Ask the Attorney: New Legal Issues for Event Planners and Suppliers

Jonathan T. Howe helps planners navigate new legal questions and bring in-person meetings back.

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This session originally took place March 24, 2021.

Vaccinations continue. Covid-19 numbers are going down. The meetings industry is raring to go. Are your contracts ready? Now that virtual and hybrid meetings have taken a new position in event planners' bag of tricks, these gatherings add to the nuances expected in each new agreement. To help planners navigate these challenges and other questions listeners will have about Contracts 2021, industry expert Jonathan T. Howe, president and founding partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd., took audience questions during this Q&A session. Some of the topics covered include:

  • How yesterday's contracts don't work today. What changes do you need to make?
  • A look at the legal issues arising around virtual meetings, including questions of intellectual property, consent forms and privacy.
  • Understanding that changes aren't just being made to hotel contracts. All agreements — for speakers, transportation, off-site catering, A/V and more — require new clauses.



Earns 1 Hour of CMP Credit




jonathan-howe-meetingsJonathan T. 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.


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