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Tips for Communication: Email Conventions

This is the first post in a series on tips for communicating with American attorneys. We hope you find this information useful as you continue to work with American attorneys and encourage you to refer back as necessary.

Legal English: Belt and Suspenders

Today’s phrase is “belt and suspenders,” which is commonly used in business negotiations to describe a situation in which two protective strategies are used to minimize the risk that would be present if only a single protective strategy were in place...

Entertaining U.S. Contacts

Socializing is an important part of doing business with attorneys and other professionals in the United States. Entertaining guests allows you to develop deeper relationships with your colleagues and clients. While there are no hard and fast rules about...

Legal English: Jurisdiction

Today’s phrase is “jurisdiction,” a word that can refer to many related legal concepts, but that is typically used in reference to the geographical limitations of a particular court or government body’s legal authority. Here are some sentences that use the word in context...

Hot Topics in the Legal World: What to Read

As an international attorney who works with American lawyers, it is essential to stay on top of changes made in American law. In the United States, laws may change through the legislative process or more rapidly through court decisions. For example...

21st Century Dealmakers — Emerging Legal Business Issues: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 78dd-1 et seq., (FCPA) is a law enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1977 that has heavy implications on international business practices. Investigations of leading global companies have recently led to multi-million-dollar settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ)...