The Business Law Section, with a membership of approximately 3,500, is one of the largest Sections of the New York State Bar Association. Its members consist of attorneys whose practice involves some aspect of commerce or finance. Thus, the practice of the members is quite diverse – ranging from securities to banking, bankruptcy to consumer finance, franchising to insurance, among many others. To accommodate this breadth of practice, the Business Law Section has a range of committees that offer the practitioner with business clients information in similarly diverse areas: Bankruptcy; Banking; Business Organizations; Franchise, Distribution and Licensing, Derivatives and Structured Products; Securities Regulation; and the constantly evolving area of Technology and Venture Law. These Committees meet regularly to review current developments in their areas. Members enjoy the benefit of participating in discussions of developments in the business and financial services world and the opportunity to expand their professional network. Attendance at committee meetings and other scheduled Section meetings often can fulfill MCLE requirements.
The Section publishes the NY Business Law Journal, which provides practice-oriented insight and guidance relevant to the business law practitioner, with special emphasis on lawyers who practice in New York State.
The Business Law Section has been in the forefront of introducing, monitoring and evaluating legal developments in the areas of business and finance on both federal and New York State levels.
Members gain access to an extensive network of business law practitioners through our online Community.
Contact the Business Law Section Liaison
To learn more about this Section, please contact Gina Bartosiewicz
Anthony Q. Fletcher
Anthony Q. Fletcher is a transactional attorney who primarily practices in the areas of corporate and commercial law. Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Fletcher was an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School where he taught courses in Securities Regulation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporations, and Partnerships & LLCs. Subsequently, Mr. Fletcher continued his academic career as a Professor of Law at the Barkley School of Law in Kentucky, and while teaching served initially as the Law School’s Clinical Director and thereafter was ultimately appointed Dean of the Law School.
Prior to his academic career, Mr. Fletcher first practiced law as a corporate securities attorney at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and afterwards continued to practice as a securities attorney at the law firms of Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan and Kelley, Drye & Warren. At the foregoing firms, Mr. Fletcher primarily advised public corporations, mostly financial institutions, in complying with SEC regulations governing their disclosure requirements and filing their periodic reports. The balance of Mr. Fletcher’s time was associated with advising on public company mergers and acquisitions.
While in practice, Mr. Fletcher has also been a member of New York City government. In 2007, Mr. Fletcher was appointed by the Manhattan Borough President to Community Board 9 (MCB9), the municipal governing body for the Morningside Heights/West Harlem District in Upper Manhattan. In furtherance of his work as a member of City government, since 2011 Mr. Fletcher has served as a Director of the West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC), a not-for-profit corporation primarily dedicated to increasing economic opportunities and the quality of life in West Harlem, and since 2013 has also served as a Director of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), a federally-funded, not-for-profit corporation with the primary goal of facilitating economic development in Upper Manhattan. For the last 3 years, Mr. Fletcher has been the Corporate Secretary for UMEZ and recently completed his first year as Chair of its Human Capital Committee.
Mr. Fletcher has been an active member of the New York State Bar Association for 2 decades. Immediately preceding his appointment as Chair of the Business Law Section, Mr. Fletcher served as the Section’s Vice-Chair and since 2011 had been the inaugural Chair of its Committee on Diversity. While a member of the Business Law Section’s Executive Committee, Mr. Fletcher concurrently served for 3 years as Chair of the State Bar’s Committee on Law Practice Management, during which time he was also a member of the State Bar’s Committee on Minorities in the Profession (now the Diversity Committee). To date, Mr. Fletcher has served as Conference Chair for 6 State Bar Conferences and been either a Speaker or Panelist for more than a dozen State Bar CLE Programs.
In tandem with his Bar Association activities and community service, Mr. Fletcher has consistently mentored young attorneys and law students in the pursuit of their academic and professional goals. As Chair of the Business Law Section’s Committee on Diversity, Mr. Fletcher initiated a Mentoring Program within the Business Law Section for young attorneys and law students to be paired with and mentored by senior business lawyers of the Section. During his tenure as Chair of the Section’s Committee on Diversity, the Section was honored by winning the State Bar’s Diversity Challenge on account of its Mentoring Program and other initiatives to recruit and retain diverse attorneys to join the State Bar and ultimately the Business Law Section.
Mr. Fletcher received his A.B. in both History and Political Science from Columbia University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
NY Business Law Journal
The NY Business Law Journal features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of business law. It is designed to provide practice-oriented insight and guidance relevant to the business law practitioner, with special emphasis on lawyers who practice in the State of New York. Edited by David L. Glass (Editor-in-Chief) and Prof. James D. Redwood (Managing Editor), the NY Business Law Journal is published twice per year by the Business Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.
The Journal is published as a benefit for members of the Business Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.
© New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1521-7183 (print) ISSN 1933-8562 (online)
The NY Business Law Journal encourages article submissions on topics of interest to members of the Section. Writing an article for a NYSBA Section publication is a great way to get your name out in the legal community and advertise your knowledge. Our authors are respected state-wide for their legal expertise in such areas as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, hedge funds, corporation fiduciary responsibilities, and mergers and takeovers.
MCLE credit may also be earned for legal-based writing directed to an attorney audience upon application to the CLE Board. NYSBA Guidelines for Obtaining MCLE Credit for Writing as well as a Publication Credit Application are available.
If you have written an article and would like to have it considered for publication in the NY Business Law Journal, please send it in electronic document format (pdfs are NOT acceptable), along with biographical information to its Editor:
David L. Glass
Business Law Memos
BLS Memo 4 – S7508A/A9508A, Part LL
AN ACT to amend the Banking Law, in relation to consumer debt collectors
BLS Memo 5-GOV – S8214
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the regulation of chemicals in upholstered furniture, mattresses and electronic enclosures
Business Law Section Committee
- Banking Law Committee
- Bankruptcy Law Committee (Business Law)
- Business Organizations Law Committee
- Derivatives & Structured Products Law Committee
- Diversity Committee (Business Law)
- ESG Committee
- Energy And Climate Law Committee
- Executive Committee (Business Law)
- Franchise, Distribution And Licensing Law Committee
- Insurance Law Committee
- Legislative Affairs Committee (Business Law)
- Membership Committee (Business Law)
- Mergers And Acquisitions Committee
- Not-for-Profit Corporations Law Committee
- Securities Regulation Committee
- Technology And Venture Law Committee
- Wine, Beer And Spirits Law Committee
In recognition of the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month 2020, the Business Law Section and the Dominican Bar Association presented a Fireside Chat with Anthony Q. Fletcher, Chair of the Business Law Section, and Cid Wilson, President and CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.
Business Law Section Mentoring Program
The NYSBA Business Law Section through its Diversity Committee launched this Mentoring Program in 2020 to develop young talent in the section and encourage networking. The program’s goal is to provide mentees with the opportunity to gain insight into the business law profession from experienced attorneys. Mentors will offer mentees real-world advice and guidance on various topics and ensure that newly-admitted attorneys receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential.
Business Law Links of Interest
General Legal Resources
- Cornell’s Legal Information Institute
- The Library of Congress’ Thomas locater service
- For beginners and experts – a primer on Internet research
- New York Law Journal List of Internet Legal resources (The New York Law Journal has already gone through the trouble of making a collection of sites potentially of interest to the New York practitioner. It i s geared toward New York attorneys).
- Find Law Internet Legal Resources (This site is a collection of links to a great variety of federal and state legal resources on the Net, from statutes to cases to regulations to other sites, etc. It is a good st arting point for Internet legal research generally, and to start your own bookmarked collection of legal Web pages of interest you your particular practice).
General Resources in Business Law
- Title 15, Chapters 2A, 2B, 2B-1 of the U.S. Code contain most of the federal securities statutes and may be accessed at the Cornell Law School Web site (easy to use – search by citation, browse sections, and enter search terms) or at the U.S. Government Printing Office site (users may search the entire U.S. Code more readily)
- Federal regulations adopted under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 are contained in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
- The FDIC’s banking law resources
- LII Banking Law Materials. Includes a very useful menu of source material and links, including relevant state and federal statutes and case law, and a search engine for C.F.R. Title 12.
- The LII’s bankruptcy law materials. Includes searchable full text of U.S. Code, Title 11.
- The LII’s corporations law materials. Includes materials on securities regulation and full text of federal securities legislation.
- SECLAW.COM, an online guide to securities law
- SEC Litigation Releases – Federal Court Actions, Administrative Proceedings – Notices & Settlements, ALJ Decisions & Orders, Reports of Investigations, Commission Opinions, Trading Suspensions, SEC Rules of Practice, Investors Claims Funds and Briefs
Commodities and Futures Law
- Commodityworld.com – market news, prices, charts, and educational resources.
- Gold Eagle – has weekly features and forums; prices, charts, and analysis; and a directory of links for gold, silver, and precious metal investors.
Consumer Financial Services
- The LII’s consumer credit materials
Corporations and other Business Entitities
State Agencies Administering Franchise Disclosure Laws
U.S. Federal Government Agencies
Not For Profit Sites
National & International Organizations
Other Bar Association Sites
Business Law Resources
Committees of the Business Law Section
- Enhance your expertise in specific areas of practice
- Networking and research opportunities
Crowdfunding: How to Succeed in Business After Really Trying to Raise Capital (Program Archive – Free for Business Law Section members)
Recorded January 27, 2016
Cybercrime – Before and After (Program Archive – Free to Business Law Section members)
Recorded January 27, 2016
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- Discuss topics of interest with other members of the Business Law Section
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