Friday, December 1

1:45 pm–2:45 pm


This session will provide an overview of principles and best practices for drafting effective consulting agreements, with a view toward reducing the consultant’s risks and avoiding common mistakes. Topics covered will include, among others:

  • Tips for more effective descriptions
  • Scope of work and deliverables
  • Effective drafting of insurance-related provisions
  • Fundamental approaches to indemnification and limitations of liability
  • Special considerations in contracts for services as a testifying or consulting expert

Adam Dittman
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, Oregon

Adam Dittman is a partner in the Portland, Oregon, office of Stoel Rives LLP. He counsels businesses in several industries on a wide range of legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, negotiating and drafting contracts, selecting and forming entities, general corporate governance, and financing transactions. Mr. Dittman also regularly represents forest product businesses, timberland owners, and other businesses and individuals in real estate transactions and real property operational matters.  With more than 350 attorneys, Stoel Rives is a leader in corporate, energy, environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, land use and construction, litigation, natural resources, real estate, renewable energy, and technology law.

Alyssa M. Petroff
Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, Oregon

Alyssa Petroff is a corporate attorney who focuses her practice on business and legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, corporate governance, and securities law compliance. Prior to joining the firm, she represented hedge, private equity, and venture capital funds and other limited partners involved in control contests and claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, and theft of trade secrets. Ms. Petroff’s background in commercial litigation gives her unique insight into helping clients avoid pitfalls as they enter and manage business relationships.