Business Law

Business Law News 2021, Issue 2

B-Law B-Law B-Law: Ethics for Business Lawyers Negotiations and Documentation

Neil J Wertlieb

Neil J Wertlieb, the author of this article, is a Founding Member and Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association Ethics Committee, and a former Chair of the Business Law Section and its Corporations and Business Litigation committees. Mr. Wertlieb is a transactional lawyer, educator, and ethicist who provides expert witness services in disputes involving business transactions and corporate governance, and in cases involving attorney malpractice and attorney ethics. For additional information, please visit The views expressed herein are his own.

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