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Offit Kurman Partners with NYSBA on Force Majeure and COVID-19 Webinar CLE

For Immediate Release

New York City, NY | March 16, 2020

Attorneys from Offit Kurman are partnering with the New York State Bar Association on Tuesday, March 24th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. to present a 1.5-credit webinar CLE to discuss Force Majeure in the world’s current pandemic state. Titled, The Pandemic is Beyond Your Control - But Is It Force Majeure?A Review of Force Majeure Clauses in Contracts, the discussion will cover when a force majeure clause does or doesn’t include pandemics, best practices for drafting these clauses when are business losses from pandemics covered by business interruption insurance or liability insurance, real-world experiences, practical steps to take before a disaster strikes, and more.

COVID-19 has startled us into a new reality. How can we, as lawyers, help our clients navigate through similar world-changing events and plan better for the future?

The Offit Kurman panel will include Thomas Pitegoff as moderator and Stuart Newman and Michael Conley as panelists. Mr. Newman will discuss the drafting of force majeure clauses and how COVID-19 might be within the scope of a force majeure clause. They will talk about real-world experiences and navigating force majeure events with clients and offer practical pointers on how to advise clients faced with events that make contractual performance difficult or impossible. Mr. Conley will explain the coverage that various types of insurance might offer.

You can sign up to listen to the webinar here. Pricing will be as follows: $25 Business Law Section Members; $50 NYSBA Members | $150 Non-Members. The CLE credit is available in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, and other states.


Tom Pitegoff is an internationally recognized leader in the franchise field. He drafts franchise agreements and disclosure documents, obtains state franchise registrations and provides ongoing franchise compliance counseling services. He represents foreign franchisors in their U.S. business and U.S. franchisors expanding abroad.







ABOUT STUART NEWMAN  |  347.589.8546

Stuart B. Newman has been engaged in corporate and securities practice for over forty years, focusing on corporate law, private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and capital formation through public offerings and private placements.

Stuart studies his clients’ businesses thoroughly and has made valuable contributions on a broad range of business topics such as joint ventures, product development, finance, investment banking, marketing, and personnel. He has served as a director on the boards of both publicly-traded and privately held companies, contributing his unique combination of business acumen and broad legal experience.


Offit kurman attorney, Mike Michael conley in Philadelphia | 267.338.1317

Mr. Conley is the Co-Managing Principal of the Philadelphia office and the founder of the firm’s Insurance Recovery Practice Group. His broad legal experience includes insurance coverage litigation and general litigation. He exclusively represents policyholders, including closely held, publicly traded, nonprofit, and municipal entities, with claims against their insurance companies. His insurance coverage law experience includes handling coverage actions on behalf of insureds relating to claim under general liability policies, bad faith claims, defense obligations, law and ordinance exclusions, crime coverage, employment liability coverage, and coverage for data loss and environmental liability.





Offit Kurman, a full-service AmLaw 200 law firm with offices throughout the East Coast and in Southern California, serves dynamic businesses, individuals and families. Founded in 1987, the firm’s 280+ attorneys counsel clients across more than 30 areas of practice. Offit Kurman helps maximize and protect business value and personal wealth by providing innovative and entrepreneurial counsel that focuses on clients’ business objectives, interests and goals. The firm is distinguished by the quality, breadth and global reach of its legal services and a unique operational structure that encourages a culture of collaboration.