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WSBA Sections

 

Updated: July 20, 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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Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!

Below are the results of the Business Law Section Executive Committee election. Thank you for voting! 

For more information about the Section and its executive committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Winners are listed alphabetically by position. 

Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     James Bishop 

Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Joanna Cleveland

Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Kelly Lawton-Abbott 

At-Large Members: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Emily Harfouche
     Kelly Lawton-Abbott  

Corporate Act Revision Committee Co-chairs: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Eric DeJong 
     Michael Hutchings

Privacy and Data Security Law Committee Co-chairs: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Jeff Hamilton
     Kelly Lawton-Abbott

Legal Opinions Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Scott MacCormack 

Nonprofit Corporations Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     David A. Lawson 

Partnership and LLC Law Committee Co-chairs: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Matthew LeMaster 
     Elisabeth Yandell McNeil 

Securities Law Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Andrew Ledbetter 

Uniform Commercial Code Committee Co-chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Gregory Fox 

Young Business Lawyers Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Ronak Chokhani 

Questions? Contact 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.


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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.