E-Signatures and Electronic Contracts: Complying With ESIGN and the UETA, Interplay With the UCC

Navigating Issues of Enforceability, Authentication and Admissibility

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide business counsel with an examination of recent legal trends and developments regarding e-signatures and electronic contracts. The panel will examine evolving legal and practical issues, including the authentication of e-signatures; the admissibility of electronic contracts and e-signatures in litigation; and the implications of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) and UCC for parties contracting via electronic means.


E-signatures and electronic contracts are now standard in business transactions and are frequently the means through which counsel outline, negotiate, execute and revise the terms and conditions of deals.

The ESIGN Act and the UETA provide the basic framework for the enforceability of electronic records and e-signatures. Like paper documents, electronic documents must comply with applicable federal and state laws, including the UCC.

If litigation ensues surrounding electronic contracts, counsel must be able to understand and address issues related to enforceability, as well as the authentication and admissibility of electronic communications and e-signatures.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses recent trends in electronic contracts and e-signatures, including case law developments affecting commercial agreements negotiated via electronic means. The program will examine legal and practical issues regarding the authentication of e-signatures, the admissibility of electronic communications and e-signatures in litigation, and increasing regulation in this area.



  1. Electronic contracts and e-signatures—what are they?
  2. Implications of ESIGN, UETA, UCC for electronic contracts
  3. Relevant case law and regulatory developments
  4. Provisions and practices to ensure validity of electronic contracts and e-signatures
  5. Enforceability, authentication and admissibility challenges with electronic contracts and e-signatures


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the legal issues surrounding electronic contracts and e-signatures?
  • What is the interplay between ESIGN, UETA and the UCC, and how does this impact electronic contracts?
  • What enforceability, authentication and admissibility challenges do counsel face in litigation involving e-signatures and electronic contracts?


Kenneth Chase
Kenneth Chase

Chase Law

As a former prosecutor and experienced courtroom litigator, Mr. Chase has tried over 40 cases. He has represented some...  |  Read More

Patrick J. Hatfield
Patrick J. Hatfield

Locke Lord

Mr. Hatfield practices focuses on financial services, and IP and technology. He co-authored the 6-Point Framework for...  |  Read More

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