Business Law Basics

This is an eight part course designed for corporate lawyers who are early in their career, articling students, law clerks, and lawyers practicing in other areas of the law. 

Topics covered are: 

  1. Corporate Structures 
  2. Shareholders Agreements
  3. Corporate Reorganizations
  4. Business Transition
  5. Contracts
  6. Share and Asset Transactions
  7. Lending and Security
  8. Shareholder and Other Disputes

I used to offer this course to groups of ten students or more, but I have figured out that it is more fun (although less remunerative) to teach it to individuals or groups of two or three students. Since I retired, I try not to do things unless they are fun.

If you are interested, please contact me by email.

The length and timing of classes as well as the depth of coverage on particular topics can all be adjusted for a particular individual or group. We can also tailor a course to cover only some of the modules.

Courses are delivered by Zoom. Just contact me by email to discuss.

Developing a Marketing Mindset

This is a  two hour course in which I explain how someone with no natural inclination to marketing (me) developed a very substantial client base.

This course is delivered to individuals or groups on request. Email me if you are interested.


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Murray Speaking About Selling Your Business

Past and Upcoming Events

Murray spoke to the Jamaican Bar Association (regrettably, remotely) on June 4, 2021 on the topic of Living By The Billable Hour – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Part I.

Murray spoke again to the Jamaican Bar Association (and again, regrettably, remotely) on November 2, 2021 on the topic of Living By The Billable Hour – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Part II.

Murray is usually in the process of teaching one or more modules of the Business Law Basics course. He has presented versions of the course for the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario three times, to several law firms, and to various individual law students and lawyers, and groups of lawyers.

On November 11, 2022 Murray presented at the Authentic Lawyers Summit on the topic of “The View From The End of the Road.”

Murray has also presented private seminars on “How to Develop a Marketing Mindset” to a number of lawyers.

On November 30, 2023, Murray Gottheil and Neville Pokroy presented a seminar titled, “Take Control of Your Career – Marketing For Non-Dependent Lawyers.”

In December, 2023, Murray presented a seminar on Business Development to an Ontario law firm.

In February, 2024, Murray presented a private seminar on Shareholders Agreements to an Ontario lawyer.

On March 27, 2024, Murray gave a guest lecture to a Business Law class at Trent University on Shareholder Disputes. Murray thought he gave a brilliant talk.

In March, 2024 Murray taught several modules of his Business Law Basics course to a private practice lawyer.

On May 16, 2024, Murray spoke on the topic of retiring from the legal profession at a dinner event in Toronto.

Murray is teaching several modules of his Business Law Basics course to a private practice lawyer this summer.

June 24, 2024 – Record video for Rainmaker Pillar series on Confidence with Jennifer Gillman (U.S.)

June 26, 2024 – Guest Lecture at Trent University on Contracts (Cda)

July 10, 2024 – LinkedIn Live Event with Betty Whittaker ( U.K.) on Retirement

July 17, 2024 – Guest Lecture at Trent University on Shareholder Disputes (Cda)

July 18, 2024 – Sonder Union Podcast with Owen McGrann (U.S.)

September 6, 2024 – Speaking at the Georgia State Bar Association 5th Annual Wellbeing and Practical Skills Institute on the topic of mental health in the legal profession (U.S.)

November 26, 2024 – Guest Lecture on Transitioning to Retirement at Wake Forest University School of Law (U.S.)