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Sections members become part of active professional communities and gain access to an array of exclusive section member benefits. Over 10,000 WSBA members currently belong to one or more of the WSBA’s 29 sections. The section membership year begins Jan. 1.

Member Benefits

In the past year, WSBA Sections have sponsored approximately 70 CLE seminars and hosted multiple professional networking events around the state. Various sections offer a plethora of member benefits, including, but not limited to:

  • List serve communities
  • Newsletters, reports, deskbooks, and sourcebooks
  • Free and discounted CLEs
  • Opportunities to engage in the Washington state legislative process

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Each section is led by a group of volunteers who are elected to serve on the executive committee. Many find leading a section to be a rewarding experience because of the leadership growth, professional development, firsthand experience with the legislative process, and collegiality it offers. Executive committee discussions are productive and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to work with other legal professionals in a goal-oriented setting that benefits WSBA members and the greater legal community.

Executive committee terms begin Oct. 1, 2022, and sections accept applications for the following year in early spring. Consider applying to become a section leader!

For general sections questions, send an email with your Bar number to or call 800-945-9722.

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Updated: Oct. 27, 2022

Business Law Section

The Business Law Section is committed to providing services that its members value, operating in a fiscally responsible manner, and enhancing the professional collegiality among all Washington business lawyers. Section members have access to certain restricted portions of this website, such as the Current Developments and Legislation pages. Members are also entitled to attend section events, participate on the Business Law Section list serve, and receive a semiannual newsletter and other publications prepared from time to time, including a sourcebook containing in-depth comments and legislative history on the Business Corporation Act (RCW 23B) and a report on opinion letter practice in Washington.

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CLE Program at the WAC: Meet the Securities Regulators, Nov. 15, 2022

Format: In-Person

Washington Athletic Club
1325 Sixth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101-2304
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Date: Nov. 15, 2022

Time: 3–5 p.m. PT; Reception to follow.

Credits: 2.00 Law & Legal Procedure

Developed in partnership with the WSBA Business Law Section's Securities Committee

The Washington State Securities Division is returning after a three-year absence to provide information on the Division’s enforcement, rule-making and inspections efforts. The program is an in-person event intended to provide members of the bar the opportunity to meet senior executives and other representatives of the Division.

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Registration closes 8 a.m. PT Nov. 14, 2022. 

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Fall 2021 Newsletter

Executive Committee

Chair: Christina Catzoela (2022-2023) 

Chair-Elect: James Bishop (2022-2023) 

Secretary: Joanna Cleveland (2022-2023) 

Treasurer: Kelly Anne Lawton-Abbott (2022-2023) 

Immediate Past Chair: Shaina Johnson (2022-2023) 

Young Lawyer Liaison: Thomas Garvey (2021-2023)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Kevin Fay (2022-2023) and Serena Sayani (2022-2023)

At-Large Members:
Kelly Anne Lawton-Abbott (2022-2023) 
Emily Harfouche (2022-2023) 

Prior Chairs

Section Committees

Communications Committee

Corporate Act Revision Committee Co-Chairs:
Michael Hutchings and
Eric DeJong (2022-2023) 

Financial Institutions Committee
: Vacant

Privacy and Data Security Law Committee Co-chairs: Jeff Hamilton and Kelly Anne Lawton-Abbott (2022-2023) 

Legal Opinions Committee
Scott MacCormack (2022- 2023) 

Nonprofit Corporations Committee David A. Lawson (2022-2023) 

Partnerships and LLC Law Committee Co-chairs Elisabeth Yandell McNeil and Matthew LeMaster (2022-2023) 

Securities Law Committee
: Andrew Ledbetter (2022-2023) 

Uniform Commercial Code Committee
Gregory Fox (2022-2023)  

Young Business Lawyers Committee**
Ronak Chokhani (2022-2023) 

* Nonvoting members
** Ad hoc committee

All positions are for Fiscal Year 2022, except as otherwise indicated. Please contact subcommittee members for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

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To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact Section Chair Christina Catzoela.