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Piercing the LLC Veil: Avoiding Member Liability for Business Debts

Protecting the Limited Liability Benefits of LLCs Amid Evolving State Law

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

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Conducted on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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This CLE course will discuss the latest legal trends across several states regarding piercing the LLC veil, and outline best practices for LLCs and LLC members to avoid personal liability for business debts.


Although LLCs are supposed to provide increased protection from personal liability, courts are increasingly treating LLCs and corporations as equivalent entities, including applying the "piercing the corporate veil" theory to both business structures. When the LLC veil is pierced, litigants engaged in disputes with or owed debts by LLCs can look beyond the entity and pursue LLC members for potential liability and recovery.

Laws in this area are not applied consistently and there are no bright line rules. However, counsel to LLCs and LLC members may minimize the likelihood of veil-piercing claims by strictly adhering to LLC formalities, separating LLC assets from personal assets, executing a tight LLC operating agreement, and avoiding any personal guarantees of the LLC's debt.

Listen as our authoritative panel explains the circumstances under which the LLC veil may be pierced and how state courts are ruling in LLC veil-piercing cases. The panel will discuss considerations and best practices for LLC members to avoid and defend veil-piercing claims.



  1. Veil piercing of LLCs--what is it and is it applicable today?
  2. How to best present the concept to your clients
  3. Single member LLC veil piercing
  4. Latest trends in LLC veil piercing
  5. Factors courts consider in piercing the LLC veil


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are the latest legal trends in LLC veil-piercing cases?
  • What factors do courts consider in applying the piercing the corporate veil doctrine to LLCs?
  • What are some best practices for LLCs to avoid or defend veil-piercing claims?


Brown, Jeff
Jeff Brown

Thompson Coburn

As a real estate litigator with more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Brown develops and executes highly effective...  |  Read More

Northman, Tod
Tod Northman

Tucker Ellis

Mr. Northman has almost 25 years of broad business and corporate law experience in commercial law, business...  |  Read More

Porvaznik, Paul
Paul Porvaznik

Of Counsel
Kanaris Stubenvoll & Heiss

Mr. Porvaznik focuses on commercial litigation. He practices primarily in the areas of general civil...  |  Read More

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