Breach of Contract: Getting the Benefit of the Bargain


Re-Broadcast on August 11, 2017

When everything is going as planned, the first page or two of a contract is all that is needed. When everything goes sideways, that is when the remaining pages of the contract matter. But what is in those pages that no one reads? Why are they the most important part of a contract? And how can you make sure your client gets the benefit of the bargain? This course will look at how the proper drafting of a contract can avoid litigation and actually save a client money when one of the parties is in breach. It will also examine how improper drafting can actually be a detriment to your client in court.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Mutual Expectations and the Theory of Contract
  • Common Contract Disputes and Drafting to Avoid Them
  • Boilerplate and Why It Is Important Not to Just Plagiarize
  • Applicability of the UCC
  • Available Remedies
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution vs. Litigation
  • Pleading Both Breach of Contract/Breach of Quasi Contract

Date / Time: February 2, 2017

  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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  • Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
  • On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date.



zarlengaMichael Zarlenga has been practicing law and consulting with businesses for over 20 years. He joined Arsenal Attorneys in its Washington, DC office is January 2015 as Of Counsel to the firm. He currently serves as General Counsel of Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign for the US Presidency. Mr. Zarlenga is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and the District of Columbia.

After graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate, Mr. Zarlenga moved to Washington, DC and became an associate with a boutique corporate and securities firm specializing in the banking industry. Wanting a broader knowledge of industries, he then moved to the Washington, DC office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. While at Manatt, he handled a variety of corporate, contract, regulatory, and securities matters for individuals and businesses that ranged in size from start-up technology companies to Fortune 500 companies. He has represented clients ranging from financial institutions and mutual funds to venture capital funds and technology companies. He is a contributing author to 784-3rd BNA Tax Management Portfolios (2011), Corporate Liquidations, having drafted all of the sample documents to the portfolio.

Mr. Zarlenga left Manatt in 1999 to become the President and General Counsel of a start-up technology company building hardware and software solutions in the lawful intercept space. Business and technology issues identified by Mr. Zarlenga back in 1999 remain unsolved today, even with the largest and most sophisticated companies in the world working on the solutions.

In 2001, Mr. Zarlenga opened The Trophy Room, LLC, a premier hunting, shooting, and fly-fishing retail store. As the owner, Mr. Zarlenga handled all aspects of the business including financial planning, marketing, and regulatory compliance. He grew the business from an idea to $1.2 million in annual sales in 6 years from a 900 sq. ft. storefront. The Trophy Room was one of the largest Beretta dealers in the mid-Atlantic region.

As the holder of a Federal Firearms License for the last 13 years, Mr. Zarlenga is well versed in Federal and State firearms laws and regulations. Since 2008, Mr. Zarlenga has been consulting on legal and non-legal issues that affect businesses. He also retains his Federal Firearms License and continues to deal in firearms, including National Firearms Act regulated items. He is regularly interviewed by news organizations related to firearms laws and regulations. He has regularly appeared on and occasionally co-hosted NRANews. He serves on the Board of Directors and as Secretary to the American Water Spaniel Club, Inc. and has served on the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee of the Board of the National Rifle Association. He is an Endowment Member of the NRA, a Life Member of Safari Club International, and a Bronze Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. He is an avid shooter and outdoorsman and enjoys hunting with his two American Water Spaniels.

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