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Tips for Reading Contracts When You're Not a Lawyer

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST

Sponsored by Lorman Education Services

Registration - Live Webinar Only: $199.00

Registration - Live Webinar Plus CD Recording: $268.00


Get practical tips and tricks for reading and understanding contracts when it’s in lawyer language.

Many contracting professionals who attempt to read contracts meet a challenge – the contract has been written by lawyers, for lawyers and only lawyers seem to understand what the contracts say. This material helps the non-lawyer read the contract with an understanding of the core elements. This includes:

  • Identifying the risks and value lying in the contract and understand how to best address them
  • Understanding the motivations behind the author
  • Understanding why certain things are best left in the contract and why it is best to leave some things out
  • Anticipating how requests to change an item will be approached and the likely response
  • Understanding how simple punctuation can become a major issue
  • Realizing that tracking the requested changes is essential

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to identify the risks and value lying in the contract.
  • You will be able to describe motivations behind the author.
  • You will be able to review why certain things are best left in the contract.
  • You will be able to identify how your request to change an item will be approached and the likely response.
This Live Webinar Covers These Hot Issues
  • The Structure of the Document and Knowing Where to Expect to Find Items
  • The Core Concepts Contained in the Clauses
  • How to Dive Into the Details Once the Concepts Are Conquered
  • Checking for Complete, Clear and Consistent Contracts
  • Why, How and When to Request Changes to the Language
  • Automation and Tools to Make Your Review Easier
Credit Information (Sponsored by Lorman Education Services):
  • CPE
  • ISM
  • AIPB

For Detailed Credit Information page click here

Only registered attendee will receive continuing education credit.


Jim Bergman, Commercial Officers Group

  • Through his “in the trenches” experience as an attorney and commercial contract management professional, he has delivered over $100 million in negotiated savings and value for money through his contract management support
  • CEO of Commercial Officers Group, a thought leader on all matters related to Commercial Contract Management
  • Been involved in numerous research studies on Contract Management
  • Conducted workshops and webinars on Contract Management for the benefit of over 10,000 individuals during the past decade
  • Sessions have been delivered to individuals in over 100 countries
  • In addition to being licensed as an attorney in Illinois, Texas and Oklahoma, Jim has been certified as CCM – Practitioner, CCM – Advanced Practitioner and CCM – Expert in IACCM’s renown Commercial Contract Management certification program
  • Can be contacted at 720-470-9846 or

(Not available outside the US)