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Tennessee Business Law Conference

Tennessee Business Law Conference

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Tennessee Business Law Conference

Coming to Nashville School of Law on Thursday and Friday, May 16-17, 2019

Attend this two-day satisfaction-guaranteed event and enhance your professional skill set while earning all your 2019 CLE credit, 12 hours of general CLE and 3 hours of dual CLE.

The Tennessee Business Law Conference packs two days with leading authorities delivering critical law practice guidance on the hottest topics and some of the most complex issues you’ll face.

Highlights include:

  • Quality Presenters. You’ll hear from business law attorneys from across the state.
  • Practical Information. Negotiating business contracts and handling your client’s sensitive data.
  • Dynamic interaction. You’ll be encouraged to ask questions and present your own situations for discussion.
  • Business Valuation. You’ll learn about the process of assessing a business.
  • Comprehensive. You’ll get in-depth coverage of tax issues involving mergers, conversions and competition, confidentiality, and covenant conundrums.
  • Useful materials. You’ll receive a notebook of materials and will be able to download the materials after the seminar.
  • Convenient location. The Nashville School of Law is located just off I-65 and I-440, near downtown Nashville.
  • Internet access. Free WiFi makes it easy to stay in touch with your office.
  • CLE. Earn all of your annual CLE credit, including 3 dual hours.


Your Distinguished Faculty

Charles G. (Chuck) Fisher, VI, Grant, Kovalinka & Harrison, P.C., Chattanooga

Kelly Frey, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Nashville

Joshua Hedrick, KraftCPAs, Nashville

Justin Joy, Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C., Memphis

Rachel Schaffer Lawson, Schaffer Law Firm, Nashville

Ralph Levy, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Nashville

Matthew Lyon, Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law, Knoxville

Thomas Norris, Attorney at Law, Nashville

John Janicek, Janicek Valuation and Forensic Services, PLLC

Andrew Pulliam, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, Nashville

Thomas Ritter, Thompson Burton PLLC, Nashville

Richard Spore, Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, Memphis  


Day 1 — Thursday, May 16, 2019

8:00 A.M. TO 9:00 A.M. 
Business Valuations
Joshua Hedrick

Attaching a number to a business or a business asset is key to executing any transaction or negotiation. So what’s the best way to arrive at figures everyone can agree on? Let Certified Valuation Analyst Joshua Hedrick explain best practices in:

  • Valuation of Closely Held Companies
  • Standards and Premises of Value
  • Conducting Background Analysis – Economic, Industry, and Financial
  • Asset, Income, and Market Valuation Approaches
  • Normalizing Financial Statements
  • Valuation Discounts

9:00 A.M. TO 10:30 A.M.
The Life Cycle of a Business Entity
Thomas Norris, Attorney at Law
John Janicek, Janicek Valuation and Forensic Services, PLLC 

  • The Aspiration
    • Idea and Planning
    • Entity Selection
  • Business Launch
  • Business Growth
  • Business Maturity
  • Exit Strategy Or Business Decline

10:30 A.M. TO 10:45 A.M.  

10:45 A.M. TO 12:15 P.M.
Contemporary Issues in Arbitration
Matthew Lyon
Lincoln Memorial University

This session will cover:

  • Recent SCOTUS Arbitration Decisions
    1. Consumer Agreements
    2. Nursing Home Agreements
    3. Employment Agreements
  • CFPB’s Arbitration Rule
  • Arbitration in SCOTUS’s 2018-19 Term
  • Berent v. CMH Homes (2015) and Recent Tennessee Arbitration Cases

12:15 P.M. TO 1:15 P.M.

1:15 P.M. TO 2:15 P.M.
Update on Cybersecurity
Justin Joy
Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C., Memphis

This session will cover:

  • Overview of Cyber Threat Landscape for businesses
  • Tennessee’s Breach Notification Law
  • Cyber Risk Management, Including Vendor Management, Creating an Aware Workforce, Cyber Insurance Considerations, and Incident Response Preparedness

2:15 P.M.  TO 3:15 P.M.
Corporate Dispute Resolution
Charles Fisher
Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C

With an increase in the desire to avoid drawn-out courtroom litigation, there is an increasing need for alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This session will focus on honing your skills so that you can easily distinguish when alternative dispute resolution is a viable option. Additionally, the session will focus on different strategies for negotiating corporate client disputes.

3:15 P.M. TO 3:30 P.M.

