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In this jaw-dropping seminar, two experts unlock the mysteries of contract law through the loopy, perversely fascinating lens of celebrity deals—and especially celebrity deals gone awry. Hollywood isn’t just boastful mansions, haute couture and lush rides, it’s a veritable treasure trove of contract disputes, and this seminar is a whirlwind tour of them: Donald Trump, the Three Stooges, Van Halen, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, W.C. Fields, Charlie Sheen, the Kardashians, Howdy Doody and many, many more. You’ll hear the utterly fascinating backstories about the cases and the colorful characters at the center of them—and every case illustrates an important point about contract law that will aid you in your practice, told in an unforgettable way.

This seminar is an intermediate level program.

8:30 a.m. Registration

8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Scott G. Brown – Bluffton, SC
Timothy Murray – Pittsburgh, PA

9:00 a.m. Contract Formation
Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg; Aretha Franklin; W.C. Fields; Frank Lloyd Wright; Abraham Zapruder; the contract for the Kennedy assassination film

9:45 a.m. The Terms of the Contract
The Three Stooges (Larry Fine versus Ronald Reagan); Orson Welles; the Beatles; the Wright Brothers; Otto Preminger; John Elway; Tony Curtis; Steven Seagal; Howdy Doody; Van Halen; the infamous brown M&M contract rider

11:00 a.m. Challenges to Contract Validity and Remedies
Donald Trump; Charlie Sheen; Stephen Baldwin v. Kevin Costner; Jack Warner; the Godfather; Nat King Cole, River Phoenix, the Kardashians; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Shirley MacLaine

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

All registrations must be pre-paid. Cancellation & Refund Policy: Refunds, less $25 administrative fee, will be made for cancellations received in writing to the CLE Registrar at registrar@scbar.org by 5 p.m., one week prior to the seminar. Cancellations will not be accepted within one week of seminar date. One-time transfers to seminars of like value or to the live webcast of the seminar (if available) will be accepted for a $25 administrative fee in lieu of cancellations within one week of seminar. Requests to transfer to the live webcast must be received by 1 p.m. the day prior to the program. Designated substitutes may take the place of registrants unable to attend.


Scott G. Brown recently retired as vice president, general counsel, secretary and compliance officer for Covestro LLC (formerly Bayer MaterialScience LLC). He was responsible for the Law, Intellectual Property and Compliance Department in North America, including the U.S., Mexico and Brazil, which provided corporate, litigation, compliance and intellectual property counsel to all Covestro business and service units. He built one of the finest law departments in the chemical industry, and helped to make Covestro a recognized leader in that sector. Scott was a sponsor for many employee organizations and an active supporter of Covestro’s diversity and inclusion initiative.

Scott formerly served as counsel for Marathon Oil Company, and joined Mobay/Bayer in 1987 as counsel and director in the Law Department. He became vice president and assistant general counsel for Bayer Corporation in 1995 and general counsel for Bayer MaterialScience LLC when the company was formed in 2003.

Scott received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in economics from Hiram College and was elected Phi Beta Kappa in 1977. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1980 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1980 and the Pennsylvania Bar in 1988. Scott and his wife, Kim, currently reside in Bluffton, South Carolina. 

Mr. Murray is a partner in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania law firm of Murray, Hogue & Lannis. Mr. Murray updates Corbin on Contracts (Lexis/Nexis), arguably the most influential American legal treatise of the past century. He is the co-author of the single volume Corbin on Contracts Desk Edition (2017). He has written extensively on contract law matters and has updated numerous chapters in the formbook series Current Legal Forms, including the chapters on sales, franchising, joint ventures, assignments and others. He serves on the editorial advisory board for Lexis Practice Advisor Journal. Mr. Murray helped to rewrite the contract law jury instructions for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In its introduction to the 2017 supplement, the Civil Instructions Subcommittee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for Proposed Standard Jury Instructions called him "[a] national expert in contract law..."

Mr. Murray has represented numerous businesses and individuals in all manner of contract transactional matters and disputes, including, among many others: General Motors Corporation, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Alcoa, Nissan and TWA. He has lectured extensively on contract law. He has been a member of the Pennsylvania bar since 1984, and is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, in 1981, and his J.D in 1984 from the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201