Piercing the Corporate Veil: Minimizing Alter Ego Liability for Subsidiaries, Affiliates and Related Entities

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

Conducted on Thursday, June 8, 2017

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This CLE webinar will examine the latest case law trends regarding piercing the corporate veil across several states. The panel will address the application of the doctrine to LLCs and best practices for litigating piercing the corporate veil cases.


Litigants in business disputes often look beyond the corporation to related entities, including subsidiaries, affiliates, shareholders or directors, as potential sources of liability and recovery.

A plaintiff’s success with this approach, known as “piercing the corporate veil,” hinges on whether the corporation engaged in wrongful behavior, failed to follow corporate formalities, was inadequately capitalized, or exercised an inappropriate degree of control over the related entity.

Many businesses have formed as LLCs over the past several years as a strategy to protect themselves from alter ego liability. However, LLCs are also facing veil piercing claims in increasing numbers.

Listen as our authoritative panel explains the circumstances under which a corporate veil can be pierced to find alter ego liability and how the doctrine is being applied to LLCs. The panel will discuss considerations and best practices for corporations and related entities defending alter ego liability claims.



  1. Latest case law trends regarding piercing the corporate veil claims
  2. Application of doctrine to LLCs
  3. Litigating piercing the corporate veil cases


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What factors do courts look at in applying the piercing the corporate veil doctrine?
  • Are there key differences between the methods for piercing the veil of a corporation versus an LLC?
  • What are some key considerations and best practices for corporations and related entities defending alter ego liability claims?


Matthew A. Lipman
Matthew A. Lipman

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter

Mr. Lipman ​focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, particularly those involving commercial and banking...  |  Read More

Larson, Brett
Brett M. Larson

Messerli & Kramer

Mr. Larson is the Chair of his firm's Business Services Department, which oversees the corporate, banking,...  |  Read More

Nelson, Nathan
Nathan J. Nelson

Messerli & Kramer

Mr. Nelson focuses his practice on addressing general and specific business matters, including start-ups,...  |  Read More

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