This program, presented by Baker Hostetler partner Gilbert S. Keteltas and associate Kyle T. Cutts, will discuss the enforceability of force majeure clauses, and other contract defenses, to excuse performance impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The course will benefit attorneys advising clients on their contractual rights and obligations during the pandemic, as well as counsel responsible for drafting new contracts in the time of COVID-19.
Kyle Cutts focuses primarily on appellate litigation, motions practice, and trial strategy in state and federal courts. His experience spans many areas of law, including consumer class actions, commercial contract disputes and antitrust matters. Kyle also has experience defending class action lawsuits related to auto-renewal or continuous-service subscriptions, including claims brought under California’s auto-renewal statute, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17600, et seq. Additionally, he maintains an active pro bono practice.
Kyle previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jay S. Bybee of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to attending law school, he worked in Silicon Valley and in Hyderabad, India, for Google Inc. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar in Hamburg, Germany.
The practice team leader of BakerHostetler’s Commercial Litigation team, Gil Keteltas is a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience litigating complex commercial, tort and government enforcement disputes on behalf of national and international corporations. Recognized by the National Law Journal as a 2016 Litigation Trailblazer for innovative trial advocacy, Gil’s experience spans practice areas and industries. He has advocated in courtrooms across the country on behalf of manufacturers, engineers, hospitality companies, agricultural cooperatives and farmers, and has served as trial counsel in jury and bench trials.
Gil also is experienced in coordinating and leading the defense of multi-jurisdictional, multi-party disputes – including disputes involving a mix of government and private plaintiffs – and in developing and implementing litigation risk-reduction strategies before litigation is filed.
Gil’s national trial practice benefits from his experience in electronic discovery. He brings a practical approach to e-discovery that recognizes the importance of focused advocacy in addressing the burdens, costs and opportunities of discovery in modern complex litigation. Clients and peers recognize Gil as “a notable electronic discovery expert with significant trial experience” (Chambers USA 2018).
Solid intro to FM clauses and considerations
Super timely topic and very helpful presentation.
Timely and informational.
Very informative and timely course
Great overview and starting point for researching F.M. issues, while showing the counterpoints to such a defense.
Good contract examples.
Great overview and good practice tips!
Very thorough, thoughtful, and included both academic and practical considerations.
This was the best online course I have taken. Clear, practical and helpful.
Very thoughtful analysis and presentation
Well done, timely course material and content.
Very helpful guidance in light of COVID-19
Good class, especially for now.
Class was helpful and informative
Presenters were very clear and understandable. They gave excellent examples on the subject matter.
Excellent program. Speakers were engaging, gave useful info and were not repetitive.
Outstanding and timely!!!!
Presenters were very knowledgeable and informative on the subject. Also, presented the subject in a very understandable manner.
Very relevant. Thank you
Really well done.
Great topic and current significance. Great examples and explanations.
Excellent and practical for a very challenging time. It gave me, corporate counsel, some good insights and confirmed legal theories already in play. Many of us are working in isolation and so being able to hear colleagues lecture on the issues of the day is invaluable. Thank you.
This was a very timely and helpful presentation; a large portion of my practice involves contracts (albeit generally government contracts) and the coverage was relevant to concerns expressed by clients as it relates to contract performance (particularly subcontractors). The staff was knowledgeable and well-spoken.
Terrific session! Thanks!
concise an clear
Very good and obviously topical.
Excellent and timely webinar on force majeure clauses. A bit of a tech issue with sound (some echoing) but not a big deal. I would highly recommend this course.
Very understandable presentation both in content and presentation. The presenters have excellent verbal skills.
Timely and helpful!
Very well done.
Perhaps review clauses in leases
Excellent course - great presenters.
Great presenters. Interesting discussion.
super effort by two exceptional lawyers
great course - well done
Excellent timely information.
Very topical. Thanks!
Very timely contractual guidance
It will be helpful to circulate the powerpoint for records.
This is an excellent presentation of the issues to consider for force majeure provisions and claims.
Very informative and detailed.
Great job! Informative!
Many thanks for this well-done and informative course--
Relevant information delivered in a clear, easy to follow presentation.
Thank you for a timely program!
Thank for adding this great presentation dealing with the cover pandemic. Excellent presentation.
Excellent! The attorneys were well prepared and addressed many issues effortlessly.
Great easy to follow presentation
Really enjoyed the presenters. Great job.
The presentation was clear, concise and timely.
Much better than the usual-a well-done overview of a timely topic
Excellent learning experience of what force majeure actual is and means and new methods with crafting the perfect argument for presenting before the courts.
Great objectives to think about when negotiating contracts during the pandemic.
Really excellent and informative CLE. Not boring, not overly technical, just good explanations with practical considerations and solid practice tips.
Great overview of subject matter. Thank you!
Thanks for offering this course. Very helpful in this environment.
This was an excellent presentation - one of the best I've seen on the subject....
