All posts in "Legal"

Combatting Room Block Pirates Who Is Selling Hotel Rooms to Your Attendees?

December 29, 2015

  Article By Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal, Esq. Guess who is back? Room block pirates! After many years of being the only ones to market and reserve housing for their meeting attendees, many groups have unwanted “helpers” – namely, housing companies soliciting their attendees for hotel room reservations without the group’s authorization. These so-called housing […]


When Meetings and Construction Collide, the Dust Will Fly

December 28, 2015

 By  Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP Remember when you undertook a home improvement project you thought would never end?  After having my kitchen renovated several years ago, I was counting down the days when the project – dust, noise, odors, people coming and going, and microwave dinners – would be completed.  […]


There is Nothing Fine About Fine Print – Costly ‘Boilerplate’ Provisions in Contracts

December 28, 2015

By Barbara F. Dunn O’Neal Esq. Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP With much focus on provisions such as services, fees, cancellation, and force majeure, many event professionals may be bleary-eyed by the time they reach the end of the contract. Yet often at the end of the contract are the “boilerplate” provisions which could be very costly to the group. As such, it […]


Risk Management Basics for Event Professionals

November 13, 2014

By Barbara F. Dunn, Esq. Partner: Barnes & Thornburg LLP Event professionals play an integral role in managing risk and liability for their organization. As such, it is important to understand the “tools” event professionals have in their “tool box” to manage risk on behalf of their clients and for their own organization. As you […]


Meetings, Technology and Data… Oh My!

August 20, 2014

by Barbara F. Dunn, Esq. Partner: Barnes & Thornburg LLP Organizations are continuing to expand the scope of their use of new technology and social media in connection with their meetings and events. What once was recognized as a passing fad has now proven to be very effective. Yet with the new technology comes new potential areas of liability which must be considered […]


Risk Management Techniques for Meeting Professionals (Part 2 of 2)

October 2, 2013

By Barbara F. Dunn, Esq. Meeting professionals play an integral role in managing risk and liability for their organizations. In part one of this series, we explored the various types of liability organizations must consider in connection with their meetings. This article will focus on the


Legal Issues In the Virtual Atmosphere

March 15, 2013

  We often focus our time and attention to legal issues involving face to face meetings. From hotel and convention center contracts to accidents and emergencies while onsite at meetings, legal issues can abound. So it might follow logic that with virtual events, the legal issues would be far less. That logic is, unfortunately, not […]

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