LIVE REPLAY: Business Torts: How Transactions Spawn Litigation, Part 2



  • Presentation Date 8/2/2024
  • Next Class Time 10:00 AM MT
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Format Audio Webcast
  • Program Code 11292023g
  • MCLE Credits 1 hour(s)

Course Price: $79.00


Business and commercial transactions are fraught with potential tort liability for attorneys and their clients. Whether out of disappointment at losing a deal or as a negotiating tactic or legitimate belief, counter-parties, competitors and third parties can easily allege tortious interference with existing or prospective business relationships.  There is also the risk of breaching the duty of good faith and fair dealing in transactions or misusing proprietary information obtained in negotiations in a failed deal. This program will you with a practical framework for understanding the range of business torts and real-world defenses.

Day 1:

  • Intentional interference with an existing contractual relationship – and the “business privilege” of competitors
  • Interference with a prospective contract or transaction – what’s an “expectancy”?
  • Fraudulent misrepresentations – how does an attorney spot “intent”?
  • Negligent misrepresentation, including contributory negligence and the economic loss rule


Day 2:

  • Implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing – what it means for contract negotiations
  • Contract terms involving discretion v. explicit terms
  • Misdeeds by clients in contract negotiations
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets disclosed in contract negotiations
  • Usurpation of business opportunities and the organizational opportunity doctrine
  • Torts in recruiting and hiring key employees away from competitors



William J. Kelly, III is a founding member of Kelly & Walker LLC and has more than 25 years’ experience in the areas of employment and commercial litigation.  In the area of employment law, he litigates trade secret, non-compete, infringement and discrimination claims in federal and state courts nationwide and has advised Fortune 50 companies on workplace policies and practices.  In the area of commercial litigation, his experience includes class action litigation, breach of contract and indemnity, mass-claim complex insurance litigation, construction litigation and trade secrets.  Earlier in career, he founded 15 Minutes Music, an independent music production company.  

Shannon M. Bell is a member with Kelly & Walker, LLC, where she litigates a wide variety of complex business disputes, construction disputes, fiduciary claims, employment issues, and landlord/tenant issues.  Her construction experience extends from contract negotiations to defense of construction claims of owners, HOAs, contractors and tradesmen.  She also represents clients in claims of shareholder and officer liability, piercing the corporate veil, and derivative actions.  She writes and speaks on commercial litigation, employment, discovery and bankruptcy topics.