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The Craft of Contract Drafting: How to Write Great Agreements

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Produced on March 12, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Contract “draftsmanship” is something of a lost art in a world where legal forms have become ubiquitous in the marketplace. Despite that, it is as important as ever for attorneys, especially in-house counsel, to adeptly navigate various contractual structures and help their clients avoid the many pitfalls associated with using boilerplate forms. This program, presented by Todd Kulkin, will provide practical advice to attorneys as to how to structure their agreements to hit the right deal points, mitigate risk for their clients, and set up their transactions for success

Learning Objectives:

  1. Shift and mitigate risk using varied contractual techniques
  2. Structure and negotiate contracts to serve your client’s business model
  3. Dissect the anatomy of an agreement and how to leverage it for your client’s benefit
  4. Identify practical points of “draftsmanship” which are not taught in law school
  5. Analyze “boilerplate clauses” and be equipped to use them to your client’s advantage 





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Faculty

Todd Kulkin

The Warren Law Group

Todd P. Kulkin practices in the areas of corporate, securities, and not-for-profit law. He is risk management and strategy focused, having graduated with a concentration in Financial Transactions from University at Buffalo (SUNY) Law School in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Todd now serves as outsourced general counsel for start-up companies, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations in the United States and abroad.

Todd began his legal career representing and advising Fortune 500 companies at one of the largest law firms in the US. In 2012, he departed that firm to open his own practice and joined the Warren Law Group in 2020. 

He has been honored by the Reuters publication Superlawyers as a “Rising Star” in business law for the New York Metro Area from 2014-2020. Only 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40, or having been in practice less than 10 years, in the New York Metro Area are given this distinguished honor.

A consummate educator, Todd is dedicated to empowering his clients with the knowledge needed to accelerate growth and mitigate risk. He regularly teaches other attorneys about corporate, securities, and not-for-profit legal issues and is often contacted by those attorneys for advice.



Reviews

VP
victoria p.

Instructor did a great job presenting. His ease and knowledge of the material was one of the best Lawline CLE I have taken. I will take another CLE by Todd.

LS
Lois S.

Well-presented primer. Redlining etiquette and negotiating tips are on point.

CB
Chris B.

Was rather basic

KA
Kadra A.

This was a great program! Loved the reminder to separate the people involved from the process as everyone is just doing his/her job.

ME
Mark E.

good stuff

JP
Jacob P.

Great course!

RG
Rob G.

I really like Todd's use of practical applications to address various contract issues that arise.

PT
Patricia T.

Good lecture in an hour that hit the important aspects of contract drafting and attorney interacting.

BW
Bill W.

Excellent Presentation

JC
Joseph C.

Excellent presentation and content even for a seasoned contract practitioner.

RN
Russell N.

I like the philosophical beginning to scope the discussion.

VP
Vishal P.

Lots of excellent material in this one.

JM
jennifer m.

This was a good program for providing tools to use in drafting - actual nuts & bolts and the reasons behind them.

LM
Lynn M.

Engaging presenter. Would love to see more of his presentations.

JC
John C.

Outstanding presentation. I learned a few things I can immediately put into my contract drafting process

WS
W Steve S.

Another great course by Todd Kulkin!

KR
Karen R.

Very helpful advice

BF
Barry F.

Excellent, to the point presentation with some good materials thrown in. This course is beneficial regardless of your level of experience with contracts.

RH
Regina H.

I really enjoyed this CLE. Fantastic!

PM
Pauline M.

Very organized and well presented. I would definitely take classes from this presenter again.

MG
Marti G.

Presenter was knowledgeable and engaging.

HQ
Haseeb Q.

Actually picked up a few tips, he was great!

JL
Jason L.

Todd is a rare litigator + transaction attorney, who can actually answer the question of "what would the judge say?" Awesome work!!

TS
Tamika S.

Great discussion!

GC
Gary C.

excellent presentation

DC
Douglas C.

great refresher course and well presented

SJ
Sungjin J.

Easy to follow and interesting discussions

CB
Catherine B.

This is one of the best CLEs I've attended (with Lawline or elsewhere)! We forget how important it is to "get back to basics" now and again. Mr. Kulkin is delightful and knowledgeable. I found this extremely helpful.

SB
Sharon B.

I really like Todd as a presenter. I also thought his advice was very spot on and useful.

KS
Kyle S.

This was an excellent overview. I am a new transactional law attorney and this has been exceptionally useful. Thank you.

DK
David K.

Excellent

GP
Gina D. P.

Good course and speaker. Great slides! I will use them in drafting my documents as reminders.

JB
Jennifer B.

Great CLE course!

BS
Brandon S.

Really helpful and enjoyable course.

MH
Melanie H.

Great speaker! The course was very informative and straight to the point.

RR
Randall R.

Really great program. Well thought out, with good, clear examples.

CN
Christy N.

Very well done

ST
Sheldon T.

good speaker

AM
Allison M.

Best CLE I’ve heard this year. Pragmatic tips that work, not just theoretical. Thank you, Todd!!!

