Chair's Message

Thank you for taking the time to look into the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar.  The Section is the primary resource for Florida business lawyers who network with other business lawyers from around the state, and who seek practical information about business law developments in business entities, securities, bankruptcy, banking, commercial finance, franchise, antitrust, intellectual property, and computer law.

The Section is a highly regarded incubator for sound policy-driven business law legislation in Florida. The Section is now spearheading revisions to Florida’s corporate statutes (Ch. 607, F.S.) and Florida’s Fraudulent Transfer Act (Ch. 726, F.S.), as well as other legislative initiatives involving technology, business entities, and business litigation. The Section is also a resource for the judiciary to find out what the current business practices are, and how they relate to difficult legal questions presented in cases.  For instance, last year, the Third District Court of Appeal requested the Section answer several questions about defaults, acceleration, and foreclosure. 

The Section provides a forum for collaborative learning and interaction among attorneys engaged in substantive business law issues, including transactional lawyers, litigators, and members of the state and federal judiciary. We have active committees and produce nationally renowned CLE programs, including the annual View From the Bench, The Federal Securities Law Institute, the Intellectual Property Law Symposium and many others.

The Section promotes the principles of duty and service to the public, emphasizes the importance of pro bono services, and promotes inclusion and mentoring. The Section has an active Fellows program which annually selects exceptional young attorneys for participation in a program that subsidizes their attendance at Section meetings while integrating them into the Section’s activities. The Section has an active mentoring program and has recently launched a Scholar’s Program to support the engagement of students from Florida’s twelve law schools who are interested in a career in business law. Overall, the Section seeks to inculcate in its members the principles of diversity, inclusion, and fellowship in the practice of business law.

The Business Law Section provides unparalleled opportunities for business lawyers to become engaged in Section activities, collaborate with some of the most accomplished business lawyers in the state, and serve the legal profession and the State of Florida.

As Chair of the Business Law Section, I invite you to become an engaged member of our Section.

Jon Polenberg

Chair

Business Law Section

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