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.


Upcoming Events

October 15, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

What Lies Behind a “No”:Effective Negotiation in Practice and in Business  

To have a successful, thriving practice, attorneys must be skilled in many forms of negotiation. The ability to negotiate solutions to conflict is key to resolving client matters, and to the smooth management of one’s own firm and business relationships. This program will discuss ways to becoming an effective negotiator. Topics will include: how to determine what someone else perceives to be true; determining the true reason behind another party’s “no”; and tips on creating “win-win” solutions.

Please view the ACBA Calendar for more upcoming events


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.”

Former 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 Vice Chair, 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.”

 

 

 

 

Representing Startups, Part I MCLE (2014)

Better Communications MCLE

Better Client Communications MCLE (2014)


Business Section Newsletters

  • The Stuff They Don't Teach You in Law School - Chapter 17 - Billing
  • MCLE - Controlling the Workplace: Human Resource Management for Buisness
  • MCLE - What Lies Behind a "No": Effective Negotiation in Practice and in Business
  • Two Quick Clarifications From the Courts on Tax Issues
  • IP for Kids
  • Clarification - LLC Investor Not Treated as Doing Business in California
 

February 2015 Newsletter

  • ARTICLE: The Definition of Accredited Investor Remains a Hot Topic
  • ARTICLE: When is an LLC Investor Doing Business in California? Interesting Ruling from a Fresno Superior Court
  • ARTICLE: New Nomenclature for the New Year – Social Purpose Corporations
  • MCLE: Winding Up for the Wind Down:  Liquidation Alternatives
  • MCLE: NonProfits 101: Social Enterprise, the Sharing Economy, and Beyond
  • MCLE: Human Resources Basics for Business
  • MCLE: What Lies Behind a “No”: Effective Negotiation in Practice and in Business

October 2014 Newsletter  

July 2014 Newsletter

March 2014 Newsletter

January 2014 Newsletter


Business Section Executive Committee

CHAIR
Brian Ripley


360 Grand Ave 185
Oakland, CA 94610
ripleyesq@gmail.com
(415) 725-8947
 

VICE-CHAIR
Thomas Maier


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

         

SECRETARY
Rafael Pacquing


Rafael Pacquing, Attorney at Law
2930 Shattuck Ave., Suite 200-6
Berkeley, CA 94705
(626) 975-1488
 

MEMBER
Elaine Betts


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

         

MEMBER
Jonathan Levine


Pritzker Levine LLP
jkl@pritzkerlevine.com

 

 

 

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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