3:30 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
Corporate Compliance and Ethics
Kelly Frey
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

This session will cover:

  • Ethics Traps for Lawyers 
  • A Brief History of Ethics 
  • The Trust Deficit 
  • Corporate Culture and Cult 
  • Is It Now Unlawful to be Unethical? 


Day 2 — Friday, May 17, 2019

8:00 A.M. TO 9:00 A.M.
Contract Negotiation: Indemnification Provisions and Agreements
Andrew Pulliam
Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP

This session will cover:

  • Thresholds for Indemnification Liability 
  • Limits of Indemnification 
  • Indemnity, Indemnify, Indemnification and "Hold Harmless" 
  • Ensuring Enforceability 
  • Strategically Negotiating Indemnity and Limitation of Liability Clauses 
  • Interplay of Insurance, Limitation of Liability, and Indemnity 
  • Agreeing to Defend as well as Hold Harmless 
  • Controlling Push-Back: Liability and Risk Allocation 
  • Insurance, Waiver and Subrogation 
  • Who May Cause Loss? Who Would be Responsible? 
  • Indemnifying Persons Other Than Yourself 
  • Negotiating "No Undisclosed Liabilities" and "Full Disclosure" 
  • New Ways of Thinking About Indemnity During the Deal 
  • Reciprocity in Indemnity Provisions 
  • Case Law Review

 9:00 A.M. TO 10:30 A.M.
Cybersecurity Update for Ethical Representation
Thomas Ritter
Thompson Burton, PLLC

This session will discuss: 

  • What Are an Attorneys’ Ethical Obligations?
  • State Regulator Enforcement of Data Security
  • State Cybersecurity Legislative Trends
  • Ethical Obligations for Attorneys: The Cloud, Data Breaches, and More
  • Best Cybersecurity Practices for Law Firms

10:30 A.M. TO 10:45 A.M.

10:45 A.M. TO 12:15 P.M.
Business Planning with Tennessee Series LLCs
Richard Spore
Bass Berry Sims

In this session, Mr. Spore will discuss:

  • Benefits of Using “Series LLCs” in Business Planning
  • When Series LLCs Make Most Tax and Non-Tax Sense
  • Tax Planning Opportunities, Risks and Uncertainties in Using Series LLCs;
  • Drafting Tips and Drafts for Series LLCs;
  • Creditor and Bankruptcy Considerations

12:15 P.M. TO 1:15 P.M.

1:15 P.M. TO 2:45 P.M.
Tax Issues in Drafting Operating Agreements for Multi-Owner Businesses
Ralph Levy
Dickson Wright

An operating agreement is key to an effective LLC. Join Mr. Ralph Levy in this session as he discusses how you can better serve your clients by being aware of tax implications and other consideration for multi-owner businesses.

2:45 P.M. TO 3:00 P.M.

3:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.
Due Diligence for Business Law Attorneys
Candi Henry
Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC

The deal is entering the home stretch and the it’s time to make sure you’ve thought of everything. Due diligence in business contracting is critical, involving multiple steps and huge risks. Learn where and how to check every detail:

  • The Due Diligence Request and Review Process
  • Corporate and LLC Document Red Flags
  • Hidden Liabilities (Disputes, Lawsuits, Regulatory Issues)
  • Employment, Non-Disclosure and Non-Compete Agreements
  • Dealing with Intellectual Property, Permits and Licenses
  • The Search for Contracts (Employees, Vendors, Software, Suppliers)
  • Real Estate Transfers and Leases
  • Avoiding UCC/Security Interest Mistakes

4:00 P.M. TO 5:00 P.M.
Start-Up Issues with TN Small Business Clients
Rachel Schaffer Lawson
Schaffer Law Firm

Attorneys counseling start-up businesses encounter a myriad of legal issues spanning several practice areas. In this session, Ms. Lawson will discuss common issues that arise when counseling a start-up client. The topics covered span everything from business entity formation, intellectual property strategies, and planning for business succession. 

Location & Conference Details

Thursday & Friday, May 16-17, 2019
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The conference begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided with registration!

Nashville School of Law

4013 Armory Oaks Dr
Nashville, TN 37204

  • Convenient access to 1-65 and 1-440 
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wireless Internet


  • $337 for Full Program
  • $257 for Additional Attendees from the same firm
  • $347 for Day 1 only or Day 2 only
  • $147 for Materials
  • Early Bird: $50 off until April 8!

Our guarantee

Your 100% satisfaction is guaranteed. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, simply let us know within 90 days, and we will issue you a complete refund.

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