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How to Read Key Clauses in Boilerplate Contracts


Know how to read contract clauses and fully recognize the risks being taken on.

Almost every contract dispute ends up being controlled by the contract terms and conditions. Too often, businesspeople sign the contract without fully understanding the agreement they have become bound to. For many, contracts read as if they were a foreign language. Learn how to translate the often convoluted terms of a contract and, if there is a problem hidden within a clause, how to deal with that problematic clause.

Often, businesses enter into contracts without knowing how to read the clauses and fully recognize the risks they have taken on. The benefit of this information is that you will be able to quickly recognize risky clauses, better understand the risks those clauses create, and how to reduce or eliminate those risks before you sign the contract. You will also learn which phrases aggravate that risk and how you can minimize the risk when you have already signed a bad contract.



Larry P. Lubka

Larry P. Lubka

Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc.

  • Senior counsel at the law firm of Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. in Pasadena
  • 35 plus years of experience in complex contracts, including commercial contracts, UCC agreements, and state, local, and federal government contracts
  • Has given several hundred seminars on construction law across the country
  • Has been a Best Lawyer, Super Lawyer, and Top Lawyer for over a decade
  • Co-wrote sections of California Construction Law, wrote scores of articles, including articles in the Constructor
  • Publishes regular articles on the Lubka & White website
  • Member of the California Bar and several Federal courts
  • J.D. degree, with honors, George Washington University Law Center; B.A. degree, Columbia University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. 301 N. Lake Avenue, 7th Floor, Pasadena, CA 91101, or 626-440-5200
John Woo

John Woo

Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc.

  • Associate at the law firm of Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc. in Pasadena
  • Manages cases through trial and appellate courts, including construction defect, warranty claims, prime/subcontractor conflicts, mechanics liens and foreclosures, developer/partnership disputes, and public works
  • Litigates business disputes, contract actions, wholesaler/distributor conflicts, NDA and non-compete agreements, independent contractor relationships, Prop. 65 defense, quiet title, unlawful detainer, and real property claims
  • Well-versed in negotiating and drafting commercial real estate purchase and lease agreements, along with prosecuting trademark applications for design and word marks
  • J.D. degree, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; B.A. degree, University of California at Berkeley
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 626-440-5200

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