News & Publications

Sep 28th, 2018

Message from the Chair

Dear Friends and Members of the Business Law Section:
It is an honor to be serving as Chair of the Business Law Section this year, which is buzzing with activity. Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on.
For those of you who attended our annual Labor Day weekend retreat at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, I trust you had a fantastic time, enjoying great CLE’s, productive meetings and plenty of time to unwind for your health and wellness. For those of you who were unable to attend, I urge you to mark your calendars for next year’s retreat, which will no doubt be at least as enjoyable and productive as this year’s was. Kudos again to the Retreat Chair Adina Pollan and her whole team.
Our new Business Courts Task Force had its inaugural meeting over Labor Day weekend, at which it adopted the following mission statement: Evaluate the need for a business court system throughout the State of Florida, and if it is determined that there is such a need, to then design and provide a draft structure for the system, and identify and secure appropriate resources, support and funding to implement that system.  Feel free to share your thoughts or ideas with the Task Force Co-Chairs, Judge Gill Freeman and Jon Polenberg.
Our Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Task Force is busy studying proposed blockchain and cryptocurrency legislation. The Task Force expects to see multiple bills on these issues in the upcoming legislative session. For more information, contact the Task Force Chair, Woody Pollack.
Our Chapter 607 Task Force continues to work diligently on proposed revisions to the Florida Business Corporation Act. We anticipate that a bill incorporating these proposed changes will be filed in the upcoming legislative session. Kudos to Co-Chairs Philip Schwartz and Gary Teblum, who have been working tirelessly on this monumental effort.
On November 8th and 9th, the Section will be presenting its annual Bankruptcy Law & Practice: View from the Bench seminar in Tampa and Miami. Details and registration information should be posted soon.
The Intellectual Property Law Committee is hard at work preparing for its 10th Annual IP Symposium, which is scheduled to take place in Orlando on April 11-12, 2019. Stay tuned for details on this nationally recognized program. The Committee is also working on proposed legislation to update Florida’s Registration and Protection of Trademarks Act. We anticipate that a bill incorporating these proposed changes will be filed in the upcoming legislative session as well.
The Communications Committee is working on updates to the Section’s website, If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to share them with the committee chair, Matthew Hale.
There’s a lot more going on, but this should give you a pretty good idea of how busy we have been, striving to keep Florida’s business laws up to date and to keep our members informed. If you aren’t already actively involved with the Section’s activities, I encourage you to get involved. It’s not only professionally rewarding, it’s a great way to stay on top of developments in all areas of Florida business law.
Our next meeting will take place in Orlando at the DoubleTree by Hilton at SeaWorld January 16-17, 2019 in conjunction with The Florida Bar Winter Meeting. Please mark your calendars. We hope to see you there.
Lastly, this year’s Executive Council Retreat (open to all members of the Section) will be taking place in Israel, March 10-14, 2019 (with pre-and post-trip options). Don’t miss this opportunity to tour the Golan Heights, visit the Israel Supreme Court, meet with members of the Knesset, walk the Via Dolorosa, experience the Western Wall and lots more, all with a great bunch of people. For details and registration information, click HERE.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and productive year.