March 19, 2021

Message from the Chair

Stuart Riback
Stuart Riback

Stuart Riback

Dear Members of the Business and Corporate Litigation Committee:

Spring means optimism, if the old conventional wisdom is true.  After a difficult year, we have reason to believe the worst is now behind us.  We have proven our resiliency over the past year.  Now let’s look forward to a year of success, health and blessings for each of us, our clients, our firms, and our families.

Spring also means the Spring Meeting is approaching.  The Spring Meeting will be held online this year, and it is free for all Business Law Section members.  So if you have not been able to attend a meeting before because of either the expense of travel, hotel and registration, or because you can’t be away from the office for a few days, the virtual Spring Meeting is your opportunity to attend a meeting without worries about absence or undue expense.  It will be well worth your while:  the Committee has a complete docket of first-rate programs, subcommittee meetings and social events planned.

You can register for the Spring Meeting here.

The Committee will be presenting four CLE programs at the virtual Spring Meeting.  In chronological order, they are:

  • “The Effective and Ethical Use of Expert Consultants and Witnesses,” Monday, April 19, 2:00-3:30pm CDT;
  • “AI for Business Litigators: The Essentials,” Tuesday, April 20, 10:45am-12:15pm CDT;
  • “You Have a Judgment, Now What? Mastering the Art of Judgment Collection,” Tuesday, April 20, 2:00-3:30pm CDT;
  • “Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation” (also known as the Annual Review), to be presented in two parts – Part One on Wednesday, April 21, 2:00-3:30pm CDT, and Part Two on Thursday, April 22, 2:00-3:30pm CDT.

Please be sure as well to set time aside to attend the Committee meeting on Monday, April 19 from 3:45 to 4:45pm CDT.  We will be reviewing the Committee’s accomplishments in the past year and looking forward to a more typical, and less stressful, year ahead. 

The Committee will also be having a virtual reception, together with the Judges Initiative and Sports Law Committees on Thursday, April 22 from 4:30 to 5:30pm CDT.  This will be our chance to mix and mingle, socialize and relax – though we will have to supply our own libations and snacks.

Please also check the meeting schedule for the meetings of our dozens of subcommittees.  BCLC’s subcommittees have planned a large number of substantive committee meetings, many with interesting speakers.  All these meetings are opportunities to meet with other attorneys with similar interests, exchange ideas and learn.  You will undoubtedly find some of the subcommittee meetings to be of interest to you and relevant to your practice.

Thanks as always to Sarah Ennis and Kristen Swift, the editors of this Newsletter, and to their Editorial Board, for their efforts to produce this top-flight newsletter.  I’m especially grateful for the work and support of the four great vice-chairs of the Committee -- Gail Andler, Jay Dubow, Denise Kraft, and Hon. Mac McCoy – and the dozens of subcommittee chairs and vice-chairs whose efforts are indispensable in making the BCLC the productive, welcoming, friendly, and educational group it is.

Although the end of this crisis is thankfully in sight, it’s still important to remember to keep ourselves, our families and our colleagues safe.  As of now it looks like we should be able to resume (close to) normal activities later this year, including the Business Law Section Annual Meeting in San Diego and at least one or two regional “Cocktails and CLE” events.  In the meantime, please know that I’m always available to discuss any questions you may have about the Committee’s work, how others can get involved, or about opportunities available for participation and professional growth.


Stuart Riback

Business and Corporate Litigation Committee Chair