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2016 Spring Meeting


2016 Spring Program: ADR in Action (L-R) Eric Graben (Wyche, PA), Patricia Barclay (Program Co-Chair), E. Norman Veasey (Gordon Fournaris & Mammarella), Michael Connolly (Program Co-Chair)


2016 Spring Program: Keeping Secrets: How to Protect your Clients Information: (L-R) Thomas White (Wilmer Hale), Fred Headon (Assistant General Counsel Air Canada), Judge Elizabeth Stong (Program Co-Chair), Keith Fisher (National Center for State Courts), Peter F. Valori (Program Co-Chair)


2016 Spring Program: Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation - Panel 1: (L-R) Peter Mahler (Farrell Fritz), Vice Chancellor Travis Laster (Delaware Court of Chancery), Justice Henry duPont Ridgely (DLA Piper), Dennis Ellis (Paul Hastings), Kurt Heyman (Chair, Business Divorce Subcommittee), Bret A. Cohen (Moderator, Mintz Levin)


2016 Spring Program: Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation - Panel 2: (L-R) Judge Thomas Ambro (United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit), Judge Mac R. McCoy (United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida), Judge Peter Kirwan (Complex Litigation Program, Superior Court of Santa Clara County California), Dennis Ellis (Paul Hastings), Bret A. Cohen (Moderator, Mintz Levin)


2016 Spring Program: Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation - Panel 3: (L-R) Judge Thomas Ambro (United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit), Judge Peter Kirwan (Complex Litigation Program, Superior Court of Santa Clara County California), M. Darren Traub (Akerman), Peter F. Valori (Damian Valori), Melanie Damian (Damian Valori), Bret A. Cohen (Moderator, Mintz Levin)


Honoree Justice Suzanne Côté of the Supreme Court of Canada, Joint Dinner of the BCLC, Judges Initiative, and Women Business and Commercial Advocates Subcommittee


Former Committee Chair Bill Johnston and Women Advocates Co-Chair Linda Leali


Comments by BCLC Chair Pat Clendenen, Judges Initiative Co-Chair Judge Clifton Newman, and Section Advisor Justice Hank Ridgely


2016 Spring Meeting Program: ESI Issues for Business Lawyers (L-R) Scott Kane (Patton Boggs), Carmisha Simmons (Simmons Legal), Richard Wasserman (Program Chair), Judith Greenstone Miller (Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss)


2016 Spring Meeting Program: Judicial Appointment of Counsel as Receivers (L-R Sitting) Judge Anna Blackburn Rigsby (District of Columbia Court of Appeals), Judge Lisa Walsh (Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida), Mian Wang (Program Moderator) (L-R Standing) Judge Ben Tennille (Black Swan ADR), Linda Leali (Co-Chair of Women Advocates Subcommittee), Judge J. Stephen Schuster (Chief Judge Superior Court Cobb County Georgia)


2016 Spring Meeting Program: We made it to Trial. What Now? (L-R Sitting) Chancellor Denise Owens (Jackson, Mississippi), Melissa Visconti (Damien Valori), Michaela Sozio (Course Planner and Co-Moderator, Vice Chair Trial Practice Subcommittee) (L-R Standing) Judge Christopher Yates (Specialized Business Docket Kent County Michigan), Victor Vital (Vice Chair Trial Practice and Business Torts Subcommittees), Judge Timothy Driscoll (Commercial Division New York), Judge J. Stephen Schuster (Course Planner and Co-Moderator, Chief Judge Cobb County Georgia Superior Court)

2015 Annual Meeting


2015 Annual Meeting Program: "Avoiding a Train Wreck: Best Practices For Multi-Tracked Litigation, Mediation, & Arbitration". Seated (L-R): Maureen Beyers (Program Co-Chair and Moderator), Honorable Patricia McInerney (Business Court Representative), MaryBeth Wilkinson. Standing (L-R): John Levitske (Program Co-Chair), Blake Rohrbacher, Victor Vital, Honorable Ben Tennille. Not pictured Bingxin (Amy) Xia (materials coordinator).


