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Meeting and Event Information

June Education Event - Judge & Jury with Today's Hottest Event Contract Issues

June 13, 2018
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside
5335 Baum Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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June Education Event

"Judge & Jury with Today's Hottest Event Contract Issues"

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
7:30am - 11:00am

Program Description:      

Veteran hotel industry lawyer, Lisa Sommer Devlin will explain key issues in event contracts for planners and suppliers. Learn which clauses are “must haves”versus “nice if you can get it” and how to negotiate clauses to reach the contract that is a win-win for all involved.

Lisa will address event contract issues that the industry is talking about, including: Should you use a hotel contract with an Addendum?

Should contract damages be based on profit vs. revenue? Why are dispute resolution and attorney fee clauses important? In light of recent events, should force majeure clauses be expanded? How should contracts address sexual harassment or discriminatory laws?


Event Timeline:
Time     Event
  7:30am -   8:30am     Registration and Networking
  8:30am -   9:30am     Presentation of "Today's Hottest Event Contract Issues 
       with Industry Lawyer, Lisa Sommer Devlin. 
  9:30am - 10:00am     Case Studies Judge and Jury
10:00am - 11:00am                        MPI Pittsburgh; what you love, hate, 
      and want for 2018-2019 



  Early Bird Regular Late/Onsite
  now through
May 30
May 31-
June 12


June 13 
MPI Members, Premier & Preferred $45 $55 $55
Non-Members & Essential $55 $65 $65
Students & Faculty $15 $15 $15
Non-Member Students & Faculty $20 $20 $20



Please note: Parking at the Hyatt Shadyside for the June 14th MPI event will be complimentary.
Please pull up to the parking gate and press the button. Please let them know you are attending the MPI event and they will open the gate.

About the Speaker:



Lisa Sommer Devlin has practiced law since 1984, and has concentrated in hospitality law for over 25 years.  She drafts standardized contracts, provides legal training for sales staff and handles convention and meeting related litigation nationwide for major hotel companies, including Hilton, Marriott, the former Starwood chain, and many independent hotels.   

In 2002, Lisa was named one of the 25 most influential people in the meeting industry by Meeting News magazine. In 2006, the magazine gave her the honor her again, stating: “More than anyone else, she is the legal voice for the industry.” She has served as a member of the Legal Advisory Counsel and on the Contracts panel for the APEX Initiative sponsored by the Convention Industry Council, and was President of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys 2012-2014. In 2015, Meetings and Conventions magazine included her in its “M&C’s Top 25 Women in the Meeting Industry.”

Lisa is a sought-after speaker and trainer. She has spoken at events sponsored by Meetings Professional International, Professional Convention Management Association, Exhibitor Show, Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International, Society of Government Meeting Planners, Conference Direct, Experient, Collinson Media (now Connect Meetings), Elite Meetings Alliance, and many others, and served as adjunct faculty for Arizona State University’s Professional Meeting Manager’s Partnership program. PCMA named her one of its “Best in Class” speakers for 2012. 

Thank you to our Venue Sponsor:


Start your adventure with the convenient, clean, fun and friendly Hyatt House Pittsburgh/Bloomfield/Shadyside. Pennsylvania is called the Keystone State because of its pivotal role in the development of the country, and our hotel is crucial to Shadyside’s development as an inviting, family-friendly environment.