The faculty did an excellent job of presenting the material. Having been one presenter shortly following 9.11 at an IBA Financial Law Conference in Florence in 2001, I am somewhat knowledgeable and VERY sympathetic. Very well done.
I really enjoyed this course!
Very timely and highly recommended
Very well done and informative. Kept my attention throughout.
Very informative Many thanks.
Great course and timely topic. Thank you.
I thought this course was very well done and timely given the current environment. The presenters were interesting and kept my attention for the full hour. Thank you.
This course was informative and helpful with what is happening now because of COVID 19. I appreciated the lecturers providing contact information and referencing additional information available on their law firm website. One note is that early on there was some static and interference with Mr. Keteltas microphone but it did eventually clear up.
Great web interface
Very well done on a current topic
Good and timely course!
good presentation on an emerging issue
Terrific job -- informative, concise, even captivating
On point and very a current concern.
Very good discussion.
Thanks to the presenters!
Very appropriate knowledge base that I can draw my advice for many of my small business clients who are facing contractual obligations that are presently impossible to meet.
Terrific presentation. Highly recommend.
One of the most interesting courses and so timely.
Timely and helpful
Thoughtful, well-organized, and practical. Appreciate the effort.
Very timely and relevant to my work.
Timely CLE with helpful considerations
Great, timely information; thank you.
Thank you for providing this free CLE.
Great course, very substantive and practical.
Well done. Touched on the issues I was most interested in, without throwing in too much for a one hour presentation.
This program was extremely interesting and helpful. Thank you!
The speakers were very knowledgeable and engaging. I highly recommend this webinar. Thank you for providing it.
I already recommended it. Clear, concise and helpful. Thanks!
Excellent topic and very relevant to time
Excellent presentation-very relevant.
Both presenters had very good "stage presence." I thought the general practice/strategy tips at end were also valuable.
They were both extremely knowledgeable, and did an excellent job presenting the course.
Excellent speakers with a comprehensive coverage of the materials on an extremely relevant and important topic.
Great content and format.
Course was good.
This was one of the best CLEs I have ever taken. Extremely informative. Thank you.
It was good to have two speakers. I appreciate the part regarding advocacy at the end of the presentation.
Well done and timely.
Both speakers were very effective at conveying the nuances of a currently important topic in a way suitable for an attorney not well versed in this area of the law.
Good overview and examples.
Relevant and on-point content.
good timely course.
Very informative and timely.
Excellent timely presentation suitable for Covid 19 pandemic.
Great course and timely subject. Both speakers were effective
Very useful. Thanks for giving us timely CLE content.
Good, timely program
Great course, thank you!
Excellent job keeping the presentation practical and aimed at a high-level view.
Very timely topic!
Excellent and informative - well done and thank you!
Both useful and topical.
Great for a general overview.
Good course. Thank you!
Timely for sure
very informative and interesting presentation!
Great to have such a relevant course!
lecture on force majeure contracts involving state/local government during pandemic.
Very topical. Good suggestions for drafting any contracts in this time.
Excellent and timely CLE. Very useful analysis and practice tips.
Very relevant and timely.
well done. Thanks.
very timely and interesting
Absolutely recommend this course for anyone who has existing contracts that are now in flux and great advice on seeking solutions in this environment.
This was fantastic. Many thanks.
The presenters were very knowledgeable and helpful. I found this CLE to be particularly useful given the current situations.
The COVID-19 virus continues to impact U.S. businesses at an increasing velocity. With workers contracting the virus across the globe and unable to perform their jobs, business owners are met with critical decisions as to shutting down factories and reevaluating their supply chain. Faced with difficult business, health and safety questions related to the spread of the coronavirus, business owners are often required to engage in a careful analysis of whether COVID-19 might trigger the force majeure clause in existing business contracts. This program informs on the enforceability of force majeure clauses, and other contract defenses, to excuse performance impacted by the pandemic.
Good general discussion.
Great use of technology to distribute needed information and educate in the midst of a pandemic. Thank you.
Very timely and informative program. Addressed real world problems and discussed potential solutions.
lots of background noise
Very timely and informative.
Fantastic, gentlemen. Thanks
great CLE, well done and timely.
Excellent. Thorough, timely and informative.
thank you. very good course.
Excellent program. Well presented.
Very timely, and especially now that the effects of an epidemic or pandemic may be viewed, by a court considering the applicability of a force majeure clause, to be foreseeable.
Thank you for the presentation.
thanks so much for this. we are dealing with a lot of contract changes so it is appreciated!
Excellent and timely!
I really enjoyed the this CLE covered a basic refreshed of an area of contracts I haven't thought about since law school, covered how it is relevant now, and keep things interesting, informational, and honest.
Could not be more timely
Excellent course on the force majeure topic. Presenters were very good.
Very timely and informative.
The subject was just exactly what I needed at this time.
Offered truly practical and useful advice.