Reiko Feaver, a partner from Culhane Meadows’ Atlanta office, was recently interviewed by U.S. News and World Report for an article about the road to becoming a contract lawyer.
Here are some excerpts from Reiko’s interview:
When two or more people strike a bargain, and each party to the agreement promises to give something up in order to get something else in return, those individuals have created what is known as a contract. Contract lawyers specialize in dealing with the legal issues associated with the creation, negotiation and enforcement of contracts, and they sometimes get involved with litigation when the parties who made a contract later disagree about how that contract should be interpreted or enforced.
Contracts shape many aspects of everyday life, including the relationships between employees and their employers. Contracts govern commercial transactions such as leases, mortgages, personal loans, credit card agreements and car purchases, and even intimate personal relationships such as prenuptial or custodial agreements and divorce settlements. Multimillion-dollar business deals, including corporate mergers and acquisitions, nearly always rely upon contract law.
Aspiring contract lawyers can learn more about this career path by reading this guide.
What Contract Lawyers Do and What Skills Their Job Requires
Experts on contract law say there are two kinds of contract attorneys: those who specialize in crafting contracts and those who represent clients in contract disputes.
Reiko Feaver, a Georgia-based partner with the Culhane Meadows PLLC corporate law firm who has significant experience as a transactional attorney, says that practicing the transactional form of contract law requires significant foresight.
Transactional contract attorneys need to anticipate potential worst-case scenarios, Feaver explains. They need to understand what issues could prevent a contract from being executed as planned, and they need to incorporate that understanding into the way a contract is written by outlining what will happen if disaster strikes, says Feaver, who deals with a variety of commercial transactions, including many that relate to privacy or technology.
Feaver adds that transactional contract attorneys need to be exceptional negotiators who can ensure that their client gets a good deal even if the opposing counsel is skillful.
The complete article can be found here.
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