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
Recorded event now available

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, Partner
McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter, Philadelphia

Mr. Lipman ​focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, particularly those involving commercial and banking disputes, construction projects and fraud. He regularly assists clients with complex transactions involving businesses and real property including asset purchase agreements, stock transfers and commercial property sales and purchases. He also represents insurance companies in subrogation and recovery matters related to fidelity bonds and employee dishonesty policies, and represents banks in litigation and collection matters and those involving foreclosures, workouts, forbearance agreements and bankruptcies.  

Brett M. Larson, Shareholder
Messerli & Kramer, Minneapolis

Mr. Larson is the Chair of his firm's Business Services Department, which oversees the corporate, banking, real estate, estate planning and intellectual property practice groups. He focuses his practice in the areas of corporate governance and succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, and domestic and international transactions for businesses and estate planning and asset protection for business owners and high net worth individuals. He serves as outside general counsel to many businesses including start ups, small businesses, and global corporations.

Nathan J. Nelson, Shareholder
Messerli & Kramer, Minneapolis

Mr. Nelson focuses his practice on addressing general and specific business matters, including start-ups, acquisitions, dissolutions and mergers. He also has extensive experience in business succession and tax planning issues. Further, he drafts tax efficient estate planning instruments to transfer wealth from one generation to another.


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Customer Reviews

The webinar was very straightforward.

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I appreciated the discussion about the often complex aspects of giving legal opinions in the LLC context.

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Corporate Law Advisory Board

Stuart M. Altman

Director, Corporate Legal Investigations


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General Counsel

Assurance America

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Foley & Lardner

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