Business Torts & Unfair Competition

About the Committee

See our mission statement, committee leadership, and a message from our chairs and learn about the Business Torts & Unfair Competition Committee today.

Mission

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 Practice Points about recent litigation, 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.

Message from the Chairs

We look forward to another great bar year. For 2020–2021, our Committee has several key initiatives.

First, we plan to focus specifically on business development. We have scheduled several roundtables this year that concern how to develop business at every stage of your career, and how the ABA—and Business Torts in particular—can help you develop your practice. In addition, we will be sponsoring and planning multiple networking events throughout the year so that we can learn how we can help each other within the Committee.

Second, we have already implemented our plan to increase diversity and add new members to our Committee’s leadership roster. We will continue this commitment to diversity and recruitment of new members to the Committee and welcome your continued help and support. If you know someone in your firm or in your network that may be interested in joining the Committee, please let us know.

Third, we welcome any new ideas that you may have for the Committee. We want to make this the best bar year yet for Business Torts.

Finally, if you are not a member of our Committee, take a look at our website and please consider joining us.  There are numerous ways for you to get involved:

  • Monthly Calls: Join our calls and get introduced to members of the Committee. We hold our monthly call the third Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. EST. This is a great way to learn what is happening with the Committee and introduce yourself to the group. Email one of the co-chairs to get the dial-in number.
  • Write a Practice Point on a new decision. Contact one of our web editors and get published.  These can be as short as 200 words.
  • Prepare a Sound Advice/Audio Content Podcast. 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. Contact one of our Sound Advice Subcommittee Chairs, whose information is on our website, for more information.
  • Business Torts Newsletter. Want 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.
  • Develop a CLE program. Our Committee presents CLE programs at established meetings (Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, Section Annual Conference, ABA Annual Meeting) and through webinars.  If you have an idea, we have a platform for you to find speakers and large audiences.  Contact any of our Programming chairs to learn more.
  • Roundtables. These are programs that focus on interesting topics of discussion. They do not require CLE programming. If you have a great idea for a roundtable, please let us know.

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

Naomi Berry
Nicole Galli
Adam Israel

Cochairs, Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee

Committee Leadership

  • Chairs: Naomi Berry, Nicole Galli, Adam Israel
  • Vice Chairs: Brian Esler, Gary Betensky, Sara Brown
  • Journal Editors: George Ritchie, Chris Tacket, Emily Bridges
  • Short Content: Amanda Parker, Dawn Mertineit
  • Communications: Samuel Harrison, Yolanda Strader
  • Programs: Jack Losinger, Ben Barnes
  • Membership: Andrew Bossory, Maria Kreiter
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Minyao Wang, Maytak Chin
  • Book Editor: Brian Hill
  • Young Advocate: Nicole Levy Kushner, Jarred Klorfein
  • Fraud: Cason Kirby, Brandon Waddell
  • Fiduciary Duty: Jeremy Beecher, Brian Hill
  • Restrictive Covenants/Tortious Interference: Marcus Mintz, Michael Avila, Sarah Brewerton-Palmer
  • Trade Secrets: Mike Lasinski, Sarah Horstmann

Subcommittees

Our active subcommittees include:

  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Fraud
  • Journals
  • Membership
  • Programs
  • Restrictive Covenants/Tortious Interference
  • Sound Advice
  • Trade Secrets
  • Website/Social Media

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