Ask the Attorney: A Live Q&A for Meeting and Event Professionals

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

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This session originally took place August 11, 2021.

The United States has mostly reopened and the meetings industry has kicked up a notch. Are you happy with your contracts? Everybody is taking a closer look at their cancellation clauses, and agreements need to cover the nuances required for virtual and hybrid meetings. To help planners navigate these challenges and other questions listeners will have about Contracts 2021-'22, industry expert Jonathan T. Howe, president and founding partner of Howe & Hutton Ltd., took questions during this Q&A session. Some of the topics covered:

  • 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-braley-nmgSarah J.F. Braley

Managing editor, Northstar Meetings Group

Sally oversees content on Northstar’s meetings-related websites, as well as the print edition of Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings, along with covering key beats. Sally joined M&C in 1994 as a senior editor, after spending eight years at New Jersey Monthly magazine. She holds a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Journalism (with minors in French, Greek and psychology) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.