2015 Annual Meeting Program: "View from the Bench and the Bar: Best Practices for Inside and Outside Counsel Partnering to Achieve Effective Case and Trial Management". Seated (L-R): Thomas Sager, Honorable Alvin W. Thompson, Honorable Gail Andler. Standing (L-R): William Johnston (Program Chair and Moderator), David Jaffe, Jennifer Cooper (Program Co-Chair). Not pictured Jack Bostelman (materials coordinator).


2015 Annual Meeting Program: "Ethics for Lawyers on the Move". Seated (L-R): Holly Tomchey, Honorable Jerome B. Abrams (Business Court Representative). Standing (L-R) Andrew F. Halaby (Program Chair and Moderator), Patricia Sallen, Miranda K. Mandel.


2015 Annual Meeting Program: "Game of Twitter: Litigation in the Age of the Internet". Seated (L-R): Honorable Clifton Newman (Co-Chair Judges Initiative), Roman M. Silberfeld, Honorable Mary M. Johnston. Standing (L-R): Paul J. Masinter (Program Chair and Coordinator), Lucia Coyoca, James "Jim" Bates. Not pictured Carmelite M. Bertaut (materials coordinator).


2015 Annual Meeting Program: "Litigation Updates in the World of Counterfeit Chic, Blurred Lines, and the Colonel's Secret Recipe". Seated (L-R): Honorable Clifton Newman (Co-Chair Judges Initiative), Professor Sharon Sundeen, Wendi Sloane. Standing (L-R) Ryan Isenberg (Program Chair and Moderator), Sara Bussiere (materials coordinator).


The Honorable J. Stephen Schuster, Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee.


Jay Dubow, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Chair Securities Litigation Subcommittee


(L-R) Julissa Rodriguez, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Vice Chair Appellate Litigation Subcommittee and Stephanie L. Varela, Greenberg Traurig LLP


(L-R) Michaela B. Sozio, Tressler LLP, Vice Chair Business Divorce and Trial Practice Subcommittees and Daniel R. Formeller, Tressler LLP, Co-Chair Trial Practice Subcommittee


(L-R) The Honorable J. Stephen Schuster, Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee and event sponsor, Christopher W. Hinckley, Chair Gaming Law Committee, Peter F. Valori, Co-Chair Business Torts Subcommittee, and Melanie E. Damian, Co-Vice Chair Business and Corporate Litigation Committee and planner of Dinner sponsored by the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, the Judges Initiative Committee and the Young Lawyer Committee


(L-R) Patrick T. Clendenen, Chair Business and Corporate Litigation Committee and the Honorable J. Stephen Schuster, Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee


(L-R) Melanie E. Damian, Co-Vice Chair Business and Corporate Litigation Committee and Linda M. Leali, Co-Chair Women Business & Commercial Advocates Subcommittee


(L-R) Stuart M. Riback, Co-Vice Chair Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, Lee Applebaum, Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee and Andrew F. Halaby, Chair Ethics, Professionalism & Civility Subcommittee


Seated and pictured, front to back: Heidi M. Staudenmaier, Co-Vice Chair Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, Michaela B. Sozio, Co-Vice Chair Business Divorce and Trial Practice Subcommittees, John Levitske, Jr., Co-Vice Chair Dispute Resolution Committee. Standing, front to back: Patrick T. Clendenen, Chair Business and Corporate Litigation Committee and the Honorable J. Stephen Schuster, Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee.


2015 Annual Meeting Program - Managing and Navigating Legal Challenges for Online Gaming and Credit Card Transactions: (L-R) Carl Sottosanti, William Bogot, Professor Joseph Kelly, Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier (Program Co-Chair and Co-Vice Chair Business and Corporate Litigation Committee), and Dean Kathryn Rand (Program Co-Chair)


Section Advisor E. Christopher Johnson


2015 Diversity Clerks: (Front, L-R) Lotus Fung, Nina Patterson, Wali Raja, Zhao Liu, and Vanessa Mannings. (Back, L-R) Cameo Joseph and Gregory Richardson. Not pictured: Jessica Watsky.


