Contract Drafting Tips and Traps

Event Description

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Good drafting practices focusing on clarity, brevity, and keep the overall best interests of the client in mind. The lawyer must be a good business partner with the client to get the deal done while still protecting the overall best interests of the client. This CLE will cover tips and traps, from the view of in-house counsel, in drafting, executing, docketing, managing, and enforcing contracts.

Don will provide tested and proven practical advice in managing a wide range of corporate contracts. He will discuss the inherent tensions between our "zealous advocacy" requirements and the business reality need to "grease the skids" to get the job done. He will also address best practices for letters of intent, non-disclosure agreements, boilerplate, dispute resolution, amendments, exhibits, and best practices vis-a-vis contract filing, docketing, renewals, termination, and notices. All lawyers who draft, negotiate, interpret, and enforce contracts will benefit from the material in this one hour CLE.


Don Trevarthen | (Ret.) Director, Division Counsel, The Toro Company, 1990-2015 | Adjunct Professor, University of MN Law School, 2018-present

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event Code: 341691


HCBA Member:  $0
Non-HCBA Member:  $40
Law Student/New Admittee: Free 

Deadline to register: February 26, 2021 

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

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Program Manager:
Abby Ward

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Live Webinar via Zoom