Business Court Representatives

Mission Statement

The Business Court Representative Program is designed to provide educational opportunities for judges on cutting edge business law developments. The program is also designed to provide the Section members with exposure to judicial leaders as well as an opportunity to provide their input on those same developments and gain their insights and perspectives on business and commercial litigation. One focus of the Business Court Representatives Program is to provide younger lawyers with exposure to judicial leaders in non-adversarial settings. A separate focus is the creation of better communications between the ABA Judicial Division and the Business Law Section

Business Court Representatives are individuals who are current members of the judiciary who preside over courts or dockets consisting primarily of complex business and commercial litigation. Business Court Representatives need not have been active in the Section previously. One of the purposes of the Business Court Representative Program is to make the Business Court Representatives, and through them other members of the judiciary, aware of the activities of the Section.

Obligations of BCRs

A critical feature of the Program is a commitment by selected Business Court Representatives to share wisdom and experience with members of the Section by:

  • Attending the Section's Annual Meeting (usually held in early September), the Section Spring Meeting (usually held in March or early April) and the Section Fall Committee Meeting (usually held in late November)
  • Attending meetings of the Business and Corporate Litigation committee and other committees to which they may be assigned.
  • Attending meetings of other committees in which they have an interest.
  • Providing input, if requested, to the Section's Programs committee and the Publications committee.

The Selection Process

Each year, three Business Court Representatives will be chosen by the Judges Initiative committee, with the approval of the Section Chair. Each Representative will serve a two-year term.


Current Business Court Representatives:


Hon. Lita M. Popke
Michigan Business Court
Detroit, MI

Hon. Saliann Scarpula
New York Commercial Division
New York, NY


Hon. Louis A Bledsoe, III
North Carolina Business Court
Charlotte, NC

Hon. Randa M. Trapp
Superior Court of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA

Hon. Heather A. Welch
Indiana Commercial Court
Indianapolis, IN

Former Business Court Representatives:

Hon. Jerome Abrams
First Judicial District of Minnesota
Dakota County, MN

Hon. Nancy L. Allf
8th Judicial District Court
Las Vegas, NV

Hon. Gail A. Andler
State of California Superior Court, Orange County
Santa Ana, CA

Hon. Janet Ellen Barton
Maricopa County Superior Court
Phoenix, AZ

Hon. Elihu M. Berle
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Hon. Mark I. Bernstein
Court of Common Pleas Commerce Program
Philadelphia, PA

Hon. Audrey J. Carrion
Baltimore City Circuit Court
Baltimore, MD

Hon. Mark Denton
Eighth Judicial District Court, Clark County
Las Vegas, NV

Hon. Albert Diaz
North Carolina Business Court
Charlotte, NC

Hon. Timothy Driscoll
New York State Supreme Court
Nassau County

Hon. James L. Gale
North Carolina Business Court
Greensboro, NC

Hon. Allen S. Goldberg
Law Division, Commercial Court
Chicago, IL

Hon. Betsy Gonzalez
Eighth Judicial District Court
Las Vegas, NV

Hon. William F. Highberger
Superior Court of CA for County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Hon. Joseph C. Iannozzone
State Court of Gwinnett County
Lawrenceville, GA

Hon. Mary Miller Johnston
Superior Court of Delaware
Wilmington, DE

Hon. C. Darnell Jones
US District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Hon. Richard Anthony Licht
Rhode Island Superior Court
Providence, RI

Albert J. Matricciani, Jr.
Circuit Court of Baltimore City
Baltimore, MD

Hon. Patricia McInerney
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
Philadelphia, PA

Hon. Clifton Newman
South Carolina Circuit Court
Kingstree, SC

Hon. Denise Owens
5th Chancery District Court
Jackson, MS

Hon. Donald F. Parsons
Court of Chancery
Wilmington, DE

Hon. Renee Roche
Orange County Civil Business Court
Orlando, FL

Hon. Maureen Durkin Roy
State of Illinois
Chicago, IL

Hon. James Stephen Schuster
Cobb County Superior Court
Marietta, GA

Hon. Brian Van Camp
State of California Superior Court, Sacramento County
Sacramento, CA

Hon. Sean D. Wallace
Prince George's County Circuit Court
Upper Marlboro, MD

Hon. Christine A. Ward
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Pittsburgh, PA

Hon. Ira B. Warshawsky
Mineola, NY

Hon. Christopher Comas Wilkes
23rd Judicial Circuit-WV Business Court Division
Martinsburg, WV

Hon. Christopher P. Yates
17th Circuit Court, Kent County
Grand Rapids, MI


2019 Spring Meeting

Business Court Representatives, Spring Meeting 2019 in Vancouver (Left to Right): Judge Heather Welch (Marion County – Indianapolis -- Commercial Court), Judge Randa Trapp (San Diego Superior Court), Judge Saliann Scarpulla (New York Commercial Division), and Judge Lita Popke (Wayne County – Detroit -- Business Court)

2018 Spring Meeting

2018 Business Court Representatives (clockwise from top left): Hon. Christopher Comas Wilkes; Hon. Louis A Bledsoe, III; Hon. Richard Anthony Licht; Hon. Nancy L. Allf; Hon. Randa M. Trapp; (not pictured: Hon. Heather A. Welch)

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).

2016 Fall Meeting

(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

2015 Annual Meeting

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

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

2015 Spring Meeting

Business Court Representatives Meeting. Business Court Representatives present: Judges Jerome Abrams, Elihu Berle, Mark Denton, Timothy Driscoll, Patricia McInerney, and Denise Owens, as well as former BCRs Judges Gail Andler, Allen Goldberg and J. Stephen Schuster (Co-Chair Judges Initiative committee), and Vice-Chancellor Donald Parsons.

2015 Spring Meeting Program "Getting Your Evidence in At Trial and Using it Effectively in a Business Case". L-R Attorney Patricia Hamill, and Business Court Representatives Judge Denise Owens, Judge Timothy Driscoll and Judge Patricia McInerney.

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.

2015 Spring Meeting, Judges Initiative committee Co-Chair Judge J. Stephen Schuster, Business Court Representative Judge Patricia McInerney, and Business Court Representative Judge Jerome Abrams.

2014 Annual Meeting

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).

Judge Audrey J. S. Carrion (Business Court Representative, Baltimore Business and Technology Court) at the 2014 Annual Meeting Public Service Project

Judge Joseph Iannazzone (Business Court Representative, Gwinnett County, Georgia Business Court) at the 2014 Annual Meeting Public Service Project