DS
Donald S.

Very helpful and very engaging course

PK
Patrick K.

Excellent!

NC
Nicole V C.

Excellent! Thank you!

RY
Randall Y.

Excellent presentation

TC
Teresa C

Todd Kulkin was great! I really enjoyed his CLE on Contract Drafting and learned a lot. He is knowledgeable and business oriented. Great job!

CC
Christopher C C.

Very good presentation, very clear.

PP
Paul P.

excellent written and oral presentation

DD
David D.

GREAT presentation, lively, informative, easy to watch.

CR
Chere R.

Very helpfull

JD
Jessica D.

Good tips/ reminders! good reminders

JC
Julia C.

Excellent presentation. Having both the transactional and litigation perspective on drafting is so valuable.

MW
Mark W.

Presenter was terrific; totally organized, excellent delivery. I learned a great deal.

JC
Jose C.

This was so useful and entertaining. I loved it.

YB
Yvonne B.

Excellent basic best practices in contract buy an instructor who reflected the spirit and importance of purpose and tone in negotiations.

MO
Melissa O.

This was a great course! Very useful.

XY
Xiaoai Y.

Interesting and engaging course!

CF
Charles F.

Very practical and workable suggestions.

WN
Whitney N.

Very helpful!

SM
Steven M.

Todd Kulkin was excellent ! Thank you.

JR
Julissa R.

Excellent course! Clear and concise explanation of how to draft solid contracts.

JD
Joseph D.

Awesome job!!

TM
Travis M.

Really enjoyed this. Detailed and practical

SF
Scott F.

Great course!

MK
Michelle K.

Excellent

MY
maria y.

Good info

GS
George S.

One of the best CLE courses I have heard. It would be very useful for a new corporate attorney. Additionally, it reflects what I learned over 40 years of practice and served as a useful checklist for and experienced attorney. Good job.

JM
John M.

Excellent, thank you

MM
Michael M.

Helpful information., presented in an interesting manner .

RR
Richard R.

very good!!

AT
Andrea T.

Really great! I definitely learned some important tactics.

AB
Andrew B.

Very good course.

NT
Nytasha T.

Digestable, practical, relatable, applicable.

LH
Laila H.

Great presenter

JH
Joshua H.

Mr. Kulkin was was knowledgeable and pleasant to listen to.

JT
Jeffry T.

Among the best. Clear, concise. No typical speaker fluff, fillers, excess wordiness. Actual good stuff to boot. Thank you, Todd. —Jeffry Tone, Tone & Tone, California.

IM
Irwin M.

Highly recommend this presentation

DP
DAVID P.

Excellent presentation

TK
Tracy K.

It would have been better with examples.

AD
alice d.

excellent presentation

TD
Torger D.

Very practical presentation.

MW
Maia W.

Excellent course. Basic and well-explained.

MH
Margaret H.

Thank you, Todd, well done and added to my knowledge, especially enjoyed "Stakes" v "Skin in the game"

AT
Anna T.

Todd was great! Broke the concepts down in a way that even non-attorneys could probably understand.

EB
Eric B.

I found this to be a no nonsense and substantive overview in how to draft a great contract.

LM
Laura M.

Great program

ML
Michael L.

Very informative presentations

TC
Travis C.

Excellent seminar. Great energy and practical easy to follow advice.

JH
John H.

Enjoyed the speaker, very engaging, not a snoozer

ML
Michel L.

Really good course with useful practical course materials

YL
Yvette L.

Excellent course! I loved that Todd actually got into the specific clauses (i.e., actual wording) that are important for the contracts, and specific pitfalls. This was great because it wasn't the "theoretical approach" from law school.

SK
Simeon K.

one of the best CLE courses I have watched.

MW
Mark W.

solid and thorough

RJ
Robert J.

Well dome good points made

FS
Fatima S.

I'll be honest, I give great ratings often out of laziness because it takes too much time to think about cogent criticisms, if any, of the speakers. I also want to 'award' effort. Todd Kulkin's presentation on the other hand REALLY is excellent. Not only was the content very relevant, practical and helpful, but he's an excellent speaker with good pace and inflection. Sad to say, many can put you to sleep. When he mentioned at the end that he comes from a background in musical theater, it suddenly made sense! Great addition to the Lawline 'stable' of speakers. Thank you!

JN
J N.

Great written materials (slides)

BY
BeeSian Y.

Great practical advice.

EK
Edward K.

One of the best presenters! Learned a lot and enjoyed this!

IS
Ingrid S.

Very good speaker— good, practical advice and examples — good ideas

PS
Peter S.

Very enjoyable speaker

JV
John V.

Well done.

JB
Julie A. B.

Engagingly informative.

VY
Victor Y.

Great program. Excellent teacher.

AV
Alan V.

Excellent course on basics of contract drafting. Highly recommended

LT
Lynne T.

ty

PS
Patrick S.

A great presentation, and really enjoyed Todd. He was a very likable presenter.

MK
Michelle K.

BEST Lawline presenter I have experienced—would love to see more presentations by him

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