Chair's Message

Message From the Chair – August 2019

 Welcome to the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar. I am honored to serve as the Section’s Chair for the 2019-2020 bar year along with Leyza Blanco (chair elect), Kacy Donlon (treasurer), Doug Bates (secretary), Michael Chesal (immediate past chair) and Greg Yadley (Chair of Long Range Planning) - collectively your Executive Committee.

The Business Law Section is the central point for business lawyers throughout Florida to connect and find practical information about business law developments in business entities, securities, bankruptcy, banking, commercial finance, franchise, antitrust, intellectual property, electronic discovery, and computer law. We provide opportunities for business lawyers to become engaged in Section activities, collaborate with Florida business lawyers and members of the judiciary, and serve the legal profession and the State of Florida.

We promote the principles of duty and service to the public, emphasize the importance of pro bono services, and promote diversity, inclusion and mentoring. Our active Fellows program annually selects exceptional young attorneys with a subsidy for attending Section meetings and the goal of integrating them into Section activities and leadership. Our Scholars Program supports the engagement of students from all of Florida law schools who are interested in business law careers. We seek to project the principles of diversity, inclusion, service, and fellowship in the practice of business law throughout our membership.

The Section has actively initiated policy-driven business law legislation in Florida and frequently provides comments and technical guidance on draft legislation that impacts business in Florida. We recently spearheaded the passing of the updated Florida Business Corporation Act (Chapter 607) and are working on a number of other business-focused legislative measures.

The Section provides a forum for collaborative learning and interaction among attorneys engaged in substantive business law issues, including transactional, intellectual property, business litigation, and bankruptcy lawyers, 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, the annual Electronic Discovery Update, an annual Section Labor Day Retreat, and many others.

We hope to see you at our upcoming Labor Day Retreat, our mid-year meeting in February, the Florida Bar's annual meeting and our other programs throughout the year. Please check for updates on meetings and programs and more information on theSection.

As Chair of the Business Law Section, I invite and encourage you to become an engaged member of our Section. If you are not already a member, click to join.

Thank you,

Jay Brown