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This program, presented by Baker Hostetler partner Gilbert S. Keteltas and associate Kyle T. Cutts, will discuss recent developments regarding 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).
Interesting and timely.
This is one of the most interesting courses I've attended - the staff did a great job choosing colorful cases that illustrate a range of COVID force majeure issues. Also, the technique of one attorney questioning the other on case specifics/establishing a dialogue was really effective.
It covered the current litigation as promised. I was thinking of some more practical advice on F.M. and C-19 clause drafting, but that was my error. It was good.
very timely and interesting
Very informative and provided insight for an issue I'm working on.
Very good and timely.
Timely and very interesting.