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Drafting Indemnification and Hold Harmless Provisions in Commercial Contracts

Negotiating Scope and Exclusions, Allocating Costs, Overcoming Enforcement Hurdles, Interplay With Insurance

An encore presentation with Live Q&A.

A 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, January 5, 2024

or call 1-800-926-7926

This CLE course will guide business counsel in drafting and negotiating indemnification and hold harmless provisions in commercial contracts. The panel will discuss critical elements of indemnification agreements, including scope, exclusions, and cost allocation. The panel will review enforceability challenges, the interplay with insurance coverage, and strategies for avoiding common negotiation pitfalls.


Most contracts--sales agreements, professional services agreements, leases, lending agreements, software licenses, construction contracts, and M&A agreements--include indemnification and hold harmless provisions. These clauses have become ubiquitous in all industries and specialties. They allow parties to allocate risk and reduce liability exposure. Indemnification clauses must clearly outline the risks covered by the indemnity clause(s), exclusions from indemnity, and procedures for making an indemnification claim.

When negotiating and drafting indemnification and hold harmless clauses, counsel for contracting parties must anticipate and address potential statutory limitations as well as enforcement and procedural hurdles. Attorneys must also consider how insurance coverage will interplay with indemnification and hold harmless provisions, a step often overlooked. In addition, attorneys must consider fraud and abuse regulations in highly regulated industries such as the healthcare sector.

Listen as our authoritative panel of attorneys explains best practices for drafting and negotiating indemnification and hold harmless provisions in commercial contracts. The panel will provide strategies for avoiding common negotiation pitfalls, anticipating and overcoming enforcement hurdles, and reconciling indemnification with insurance coverage.



  1. Drafting indemnification and hold harmless provisions
    1. Statutory and common law limitations
    2. High priority provisions
    3. Exculpatory clauses
  2. Enforcing indemnification provisions
  3. Interplay with insurance coverage


The panel will review these and other crucial issues:

  • What are statutory and common law indemnity parameters, and how can parties alter these obligations contractually?
  • How can business counsel best mitigate risk when drafting and negotiating indemnification and hold harmless provisions in various contracts?
  • How have the courts' varying interpretations of indemnification provisions impacted parties' ability to shift liability in contracts?
  • What enforceability challenges do parties commonly face when seeking to make an indemnification claim?

An encore presentation featuring Live Q&A.


Kearns, Wendy
Wendy Kearns

Partner; Co-Chair Technology, Communications, Privacy & Security Practice; Chair, Technology Practice
Davis Wright Tremaine

Ms. Kearns began work in the technology industry in Silicon Valley as a software developer, software product manager,...  |  Read More

Baker, Kraig
Kraig Baker

Davis Wright Tremaine

Mr. Baker is often the first person clients call for help with new technology, new platforms, and new distribution...  |  Read More

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