Legal Implications of Apologies

Production Date: December 19, 2016 Practice Areas: Constitutional Law Estimated Length: 3661 minutes

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Public apologies by corporations and individuals have become commonplace, regularly appearing in newspapers, on TV screens, and via social media.  Many such apologies are criticized for managing to side-step admissions of wrongdoing. Others are praised for taking full responsibility and expressing genuine remorse. But these surface-level critiques don't address the complicated calculus involved in deciding whether and how to apologize, which is impacted by the wide variety of motivations for apologizing, differing assessments of apologies' potential advantages, and – perhaps most critically – an evaluation of the apology's legal consequences.

Panelists Stuart Levi, Steven Lipin, Paul Schnell, and Larry Speigel address the potential criminal, civil, and regulatory consequences of apologies and how these influence corporate decision-makers and their advisors in dealing with high-stakes transactions, disputes, and public relations crises.  They also examine key communications considerations in issuing apologies, such as who, what, where and when, and strategically how to get the most credit from key stakeholders.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify differing definitions and varieties of apologies

  2. Consider diverse motivations for apologizing

  3. Examine potential legal consequences of apologies in criminal, civil, and regulatory spheres

  4. Address key communications considerations in issuing an apology

David F.
Winter Beach, FL

Very very good.

Karen H.
Marietta, GA

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michael g.
Jacksonville, FL

Very knowledgeable presenters who made the material very interesting.

Wendy M.
Santa Barbara, CA

Excellent!

Stuart Z.
Gainesville, FL

interesting session on a valid subject

Amy E.
Weston, FL

interesting topic

Christopher B.
Lancaster, NY

As a corporate counsel, I very much appreciated this program and will utilize much of what I learned in it.

Fred B.
Tallahassee, FL

I liked the multi-panel approach to illustrate the different perspectives and considerations involved.

Kathy D.
Lahaina, HI

Great cartoon

Raymond G.
Key Largo, FL

Good panel, good course

Mabel v.
Miami, FL

It was nice to have more than 1 speaker. It was also very informative.

David B. M.
Orlando, FL

Intereesting

Andrea M.
Pompano Beach, FL

Helpful to hear from professionals having several different areas of expertise looking at same issue.

Robert M.
lakeland, FL

Excellent discussion concerning factors to be considered regarding corporate apologies.

John G.
Orlando, FL

A must for any business lawyer with corporate clients

Daniel A.
Seffner, FL

THIS WAS A GOOD ONE!

Pam F.
Clarksville, IN

Great!!

Tosha M.
Houston, TX

Very interesting

Brent C.
Dallas, TX

Good topic.

Ruth G.
Atlanta, GA

They actually get it. I'm impressed.