James M. Goldberg

James M.
Goldberg

Attorney, Goldberg & Associates, PLLC

jimcounsel@aol.com

James Goldberg reviews and negotiates more than 150 client contracts with hotels, convention centers, and other service providers each year at his practice focused on trade association and professional societies, independent meeting and event planners, and other providers servicing the association and event communities. He is author of The Meeting Planner's Legal Handbook and was a member of the legal advisory council and contract panel for the Convention Industry Council's APEX initiative. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Articles
After Boston, It’s Time to Evaluate Your Meeting's Risk Management 
Force majeure contract provisions and risk management plans are more important than ever
Advice for Planners on Avoiding a Lawsuit 
Common meeting planners missteps that can lead to lawsuits
The Legal Side of Protecting Attendee Data 
Ensure that any stored data is encrypted, and consider adopting a specific privacy policy that you can make readily available to meeting attendees.
Antitrust Applies to You, Too 
For more than 125 years, federal and state antitrust laws have banned every contract, combination or conspiracy, in restraint of trade, as well as outlawed
James Goldberg's Legal Ease: Antitrust Applies to You, Too 
Antitrust isn’t just about agreements between competitors. It’s about sharing sensitive information.
Understanding the Rules: Incentives & Taxes 
Tax advice for awarding employees gifts and travel
Social Media and the Law 
If you plan to use social media to promote your meetings, review your organization’s risk management policies before you go online.
Meet the New ADA 
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Department of Justice has published a comprehensive set of accessibility
Legal-Ease: Meet the New ADA 
How a new set of accessibility requirements that goes into effect in 2012 could affect meetings
Legal Ease by James Goldberg: Liability Waivers 
Hosting an athletic event—from a golf tournament to a 5K run—lets you offer attendees a change of pace, but includes the risk of liability
Security 101 
Individuals participating in any kind of event, whether a small, regional meeting or an international incentive trip, have an expectation of a safe and
James Goldberg's Legal Ease: How to Secure Your Meeting Site 
Do you know what to look for before your group checks into a hotel?
Legal Ease's Jim Goldberg: Legally Green 
The major guidance document dealing with claims is the Federal Trade Commission's Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, issued in 1992,
Jim Goldberg’s Legal Ease: Green or Greenwashed? 
How to tell the real deal from an environmental marketing ploy
Legal Ease: Understanding Force Majeure 
In the aftermath of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, many organizations canceled meetings that had been contracted months or years earlier. Because of the

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