Ask the Attorney: Your Coronavirus Contract Questions Answered

Jonathan Howe addresses your pressing concerns related to event cancellations and postponements.

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This webcast originally took place April 15, 2020.

Cancellations, postponements and rescheduled meetings are on everyone's minds, and the need to unpack old agreements and create new contracts is a daily task. Northstar's Sarah J.F. Braley led a discussion with legal expert Jonathan Howe, addressing the hot issues that are cropping up. The discussion covered audience questions, as well as careful wording of new force majeure clauses, turning old agreements into new ones, what to add to insurance policies and more. Participants Were encouraged to submit questions anonymously — or send them in live during the webcast.




Sarah J.F. Braley, managing editor, Northstar Meetings Group


Jonathan Howe

President and Senior and Founding Partner of Howe and Hutton, Ltd

Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., is president and senior and founding partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd., headquartered in Chicago. The longtime legal expert and columnist for Meetings & Conventions, he has written hundreds of articles and papers on hospitality and meetings, and has spoken to organizations all over the world. He is also general counsel to Meeting Professionals International, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and the International Live Events Association, as well as the special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Meetings and Travel. Howe was named the inaugural recipient of the Hospitality Industry Attorneys of the Year by the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys. As an adjunct professor, he has taught courses in association management and hospitality industry law at Roosevelt and DePaul Universities.