Commercial & Business Litigation


Information about upcoming events and more on the Commercial & Business Litigation Committee's announcement page.

CBL Leadership Opportunities in the 2020–21 Bar Year

The CBL Co-Chairs are appointing subcommittee chairs and other leaders for the upcoming bar year, but there are a few openings remaining. If you are interested in becoming a subcommittee chair, Practice Points editor, or website editor for the new bar year, please let CBL Co-Chairs Jim Abrams, Paula Bagger, Ali Razzaghi, and Marc J. Zucker know.

Monthly Committee Conference Call

The committee's monthly calls are typically held at 3 p.m. ET on the third Wednesday of each month. A Zoom link and dial-in information will be provided to Committee members via an ABA Connect email a few days prior to each monthly call.

Announcements: Events & CLE

2021 Virtual Litigation Section Annual Conference

Wednesday, May 5, 2021—Friday, May 7, 2021

The Litigation Section Annual Conference is THE premier event for litigators. Like last year, the conference will take place virtually, May 5–7, 2021. Due to the virtual platform, registration fees are deeply discounted compared to prior years.

The Conference will attract more than 500 attendees, including in-house counsel, judges, academics, and other legal professionals, showcasing the Section’s dedication to helping litigators become the most effective advocates for their clients by sharing the very latest in trial skills, litigation strategy, case management, and practice advice. This three-day conference will include nearly 30 dynamic programs, aimed at experienced litigators and young lawyers alike. Programming includes hot topics, trial skills, ethics, elimination of bias, wellness, and business development. See the Conference brochure here.

Showcase plenary programs will feature programs on the theme of respect—respect for the judiciary, respect for the profession, and respect for others.

There will be multiple networking opportunities with fellow attendees, including the opening night Welcome Reception, the John Minor Wisdom and Diversity Leadership Awards Presentation, and during programming breaks. 

Of particular interest, our CBL Committee is sponsoring and participating in four of the CLE programs:

  • Diversifying Experts: Identifying Implicit Bias in the Selection of Expert Witnesses and Strategies for Retaining Diverse Experts (May 5), moderated by CBL Co-Chair Jim Abrams.
  • The Pandemic Leaves its Mark on Courtroom Trials (May 6). CBL Co-Chairs Jim Abrams and Paula Bagger are liaisons.
  • Growing Pains: Ethical Dilemmas for Young Lawyers and How to Deal with Them (May 6). Co-sponsored by CBL, with two former CBL Co-Chairs, Brad Babbitt and Mike LeBoff, on the panel.
  • Behind the “Venire”: Tips for Effective Jury Selection (May 7), moderated by CBL Co-Chair Marc Zucker.

Like last year’s virtual conference, this year’s promises to be a highly worthwhile event!  

Register today!

Managing Advances in Technology and eDiscovery

Thursday, May 13, 2021, 2:00 PM—3:00 pm ET

CBL's own Co-Chair Jim Abrams will moderate this free Roundtable on May 13, 2021, at 2:00 PM ET. New technologies continue to be developed, particularly those affecting electronic discovery. This panel will discuss considerations for collecting, reviewing, and analyzing data in the age of collaboration tools and mobile communications, and leveraging sophisticated analytics and technology assisted review without having to be an expert.

Register today!

Seeking Contributors

As always, the Committee welcomes article ideas and updates on legal developments for both its website and newsletter:

  • For Newsletter article submissions, ideas, and information, please contact our newsletter editor-in-chief, Joseph C. Merschman
  •  For Practice Points submissions, please contact our website editor-in-chief Charles W. Stotter. For website submissions, please contact Charles W. Stotter.

Join the Discussion at the Litigation Section's LinkedIn Page, and Use #ABALitCBL

The CBL Committee previously had established its own LinkedIn page, through which CBL members could engage in a lively forum for debate and discussion about the latest developments in commercial and business litigation. Due to a change in Litigation Section policy, all individual committee LinkedIn pages were discontinued in favor of a single showcase Litigation Section LinkedIn page. Apart from posting on its own website, CBL posts information and links about upcoming programs (webinars, roundtables, Sound Advices, etc.) on the Section LinkedIn page as well, so it is another source of information useful for our members. CBL Committee members should follow the Section's LinkedIn page so as to also participate in the discussion there by responding to and sharing posts and links. Any posts by CBL Committee members for the Section LinkedIn page should be sent to the current CBL Social Media Subcommittee Co-Chair, Brisa Wolfe, who will coordinate postings with ABA staff. Be sure to use the hashtag #ABALitCBL in your posts. Please also review the Section’s Social Media Policy for posting rules and guidelines, and further information about the LinkedIn page as well as other social media.

Committee FAQs Now Available

The committee has released answers to your frequently asked questions. They are available here. Please note that some information and hyperlinks on the CBL FAQs may be out of date; the FAQs are in the process of being updated. In the interim, if you have any questions about FAQ content or need updated information, please contact CBL’s website editor-in-chief, Charles W. Stotter