Recommended Book

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By Gregg Bertram

CONTRACT DRAFTING AND NEGOTIATION FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS, BY PAUL SWEGLE, BUSINESS LAW SEMINAR GROUP 2018.

Seattle attorney Paul Swegle has written a very valuable book covering contract negotiation and drafting.  Mr. Swegle’s book should be required reading for every business transactional attorney, business trial lawyer and executive.  Why?  Well, the author’s coverage of contracts and negotiating traps for the unwary is exhaustive and his problem-solving suggestions are clear and practical.  In addition, Mr. Swegle makes excellent use of “real life” examples to illustrate his points.

What is further admirable about Mr. Swegle’s book is its unadorned, succinct style.  The text is very readable even when the author is addressing such complex topics as intellectual property rights, confidentiality and contractual remedies.  He also communicates strong, unflattering opinions of much alternative dispute resolution (ADR) based upon his experience as general counsel for a number of technology companies.  His reasons for disliking arbitration are well considered.  His skepticism of mediation is, unfortunately, grounded in direct experience with passive mediators who failed to provide leadership or energy when it was most needed.  Obviously and thankfully none of Mr. Swegle’s dismal mediation experiences involved any Pacific ADR panel members!

I urge you to read this book immediately and also provide copies to your business clientele.


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