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Lecture Experience

“The Unplanned Exit: Company Break-Ups and Owner Disputes,” Exit Planning Exchange, November, 2015

“Succession Planning for Privately Held Businesses,” Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, May, 2013

“Exit Transactions,” Capital Executives Board, March, 2006

“Buying and Selling Companies: Valuation, Deal Structure and Key Negotiating Points,” American Wholesale Marketers Association (now Convenience Distribution Association), September, 2003

Co-Author, “Defensive Due Diligence:  Protecting the Seller's Crown Jewels,” Making M&A Work:  Strategies and Solutions from Leading Deal-Makers, Association for Corporate Growth, 2000;

“Duty to Get Fair Value for Shareholders in Mergers or Sales of Businesses,” Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 1999;

“Starting or Buying a Business,” George Mason University, October, 1997

“Starting or Buying a Business,” United States Department of State, July, 1997

“Limited Liability Companies:  The Entity of Choice in Virginia,” The National Business Institute, 1995;

“Tax Considerations in Organizing Corporations and Partnerships,” Virginia State Bar CLE Program, Tax Pitfalls for the General Practitioner, 1984.


The objective of a good contract is a stable business relationship. To accomplish this for you, a good contracts lawyer anticipates, analyzes, understands, and negotiates terms to manage up front the business issues the parties will face, and then clearly communicates your expectations in drafting the contract. Thinking and experience are at a premium.