Commercial & Federal Litigation Section

Commercial and Federal Litigation Section


Presented, in honor of Law Day, by the New York State Bar Association and the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County

New York County Supreme Court
60 Centre Street, Courtroom 208
New York, New York 10007

April 30, 2019

2:00 – 2:50 PRESENTATION

2.0 MCLE Credits; 2.0 Skills


Learn how to take advantage of the courtroom’s high-tech assets for your case.  The program will address, among other things, an “ELMO" visual presenter, touch-screen displays providing for live highlighting and manipulation of documents, Skyping, secure internet access and real-time reporting.

Program Faculty

Hon. Deborah A.  Kaplan | Administrative Judge, Supreme Court
Hon. Saliann Scarpulla | Commercial Division, Supreme Court
Joam Alisme, Esq. | Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP 
Mark A. Berman, Esq. | Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP
Matthew D. Donovan, Esq. | Farrell Fritz, PC
Hamutal Liberman, Esq. | Farrell Fritz, PC


The New York State Bar Association thanks

Roman & Associates, Inc.


Cost $100 or Free to the first 20 Non Section Members who register online
Free for Section Members. 
The program is FREE for court staff.
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Sponsored by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar 

ABA Section of Litigation & Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division CLE Conference

Co-Sponsored by the NYSBA Commercial and Federal Litigation Section

May 1-3
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, NY

The Section of Litigation & Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo) CLE Conference is THE premier event for litigators and solo and small firm practitioners. The Conference brings together lawyers and judges from across the U.S. and Canada to share the very latest in trial skills, litigation strategy, case management, and practice advice. Enjoy over 60 high-quality CLE programs with top speakers, and 11 networking events.

Early Bird Deadline Extended to 4/8!
Click here to register.
Download the brochure here.
Click here to view the GPSOLO schedule of events.
Click here for hotel reservations.

MAY 3 - 5, 2019

The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa
3567 Main St | Manchester, VT 


You can reserve your overnight accommodations by calling the hotel at 866-837-4219. Identify yourself as a New York State Bar Association member. Please be advised that The Equinox is part of the Marroitt Luxury Collection.
The Equinox is sold out on Friday night. They have rooms available for Saturday night. If you call the hotel, they can put you on a waitlist for Friday night. Please see below for alternate hotel accommodations in the area.
Inns at Equinox
Taconic Hotel
Hampton Inn and Suites Manchester

Register Online 
Program Brochure

- Commercial Arbitration at its Best: How Arbitration Can Benefit Clients
- Working With Men to Advance Women in the Profession
- Lessons for the Trial Lawyer from My Cousin Vinny
- Social Media Update 2019: Lessons in Ethics and Evidence for the Bench & Bar
NYSBA Member: $750.00
Non-NYSBA Member: $900.00
Special Young Lawyer: $325.00
Gala Award Dinner Only: $175.00
Sponsor Table for Gala Dinner: $1,250.00
Spouse/Guest: $275.00

Attendance at this meeting offers up to 6.0 MCLE credit hours consisting of 3 credits in Professional Practice, 1.5 credits in Diversity, Inclusion and the Elimination of Bias and 1.5 credits in Ethics. 

For more questions please contact Kristina Gagnon at (518) 487-5669 email

ComFed Spring 2019


Sponsored by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
5:00 p.m. 

The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
70 Lincoln Center Plaza

165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10023

1.5 MCLE Credits: 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias Credits


This event is complimentary to all who attend, but capacity is limited so registration is required.

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Registration 

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
The Color of Neutrality: Increasing Diversity in Alternative Dispute Resolution

This CLE panel will explore the case for advancing diversity within that arena. The panelists will make the case for why available neutrals should be representative of the individuals, institution and communities that come before them to ensure litigants’ perceptions of fairness within the increasingly utilized ADR forum. The CLE panelists will offer practical guidance to litigators of color, in particular, on ways to enhance their careers, by training to become neutrals in court-sponsored or private ADR programs.


