(Webinar) Contract Drafting – The Basics and Essentials: Three -Part Lunchtime Series

The Basics and Essentials – Part 1

Monday, September 18, 2023 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Basics and Essentials – Part 2

Monday, October 16, 2023 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Basics and Essentials – Part 3

Monday, November 13, 2023 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Program Instructor Program Instructor

Ponnie Maddux
Sarmasti, PLLC

Suleman Malik
Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

  • This three-part webinar introduces the basics of contract drafting, review, and negotiation. In this series, participants will learn the nuts and bolts of contract drafting, starting with the overall framework, language, definitions, and a breakdown of contractual terms, and provisions. From there, the series will provide a deeper look into common contract-drafting pitfalls and the best way to avoid these issues from a litigation perspective, including issues of ambiguity, boilerplate provisions, arbitration provisions, forum selection, and confidentiality clauses. Finally, the series will examine how to best negotiate contracts and provisions and will explore recent issues and trends including the importance of force majeure clauses in the age of Covid-19 and the role of A.I. and contract automation in the present and future. Overall, through examples and sample agreements, participants will learn about specific contractual provisions and receive practical information that will help them understand, draft, and review contracts in a way to avoid ambiguity and potential disputes.

    The Basics and Essentials – Part I


    The Basics and Essentials – Part II


    The Basics and Essentials – Part III 


    Program Fee:
    Live Webcasts (entire series): $399 Member | $599 Nonmember
    Each Program: $149 Member | $249 Nonmember

  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.
    Introduction/General Overview

    1:05 pm – 1:20 pm
    Parts of a Contract

    1:35 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
    The Framework of a Contract from Top to Bottom

    1:40 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
    The Initial Paragraphs

    • Preamble
    • Recitals
    • Words of Agreement

    1:55 pm – 2:00 pm
    Definitions Section

    2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
    Ambiguity and Vagueness 

    • Risks and advantages of ambiguity
    • Proving meaning and intent
    • A few practical tips

    2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    The Heart of the Agreement

    • Terms and Conditions
    • Consideration
    • Representations and Warranties
    • Indemnification

    2:30 pm – 2:35 pm
    Finishing the Agreement

    • Endgame Provisions
    • Signature Lines
    • Exhibits and Schedules

    2:35 pm – 2:45 pm
    Sample Short Form Agreements

    2:45 pm – 2:50 pm
    The Use of “Shall” and “Will

    2:50 pm – 3:00 pm
    The Top 3 Takeaways

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  • Part I

    New York: 2.0 Skills
    New Jersey: 2.4 General
    California: 2.0 Skills
    Pennsylvania: 2.0 General

    Part II

    New York: 2.0 Skills
    New Jersey: TBD
    California: TBD
    Pennsylvania: TBD

    Part III

    New York: 2.0 Skills
    New Jersey: TBD
    California: TBD
    Pennsylvania: TBD

  • Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Yelena Balashchenko, Manager, Business Development & Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | ybalashchenko@nycbar.org