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Business and Corporate Litigation: Business Courts Subcommittee

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Business and Corporate Litigation:
Business Courts Subcommittee

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2017 Spring Meeting

Spring Meeting 2017: Joint Meeting of the Judges Initiative Committee and Business Courts Subcommittee. Attendees include, among others, Judges Nancy Allf (Nevada), Elihu Berle (California),Timothy Driscoll (New York), Joseph Iannazzone (Georgia) Mary Miller Johnston (Delaware), Richard Licht (Rhode Island), Clifton Newman (South Carolina), Denise Owens (Mississippi), Stephen Schuster (Georgia), Elizabeth Stong (New York), Christine Ward (Pennsylvania), Christopher Wilkes (West Virginia), Christopher Yates (Michigan), and retired Judges Gail Andler (California, not pictured) and Donald Parsons (Vice Chancellor, Delaware – not pictured). Other attendees included Lee Applebaum (Co-Chair Communications and Technology Subcommittee, not pictured), Douglas Eyre (Co-Chair In-House Litigation Management Subcommittee), Justine Mershman (ABA Section of Business Law), Richard Renck (Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee), Vanessa Tiradentes (Co-Chair, Diversity Clerkship Program).

Spring Meeting 2017: Business Court Representatives Orientation with 2017-2019 BCR Judges Nancy L. Allf (8th Judicial District Business Court, Las Vegas, Nevada), Richard A. Licht (Rhode Island Superior Court Commercial Calendar) and Christopher C. Wilkes (23rd Judicial Circuit-West Virginia Business Court Division).

2017 Commercial Court Program

August 11, 2017 ABA Annual Meeting program sponsored by Section of Litigation and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (among others): The Evolution of Commercial Courts: Where Are They Now and Where Are They Going? (L-R) Hon. Charles E. Ramos (Commercial Division, New York, longest serving commercial court judge in U.S. or internationally), Hon. Marguerite A. Grays (Commercial Division, Queens), Hon. Jeffrey K. Oing (New York Appellate Division), Mark C. Zauderer (Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer LLP, New York), Hon. Shirley Werner Kornreich (Commercial Division, New York), Hon. Donald F. Parsons, Jr. (Ret.) (Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Delaware; Section of Business Law Council). Not pictured: Robert L. Haig (Commercial Litigation Track Chair and Moderator, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, New York) and Lee Applebaum (Panelist, Fineman, Krekstein & Harris, P.C., Philadelphia, former Co-Chair Section of Business Law's Judges Initiative Committee and BCLC Subcommittee on Business Courts).

2016 Fall Meeting

2016 Fall Meeting, Joint Meeting of Judges Initiative Committee, Dispute Resolution Committee and Business Courts Subcommittee (Attendees included Section Chair William Johnston, Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chairs Judge Clifton Newman and Richard Renck, Dispute Resolution Committee Chair Judge Stephen Schuster, Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Chair Heidi Staudenmaier and immediate past Chair Patrick Clendenen, Business Court Subcommittee Co-Chair Judge Elihu Berle, Business Court Representatives Judges Jerome Abrams, Timothy Driscoll, James Gale, Mary Miller Johnston, and Denise Owens, and Section members Linda M. Leali, Robert Barker, Sasha Francis, and Lee Applebaum

2016 Annual Meeting

2016 Annual Meeting Boston: First Row (L-R) Judge Denise Owners (Chancery Court Mississippi, Business Court Representative), Porsha Winters (Diversity Clerk, Valparaiso, Indiana), Justin A. Nalos (Diversity Clerk, Silver Spring, Maryland), Sarah Denis (Diversity Clerk Coral Gables, Florida), Abby Grace Peretz (Diversity Clerk, Palatine, Illinois), Paige E. Vankooten (Diversity Clerk, Greensboro, North Carolina), Abigail Van Hook (Diversity Clerk, Urbana, Illinois), Zhua “Sandy” Duan (Diversity Clerk, Memphis, Tennessee). Second Row (L-R) Judge Timothy Driscoll (New York Commercial Division, Business Court Representative and Co-Chair of Health Care and Life Science Litigation Subcommittee), Jonathan A. Frimpong (Diversity Clerk, Memphis Tennessee), Judge Christopher Yates (Michigan Business Court, Business Court Representative), Judge Clifton Newman (South Carolina Business Court, Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee)

Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons, Judge Stephen Schuster, Judge Christopher Yates, Porsha Winters (Diversity Clerk, Valparaiso, Indiana), Abby Grace Peretz (Diversity Clerk, Palatine, Illinois), Justice Henry duPont Ridgely (Section Advisor), Sarah Denis (Diversity Clerk Coral Gables, Florida)

(L-R) Judge Clifton Newman (Co Chair Judges Initiative) and Business Court Representatives Judges Jerome Abrams, Mary Miller Johnston, Timothy Driscoll, Christopher Yates and Denise Owens. Not pictured, Judge James Gale

(L-R) Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons, Judge Timothy Driscoll (BCR and Co Chair Health Care and Life Sciences Subcommittee), Robert Haig (Business Court Pioneer), Judge Christopher Yates (BCR), Judge Jerome Abrams (BCR)