2015 Annual Meeting: (L-R) Judge Mark Denton (Business Court Representative, Las Vegas, Nevada Business Court), Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons (Section Council, Delaware Court of Chancery), Judge Denise Owens (Business Court Representative, Mississippi Chancery Court), Lee Applebaum (Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee), Judge Patricia McInerney (Business Court Representative, Philadelphia Commerce Court), Judge Clifton Newman (Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee, South Carolina Business Court), Judge Gail Andler (Co-Chair Trial Practice Subcommittee, Orange County, California Complex Litigation Court), Paul "Chip" Lion (Section Chair 2014-2015), Judge Alvin Thompson (Section Chair 2005-2006, U S. District Court for the District of Connecticut)

2015 Fall Meeting


2015 Fall Meeting Program "Bankruptcy for Breakfast": Standing Front (L-R) Sarah Loomis Cave (Bankruptcy Litigation Subcommittee Chair, Program Chair, and Moderator), the Honorable Elizabeth Stong, Danielle Spinelli, and the Honorable Frank Bailey. Standing Rear (L-R) the Honorable Philip Brandt and Michael Rubenstein.


2015 Fall Meeting Program "Litigating in an International Context: Managing the Pitfalls of Cross-Border Litigation": (L-R) Stéphanie Lapierre (Chair International Litigation Subcommittee, Program Chair and Moderator), Javier Béjar Garcia, Enrico Forlini, David W. Ogden, and Mark F. Rosenberg.


2015 Fall Meeting Program "Tour of the Ivory Tower: Developments in the U.S. Supreme Court for Business Lawyers and Clients": Seated (L-R) Brigid F. Cech Samole (Program Chair and Moderator), Kendyl T. Hanks. Standing (L-R) Donald B. Ayer, Deanne E. Maynard, and Thomas G. Hungar.


Section Advisor Chris Johnson and Committee Chair Pat Clendenen


Judge Clifton Newman with his Meeting mentee Sadé Lewis


Business and Corporate Litigation and Judges Initiative Committees Joint Dinner sponsored by Damian & Valori: (L-R) Melanie E. Damian, Peter F. Valori and Melissa Damian Visconti


Committee Chairs Patrick Clendenen and Judge Clifton Newman


Former Judges Initiative Co-Chair Rick Gross and Committee Co-Vice Chair Stuart Riback


Committee Chair Pat Clendenen and Committee Co-Vice Chair and event sponsor Melanie Damian


Melissa Damian Visconti, Amir A. Isaiah, and Pat Clendenen


Kendyl Hanks and Melanie Damian

2015 Spring Meeting


2015 Spring Meeting Program Panel: "Getting Your Evidence in At Trial and Using it Effectively in a Business Case". L-R Sitting: Judge Denise D. Owens (Business Court Representative, 5th Chancery District Court, Jackson, MS), Judge Timothy S. Driscoll (Business Court Representative, New York Supreme Court Commercial Division), Judge Patricia McInerney (Business Court Representative, Philadelphia Commerce Case Management Program), Victor D. Vital (Vice-Chair Business Torts Subcommittee, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Dallas). L-R Standing: Patricia M. Hamill (Conrad O'Brien, Philadelphia), Judge J. Stephen Schuster (Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee, Program Co-Chair, Superior Court of Cobb County, GA), and Michaela L. Sozio (Vice-Chair Trial Practice Subcommittee, Program Moderator, Tressler, LLP, Los Angeles). Not Pictured, Lee Applebaum (Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee, Program Co-Chair, Fineman, Krekstein & Harris, PC, Philadelphia).


