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Updated: July 14, 2021

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: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Shaina Johnson

Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Christina Catzoela

Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Annie Robertson

Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Jenna Nand

At-Large Member (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Jeff Hamilton

Steven Reilly

Communications Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Laura Bloxham

Dalton Thacker

Corporate Act Revision Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Eric DeJong

Michael Hutchings 

Financial Institutions Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Joan E. Robinson

Law of Commerce in Cyberspace Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Alex Modelski

Legal Opinions Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Scott MacCormack

Nonprofit Corporations Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

David A. Lawson

Partnership and LLC Law Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Doug Batey

Elisabeth Yandell McNeil

Securities Law Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Mark Beatty

UCC Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Gregory Fox

Mark Patterson

Young Business Lawyers Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Ronak Chokhani 

Questions? 
Email sections@wsba.org.


Members-only Resources

Legislation

Publications & Newsletters


Announcements

Fall 2020 Newsletter

Summer 2020 Newsletter


Executive Committee

ChairDiane Lourdes Dick

Chair-ElectShaina Johnson

SecretaryAnnie Robertson

TreasurerChristina Catzoela

Immediate Past ChairJason Cruz

Prior Chairs

Young Lawyer LiaisonHarman Bual (2019-2021)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Bryn Peterson

At-Large Members
Jeff Hamilton
Steven Reilly


Section Committees

Communications Committee
Co-chairs: 
Laura Bloxham and Dalton Thacker

Corporate Act Revision Committee Co-Chairs:
Michael Hutchings and
Eric DeJong 

Financial Institutions Committee
Chair
Joan E. Robinson

Law of Commerce in Cyberspace Committee
Chair
: Alex Modelski

Legal Opinions Committee
Chair
Scott MacCormack

Nonprofit Corporations Committee Judith Andrews

Partnerships and LLC Law Committee Co-chairs Elisabeth Yandell McNeil and Doug Batey

Securities Law Committee
Chair
Mark Beatty

Uniform Commercial Code Committee
Co-chairs
Gregory Fox and Mark Patterson

Young Business Lawyers Committee**
Chair: 
Ronak Chokhani 

* Nonvoting members
** Ad hoc committee

All positions are for Fiscal Year 2020, 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 Diane Lourdes Dick.