We're in a situation that hasn't occurred in more than 100 years. We're dealing with something that is completely out of our control, was not caused by us, is not easily corrected nor cured. What doe it all mean to all of the legal, insurance, risk management, contracts, purchase orders, and how we operate now and in World 2.0.
We're going to be exploring these concepts and issues with Jeff Agnor and Catherine Robinson, legal experts with the Columbia and mid-Atlantic law firm of Davis, Agnor, Rapaport, and Skalny. Here are a few of the topics and questions we'll address.
What legal, contractual, risk management, insurance, and liability issues and opportunities has the crisis exposed?
• Force Majeure
○ What is it? The principles?
○ It's history? Examples of how it's been used in the past.
○ Is it valid and enforceable in contracts and agreements? What are the implications to contracting or parties to an agreement?
○ How might it be enforced or used during the crisis?
• What are the other legal risks and potential liabilities typically contained in agreements that we might not be considering?
• How does our current situation impact the future in terms of legal and contractual performance, non-performance, liability, and risk?
• What should we be doing now to best protect ourselves and put us in the best legal position going forward?
• What will World 2.0 look like from a legal perspective?
Join us on the 13th and learn everything you need to know in less than an hour.
Davis, Agnor, Rapaport, and Skalny
Davis, Agnor, Rapaport, and Skalny
Catherine Robinson works predominantly in the firm’s Real Estate and Business and Transactional practice groups. Her practice focuses on land use, zoning, real estate development, and commercial leasing, as well as commercial real estate, commercial lending, business transactions and non-profit and religious organizations. She enjoys counseling clients on a wide variety of real estate and business transactions, including the best way to navigate the zoning and land use approvals process, and believes that an important part of achieving a client’s land use vision is building and maintaining relationships among the development team, planning staff, planning boards, and elected officials. She also enjoys working with religious organizations and other non-profits to help them navigate the unique issues they face.
Before joining the Firm, Catherine worked for a large national law firm representing local and multi-national businesses in commercial real estate and corporate matters. She also spent over ten years as an attorney in Texas and New Mexico, where she represented a diverse clientele including developers, political subdivisions, farmers and ranchers, and regional and national banks in a variety of areas including commercial real estate, land use and zoning, governmental and administrative law, water law and natural resources, corporate transactions and church law.
In addition to her legal experience, Catherine spent several years working for an international non-governmental agency in Albania. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for a closely-held corporation and has served on a number of academic boards and committees, and as an adjunct professor of Business Law at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being actively involved with her church.
Jeff Agnor has dedicated his practice to representing emerging and established businesses, entrepreneurs, lenders, investors, and non-profit organizations. He enjoys working with clients in all phases of their business life, from start-up through acquisition, including assisting clients with contract negotiations, commercial transactions, business acquisitions, private stock offerings, employment matters, protection of intellectual property, real estate transactions, and disputes among business owners. Jeff also assists businesses in the government contracting space with contract and compliance matters, including issues concerning subcontracts, teaming agreements, and joint ventures.
Jeff encourages business clients to begin planning exit strategies early on so they are prepared when opportunities arise. Planning includes assisting family-owned businesses to address the sensitive and often complex issues associated with business succession.
Jeff works with tax-exempt and charitable organizations to address legal issues that confront them, including corporate governance and compliance.
In addition to representing business and organizational clients, Jeff believes it is important to serve the various communities in which those clients grow and prosper. He contributes his time and expertise in support of various business associations and non-profit organizations, particularly in the areas of business advocacy, economic development, entrepreneurial education, sustainability, and support of the local arts. Among his other volunteer activities, Jeff serves on the Executive Committee and is the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.
Jeff enjoys living in the same community where he works with his wife and two children.
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