2016 Annual Meeting Boston: Joint meeting of Judges Initiative Committee, Dispute Resolution Committee, and Business and Corporate Litigation Committee's Subcommittees on Business Court, Business Torts, Health Care and Life Sciences, and Trial Practice. Officers present included Judge Stephen Schuster (Co-Chair, Dispute Resolution Committee), Judge Clifton Newman (Co-Chair, Judges Initiative Committee), Lee Applebaum (former Co-Chair, Judges Initiative Committee), Judge Elihu Berle (Co-Chair, Business Courts Subcommittee), Peter Valori (Co-Chair, Business Torts Subcommittee), Daniel R. Formeller (Co-Chair, Business Torts Subcommittee and Women Business and Commercial Advocates, and former Chair of the Trial Practice Subcommittee), Emily Burton (Vice Chair, Corporate Counseling and Litigation and Trial Practice Subcommittees), Judge Timothy Driscoll (BCR) and Kevin Hormuth (Co-Chairs, Health Care and Life Sciences Litigation Subcommittee), Judge Mary Miller Johnston (BCR) and Michaela Sozio (Co-Chairs, Trial Practice Subcommittee). Also present are Judge Gail Andler (BCLC Vice Chair, Co-Chair, Women Business and Commercial Advocates, and former Chair of the Trial Practice Subcommittee); Business Court Representatives Judge Jerome Abrams, Judge James Gale, Judge Denise Owens and Judge Christopher Yates; Justice Henry duPont Ridgely (Business Law Section Advisor), Mitchell Bach (former BCLC and Judges Initiative Committee Chair), first-timer John E. Rosen from Charleston, South Carolina, and Diversity Clerks Sandy Duan and Jonathan Frimpong.

2016 Spring Meeting

Joint meeting of Judges Initiative Committee and Subcommittee on Business Courts. How often do lawyers get an opportunity to meet with 10 judges at once.

2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting Joint Program of the Judges Initiative Committee, and Appellate Litigation, Business Courts, Business Torts and Trial Practice Subcommittees: "Attorney Fee Awards and Sanctions from the Judges Perspective". Participating Judges, the Honorable: Jerome Abrams (Minnesota), Gail Andler (California), Philip Brandt (Washington), William Carpenter (Delaware), Mark Denton (Nevada), Timothy Driscoll (New York), Patricia McInerney (Pennsylvania), Clifton Newman (South Carolina), Denise Owens (Mississippi), Henry Ridgely (Delaware), Stephen Schuster (Georgia), and Ben Tennille (North Carolina). Moderators: Lee Applebaum (co-chair Judges Initiative Committee) and Daniel Formeller (co-chair Trial Practice Subcommittee). Participating chairs and vice chairs: Mark Trachtenberg (chair Appellate Litigation), Peter Valori (chair Business Torts), Julissa Rodriguez (co-vice chair Appellate Litigation), and Michaela Sozio (co-vice chair Trial Practice). Tyler O'Connell and Emily Burton, the co-chair and co-vice chair of the Corporate Counseling and Litigation Subcommittee, also discussed their upcoming publication, Reducing the "Deal Tax": Delaware's Recent Scrutiny of Non-Monetary Settlements, a draft of which is posted to the BCLC's web page.

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).

(L-R) Outgoing Judges Initiative Co-Chair the Honorable J. Stephen Schuster, Business Court pioneer Robert L. Haig, and Business Court Representative Jerome B. Abrams.

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: "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: "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).

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)

Business Court Representative Judge Jerome Abrams, panelist on the 2015 Annual Meeting Program "Ethics for Lawyers on the Move"

Business Court Representatives Judge Mark Denton and Judge Patricia McInerney

Roland E. Brandel, Business Court Pioneer

Business Court Representatives Judges Patricia McInerney and Mark Denton being acknowledged for their service by Section Chair Chip Lion

2015 Spring Meeting

2015 Spring Meeting L-R around table: Business Court Representative Judge Mark Denton, former Business Court Representative Judge Allen Goldberg, Section Program Specialist Justine Reichardt, Business Court Representative Judge Elihu Berle, former Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chair Mitchell L. Bach, Business Court Representative Jerome Abrams, former Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chair Judge Gail Andler, Business Court Representative Judge Timothy Driscoll, Business Court Representative Judge Patricia McInerney, Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chair Judge J. Stephen Schuster, Business Courts Subcommittee Chair Richard Renck, and Section Committees Manager Leslie Archer. Not pictured, Lee Applebaum, Co-Chair Judges Initiative Committee.

2014 Annual Meeting

2014 Annual Meeting. Business Court pioneers Robert L. Haig and Judge Ben F. Tennille.

2014 Annual Meeting: Joint Planning meeting of Judges Initiative Committee, Subcommittee on Business Courts and National Conference of State Trial Court Judges.

2014 Annual Meeting (Chicago): Outgoing Business Court Representatives recognized for service to the Section by Section Chair Dixie Johnson. L-R Judge Audrey J. S. Carrion (Business Court Representative, Baltimore Business and Technology Court), Dixie Johnson (Section Chair), Judge Christine Ward (Business Court Representative, Pittsburgh Commercial Litigation Center), and Judge Joseph Iannazzone (Business Court Representative, Gwinnett County, Georgia Business Court).

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Sub-Committee Chairs:

Berle, Elihu
Gale, James

Sub-Committee Vice-Chairs:

Allf, Nancy
Hermes, Edward
Ridgely, Henry
Thomas, Carmen

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Subcommittee Mission Statement

The Subcommittee on Business Court’s mission is to provide resources to governments, legislatures, judiciaries, Bar Associations, academics, the media, and individual judges and lawyers seeking information and assistance to support the development and improvement of specialized business, commercial, and complex litigation courts.  In addition to the fount of information available on our web page, there are numerous judges and lawyers who make themselves available to speak, formally and informally, on these subjects.  We work closely with the Judges Initiative Committee and the Section’s Business Court Representatives in bringing the practical expertise of business court judges and practitioners to the Section’s members, and other committees; and we closely monitor related developments in this area throughout the United States and internationally.


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