Linda Leali, Chair of the Women Business and Commercial Advocates Subcommittee, with honorees California Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sayauye and United States Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag


Sub Committee Chair Linda Leali and California Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye


Judge Andler and California Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye


Vice Chair Melanie Damian, sub committee chairs Brett Cohen, Brad Newman and Peter Valori


Victor Vital with Greenberg Traurig and Melanie Damian with Damian & Valoir, LLP


2015 Spring Meeting, "Tips from the Trial Bench", Daniel Formeller Trial Practice Subcommittee Co-Chair.


Section Chair Chip Lion speaking to judges and lawyers gathered for the Trial Practice Subcommittee's well attended roundtable program "Tips from the Trial Bench". Also pictured Daniel R. Formeller (Chair, Trial Practice Subcommittee).


2015 Spring Meeting "Tips from the Trial Bench", Trial Practice Subcommittee program.


Vice-Chair Melanie Damian and Former Committee Chair Mitchell Back


Committee Chair Pat Clendenen and Victor Vital, Vice-Chair Business Torts Subcommittee


2015 meeting of Business and Corporate Litigation Committee.


Section Dinner at the California Academy of Science, pre-Dinner Tour.

2014 Annual Meeting


2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Program, "Avoiding Discovery And Trial Practice Disasters--Tales From The Bench And Trenches". Panel, Judge Clifton Newman (South Carolina Business Court), Judge Audrey J. S. Carrion (Business Court Representative and Baltimore Business and Technology Court), Daniel R. Formeller (Chair, Trial Practice Subcommittee and Program Chair), Paul Masinter (Moderator; Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC), William D. Johnston (Section Vice Chair, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor LLP), and Arnold A. Pinkston (Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Allergan). Not pictured, Michaela Sozio (Program Materials Coordinator, Vice Chair, Trial Practice Subcommittee). Pictured attendee, Bret Cohen (outgoing editor of the Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation).


Richard Pound, Committee Dinner keynote speaker.


2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Committee Leaders, L-R, Stuart Riback (Vice Chair), Pat Clendenen (Chair), Bill Johnston (former Chair and current Section Vice Chair), Melanie Damian (Vice Chair), and Heidi Staudenmaier (Vice Chair).


2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Committee Dinner at Joe's Seafood. L-R, Sean Z. Kramer (Sponsor Gerchen Keller Capital, LLC), Melanie Damian (Committee Vice Chair), Patrick Clendenen (Committee Chair), Dixie Johnson (Section Chair), William Johnston (Committee Vice Chair).


2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Meeting.


2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Public Service Project sponsored by Business and Corporate Litigation, Pro Bono, and Young Lawyer Committees. Volunteer program in cooperation with Junior Achievement offering career advice to middle and high school students.


2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago). Section Luncheon, Recognition of Diversity Clerks serving in 2014. Standing, L-R, Daniel P. Knudsen, Amanda Reasoner, Samantha Hsieh, Alton Bradley, Dayna Thomas, Waleed Ahmed, and Jeffrey Dorough-Lewis. Not pictured, Anita Alexander, Kwesi Atta-Krah.

2014 Fall Meeting


2014 Fall Meeting: Business and Corporate Litigation Committee and Judges Initiative Committee Dinner. L-R Peter F. Valori (Chair Business Torts Subcommittee), Julissa Rodriguez (Appellate Litigation Subcommittee Vice Chair, and representing sponsor Greenberg Traurig LLP), and Stuart Riback (Vice Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, and representing sponsor Wilk Auslander).


2014 Fall Meeting: Business and Corporate Litigation Committee and Judges Initiative Committee Dinner. L-R Peter F. Valori (Chair Business Torts Subcommittee) and Melanie Damian (Vice Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, and event planner). Damian & Valori, LLP co-sponsor of Committee Dinner.


2014 Fall Meeting Program: Halliburton 2 - The Earthquake That Didn't Happen And The Future Of Securities Litigation. L-R Kevin H. Metz (Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, Washington, DC), Adam C. Pritchard (Professor of Law, University of Michigan), Michele Rose (Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP, Washington, DC), James A. Harrod (Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman LLP, New York, NY), Kristine M. Feitzinger (Vice President, Cornerstone Research, Menlo Park, CA), M. Todd Henderson (Professor of Law & Aaron Director Teaching Scholar, University of Chicago).

