Business Law Section

About the Section

The Business Section provides MCLE programs and networking events for business and tax attorneys and other legal professionals. Typically, the Business Section produces four to six MCLE programs each year, and at least one networking event. The Business Section also produces a quarterly electronic newsletter distributed to all section members. To join the Business Law Section, go to My Page and click on "My Sections/Join a Section" or call (510) 302-2201.


Why You Should Join

Do you work from home or in an office where you don’t have much of contact with other attorneys? Do you work in a firm and feel the need to get some fresh perspectives and learn how other practitioners are handling the business matters you encounter?  Do you have a business law question that never seems to get answered in the usual MCLE course?  Need advice about managing your practice, or a second opinion about whether to invest in new software a vendor tried to sell you?  

If so, consider joining the Business Law Section.  We are a friendly, accessible group of attorneys spanning a wide spectrum of ages, experience levels and interests.  Members practice at firms ranging in size from solo to boutique to large law firms, and possess expertise in a variety of substantive areas. New members are always welcome and the Section offers valuable opportunities to market your practice, showcase your talents, and forge new connections.

We are always looking for enthusiastic attorneys to contribute articles for our newsletter, develop or present MCLE topics, or simply share war stories. Please check the Events Calendar for our upcoming programs. Contact Hadassah Hayashi at Hadassah@acbanet.org or 510-302-2200 for more information.

Former Business Section Chair, Myra Mitzman, discusses the value of her membership:

“Becoming involved in the Business Section has afforded me a great way to connect with other practitioners. Practicing as a solo can become lonely and isolating, but the Business Section has provided me with a network of colleagues and friends that I can call upon for professional advice, a second opinion, or simply a lunch companion every now and again. The MCLE programs are convenient, timely and affordable, and the section’s camaraderie fills the professional void I’d otherwise face without the benefit of daily interaction with partners and coworkers.”

Current Business Section Secretary, Randy Wilson, describes the benefits of his membership:

"Practicing as solo can be isolating.  Being able to pick the brain of other practitioners, attorneys who have faced and solved a wide range of business law issues, is something that the Business Law Section provides.  The section presents 5 or 6 practical and timely MCLE programs a year geared towards busy practitioners and that are priced affordably.  On top of that, they provide a newsletter with practice tips and suggestions on topics not covered in law reviews and journals.  I highly recommend getting involved with this group!" 

Business Section Emeritus Member, Tom Maier, outlines how his membership has helped his practice:

“Becoming involved in the Business Section has afforded me a great way to connect with other practitioners. Practicing as a solo can become lonely and isolating, but the Business Section has provided me with a network of colleagues and friends that I can call upon for professional advice, a second opinion, or simply a lunch companion every now and again. The MCLE programs are convenient, timely and affordable, and the section’s camaraderie fills the professional void I’d otherwise face without the benefit of daily interaction with partners and coworkers.”

Upcoming Events

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Business Section Newsletters

March 2014 Newsletter

  • Social at the Tribune Tavern
  • Electronic Communications with Shareholders -Not as Easy as Clients Think
  • What is Legal Authority? Justice Scalia Disses the Bluebook
  • Lunch Hour Seminar: Representing Startups, Part 1

January 2014 Newsletter

  • Lunch Hour Seminar: Better Client Communications
  • Close Corporation Status- Is It Useful?
  • Taxpayer-Friendly Legislation From Sacramento
  • A Reminder: RULLA has Arrived
  • 2014 Executive Committee
     

October 2013 Newsletter

  • Lunch Hour Seminar: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Business Succession Fundamentals
  • The  ACBA is Moving
  • Corporate Spin-Offs – IRS Pulls Back on Advance Rulings
  • The Over-Lawyering Arms Race
  • Rest in Peace

August 2013 Newsletter

  • IRS Gets a Little Kinder and Gentler
  • Public Advertising of Private Placements is Now Legal
  • Seminar on Public Advertising of Private Securities
  • Seminar on Marketing a Business Law Practice
  • No Man's Land at the Berkeley Rep.

July 2013 Newsletter

 

April 2013 Newsletter

 

March 2013 Newsletter

 

January 2013 Newsletter

 

September 2012 Newsletter


Business Section Executive Committee

CHAIR
Brian Ripley


1 Lakeside Drive, Apt 517
Oakland, CA 94612
ripleyesq@gmail.com
(415) 725-8947

 

VICE-CHAIR
Laurie Sanders


1585 62nd Street, #8606
Emeryville, CA 94608
laurie@evlawpc.com
(510) 410-0611

         

SECRETARY
Rafael Pacquing


2922 A Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94703
rafael_pacquing@yahoo.com

 

MEMBER
Chris Covington


Covington Business Law
250 Lafayette Circle, Suite 200
Lafayette, CA 94549
covington@covbizlaw.com
(925) 310-4067

         

MEMBER
Luis Montes


Law Offices of Luis M. Montes
2247 Central Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
lmmbuslaw@gmail.com
(510) 749-1036

 

MEMBER
Elaine Betts


Go Far Consulting
elaine@gofarconsulting.com
(510) 326-0763

         

MEMBER
Thomas Maier


Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier, LLP
180 Sansome Street, Suite 1700
San Francisco, CA 94104
tmaier@fddcm.com
(415) 399-3839

 

 

 
         

BOARD LIAISON
Richard Lee


Lee, Lawless & Blyth
11 Embarcadero West, Suite 140
Oakland, CA 94607-4543
(510) 272-0200
 

 

STAFF LIAISON
Hadassah Hayashi


Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Braodway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
Hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-2200

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