The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) technological advancements has the potential to change litigation practice today. There are immense opportunities for attorneys who knowledgeably adopt and use AI tools. But attorneys who ignore AI, or rush its implementation without sufficient caution, do so at their peril and create avoidable risks.
A partner or shareholder dispute can be costly and time consuming, especially if it ends up in court. If the falling-out escalates to this level, much of the litigation will revolve around a detailed valuation of the business. As counsel, you must have an understanding what factors must be considered when determining the true value of the business, as well as how to select an experienced appraiser that can skillfully prepare testimony to present in court.
Losing a trial can be devastating to your client. The blow can be compounded if there is no recourse for appeal to reverse an adverse decision. As counsel to your client, properly preserving issues and arguments during a trial can make the difference between reversing a bad result or having to live with it.
In the event that a ruling does not favor your client, you need to capitalize on every opportunity during the trial to preserve issues or arguments for appeal.
Because bad answers lose cases, witness preparation is one of the most important parts of a litigator’s toolbox. Unfortunately, conventional witness preparation techniques are seldom effective and often lead clients to testify poorly.
Register for this 75-minute video presentation, taught by expert faculty Kenneth R. Berman, author of the acclaimed ABA bestselling book Reinventing Witness Preparation: Unlocking the Secrets to Testimonial Success. This course will provide an in-depth analysis of how conventional witness preparation can handicap your case. Learn about new models and strategies to produce much more effective answers and to equip your clients and witnesses to gain the upper hand in depositions and on cross!
Ensuring a business legacy can be a complicated undertaking. Family owners often focus on operational matters while ignoring succession planning. At other times, succession planning may be mired in family strife to the detriment of operational success. In fact, inadequate business and succession planning is one of the leading causes of family business failures.
Taxes add yet another level of complexity for family businesses. Compensating owners for services, rent of owners' property, and various other arrangements can trip up business owners. Business succession plans can affect estate tax values. Deferred or uncertain estate tax liability can cause a family business to lose its line of credit, accelerate a long-term loan, or negatively affect a surety bond.
This highly rated program addresses these issues and offers practical tips for counseling clients on business succession and tax challenges. Attended by sophisticated legal practitioners and industry professionals nationwide, this annual program is a go-to resource for family businesses seeking prosperity beyond current owners or business-savvy exit solutions.
Force majeure, often thought of as a catch-all boilerplate clause that provides a panacea to protect against the risk of non-performance, has increasingly become the focus of an emerging litigious battleground in the post-COVID landscape. Resolution of disputes often hinges on how courts construe force majeure clauses, regularly relying on how narrowly or broadly these provisions were drafted. What have we learned based on recent court decisions and how should force majeure provisions be drafted moving forward to get the best results for your clients?
US federal banking regulators are working to implement more stringent capital requirements on larger banks, with long-awaited, jointly proposed extensive revisions to guard against credit, market, and operational risk. The sweeping late July proposals – for banks with $100 billion (or more) in assets – are of critical importance, as the amount of capital a bank must maintain with respect to any particular loan, investment, or activity is often the most significant factor in determining whether the relationship is profitable – or even feasible.
With larger banking organizations required to hold more capital, might we see a decline in bank lending and bank trading activities? Will the Basel Endgame really be the end of capital rule changes? In this one-hour webcast, we’ll explore how these proposed changes may affect banks, counterparties in financial transactions, as well as those in the securitization industry.
Discovery rules change, court interpretations and holdings change as well. This means well-settled discovery practices like legal holds and preservation measures must be periodically examined and improved to ensure parties are meeting their obligations. Failing to do this threatens litigation success, increases the risk of sanctions and judicial scorn, and can mar an otherwise stellar legal practice reputation. Avoid these risks by registering for this concise but comprehensive video program covering legal hold considerations and best practices so that you can avoid the most common hold hazards!
Government officials of a federal tax controversy often seek attorney-client communications such as letters, e-mails, and statements. To protect potentially prejudicial and confidential information, tax practitioners must be extremely knowledgeable on the application of attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine in federal tax investigations and must take adequate steps to preserve privilege.
Client and attorney communications may be protected by attorney-client privilege. State law and Internal Revenue Code provisions can be a source of additional privilege protections. Work product prepared in anticipation of litigation should be shielded from compulsory production as well. But the benefits of these protections must be preserved and asserted first. And unfortunately, lawyers, accountants and clients inadvertently waive privilege, making communications, including possibly work notes and related correspondence discoverable. Attend this webcast to learn how the attorney-client, accountant-client privilege and the work product doctrines will be your best protection in preventing the disclosure of confidential subpoenaed information!
This has been a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court term for property law, with the Court deciding three major property cases: Tyler v. Hennepin County (government’s keeping the excess value when seizing and selling a home to satisfy a property tax debt is a taking), Wilkins v. United States (is the federal Quiet Title Act’s statute of limitations a jurisdictional bar?), and Sackett v. EPA (the scope of Clean Water Act wetlands jurisdiction).
To gain a better understanding of these opinions, the current state of takings and property law, and what these cases mean for your practice, join a distinguished panel of experts for this one-hour webcast. The faculty will also explore what these decisions mean for the future and what steps lawyers can take to incorporate these decisions into their practices.