American Bar Association
Dispute Resolution Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Dispute Resolution Committee

Message From The Chair

Welcome to the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Business Law Section. This Committee's mission is to provide information, resources and guidance to business lawyers who are responsible for allocating risk when negotiating transactions, or managing risk when negotiating disputes.

The Committee is responsible for a handy guide to drafting dispute resolution clauses in contracts. It also works closely with ADR Committees within the Business Law Section, as well as with the Dispute Resolution Section and ADR-related Committees of other Sections of the ABA, to ensure that business lawyers have the most current information on dispute resolution at their disposal.

We hope you will join the Committee and volunteer to advance its work. Over the next few years it is our ambition to make this Committee the "go to" resource for those in the business law community who are charged with avoiding, managing and resolving business disputes.

F. Peter Phillips, Chair

Who We Are

The mission of the Dispute Resolution Committee is to aid business lawyers in understanding and using alternative dispute resolution processes. The goals of the Committee are to focus on education for Section members; to encourage interaction between corporate legal departments and private law firms in the development of dispute resolution options relevant to the business needs of clients; and to foster continuing liaison and collaborative efforts with other Sections and other committees within the Business Law Section.

More About Us

  • Over 375 members
  • Four telephonic meetings per year (featuring nationally-recognized guest speakers), plus in-person meetings at the Business Law Section Meetings
  • Directors to Section Administrative
  • Subcommittees on Ombuds, Young Lawyers, Programs, Judiciary, International, Membership, and Corporate Counsel
  • Publication on drafting dispute resolution clauses
  • Active ListServe for internal communications and professional development

Meeting Photos

2017 Spring Meeting

2017 Spring Meeting Business and Corporate Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Judges Initiative Committee Dinner.

Judges Initiative Committee Co-Chair the Honorable Clifton Newman, speaking at Business and Corporation Litigation, Dispute Resolution, and Judges Initiative joint Committee Dinner.

2017 Spring Meeting Programs: The 1-2-3’s of Mediation of a Merger & Acquisition Dispute (Part 1): Setting the Stage and Planning for the Mediation and The 1-2-3’s of Mediation of a Merger & Acquisition Dispute (Part 2): An Interactive “Mock” Mediation: Sitting (L-R) Sophie Lamonde (Stikeman Elliott), Patricia Kim (Hewlett Packard), Hon. Elizabeth Stong (U.S. Bankruptcy Court), Leslie A. Berkoff (Program Co-Chair and Moderator, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP); Standing (L-R) Michele D. Johnson (Lathan & Watkins), David Cellitti (Quarles & Brady), Ryan A. McLeod (Wachtell Lipton), John Levitske (Program Co-Chair and Moderator, Commercial Dispute Advisory Services), Maureen Beyers (Beyers Farrell PLLC), Judge J. Stephen Schuster (Chair Dispute Resolution Committee), David Lorry (Versa Capital Management). Presented by the Dispute Resolution Committee and co-sponsored by Business and Corporate Litigation Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Bankruptcy Court Structure and Insolvency Process Committee, and Judges Initiative Committee.

2017 Spring Meeting Program: The 1-2-3’s of Mediation of a Merger & Acquisition Dispute (Part 1): Setting the Stage and Planning for the Mediation: (L-R) Sophie Lamonde (Stikeman Elliott), David Lorry (Versa Capital Management), Ryan A. McLeod (Wachtell Lipton), Hon. Elizabeth Stong (U.S. Bankruptcy Court), Michele D. Johnson (Lathan & Watkins), Patricia Kim (Hewlett Packard), David Cellitti (Quarles & Brady), John Levitske (Program Co-Chair and Moderator).

The 1-2-3’s of Mediation of a Merger & Acquisition Dispute (Part 2): An Interactive “Mock” Mediation: (L-R) Patricia Kim (Hewlett Packard), David Cellitti (Quarles & Brady), Hon. Elizabeth Stong (U.S. Bankruptcy Court), Maureen Beyers (Beyers Farrell PLLC), David Lorry (Versa Capital Management), Ryan A. McLeod (Wachtell Lipton),.

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: 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.

Related Products

    Drafting Dispute Management Clauses

    Drafting Dispute Management Clauses

    ISBN: 978-1-60442-971-8 Product Code: 5070634PDF 2010, 28 pages This PDF product is intended to be a resource for transactional attorneys seeking to ensure that dispute resolution clauses in the contracts they draft meet the reasonable commercial expectations of their clients and add value to the ...

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Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    Intercreditor Agreements - What’s in Your Agreement?


    Once upon a time, there was concern that bankruptcy courts might not consider disputes between creditors under their intercreditor agreements, but relegate the creditors to state court. Those days are long gone! Since the 2008 recession, there has been a series of cases where not only did the bankruptcy ...

    Legal Analytics: An Introduction to Using Data and Artificial Intelligence in Legal Services


    Artificial intelligence, Big Data, expert systems, and lean law are more than buzz words; they'll soon be key components of an attorney's toolkit. What can you do to understand and incorporate these new tools in your own work? Our panel will provide an introduction to using data and artificial intelligence ...

    Managing Cybersecurity Due Diligence in Technology M&A Transactions


    The event will be held on 09/12/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Section of Antitrust Law,Center for Professional Development,Business Law Section,Section of International Law,Section of Intellectual Property Law,Section of Science & Technology Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .


Listen to a series of podcasts on business dispute resolution and management. These podcasts are part of the Committee’s mission to help business lawyers to understand and use alternative dispute resolution processes for the benefit of their corporate clients.

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