
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
1 Arizona Center
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2289
(602) 382-6277
FAX: (602) 382-6070
Robert J. Witte
Strasburger & Price LLP
901 Main Street, #4400
Dallas, TX 75202-3729
(214) 651-4612
FAX: (214) 659-4089
JUDICIAL DESIGNEE
Hon. Philip H. Brandt
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Washington
700 Stewart Street, #8135
Seattle, WA 98101-1271
(206) 370-5320
FAX: (206) 370-5325
Hon. Henry duPont Ridgely
Supreme Court of Delaware
502 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-1128
FAX: (302) 739-1152
Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
271 Cadman Plaza E, #1595
Brooklyn, NY 11201-1800
(347) 394-1862
FAX: (347) 394-1865
BUSINESS LAW FELLOW
J. David Wicker
Corbett Crockett
Suite 1050 AmericanCenter
3100 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 292-3600
FAX: (615) 383-5556
BUSINESS LAW SECTION ADVISORS
Hon. Donald F. Parsons, Jr.
Court of Chancery
500 N. King Street, #11400
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 255-0509
FAX: (302) 255-2210
Hon. Ben F. Tennille
North Carolina Business Court
211 N. Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401-2410
(336) 334-5252
FAX: (336) 334-5162
BUSINESS COURT REPRESENTATIVES
Hon. Gail A. Andler
Orange CountySuperior Court
Civil ComplexCenter
751 W. Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(657) 622-5302
FAX: (714) 568-5195
Hon. Brian R. Van Camp
Superior Court of California
County of Sacramento
Dep 58
720 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-1302
(916) 874-8030
FAX: (916) 874-8229
Hon. Ira B. Warshawsky
Nassau County Supreme Court
100 Supreme Court Drive
Mineola, NY11501-4802
(516) 571-3351
FAX: (516) 571-0163
LIAISON TO BUSINESS LAW TODAY
Francis G.X. Pileggi
Fox Rothschild
919 N. Market Street, #1300
P.O. Box 2323
Wilmington, DE 19899-2323
(302) 655-3667
FAX: (302) 656-8920
LIAISON TO CONTENT COMMITTEE
William D. Johnston
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
The BrandywineBuilding
1000 West Street , 17th Fl.
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 571-6679
FAX: (302) 576-3304
LIAISON TO DIVERSITY COMMITTEE
Melanie Emmons Damian
Damian & Valori, LLP
1000 Brickell Avenue, #1020
Miami, FL 33131-3014
(305) 371-3960
FAX: (305) 371-3965

LIAISON TO EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
Paul J. Masinter
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.
546 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130-3588
(504) 593-0882
FAX: (504) 596-0882
LIAISON TO LITIGATION SECTION
Merrick L. Gross
Carlton Fields
100 SE 2nd Street, #4000
Miami, FL 33131-2114
(305) 530-4046
(305) 530-0055
LIAISON TO MEETINGS COMMITTEE
Patrick T. Clendenen
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
One Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-2127
(617) 573-4709
FAX: (617) 573-4710
LIAISON TO MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE
Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
271 Cadman Plaza E, #1595
Brooklyn, NY 11201-1800
(347) 394-1862
FAX: (347) 394-1865
LIAISON TO PRO BONO COMMITTEE
Kristen A. Gore
Carlton Fields, P.A.
CityPlace Tower
525 Okeechobee Boulevard
Suite 1200
West Palm Beach, FL 33401-6350
(561) 650-8046
FAX: (561) 659-7368
LIAISON TO PUBLICATIONS BOARD
William D. Johnston
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
The BrandywineBuilding
1000 West Street , 17th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 571-6679
FAX: (302) 576-3304
LIAISON TO TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
Bruce E. Jameson
Prickett, Jones, & Elliott, P.A.
1310 King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801-3200
(302) 888-6532
FAX: (302) 658-8111
LIAISON TO INTERNATIONAL INSOLVENCY INSTITUTE
Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
271 Cadman Plaza E, #1595
Brooklyn, NY 11201-1800
(347) 394-1862
FAX: (347) 394-1865

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