American Bar Association
Business and Corporate Litigation Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Business and Corporate Litigation Committee

Mission Statement

The mission of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee is to focus on the principal substantive areas of litigation affecting business enterprises and to promote the establishment of business courts and other effective means of resolving business disputes.

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Message From The Chair

Message from the Chair -2017-2018

Welcome to the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee. The breadth of business litigation faced by today's companies is staggering. So, too, is the attendant cost and risk. The Business and Corporate Litigation Committee (BCLC) is the home within the ABA Business Law Section (BLS) for lawyers, in-house counsel, judges, and law students interested in dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, and mediation for business clients, as well as substantive issues for business litigators. Our members from around the United States and beyond are approximately 2,000 strong, making the BCLC one of the ten largest committees in the BLS. We have access to the most current thinking on trends and developments in business litigation and, for those who wish to become active as speakers, authors, and leaders, there are opportunities to become involved no matter your level or area of expertise. We have approximately 35 Subcommittees in which you can develop your knowledge, connections, and leadership. Links to each of those Subcommittees can be found on this web page.

Many of our members have found an opportunity to flourish as authors, to show their expertise in particular areas of the law. For example, the BCLC has, for over 20 years, authored the indispensable Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (formerly the Annual Review). Countless Committee members participate in this annual mammoth effort. Additionally, Committee members regularly write articles for the Section's Business Law Today publication. The BCLC has its own newsletter - The Network - which offers further writing opportunities for Committee members.

The BCLC takes great pride in its quality programming and special events. The Committee participates actively in the BLS Spring, Annual, and Fall Meetings, and it typically presents 11 CLE programs annually. We encourage the "repurposing" of these programs as webinars so Committee members unable to attend in person can benefit from the excellent CLE programming. BCLC regularly presents non-CLE programs and special events, such as the Tips from the Trial Bench program , the Women Business and Commercial Advocates Reception , and the Annual Pro Bono and Public Service Project . In recognition that it may not be possible for all BCLC members to attend the meetings in person, the Women Business and Commercial Advocates Subcommittee has begun to develop a series of regional roundtables. Our popular Committee dinners held at each meeting are regularly co-sponsored by the Judges' Initiative Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the Young Lawyer Committee.

Our Committee enjoys and welcomes considerable diversity in its membership. We actively participate in the Section's Diversity Clerkship Program and the Young Lawyer & Law Student events, including the Speed Mentoring Program and the Diversity Networking Reception. We also regularly have one or more Section Fellows assigned to our Committee for substantive and leadership opportunities.

For over 25 years, the BCLC has sponsored and co-sponsored numerous programs on a wide range of business litigation subjects. This has proved to be a great opportunity for our members to share their expertise as panelists, in addition to the learning provided to those attending. Links to the audio and materials from many of our programs can be found in the Materials section of our website.

We encourage and welcome your voices and those of your clients, and we stand ready to make your participation in the BCLC both meaningful and valuable. How can you become involved? First, please join our Committee today.

The benefits of joining BCLC are many, and your experience can be tailored to your individual practice and needs. We are an inclusive and collaborative group, and I hope to see you at our future meetings.

With warm regards,

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier
Chair, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee

Contact information:
Partner, Snell & Wilmer LLP
One Arizona Center
400 East Van Buren, Suite 1900
Phoenix AZ 85004-2202
Direct dial 602.382.6366

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2017 Annual Meeting


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Staudenmaier, Heidi


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Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Basics of UCC Article 9 -- Your Guide to Security Interests


    Whether you represent businesses, individuals, or lenders, secured transactions are an integral part of day-to-day business activity and practice. How do you actually get a security interest and why do you need to perfect it? How and where do you file financing statements? Who wins if there are more ...

    The Emperor Has No Clothes: The State of Undress in the Retail Distressed Space


    The event will be held on 07/17/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are ABACLE,Business Law Section,Law Practice Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    Ethics 101: Attorneys' Duties for Safeguarding Confidential Information on the Cloud


    The event will be held on 07/31/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Cybersecurity Legal Task Force,ABACLE,Business Law Section,Forum on Communications Law,Center For Professional Responsibility,Law Practice Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of Litigation,Senior Lawyers Division,Section of Science & Technology Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .



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