Commercial & Business Litigation

About the Committee

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


The Commercial & Business Litigation Committee (CBL) focuses on issues facing litigators with broad commercial practices, including substantive areas such as bankruptcy, creditor rights, professional liability, and trade secret law, and procedural matters such as e-discovery, privilege, ADR, and international litigation.

Message from the 2020–2021 Committee Chairs

Thank you for visiting the Commercial & Business Litigation Committee homepage. We hope you will bookmark this webpage as your source for timely news, legal updates, and Committee activities. The Committee continues to be one of the largest and most active in the Section of Litigation because of the exceptional content, programs, marketing, and networking opportunities we provide to business and commercial litigators.

COVID-19 Developments

The ABA has dedicated a webpage to providing webinars and on-demand products designed to keep you informed about COVID-19 developments. In addition, the National Center for State Courts’ website provides information on updates, orders, etc. for state courts around the country.  If you have additional information you would like to share on these issues, please let us know.


Our Committee publishes an electronic newsletter every quarter. Each newsletter addresses a particular theme relevant to commercial and business litigation, with articles by leading lawyers, judges, and academics. Articles contain information, analysis, and strategies for both new and seasoned practitioners and are prepared in an easy-to-read magazine style.

The subject of our Winter 2021 Newsletter is Litigating in a Virtual Environment.

Upcoming newsletter subjects and submission deadlines are as follows:

  • Spring 2021: Current Issues in Corporate and Business Litigation. The article submission deadline was March 1, 2021.
  • Summer 2021: Ethics and Privilege Issues for Commercial Litigators. The article submission deadline is June 1, 2021.

If you are interested in contributing an article for a future issue of our newsletter, please contact our newsletter editor-in-chief,  Joseph C. Merschman.


Information and registration links on upcoming programs, including roundtables, CLE seminars and webinars, and Section meetings can generally be found on the Announcements page.


Managing Advances in Technology and eDiscovery 
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm ET 


Another valuable resource for our members is our website. Please check out the content available on our other Committee webpages, including articles, Practice Points (PPs), programs and materials, and information about our subcommittees and how to participate in the Committee. If you are interested in submitting content to our website, please reach out to our website editor-in-chief, Charles W. Stotter.

Our website publishes content from 100 words to 2,500 words in length, and we are always looking for timely and relevant submissions. We are more interested in topical, accessible, and useful news and analysis, written in a magazine style, as opposed to longer academic works. In fact, PPs should be no longer than 750 words and should be targeted to practical tips (drawing on our members’ vast business litigation experience) or a timely development in the law—perhaps a new case or regulation or a look ahead to an issue on the horizon. PP pieces are an excellent—and non-labor-intensive—way to market your expertise to all ABA members and non-ABA members who visit our webpage.


The primary reason for CBL’s extensive network and great success is the hard work of the talented lawyers that chair our subcommittees. These subcommittees cover a broad range of substantive and procedural areas and are very active in providing the content for CLE programs, our webpage, and our newsletter. Each year, we ask that each subcommittee chair submit at least one PP piece and attend either the SAC or ABA Annual meeting. We also ask that each subcommittee report periodically on our monthly Committee calls and submit at least one CLE program proposal for SAC or the ABA Annual Meeting. In addition, once every couple of years, on a rotating basis, each subcommittee is expected to present a Roundtable and develop a Sound Advice recording.

We invite you to review our list of subcommittees on this page, and the roster of Committee leaders and subcommittee chairs linked below. For this bar year, due to interest from Committee members, we have added a mergers & acquisitions subcommittee. We encourage you to contact any of the subcommittee chairs to learn how you can participate in their great work. If you are interested in serving as a subcommittee co-chair, please contact one of the Committee chairs (see below).


A tremendous benefit that CBL offers is the opportunity to network with other attorneys who are members of the Committee, the Section of Litigation, or the larger ABA. We hold a monthly conference call to discuss ideas and goings-on within the Committee. We also hold two business meetings per year—one at SAC and one at the ABA Annual Meeting—and organize a Committee dinner at each of these annual meetings. As a CBL member, you will also receive one or two emails each month outlining Committee activities, the conference call, and upcoming programming and networking events. If you are looking to meet business attorneys from across the nation, then CBL provides an excellent platform to achieve this goal.


If you are interested in more information about how to become an active member of CBL, please contact our membership cochairs Andrew J. Ennis and Katherine McCray

How to Stay Involved and Receive Timely Notice of Committee Events

Our Committee typically has a zoom call on the third Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m. ET. To receive the link for that call and get other notices from us, please be sure to (1) sign up for our Committee; and (2) register for Litigation Connect. To sign up for our Committee, go to the Members page of the CBL Committee Community Home page in the Litigation Communities tab on the ABA website, and fill in your name, firm/company, and email address. Thereafter, you can opt to receive notices via email or simply login periodically to Litigation Connect at this link, Litigation – Commercial & Business Litigation Committee, to see if new notices have been posted. We look forward to hearing from you!

We thank you for your interest in the Commercial & Business Litigation Committee and welcome your involvement in both the Committee and the ABA. The Section of Litigation is the leading voice for trial lawyers in this country, and we are proud to be a part of it. Please contact us with any ideas or suggestions you may have for how the Committee can best serve you and the legal community.

Co-chairs, Commercial & Business Litigation Committee

Active Subcommittees

Our active subcommittees include:

  • ADR
  • Banking & Lender Liability Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Litigation and Creditors Rights
  • Books
  • Canada Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Data Breach and Internet
  • Delaware Corporate
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • E-Discovery
  • Ethics
  • Expert Witness
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Litigation
  • M&A Litigation


  • Member Engagement 
  • Newsletter
  • Payment Systems Litigation
  • Practice Points
  • Private Equity Litigation
  • Programs and CLEs
  • Securities Litigation
  • Social Media
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Website
  • White-Collar Crime Litigation
  • Young Lawyers

Committee Leadership

Committee Vice Chairs

Web and Practice Point Editors

Newsletter Editors

CBL Committee and Subcommittee Leadership Roster

Ankura Partner

David Benkert