October Education Program
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Beyond Contracts: When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Presented by Barbara Dunn O'Neal and Lisa Sommer Devlin


Location: The Ryland Inn
Address:  115 Old Hwy 28, White House Station, NJ

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Registration and Networking
12:00 pm: Lunch
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm: Education Program

MPI New Jersey Chapter Attendance Policy:
All Essential Level members or non-members are limited to no more than two events in one fiscal year and must pay the Essential Level/Non-member rate. MPI Preferred or Premier Level members are welcome to attend all chapter events at the Member Price.
You carefully negotiated your contract, proofread it and combed through it to make sure everything was nailed down.

Despite your best planning, “the wheels have fallen off:” The hotel has double booked your space; it will be under renovation, or your guests get food poisoning.

What happens now? Two industry lawyers: Barbara Dunn O’Neal who represents groups, and Lisa Sommer Devlin who represents hotels, will address how to deal with post contract problems from both a legal and practical perspective, from risk management concerns to negotiating settlements.
Learning outcomes:
A. How to react when things go wrong to get the best outcome;
B. Understand basic risk management techniques and requirements to protect yourself and your group;
C. Documenting settlement terms and supporting information to ensure swift and easy resolution of disputes.


Just for our planner members and planner guests! 
We are excited to announce that all qualified Member and Non-Member Meeting Planners can attend this program at no charge!
About Lisa Sommer Devlin
Lisa Sommer Devlin has practiced law since 1984, and has concentrated in hospitality law for over 25 years.  She drafts standardized contracts, provides legal training for sales staff and handles convention and meeting related litigation nationwide for major hotel companies, including Hilton, Marriott, the former Starwood chain, and many independent hotels.
About Barbara Dunn O'Neal
Barbara F. Dunn O'Neal is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and Associations and Foundations Practice Group. She focuses her practice on representing organizations in the travel, tourism, hospitality, incentive and meetings industries as well as non-profits and related organizations on a wide variety of legal issues.
 In 2002, Lisa was named one of the 25 most influential people in the meeting industry by Meeting News magazine.  In 2006, the magazine gave her the honor
her again, stating: “More than anyone else, she is the legal voice for the industry.” She has served as a member of the Legal Advisory Counsel and on the Contracts panel for the APEX Initiative sponsored by the Convention Industry Council, and was President of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys 2012-2014. Meetings
and Conventions magazine included her in its “M&C’s Top 25 Women in the Meeting Industry.”
She is has published numerous articles on hospitality related topics, including being the primary drafter of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s meeting planner brochure, “Meeting in the Middle.”
Lisa is a sought-after speaker and trainer. She has spoken at events sponsored by Meetings Professional International, Professional Convention Management Association, Exhibitor Show, Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International, Society of Government Meeting Planners, Conference Direct, Experient, Collinson Media (now Connect Meetings), Elite Meetings Alliance, and many others, and served as adjunct faculty for Arizona State University’s Professional Meeting Manager’s Partnership program. PCMA named her one of its “Best in Class” speakers for 2012.
The State Bar of Arizona has asked her to serve as faculty for many years at a number of its Continuing Legal Education seminars, including its Trial College and Professionalism events.
Lisa attended the University of Iowa where she received her B.S. in 1981 in Anthropology and Journalism with High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa; and her Juris Doctor in 1984, also with High Distinction, and Order of the Coif.
She is married to Matthew Devlin and has four children and one granddaughter.

 Barbara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago where she was a member of the Editorial Board of the John Marshall Law Review.
For 25 years, Barbara has worked with many individuals and organizations in the meetings industry including corporate, association and independent meeting professionals. She is a frequent speaker for Financial and Insurance Conference Planners (FICP), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).  Barbara is also a member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA) and currently serves on its Board of Directors as President.