Updated: July 16, 2024

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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The Business Law Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, their upcoming events and offerings, as well as information about the section's executive committee.

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Upcoming Programs

NEW Webinar! How to Write a Privacy Statement

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Developed in partnership with the WSBA Business Law Section

Join the WSBA's Privacy and Data Security Committee for a follow-on discussion on privacy statements. In this CLE, we will review best practices and tips when drafting a privacy statement.

When: June 18, 2024

Time: Noon–1 p.m. PDT

Credits: 1.00 Law & Legal Procedure

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Members-only Resources


Publications & Newsletters

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Fall 2021 Newsletter

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Executive Committee

Chair: Kelly Anne Lawton-Abbott (2023-2024) 

Chair-Elect: Barbara J. Prowant (2023-2024)

Immediate Past Chair: Christina Catzoela (2023-2024)

Secretary: Joanna Cleveland (2023-2024) 

Treasurer: Barbara J. Prowant (2023-2024)

Prior Chairs

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At-Large Members:

Anna Otsuka (2023-2024) 
Barbara J. Prowant (2023-2024)

Young Lawyer LiaisonVacant (2023-2025)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Kevin Fay (2023-2024)

Section Committees

Communications Committee Co-Chairs:
Vacant (2023-2024)
Vacant (2023-2024)

Corporate Act Revision Committee Co-Chairs:
Eric DeJong (2023-2024)
Michael Hutchings (2023-2024)

Financial Institutions Committee Chair:
Vacant (2023-2024)

Legal Opinions Committee Chair:
Scott William MacCormack (2023-2024)

Nonprofit Corporations Committee Chair:
David Lawson (2023-2024)

Partnerships & LLC Law Committee Co-Chairs:
Elisabeth McNeil (2023-2024)
Matthew LeMaster (2023-2024)

Privacy & Data Protection Security Law
Committee Co-Chairs:
Amy Weston (2023-2024)
Michael Austin Harris (2023-2024)

Securities Law Committee Chair:
Andrew Ledbetter (2022-2023) 

Uniform Commercial Code Committee Co-Chairs:
Gregory Fox (2023-2024)
Vacant (2023-2024)

Young Business Lawyers Committee** Chair:
Emily Donohue (2023-2024)

* Nonvoting members
** Ad hoc committee

All positions are for Fiscal Year 2024, 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.

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