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Business Torts & Unfair Competition Committee



We are one of the most active ABA committees, made up of experienced trial lawyers from all over the country. Our goal is to keep business litigators fully up to date in burgeoning business torts such as fiduciary duties, fraud, unfair trade practices, tortious interference, trademarks and trade secrets, remedies, and evidence, as well as technological issues and developments impacting our practice. We provide open access and networking with the best people in the field.

We regularly present excellent CLE programs, publish useful books and articles, hold substantive business meetings, and host the best social events (bar none). Our website provides case notes of recent litigation in business torts, an archive of past Business Torts Journal articles, and loads of other helpful information.

Do you want to network with the established up and comers of business tort litigation? Want to stay ahead of key developments? Want to be a key contributor in this community? Then join us.


Seeking Contributors to Our Website and Publications

The Business Torts and Unfair Competition Litigation Committee is seeking contributors to its website and publications. We solicit your help by providing us articles and reports on recent cases of interest that pertain to business torts litigation issues. We welcome any articles for either the webpage or our journal. This is a great way to get involved, network with some of the best litigators in the country, and contribute to building a valuable resource for business torts litigators. If you have cases of interest, articles, or other resources to add to our website or printed journal, please contact Anne Talcott and Brian Berkley for website submissions and David Johnson for journal submissions.

We are also seeking short testimonials (three or four sentences) about why you find your Business Torts Litigation Committee membership valuable. You can talk about anything (CLE, publications, committee work, etc.). These testimonials may be used in print marketing or on our webpage. We also ask that you submit your photo to accompany the testimonial. Please note that submission of your testimonial and photo will serve as permission to the Section and the ABA to use for the purposes explained.

Message from the Chairs

The Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee has historically been one of the most active Committees in the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. With the merger of the Antitrust Committee into our Committee last year, we are also one of the largest Committees in the Section.  We’re pleased to be leading this great Committee, and we need your help to keep it strong.

There are numerous ways for you to be involved in the Committee:

Roundtables: The easiest way to become involved is to join us for a Roundtable. The Section rolled out Roundtables in late 2012 as a member benefit, and we have presented on topics from cross-border e-discovery to piercing the corporate veil. The calls usually run about 30–45 minutes and are a great way to get expert advice on hot topics and trends in business torts and unfair competition litigation. Want to speak on a Roundtable? The process is easy and you can share your knowledge with a national audience.

Join Our Group on LinkedIn:  The name of the group is Business Torts and Unfair Competition: ABA Section of Litigation. We post links to content generated by our membership as well as news and announcements.

Sound Advice:  Have a practice tip to share? Record a Sound Advice. These are short, five-minute quick tips that can be recorded from your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop. Five minutes of recording will get you posted on the Section’s website and, again, give you a national audience.

Business Torts JournalWant to write an article for the Business Torts Journal?  These longer articles—usually running between 750 and 2,500 words—may be a bit more of a time commitment, but the reward is publication in a highly respected, go-to resource for the best litigators in the country. Articles can lead to speaking opportunities at Roundtables and CLE programs during Section conferences. Take a look at our journal archive to learn more.

Buy Our Book! Business Torts: A Practical Guide to Litigation is a great addition to your library. Buy it now, and take a look at the rest of the ABA book store’s offerings.

We thank you for your support of the Committee’s work and look forward to working with you this year.

Amy Stewart
David Sterling
Maria Kreiter
Cochairs, Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee


Our active subcommittees include:

  • Journal
  • Publications
  • Circuit Chairs
  • Membership
  • Programs
  • Distance CLE
  • Regional CLE
  • Midyear Meeting
  • Listserv


  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Fraud
  • Unfair Trade Practices
  • Tortious Interference
  • Trade Secrets
  • Technology
  • Evidence
  • Remedies
  • Law Student Liaison

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

Navigant Partner

Karyl Van Tassel

Houston, TX


Business Torts Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Web Editors Journal Editors

Maria Kreiter

Milwaukee, WI

Brian A. Berkley

Philadelphia, PA

Chad Stover

Wilmington, DE

Chris Lindstrom

Boston, MA

Anthony J. Carriuolo

Fort Lauderdale, FL

David Johnson

Nashville, TN

Daniel P. Elms

Dallas, TX