Commercial and Federal Litigation Section

  • Commercial and Federal Litigation Section 25th Anniversary Celebration
    The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Celebrates 25 Years CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO VIEW A VIDEO TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS AS A SECTION
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    Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting
  • CLE Programs and Events
    • Committee on Arbitration and ADR and the Committee on International Litigation Program

      ComFed’s Committee on Arbitration and ADR and its Committee on International Litigation will be co-sponsoring a program on May 29, 2014 on international arbitration with the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), with the program to be held at NYIAC, at 140 East 42nd Street, New York, NY starting at 5:30 PM.

      Speaking at the program will be the following:
      • Justice Charles E. Ramos, Supreme Court, New York County, Commercial Division: Justice Ramos has been designated to hear all applications in the Commercial Division (New York County) that involve international arbitration.
      • Stephen P. Younger, Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP: As President of NYSBA, Steve initiated the Task Force that was instrumental in laying the groundwork for New York’s creation of its own independent international arbitration center--NYIAC;
      • Edna Sussman of SussmanADR LCC, Vice Chair of NYIAC: Edna is a full-time arbitrator and mediator and was one of the founding organizers of NYIAC. 
      • Alexandra Dosman, Executive Director of NYIAC: Alex is an expert on international arbitration responsible for the day-to-day operation of NYIAC.
      • Ted Semaya, Partner, Eaton & Van Winkle: Ted is Co-Chair of ComFed’s Committee on International Arbitration;
      • Charles J. Moxley, Jr., of MoxleyADR LLC: Charlie is a full-time arbitrator and mediator and Chair of ComFed’s Committee on Arbitration and ADR.

      Justice Ramos will address the court’s practices and procedures for hearing applications involving international arbitration. Steve Younger will address the results of the Task Force and the huge role that NYIAC now fills. Edna Sussman and Alexandra Dosman will address NYIAC’s present and anticipated activities. Ted Semaya will address the importance of international arbitration to ComFed’s members. I will moderate the program.

      This program should give us a good sense of the state of international arbitration in New York and of NYIAC’s facilities and overall role as to international arbitration.

      This should be an exciting program. There will be an open question and answer period. You are cordially invited to attend and participate.

      To attend this meeting RSVP at this link: ADR Committee Meeting , so we can provide the names to security in the building, for questions contact Beth Gould at

    • Commercial and Federal Litigation 2014 Spring Meeting

      Commercial and Federal Litigation Spring Meeting
      Cranwell Resort and Golf Club, Lenox, MA
      May 2 – 4, 2014

      To view/download program agenda.

      The Cranwell Resort is now SOLD OUT of overnight rooms.  There are limited rooms available at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA.  If interested contact Lori Nicoll at 518.487.5563 or

      To view/download registration form.

    • Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Executive Committee Meetings

      Tuesday, April 8, 2014
      C&FLS Executive Committee Meeting
      Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP
      850 3rd Avenue, 14th Floor
      New York, New York 10022

      Wednesday, May 14, 2014
      C&FLS Executive Committee Meeting
      Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP
      850 3rd Avenue, 14th Floor
      New York, New York 10022

      Wednesday, June 11, 2014
      C&FLS Executive Committee Meeting
      Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP
      850 3rd Avenue, 14th Floor
      New York, New York 10022

  • Recent News & Events

    Current Section News:

    The Section Presented Its Eighth Annual “Smooth Moves” CLE Program For Attorneys of Color, And Presentation of the Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award To Esteemed Attorney Kay Crawford Murray

    On April 1, 2014, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section presented its eighth annual “Smooth Moves” program -- the Section’s premiere diversity event organized to attract attorneys of color to more active participation within the Section.   Since its inception in 2007, Smooth Moves has included both a CLE program and a networking reception, culminating in the presentation of the Section’s Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award.  The Pioneer Award is given each year to an attorney of color whose career accomplishments exemplify those of the retired Court of Appeals jurist for whom the award is named:  legal excellence, community involvement, and mentoring. 

    The CLE program this year was entitled “Social Media Strategies for Attorneys: Marketing Techniques, Practice Tips and Ethical Quandaries.”   The program, which was moderated by Darrell Gay of Arent Fox, featured an outstanding panel of leading practitioners in the field, ethicists, and United States District Court Judge Margo Brodie.  The panel first highlighted the advantages for lawyers of marshalling social media as part of an integrated marketing strategy, and also addressed the legal issues and ethical challenges associated with the widespread use of such technologies, including discovery considerations and juror selection. 

