February 14, 2019

Message from the Chair

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier

Dear Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Members:

Hopefully, our members in the colder climes have survived the record-breaking snowfall and deep freeze temperatures relative to the Winter of 2019. The good news is that Spring is right around the corner – which means that the Business Law Section’s 2019 Spring Meeting is fast approaching.

The Section will convene the 2019 Spring Meeting in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 27-30. As always, the BCLC is proud to present a stellar lineup of programming and substantive Subcommittee meetings. Our CLE programs include:

Taming the Gig Economy: Freelance Isn’t Free
Thursday 3 /28/2019 10:30AM - 12:30PM

Recent Developments in Business & Corporate Litigation: Annual Review Panel
Thursday 3 /28/2019 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Comparing and Contrasting the Role of and Standards for Independent Directors in M&A
Friday 3 /29/2019 10:30AM - 12:30PM

"Law & Order" Discovery Victims Unit
Friday 3 /29/2019 2:30PM - 4:30PM

The BCLC's ever popular joint dinner with the Judges Initiative, Dispute Resolution Committee, and Sports Law Committee will be held on Thursday night at The Stanley Park Pavilion – which is among Vancouver’s most spectacular and historical venues. The Women's Business & Commercial Advocates Reception honoring luminaries in the local legal community will precede the dinner at 7:00 PM. Thank you to our dinner/reception sponsors: Farris; McCarthy Tétrault LLP; Bayard, P.A.; Case Anywhere LLC; CourtCall, LLC; Bennett Jones; Damian & Valori LLP; Judge Stephen Schuster; and Judge Gail Andler (Ret.), Mediator/Arbitrator/Special Master. For further details about the BCLC dinner, WBCA reception, and sponsors, please see articles in this Newsletter. Make sure to purchase your ticket as soon as possible – THIS EVENT USUALLY SELLS OUT!

The BCLC meeting – open to all members – will be held on Friday from 4:30 PM-5:30 PM. Multiple BCLC Subcommittee meetings are scheduled, including several with substantive speakers/presentations. All BCLC members are welcome to attend any of the Subcommittee meetings, regardless of whether you are actively involved.

Additionally, on Thursday morning from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM, the BCLC will sponsor a Public Service Project with Junior Achievement for their local young alumni who are interested in the practice of law.  Volunteers will provide “speed career mentoring” to the attendees.  

Welcome to the 2018-2020 Class of Business Court RepresentativesJudge Lita M. Popke, Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan, Detroit; and Justice Saliann Scarpulla, Supreme Court, New York County Commercial Division, New York City.

I would be remiss without a few words of thanks - to Sarah Ennis and Kate Harman, the Newsletter Editors and their Editorial Board for their exemplary efforts on this Spring Newsletter; to Melissa Visconti and Paul Masinter for their assistance in securing sponsorships for the BCLC Dinner and WBCA Reception; to the BCLC Vice Chairs, Stuart Riback, Hon. Gail Andler and Hon. Mac McCoy for everything they do; to all of the BCLC Subcommittee leaders for their continuing efforts in making the BCLC among the most active and successful Section Committees; and last but not least, major kudos to the ABA Staff who pull everything together for our Section meetings and events, with particular thanks to Katie Koszyk, Nicole Nikodem, Kate Chopp, Julia Passamani and Graham Hunt. 


2019 Annual Meeting
Sept. 12-14
Marriott Marquis
Washington DC

2020 Spring Meeting
March 26-28
Boston Marriott Copley

2020 Annual Meeting
Sept. 10-12
Chicago, Sheraton

If you’re passing through Phoenix, please let me know and we can grab a cup of coffee. Here’s to the end of Winter and coming soon of Spring!


Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier - Chair
Business and Corporate Litigation Committee
American Bar Association, Business Law Section 

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier

Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Chair