Updated: April 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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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Applications open on March 14, 2022, and close at 5 p.m. April 30, 2022.

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2022.

  • Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • At-Large Member (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Communications Committee Co-chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Corporate Act Revision Committee Co-chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Financial Institutions Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Privacy and Data Security Law Committee Co-chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Legal Opinions Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Nonprofit Corporations Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Partnership and LLC Law Committee Co-chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Securities Law Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Uniform Commercial Code Committee Co-chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
  • Young Business Lawyers Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review this volunteer position description, which provides a general overview of section executive committee positions—these may differ for each section.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process

Go to the myWSBA portal to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest with your application. This document can be uploaded with your online application (pdf format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Note: If you are applying for more than one position on this or multiple sections’ committees, you must complete and submit all applications at the same time, as you will not be allowed back into the portal at a later time. Please make sure you are completing the applications within the application window for all of the relevant sections.

Nomination Process

A nominating committee, consisting of (i) the Chair, (ii) the Chair-Elect and/or the Immediate Past Chair, and (iii) if reasonably possible, at least one person who is not then a member of the executive committee, shall nominate one or more persons for each of the elected positions on the executive committee and shall make a report of those nominations at the annual meeting of the Section. Each permanent and existing ad hoc committee will be expected to provide the nominating committee with its selection for chair or co-chairs of such committee.

Alternate Nomination Process

Other nominations for the same positions, whether self-nominations or nominations for others, may be made by anyone participating at the annual meeting of the Section, provided that such nominees are, both at the time of nomination and for a continuous period of one year prior to the nomination, Voting Members of the Section.

In addition, a section member may nominate another member by emailing a designated member of the nominating committee (Shaina Johnson). If materials (resume, statement of interest, etc.) are required, the nominator is required to submit those materials.

Elections Process

All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2022. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

Questions? 

For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.


Members-only Resources

Legislation

Publications & Newsletters


Announcements

Fall 2021 Newsletter


Executive Committee

ChairShaina Johnson (2021-2022) 

Chair-ElectChristina Catzoela (2021-2022) 

Secretary: Jenna Nand (2021-2022) 

TreasurerAnnie Robertson (2021-2022) 

Immediate Past ChairDiane Lourdes Dick (2021-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison: Thomas Garvey  (2021-2022)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Bryn Peterson (2021-2022)

At-Large Members:
Jeff Hamilton (2021-2022) 
Steven Reilly (2021-2022) 

Prior Chairs

Section Committees

Communications Committee
Co-chairs:
Laura Bloxham and Dalton Thacker (2021-2022) 

Corporate Act Revision Committee Co-Chairs:
Michael Hutchings and
Eric DeJong  (2021-2022) 

Financial Institutions Committee
Chair
Joan E. Robinson  (2021-2022) 

Privacy and Data Security Law Committee Co-chair: Annie Robertson (2021-2022)

Legal Opinions Committee
Chair
Scott MacCormack (2021- 2022) 

Nonprofit Corporations Committee David A. Lawson (2021-2022) 

Partnerships and LLC Law Committee Co-chairs Elisabeth Yandell McNeil and Doug Batey (2021-2022) 

Securities Law Committee
Chair
Mark Beatty (2021-2022) 

Uniform Commercial Code Committee
Co-chairs
Gregory Fox and Mark Patterson (2021-2022) 

Young Business Lawyers Committee**
Chair: 
Ronak Chokhani (2021-2022) 

* 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.


Join Our List Serve

To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact Section Chair Shaina Johnson.