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, log into your Membership Portal and click on “Purchase 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.

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Upcoming Events


New events are added regularly. Visit the ACBA Calendar for more upcoming events. 

Business Section Newsletters

January 2017 Newsletter

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 and timely, 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. 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!”

The Executive Committee

Elaine Betts

Go Far Consulting
(510) 326-0763

Elaine Betts
Donald Lancaster, Jr., MPA, Esq. 

The Lancaster Law Group, APC
1101 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 201
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 330-4592

Donald Lancaster
Rafael R. Pacquing

2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 200-6
Berkeley, CA 94705
(626) 975-1488

Rafael Pacquing
Jonathan K. Levine

Pritzker Levine LLP
180 Grand Avenue, Suite 1390
Oakland, CA 94612
(415) 692-0772

Jonathan Levine
Thomas A. Maier

Futterman Dupree Dodd Croley Maier LLP
180 Sansome Street, 17th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 399-3839

Thomas Maier
Richard Poulson


Brian A. Ripley

1300 Clay Street, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 596-1745

Brian Ripley
Hadassah Hayashi

Deputy Director
1000 Broadway, Suite 290
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200

Hadassah Hayashi