CLE Course Details

Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider

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  • Description

    A great deal of the dispute in contract negotiations is about the terms of the agreement. And yet, inconsistencies and imprecision in how even agreed upon concepts are expressed in a contract can cause tremendous and potentially costly conflicts. Honing your contract-drafting skills is thereby essential to any attorney who deals with transactions. This CLE course is designed to explain the essential, but often overlooked principles in drafting, analyzing and interpreting contracts. As opposed to other courses in contract drafting, this course will focus on how concepts are expressed in a contract rather than the substance of the concepts themselves.

    The course will include:

    • the importance of language in contracts
    • contract language categories such as language of performance, obligations, prohibitions, discretionary language, representations, acknowledgments, and language of policy
    • the distinction between shall, will, and must
    • conditional language
    • language of exception and subordination
    • the concept of deemed
    • references to time
    • ambiguities associated with and, or, and and/or
    • legal archaisms
  • Instructor Bio

    Vincent Martorana

    Vincent's practice includes the representation of clients in domestic and cross-border mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, licensing arrangements, corporate restructurings, private equity investments, and securities offerings. He also regularly provides advice on corporate governance and state laws governing business entities (including Delaware and New York corporate, partnership, and limited liability company law). Vincent has represented a wide range of clients—from start-up and early-stage companies to well-established enterprises—in various industries, including technology, healthcare, pharmaceutical products, consumer products, and energy.

    Vincent has extensive experience providing advice on contract drafting, analysis, and interpretation relating to disputes, settlements, and negotiated transactions. He has presented his continuing legal education contract-drafting courses for in-house legal departments and at various other venues, including Practising Law Institute, Strafford Webinars, The Business Development Academy, the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, and the Westchester County Bar Association.

    To learn more about Vincent R. Martorana or to contact him click here www.reedsmith.com/vincent_martorana