Piercing the Single Member LLC [2019 Edition]


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This course will address whether single member LLCs are more likely to lose the shield of limited liability than other types of entities such as multi-member LLCs, corporations, or LLPs. LLCs are the entity of choice for many types of businesses, ranging from hospitality to real estate. LLCs allow flexibility with regard to taxes, management, and formalities. Courts increasingly have looked to the law of corporate veil-piercing to guide their reasoning when they assess liability against LLCs and potentially their members. Although the law of piercing is fairly consistent across jurisdictions; the application of that law differs widely, especially as it concerns single-member LLCs. How should an entrepreneur set up and operate a single member LLC to avoid exposure of the member to liability? And when the issue comes up in litigation, what are the best arguments for avoiding attacks by creditors on limited liability?

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Best Practices for Drafting Operating Agreements
•   Litigation strategies involved in veil-piercing
•   Recent statutory and case law developments regarding single-member LLCs

Date / Time: March 31, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.

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Original Broadcast Date: August 29, 2019

Elizabeth Fenton, Esq. tries cases in the Delaware and Pennsylvania state and federal courts involving business divorces, indemnification, restrictive covenants, books and records, and trusts and estates. She frequently speaks and writes on the topic of limited liability of corporations and limited liability companies. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Brown University, Ms. Fenton has over twenty years of experience addressing business disputes through the litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes.

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Section I. When and why to form a single-member LLC

Section II. Operating agreements

Section III. A Note About Series LLCs

Section IV. Alter ego/veil piercing

Section V. Capitalization

Section VI. Formalities

Section VII. Fiduciary duties

Section VIII. Fraudulent transfers

Section IX. Commingling of assets

Section X. Variations of piercing

Section XI. Plaintiff’s Litigation Strategies

Section XII. Defendant’s Litigation Strategies

Section XIII. Charging Orders