Procure and Protect: Commercial Contracts—Are Your "Best Efforts" Good Enough?

Date: October 26, 2016

Time: 8:00–10:00 a.m.

Location: Nixon Peabody LLP, 1300 Clinton Square, Rochester, NY 14604

Attend our fifth program of ongoing roundtable discussions tailored to the interests and concerns of our commercial clients. In this series, we address business contract issues with a twist, presenting and contrasting the perspectives of a corporate lawyer and a litigator—and providing the opportunity for open conversation among attendees.

In this session, our discussion will cover:

  • What does “best efforts” really mean?
  • Commercially reasonable efforts—if you don’t define what this means, will the courts do it for you? What will they say?
  • Are these objective or subjective standards?
  • “I know what it means”—What are the advantages and risks of using undefined standards and terms?


  • Carolyn Nussbaum, Partner
  • Kat Murphy, Associate


8:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:30–10:00 a.m. Presentation and open discussion

Continuing Education

This course is eligible for 1.5 CLE credits. See details here.

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