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Anatomy of a Contract: From Formation to Disputes & Litigation

MCLE New England


Date: May 13, 2015

Time: 9:00AM - 9:30AM


  • Anatomy of a Contract: From Formation to Disputes & Litigation

Anatomy of a Contract: From Formation to Disputes & Litigation

Contracts form the basis of nearly everything lawyers do. From real estate to intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions to employment, the sale of goods to settlement, contracts are essential to almost every practice area. Commercial lawyers who draft contracts in any of these areas must be aware not only of the need to further the near and long-term business interests of their clients—but also be able to draft agreements so as to minimize the likelihood of future disputes. If actual disputes arise, they can be among the most challenging legal conflicts faced by trial lawyers and in-house counsel in all types of businesses. Whether you are currently litigating a contract dispute, working to resolve one through negotiation, or drafting and negotiating a contract to both avoid future disputes and protect your client if one develops, you need to understand the fundamental principles and practicalities inherent in these disputes.

Hear the faculty review the essential principles and recent developments in Massachusetts law and then delve into a number of challenges that business and trial lawyers commonly confront in reviewing, negotiating, analyzing, and disputing contracts. The panelists discuss contracts in the context of real estate, sales and leasing, M&A, licensing, investments, and other areas of interest both to the specialist and general practitioner. Get the critical background, current information, and strategic tips to best position your client to successfully draft and negotiate a contract to avoid a later dispute—or bring or defend a breach of contract claim.



Geoffrey H. Smith is a Mintz Associate who focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and financing. His clients include property owners, developers, retailers, and tenants involved in real estate developments.

Jonathan I. Handler


Esq., Day Pitney LLP, Boston

Stephen M. Honig


Esq., Duane Morris LLP, Boston