  • Hon. Ariel E. Belen, Mediator and Arbitrator, JAMS
  • Sasha A. Carbone, Esq., Associate General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, American Arbitration Association
  • Theo K. Cheng, Esq., Mediator and Arbitrator, The ADR Office of Theo Cheng
  • Nicole C. Haynes, Esq., Associate Director of Recruitment and Training, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Nancy M. Thevenin, Esq., General Counsel for the United States Council for International Business, and Founder/Principal, Thevenin Arbitration and ADR

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Presentation of the Section’s Hon. George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award to Hon. Preet Bharara and Hon. Joon Kim, former United States Attorneys from the Southern District of New York.

Presentation of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section 2018 Minority Law Student Summer Fellowship administered by The New York Bar Foundation

Thank You to the Following Sponsors:
Silver: Morrison & Foerster LLP, Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Covington & Burling LLP
Bronze: Rakower Law PLLC, Labaton Sucharow LLP, DeVore & DeMarco LLP, Walsh Pizzi O'Reilly Falanga LLP, Barclay Damon LLP, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Phillips Nizer LLP
NYSBA Sections: Antitrust Section, Dispute Resolution Section, General Practice, Intellectual Property Section, Trusts and Estates Law


This event is complimentary to all who attend, but capacity is limited so registration is required.


Save the Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Join the NYSBA International Section in collaboration with the NYSBA Dispute Resolution Section for a joint program and reception welcoming Justice Saliann Scarpulla of the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division, Part 39 (International Commercial Arbitration).

New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC)
150 East 42nd Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10017 (between Lexington and Third Avenues)

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Complimentary Attendance as a Section Member

More details to follow shortly. 


The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates Monday unanimously approved a resolution affirming that women attorneys remain considerably underrepresented in courtrooms and in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and outlined steps that can be taken by the judiciary, law firms, clients and ADR providers to address this disparity.

The measure is based on a New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) report entitled If Not Now, When? Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR, and was presented to the ABA by NYSBA President Sharon Stern Gerstman.

The report was compiled by the NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Section’s Task Force on Women’s Initiatives, and was approved by NYSBA’s House of Delegates in November 2017. It encourages law firms, members of the judiciary, corporate clients, and alternative dispute resolution providers to provide women lawyers with opportunities to gain trial experience, participate in the courtroom and all aspects of litigation, and be selected as neutrals in ADR.

The ABA action was part of its Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“The approval by the ABA of this groundbreaking report underscores the importance of ensuring that women and diverse voices are empowered and able to play an active role throughout the judicial and dispute resolution process,” Gerstman said. “This is an issue of fundamental fairness and justice, and with agreement regarding the scope of the problem, we can now work together most effectively to address it.”

Gerstman noted that the ABA measure approved on Monday suggests specific actions, including encouraging judges to ensure that women lawyers have equal opportunities to participate in the courtroom, calling on corporate clients to work with outside counsel to facilitate the participation of women attorneys in all aspects of litigation and calling on corporate counsel to work with ADR providers to encourage the selection of women attorneys as neutrals.

The report is based on the first-ever observational study of women attorneys in the courtroom. It reveals that female attorneys comprise about 25 percent of attorneys in lead counsel roles in courtrooms statewide.

The study took place from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016. Approximately 2,800 questionnaires were completed and returned by judges in participating courts, including the New York Court of Appeals, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, two of the four federal district courts, all four appellate divisions, and commercial divisions in supreme courts in counties from Suffolk to Onondaga and Erie. Three of the leading ADR providers in the state also participated.

The NYSBA Task Force on Women’s Initiatives is co-chaired by NYSBA Past President Bernice K. Leber of New York City (Arent Fox), retired U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin of New York City (Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and JAMS); former Assistant U.S. Attorney Carrie H. Cohen of New York City (Morrison & Foerster); Tracee E. Davis of New York City (Zeichner, Ellman & Krause); Sharon M. Porcellio of Buffalo (Bond, Schoeneck & King); Lesley F. Rosenthal of New York City (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts); and Lauren J. Wachtler of New York City (Phillips Nizer LLP). All are former chairs of NYSBA’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section.


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The Commercial Division Advisory Council has produced a new version of its short film about the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court. The film features eleven General Counsel of major corporations speaking about the Commercial Division. 

The film portrays some of the recent improvements to the Commercial Division’s rules, procedures, and operations which have been designed to be responsive to the needs and concerns of the business community. The ultimate goal of these changes is to make the business litigation process in New York more cost‑effective, predictable, and expeditious, and to thereby provide a more hospitable and attractive environment for business litigation in New York State.

See the video here: