Business Law

John M. Huddle, Chair

By its duly appointed Chairman, the Business Law Section files this Annual Report for the July 1, 2016---June 30, 2017 work year.

  1. Membership:  The most recent statistics provided for our section at  are as follows  (June 1, 2016):







+25 from 2016


-7 from 2016


No change


+7 from 2016


+25 from 2016

  1. Special  Activities and Persons Responsible for Each:
  • 44th Advanced  Business  Law  Conference  (April  21-22,  2016),  Wintergreen  Resort: John Huddle, Section Chair served as Conference Committee Chair,  and  Board Members Steven Keeler and Karl Knoll served on the  Conference  Committee.  All but one of the other Board members also assisted in planning the event: Matthew Clary, J. Brent Justus, and Dana McDaniel.
  • Major revision to Section website content and periodic updates: Sect ion  Chair John Huddle handled this with technical support from an outside vendor approved  by the Board, and Board Member Dana McDaniel was appointed as website committee Chair in June.
  • Fall 2017 CLE planning is underway by Section Chair John Huddle in coordination with VACLE.
  1.  Significant issues that arose  and  how  they  were  resolved:  Having  completed  the  first  full year of revitalization since several years of dormancy with no meetings of the Board or other activities, significant progress has occurred. Talford Kemper, Jr., a long-tim e Board member and former Chair, resigned from the Board due to lack of time to devote to the Section, and the Board presented him with a plaque in appreciation of his long service. Chairman  Huddle  is actively  seek ing qualified leaders from the Virginia business bar to increase Board capabilities.
  2.  Continuing legal education  programs  sponsored  by this Section:  Our  m a jor  work  this term was the 44th Advanced Business Law Conference which we planned, staffed and conducted on April 21-22 at Wintergreen Resort in cooperation with VACLE for the second consecutive year . Our vision for this event has remained since last year to revitalize its role as not only a premier CLE event, but equally importantly, a venue in which business lawyers could network  and establish relationships to enable them to meet the needs of their clients in the months and years to come in the dynamic and rapidly changing global environment in which we and our clients must operate.
  3.  Officers and board members for the next fiscal year:

Chair: John M. Huddle, CEO & Founder, The Global Law Group, PLC (Richmond) Secretary:  Karl Knoll, General Counsel & Secretary, Clarabridge (Reston)

Other Board Members: Matthew Clary, J. Brent Justus, Steven J. Keeler , and Dana McDaniel .

Updated: Jul 11, 2017