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 5, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Data Privacy and Protection: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and Other Recent Developments

How is the privacy and security of personal information regulated in the U.S.? What issues are companies facing? How do new regulations affect your clients? Join us at a lunch hour seminar for a guide to spotting and handling data protection issues.

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 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 or 510-302-2200 for more information.

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.”

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Better Communications MCLE

Better Client Communications MCLE (2014)

Business Section Newsletters

August 2016 Newsletter

  • Lunch Hour CLE – Drafting Tips from the Trenches: What We Learned from Contracts Gone Bad Read More
  • Lunch Hour CLE – Data Privacy and Protection: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and Other Recent Developments Read More
  • Lunch Hour CLE - Nonprofit Hybrid Structures Read More
  • Nonprofit News –Dissolution of Inactive California Nonprofit Organizations Read More
  • LLCs – If a Worker is a Partner, Can That Worker Also Be an Employee? Read More
  • 2016 ACBA Business Section Executive Committee – Welcome Cameron Holland Read More

May 2016 Newsletter

  • IRS – Owe Money to the IRS? You Might Lose Your Passport Read More
  • Term Sheets – Can a Non-Binding Term Sheet Ever Support a Claim for Expectation Damages? Delaware Supreme Court Says Yes Read More
  • 2016 ACBA Business Section Executive Committee – Welcome Hash Zahed Read More
  • Delaware – Registration to do Business in Delaware Does Not Create General Jurisdiction Over Non-Delaware Corporation Read More

November 2015 Newsletter

August 2015 Newsletter

February 2015 Newsletter

October 2014 Newsletter  

Business Section Executive Committee

Jonathan Levine

Pritzker Levine LLP
180 Grand Ave Ste 1390
Oakland, CA 94612
(415) 692-0772
Jonathan Levine  
Thomas Maier (Emeritus)

Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier, LLP
180 Sansome Street, Suite 1700
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 399-3839
Tom Maier
Rafael Pacquing

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

Go Far Consulting
(510) 326-0763
Elaine Betts
Cameron Holland

The Law Office of Cameron Holland
2925 Marina Drive
Alameda, CA 94501
(415) 390-5905
Cameron Holland  
Donald Lancaster

Vitargo Global Sciences, Inc
PO Box 280561
San Francisco, CA 94128
(310) 345-9613
Don Lancaster
Brian Ripley

360 Grand Ave 185
Oakland, CA 94610
(415) 725-8947

Brian Ripley

Hash Zahed

SPZ Legal
337 17th Street, Suite 101
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 680-1068
Hash Zahed
Hadassah Hayashi

Membership and Education Manager
1000 Braodway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200
Hadassah Hayashi

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