American Legal Concepts

Law Talk helps foreign lawyers understand and work with American legal concepts.  Law Talk delivers that understanding quickly, freeing up lawyer time for higher-value activities.

A foreign lawyer could of course obtain the understanding alone, using the knowledge base and research skills common to all laywers.  However, self-instruction would take much, much longer.

Wooden man and bookFor a lawyer in a law firm, the need to better understand and work with American legal concepts might relate to business development: when pitching to an American company or attending an international conference, it’s useful to explain France-based experience and skills in a way that’s easily understood to a counterpart operating within an American law framework.  Alternately, the need might relate to an open client matter: a France-based transaction or dispute might involve issues of American law; or if the client or cooperating counsel is American, then ongoing communication will be facilitated by making France-based issues and analysis easily understood within an American law framework.

For an in-house company lawyer (or administrative and finance director with legal oversight responsibilities), the need to better understand and work with American legal concepts arises in two areas: managing an international or American law firm for US-related matters; and negotiating and otherwise communicating with American suppliers, clients, and partners.

In these situations, the need goes beyond simple English grammar and vocabulary: what’s needed is a higher-level understanding of American legal doctrine.

Law Talk training can be customized to meet precise needs, addressing the specific points most relevant for the situation.  Training can be one-on-one or in groups.  In a group training, everyone can be from the same organization, or the training can be a workshop combining lawyers from different organizations.  There’s a solution for every need.

Some of the Law Talk training topics are listed below.  This list isn’t exhaustive.  Click here to schedule a training at your office.  Or if you prefer a group workshop, then click here to indicate which topics interest you, and we’ll contact you when we’re organizing a group workshop on a topic of interest to you.

Administrative law


Bond financing

Civil procedure

Competition (antitrust)

Conflict of laws

Constitutional law

Consumer protection

Contract drafting

Contract law

Corporate/companies law

Courts (federal and state)


Employment and labor law

Enforcement of foreign judgments

Environmental protection





Foreign Corrupt Practices Act


Income tax


Intellectual property


Leasing and landlord-tenant law

Legal ethics

Legislative process

Loans (secured and unsecured)

Lobbying and government relations

Mergers and acquisitions

Non-disclosure and non-compete agreements

Nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations

Partnerships and joint ventures


Personal injury liability (torts)


Private equity placements

Property acquisition and development

Property tax

Public-private partnerships

Real estate finance

Real property


Sale of goods (the UCC)


Securities regulation

Telecom, broadcast, and Internet

Trade secrets


US legal system