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Choice of Law and Choice of Forum in Contracts (Teleseminar)
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Choice of Law and Choice of Forum in Contracts (Teleseminar)

1 CLE hour

When: 10/07/2015
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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Choice of Law and Choice of Forum in Contracts - 1 CLE hour
In the pantheon of so-called “boilerplate” language in most transactional contracts, choice of forum and choice of law provision loom large.  The default choice is local law and the forum most convenient to the drafter of the agreement.  Either out of hopefulness or oversight, these clauses are not always the subject of negotiation by the parties.  But this is a significant oversight because these clauses are essential exercises in cost containment and the allocation of risk if something goes wrong in the transaction. Even when these provisions are the subject of negotiation there is a risk of overreach.  There are several overlapping substantive and procedural (including jurisdictional) limits on the choices available to the parties.  This program will provide transactional lawyers with a real-world guide to the framework of law governing forum selection and choice of law and practical guidance on drafting these provisions to enhance enforceability and reduce client risk.
Drafting and negotiating forum selection and choice of law clauses in transactions 
Framework of substantive and procedural law governing forum selection & choice of law
Practical uses of these clauses for cost containment and risk allocation 
Traditional bases for forum selection and choice of law
Enhancing enforceability of choice of forum and choice of law provisions – and avoiding overreach
Special considerations when the choice of forum is arbitration
Review of recent developments, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Atlantic Marine

Steven O. Weise
is a partner in the Los Angeles office Proskauer Rose, LLP, where his practice encompasses all areas of commercial law. He has extensive experience in financings, particularly those secured by personal property.  He also handles matters involving real property anti-deficiency laws, workouts, guarantees, sales of goods, letters of credit, commercial paper and checks, and investment securities.  Mr. Weise formerly served as chair of the ABA Business Law Section. He has also served as a member of the Permanent Editorial Board of the UCC and as an Advisor to the UCC Code Article 9 Drafting Committee. Mr. Weise received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

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