September 02, 2019

Message from the Chair

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier

Dear Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Members:

I hope that everyone has had a great summer with some time away from the office to recharge the batteries. With Fall fast approaching, we look forward to the Section’s Annual Meeting in our Nation’s Capitol, Washington DC, September 11-13, 2019.

 The BCLC will present a top-notch lineup of valuable programming and substantive Subcommittee meetings. Our CLE programs include:

  • Sept. 12, Thursday 8:30 AM – 10 AM – “Alternative Entities Top Ten: Liability and Governance Issues for Deal Attorneys and Litigators – Interactive!”
  • Sept. 12, Thursday 10:30 AM - Noon – “When Good Deals Go Bad: Ethical Issues Raised by Failed Transactions”
  • Sept. 12, Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - “The Supreme Court in Review: Cases Affecting Business from the October 2018 Term”
  • Sept. 13, Friday 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM – “Streamlining Business Cases for Trial: A View from the Bench”
  • Sept. 13, Friday 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM – “Sleeping Better at Night:  A Guide to Preventing M&A Litigation”

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 beautiful law offices of Latham & Watkins, located at 555 11th Street NW. THANK YOU TO THE BCLC DINNER SPONSORS:

  •  Summa Cum Laude:
    • Ankura Consulting Group, LLC
  • Magna Cum Laude:
    • DLA Piper
    • Latham & Watkins LLP
    • Nelson Mullins
  • Cum Laude:
    • Hon. Gail Andler (Ret.) | Arbitrator/Mediator/Special Master
    • McAlpine PC
    • Hon. Donald F. Parsons Jr. and Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
  • Juris Doctorate:
    • Hon. Stephen Schuster

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 4:00 PM-5:00 PM. Multiple BCLC Subcommittee meetings are scheduled, including some with substantive speakers/presentations. All BCLC members are welcome to attend any of the Subcommittee meetings, regardless of whether you are actively involved.

Welcome to the new Section Business Advisors – Hon. Jill Pryor, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and Hon. Peter Reyes, Minnesota Court of Appeals.

We are pleased to announce the 2019-2021 Fellows assigned to the BCLC – Rachel Blunk, Forrest Firm, Greensboro, North Carolina and Jomaire Crawford, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, New York City.

This will be my last column as the Chair of the BCLC. I’ve truly enjoyed my three years serving as Chair and meeting/working with so many amazing judges, lawyers and others dedicated to bettering our profession and the practice of law through the Business Law Section. There isn’t enough space to thank everyone who has provided mentorship and valuable assistance/support, but here’s my short list: Past BCLC Chairs Jim Holzman (my mentor when I was a Fellow first assigned to the BCLC in 1998), Mitch Bach, Hon. Elizabeth Stong, Pete Walsh, Bill Johnston and Pat Clendenen; BCLC Vice Chairs Stuart Riback (incoming Chair), Hon. Gail Andler, and Hon. Mac McCoy; long time BCLC veterans Paul Masinter, Bret Cohen, Jay Dubow, Melissa Visconti, Robert Witte; Annual Review Chair Brad Newman; Newsletter Editors Anne Steadman and Sarah Ennis; the numerous excellent Judges who are active in the BCLC; and, the Subcommittee Chairs/Vice Chairs. Finally, I express sincere gratitude for the tremendous support from the ABA Staff, particularly Sue Tobias, Leslie Archer, Gina Dickenson, Katie Koszyk, Nicole Nikodem, Kate Chopp, Julia Passamani, Graham Hunt and Mark Page. It’s been a wonderful run – Thank You to all.


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 an ice tea. Enjoy the last remnants of the Summer!


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


Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier
Snell & Wilmer LLP
One Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren.
Phoenix AZ 85004-2202
Direct 602.382.6366
Cell 602.799.7735

Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier

Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Chair