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Using Electronic Communication to Negotiate Business Agreements - Tips and Pitfalls for the Weary

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Summary:

Technology often outstrips the confines of the law.  Today, business professionals commonly use electronic communication to aid in transacting business.  However, the use of electronic communications can also complicate legal analyses about whether a binding contract has been formed.  This presentation will focus on real-life examples of best practices as well as things to avoid when using electronic communications to negotiate business agreements.  Case law will be analyzed to help answer the following questions:
 
   Can electronic communications create and form binding contracts?
   What special considerations are there based on the type of agreement sought (e.g., in regards to contract negotiations, formation, and modification)?
   Are there state-specific idiosyncrasies that affect whether electronic communication should be used?
   How do courts interpret electronic communication that conflict with standard written communication?
   Are electronic signatures equivalent to written signatures?
    

This CLE is approved for credit through February 11, 2019.

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Presenters:
Jon Farnsworth is a shareholder at Felhaber Larson in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He is an outside general counsel to privately held companies and established non-profits. Jon’s business training distinguishes him from other lawyers. He utilizes his master’s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) in conjunction with his law degree to provide comprehensive analysis and guidance to clients. Jon is fond of saying “an attorney should foster business, not inhibit it.”, a motto that reflects his dedication to helping clients who seek not just a simple legal opinion, but also practical insights about how legal matters intersect with the dynamics of business. Jon’s practice primarily focuses on counseling clients through complex computer, internet, privacy, website, data breach, technology, and intellectual property legal issues. Jon’s clients range from entrepreneurs and start-up companies to established enterprises with international name recognition.  In addition to technology companies, Jon represents clients in a variety of industries, including retail, medical, specialized manufacturing, real estate, fitness and athletics, security, consumable products and service. 
 
Elizabeth (Liz) Roetker practices in the areas of business law and transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate law. Liz emphasizes timely service to clients and attention to detail in her work.  Prior to joining Felhaber, Liz’s practice included business organizations, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, securities transactions and financing, and trademark prosecution. Additionally, Liz worked as an adjunct professor teaching first-year legal writing at Mitchell Hamline College of Law.

 
CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 233779

Cost:
MSBA Members:  $29.95
Non-MSBA Members:  $64.95