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

Recent Developments, Remote Notarization, Lending E-Notes, and UCC Revisions for Emerging Technologies

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

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Conducted on Wednesday, June 14, 2023

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This CLE course will examine recent legal trends and developments regarding e-signatures and electronic contracts, as well as digital assets, with the panel focusing on the lessons learned from use of e-signatures and electronic contracts during the COVID pandemic, current trends with regard to e-signatures and electronic contracts, emerging developments that we might expect when the 2022 UCC Amendments gain wide implementation and recent case law on e-signatures.

The panel will also review and discuss the nuts and bolts of the typical, yet 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 commonplace in conducting and closing commercial transactions. More than ever, counsel needs to be conversant with these tools to navigate and close 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 federal and state laws, including the UCC, as the same is being amended by the 2022 UCC amendments.

If litigation ensues surrounding electronic contracts, counsel must be able to understand and address issues related to enforceability and 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 impacting 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, including for electronic promissory notes and electronic negotiable instruments
  3. Revisions to the UCC for emerging technologies—the 2022 UCC amendments
  4. Provisions and practices to ensure the validity of electronic contracts and e-signatures
  5. Enforceability, authentication, and admissibility challenges with electronic contracts and e-signatures
  6. Relevant case law and regulatory developments


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the most recent 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 changes will the 2022 UCC amendments bring?
  • What enforceability, authentication, and admissibility challenges do counsel face in litigation involving e-signatures and electronic contracts?


Hatfield, Patrick
Patrick J. Hatfield

Locke Lord

Mr. Hatfield's practice focuses on financial services, and IP and technology. He co-authored the 6-Point...  |  Read More

Shirley, Elizabeth
Elizabeth B. Shirley

Burr & Forman

Ms. Shirley's practice includes commercial litigation, franchise litigation, intellectual property, governmental...  |  Read More

Snow, Ed
Ed Snow

Burr & Forman

Mr. Snow practices in the firm's Lending practice group. He represents banks, finance companies, funds and...  |  Read More

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