    The George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award was established by the Section in recognition of Judge Smith’s work in the civil rights movement, and his 30 years of public service in the New York judiciary, including 14 years as an associate judge of the Court of Appeals.   This year’s Pioneer Award was presented to Kay Crawford Murray, formerly the General Counsel to the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice, the position she held since the establishment of the agency in 1979 until her retirement in 2002.  Since the mid 1980’s, Ms. Murray has served on the Committee on Character and Fitness in the Appellate Division, First Department, and has also served as a Trustee for the New York State Bar Foundation.   Ms. Murray has been one of the most respected trailblazers and leaders of the New York bar for decades. 

    Finally, the Section awarded the Commercial Division’s Minority Law Student Fellowship at the event to a first-year law student, who will spend the summer working in the chambers of a Justice Marcie Friedman.  The New York Bar Foundation provides a stipend for the fellowship recipient. Ana Federico, a first year law student at Albany Law School, was selected as this year’s Minority Fellow.  

    2014 Annual Meeting of the Section
    by: James M. Wicks

    The Section’s Annual Meeting held on January 29, 2014 at the New York Hilton was well attended, with over 350 in attendance for the annual luncheon.  The Hon. Jack B. Weinstein proudly presented to the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin the Stanley H. Fuld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Commercial Law and Litigation. 

    The luncheon followed two lively CLEs, the first of which was an audience interactive discussion of the legal ethics implicated by social media.  Led by Mark Berman, the social media panel answered a series of questions that were posed earlier to the audience.  The audience members responded to the questions using tablets or smartphones, with the results tabulated immediately.  Magistrate Judge Lisa Smith (SDNY), along with practitioners in the area, then explored the issues raised.

    The second panel focused on the interplay between Delaware and New York law in resolving corporate governance disputes.  Vice Chancellor Travis Laster, Delaware Court of Chancery, joined by Appellate Division Justice David Friedman (1st Dep’t), as well as several New York and Delaware practitioners identified some of the key differences in the two states’ approaches to fiduciary duty, indemnification and other corporate governance issues.

    Look for a fuller discussion of the Section's Annual meeting in our Spring Newsletter.

    25th Anniversary Celebration!

    Read more about the 25th Anniversary Celebration that was held on October 23, 2014 at Lincoln Center.

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  • Com Fed Member Community

    Start using your Commercial and Federal Litigation Law Section Member Community now.

    What are Member Communities?
    The member communities are private, online professional networks, built on the concept of listserves that offer enhanced features such as collaboration tools and document libraries. They offer you a variety of tools to help you connect, network and work collaboratively with fellow NYSBA members. 

    To participate, each member has a profile based on their basic membership information. You can enhance your profile by adding your photo, professional affiliations, volunteer activities and other accomplishments. You have the option to pull information from your LinkedIn profile, or even link to your personal blog or other social media feeds.

    How Can I Use It?
    Seamlessly integrated with, no additional login or password is needed to enter a community. You just need to be a NYSBA member. 

    Just like a listserv, members of a specific community can share information with one another using email. Documents are emailed among members using links as opposed to email attachments, as attachments can be problematic with spam filters or limits on file size. Members can receive community emails as the messages are posted, or in digest form. These resource libraries have no space limitations, accept all file types, and can be organized using folders. Any member of a community can contribute to the library.

    If you are a member of a NYSBA Section, Committee or Task Force, and working to develop a report, white paper, policy change or recommendation, an online community is the perfect forum for you and your colleagues. You have a dedicated space designed to facilitate an efficient and collaborative work effort.

    Start using your Commercial and Federal Litigation Law Section Member Community now.

  • Section Publications

    NY Litigator


    The NYLitigator features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of commercial and federal litigation on various topics, including discovery; mediation; settlements; corporate liability; and due process. Section Reports, written by various Commercial and Federal Litigation Committees, are often featured in each issue. Edited by Teresa M. Bennett, Esq., the NYLitigator is published by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.
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    ComFed Newsletter


    The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Newsletter features updates on Section activities, programs and events; recent legislation; and information about current issues. Edited by Prof. Mark L. Davies, the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Newsletter is published three times per year by the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.
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