2014 Spring Meeting


Antitrust Law Committee Dinner. Harvey Saferstein, Judge Alex Kozinski, Angel Wang, Patrick Clendenen, Dick Pound, and Program Speakers.


Panel: Innovations in Resolving Complex Business Disputes. L-R, Judge Elizabeth Stong (Bankruptcy EDNY), Lee Applebaum (Judges Initiative Committee), Judge Audrey Carrion (Baltimore Circuit Court Business & Technology Case Management Program), Richard Chernick (JAMS), Melanie Damian (Vice-Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee), Judge Stephen Schuster and Merrick "Rick" Gross (Co-Chairs Judges Initiative Committee).


Program, "Innovations in Resolving Complex Business Disputes," co-sponsored by the Judges Initiative Committee and the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee.


Program, "Tips From The Trial Bench," sponsored by the Trial Practice Subcommittee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee. Roundtable discussions with trial judges and practitioners. Judge Audrey Carrion of Maryland's Business & Technology Case Management Program, and Dan Formeller, Co-Chair of the Trial Practice Sub-Committee, table facilitator.


Los Angeles skyline.


Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Dinner, Grammy Museum, Los Angeles.


Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Dinner, Grammy Museum Rooftop, Los Angeles.


Melanie Damian (Vice-Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee) and Bret Cohen (Editor, Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation).


Program, "Tips From The Trial Bench," sponsored by the Trial Practice Subcommittee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee. Roundtable discussions with trial judges and practitioners. Judge Mark Denton, Las Vegas Business Court, and Peter Walsh, Former Chair of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee.


Judge Gail Andler, Orange County California Superior Court, Complex Litigation Program (Co-Chair, Trial Practice Subcommittee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee).


Stefanie Moon (Chair of the Woman Business Advocates Subcommittee), and Woman Business Advocates Practitioner Honoree Audra Golding (Partner, Fragomen, DelRey, Bersen & Loewy, LLP).


Judge Consuelo B. Marshall receives award from Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, with Committee Member Judge Gail Andler (Orange County Superior Court, Complex Litigation Program).


Patrick Clendenen (Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee), and Stefanie Moon (Chair of the Woman Business Advocates Subcommittee).


Program, "Tips From The Trial Bench," sponsored by the Trial Practice Subcommittee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee. Roundtable discussions with trial judges and practitioners. Judge Joseph Iannazzone of the Gwinnett County Georgia Business Court, Peter F. Valori (Chair, Business Torts Sub-Committee of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee).


Judge Consuelo B. Marshall receives award from ABA Business and Corporate Litigation Committee at the Grammy Museum.


Patrick Clendenen (Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee), Judge Consuelo B. Marshall (Business and Corporate Litigation Committee award recipient), and Melanie Damian (Vice-Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee).

2013 Annual Meeting


Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals graciously hosts an educational tour of the James R. Browning Courthouse for members of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee and the Judges Initiative during the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting.


Members of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee and Judges Initiative held a joint dinner at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse during the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting.


Incoming Committee Chair, Patrick Clendenen, thanking the outgoing Committee Chair, William Johnston, for his service to and leadership of the Committee.


Incoming Committee Chair, Patrick Clendenen, presenting the outgoing Committee Chair, William Johnston, with tokens of appreciation for his leadership of the Committee.


Incoming Committee Chair, Patrick Clendenen, presenting the outgoing Committee Chair, William Johnston, with tokens of appreciation for his leadership of the Committee.


From Left to Right: Committee leaders Stuart Riback, Melanie Emmons Damien, William Johnston, Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, and Patrick Clendenen.


From Left to Right: Former Committee Chairs Peter Walsh, William Johnston, and Mitchell Bach, and Incoming Chair Patrick Clendenen.


Lauren Woodland (Business Torts Subcommittee), Judge Alex Kozinski, and Patrick Clendenen (Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee).

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