Section Reception

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Section Program

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Tools to Allow Litigators to Move Along Their Matters and How to Protect Client Data

On January 19th and January 20th, the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section will virtually bring together commercial litigators from all over the state for a memorable and unique Annual Meeting.

First, on the evening of Tuesday, January 19th, Section members will get together for a virtual reception with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and for its annual membership meeting.

Then, on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 20th, the Section will host its Annual Meeting CLE. The first panel will discuss how attorneys can take advantage of court-sponsored ADR programs, special masters, and can utilize other tools available to them to move along their cases in the pandemic-affected court system.

The second CLE session will address how data privacy is impacting commercial litigation. The panel will discuss the increasing number of cyber breach lawsuits being filed along with steps that attorneys can take to protect client data in a world where hackers are looking to law firms and where data privacy is of growing importance.

The Section’s 2021 Annual Meeting will finish with a unique networking session where attorneys will have direct contact with state and federal court judges in Zoom breakout sessions.

Key Highlights and Takeaways

  • Connecting virtually with commercial litigators and judges from all over the state
  • Learning how to take advantage of new ADR programs and other tools to move along matters and how litigators should be protecting client data




Section Chair

Jonathan B. Fellows
Bond, Schoeneck & King

Section Vice-Chair

Ignatius Grande
Berkeley Research Group, LLC.


Event Sponsors

MSG Gottlief Annual Meeting Sponsor
Counsel Press Sponsor
3.0 MCLE Credits- 2.5 Areas of Professional Practice; 0.5 Ethics and Professionalism

This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM

Welcome and Introduction


Ignatius A. Grande, Esq. | Berkeley Research Group, LLC. New York, NY


1:40 PM – 3:05 PM

How Attorneys Can Use Court-Sponsored ADR Programs and Other Tools to Move Along Their Pandemic-Delayed Cases

In light of budget cuts in the state court system and a general backlog of cases in both state and federal courts as a result of COVID-19, attorneys and their clients are exploring new ways to move along and resolve pending matters.

This panel will address different strategies, including the following:

  • Overview of Court-Sponsored ADR Programs and how attorneys can utilize ADR to more efficiently resolve their matters
  • Working with Special Masters and Magistrate Judges to resolve disputes
  • Taking advantage of changes in court rules and practices, including virtual hearings, to keep cases moving ahead

Lisa M. Courtney, Esq. | Statewide ADR Coordinator, New York State Unified Court System, New York, NY
Bart J. Eagle, Esq. | Scarola Zubatov Schaffzin, PLLC, New York, NY
Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan, Esq. | Administrative Judge, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County – Civil Branch, New York, NY
Hon. Norman St. George | Administrative Judge, Supreme Court of the State of New York, 10th Judicial District-Nassau County, Mineola, NY
Yvonne R. Marin, Esq. | Nassau County Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator, Mineola, NY
Hon. James P. Murphy | Administrative Judge, 5th Judicial District, Syracuse, NY


John S. Kiernan, Esq. | Debvoise & Plimpton, LLP., New York, NY

1.5 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice


3:05 PM – 4:30 PM

How Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Obligations Are Impacting Commercial Litigators

It has become an ongoing challenge for law firms and attorneys to protect client data. Ethics rules, outside counsel guidelines, case law, and privacy regulations – both domestic and international – may impose obligations on how data is transferred, collected, stored, and used.

Once data is inside the firm’s network – whether it is clients, third-parties, or adversary data – various obligations to secure that data may trigger. And with hackers increasingly targeting law firms, the threats of inadvertent or impermissible exposure is real. Attorneys must be on guard. This panel will address issues including:

  • Effect of New York SHIELD Law
  • Cybersecurity Case Law Update
  • Data Privacy Concerns
  • Using Litigation Tools to Protect Data (e.g., Protective Orders, Redaction, Data Minimization)
  • Applicable Ethics Rules and Guidelines

Daniel B. Garrie, Esq. | JAMS Cybersecurity Neutral, New York, NY
Ann Gorr, IGP | Ann Gorr, LLC., Avon By The Sea, NJ
Hon. Saliann Scarpulla | Appellate Division, 1st Department, New York, NY
Joseph P. Facciponti, Esq. | Murphy & McGonigle, LLP., New York, NY


Samantha V. Ettari, Esq. | Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, LLP., New York, NY

0.5 Credits in Ethics; 1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice


4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Networking Happy Hour Session with Attorneys and Judges

Following the CLE, participants will be split up into smaller groups where they will have the opportunity to discuss a range of topics including current court operations.


$119: Section Member | $149: NYSBA Member | $269: Non-NYSBA Member

REGULAR REGISTRATION (1/1/21 and after)

$159: Section Member | $199: NYSBA Member | $359: Non-NYSBA Member

IMPORTANT: For those of you that wish to attend multiple Section or Committee programs, we are extending a discount of 25% off the pricing of 2 or more programs, however you must contact our MRC Department directly and register over the phone.


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MSG Gottlief Annual Meeting Sponsor


Interested in being a sponsor?

Contact the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Liaison

Catherine Carl
[email protected]
(518) 487-5679

We’re pleased to announce an additional 25% discount on all Books, eBooks, Online Forms and Pamphlets currently available in our online store during Annual Meeting.

Use discount code: PUBAM21 during the checkout process.


  • The discount code (PUBAM21) expires on January 29 on the final day of Annual Meeting
  • The 25% discount will be taken off of your qualifying process based on your NYSBA Membership status
  • On-Demand CLE programs available in the online store do not qualify for the 25% discount.




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