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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.

WSBA Sections are currently seeking section members to fill openings on their section executive committees for terms beginning Oct. 1, 2021. Consider applying to become a section leader!

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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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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
Laura Bloxham and Dalton Thacker (2021-2022) 

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

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

Privacy and Data Security Law Committee
: vacant 

Legal Opinions Committee
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
Mark Beatty (2021-2022) 

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

Young Business Lawyers Committee**
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 For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact Section Chair Shaina Johnson.