Alisha R. Bloom to co-present “Drafting More Effective Contracts” seminar at MCLE in Boston

On March 7, 2019, attorney and mediation professor Alisha R. Bloom will co-present a seminar on “Drafting More Effective Contracts” at the MCLE Conference Center in Boston. The three-hour seminar will provide the competitive edge that all transactional attorneys need. Learn about best practices in drafting and negotiating processes, key terms and conditions, and common pitfalls. Hear what clients expect from outside counsel during negotiations and in codifying deals. Learn how to make the most effective use of current technologies. Hear the faculty explain tried-and-true techniques to remove impasses and discuss the ins-and-outs—from the initial email to final executable—using practical, modern-world examples and critical analysis. In a competitive, increasingly digitized environment with limited resources, the lawyer who efficiently strikes an effective balance between achieving the right level of contractual protection and negotiating to reflect their clients’ risk-tolerance is most likely to be repeatedly engaged. Bring your questions!

Register for the seminar or find out more on MCLE’s website.


Alisha R. Bloom to present “Econ 101 of E-book Pricing” workshop at RWA’s national conference in Denver

On July 20, 2018, attorney and former economist Alisha R. Bloom will present a workshop at the Romance Writers of America’s national conference titled “Econ 101 of E-book Pricing.” The workshop applies basic economic concepts to e-books in an easy-to-understand lesson that can help authors choose pricing strategies. Topics to be discussed include consumer demand and how changes in price affect demand; the ways e-books are different from experiences and tangible products; and how psychology may influence pricing decisions. Attendees will leave with pricing strategy ideas they can tailor to their individual circumstances and goals.

Register for the conference or find out more on RWA’s website.


Alisha R. Bloom to co-present “Negotiating Software Licenses” at the BBA

On June 13, 2018, technology lawyer Alisha R. Bloom will co-present a workshop at the Boston Bar Association titled “Negotiating Software Licenses.” The workshop is co-sponsored by the BBA’s Intellectual Property Law Section and Internet & Technology Law Committee.

Hear from two seasoned negotiators who will share their tips and pitfalls for negotiating software licenses. This session will cover key provisions in license agreements, “industry standard” terms, partnering with tech and business colleagues, and drafting customer-friendly forms. If you deal with technology contracts, but not every day, this session is for you.

More information about the workshop is available on the BBA’s website.


What do romance writers/readers think of Negotiating Your Way to an HEA?

After attending my presentation, “Negotiate Your Way to an HEA” at NECRWA’s March 2018 meeting, author and blogger Jackie Horne asked her blog’s visitors, “What type of HEA do you prefer: Accommodation or Collaboration?” I had suggested during my presentation that romance heroes and heroines often seem to move along a character arc from more competitive, self-oriented negotiation styles to more collaborative, balanced negotiation styles that valued meeting both one’s own needs as well as the needs of one’s romantic partner. Jackie pointed out at the meeting, and again in her blog post, that recent romances were more likely to have collaboration as the end goal, while “Old Skool romances generally held up the ‘accommodation’ style as the heart of a true HEA. Older romances, which value the ‘taming’ of the alpha hero, a taming that causes him to not only admit his feelings of love for the heroine, but also to recognize the value of emotional work typically carried out by the female half of the population, require their heroes not to compromise or to collaborate, but instead to ‘accommodate’: to give up their own needs or desires (because they are misguided and harmful) and to replace those needs and desires with those of their heroines.”

I thought this was a fascinating observation, and it led to a very lively discussion at the end of the presentation. I look forward to presenting this workshop again next week at NECRWA’s annual conference in front of a different audience and seeing where our discussion leads.

Alisha R. Bloom to present “Negotiate Your Way to an HEA” at NECRWA

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, attorney and author Alisha R. Bloom, Esq. presented a well-received workshop titled “Negotiate Your Way to an HEA: Using Negotiation Archetypes to Intensify Your Novel’s Conflict” at the March chapter meeting of the New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

The session uses basic negotiation theory and dispute resolution principles to create a framework for intensifying your novel’s conflict. Alisha starts off with an explanation of the six archetypal approaches to negotiation. Then the discussion shifts focus to the characters and situations where each of these approaches can be most effectively and realistically deployed. Last, specific examples from popular fiction illustrate how certain negotiating styles and combinations can prolong and heighten conflicts between your characters, while others can help bring about a satisfying resolution.

Alisha will reprise this workshop at NECRWA’s annual conference on Friday, April 27, 2018. The conference will be held in Burlington, Massachusetts at the Boston Marriott (Burlington) hotel. Find out more or register for the 2018 NECRWA conference on NECRWA’s website.

Alisha R. Bloom to co-present “Integration and Spin-Off of Health Divisions” at the BBA

On October 20, 2017, healthcare IT lawyer Alisha R. Bloom will co-present a workshop at the Boston Bar Association titled “Integration and Spin-Off of Health Divisions – Legal Considerations for Operational M&A Solutions.” The workshop is co-sponsored by the BBA’s Health Law Section, Business Transactions Section, and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee.

Integrating and spinning off operating divisions through M&A presents a whole host of practical and operational challenges. The challenges are further complicated in the healthcare industry. For example, HIPAA and state laws governing privacy and security will need to be taken into consideration throughout the diligence, acquisition, and transition process; and can further complicate the extraction and sale of an integrated division. The speakers will discuss real world challenges they faced as both in-house and outside transaction counsel, and provide practical tips for addressing operational issues in healthcare M&A.

More information about the workshop is available on the BBA’s website.


Alisha R. Bloom to present “Legalese for Authors” workshop

On Friday, April 7, 2017, attorney and author Alisha R. Bloom, Esq. will be presenting a fast-paced workshop on “Legalese for Authors: What You Should Know about Sweepstakes and Giveaways, Image Licenses, and Affiliate Programs” at the 2017 conference of the New England Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. The conference will be held in Burlington, Massachusetts at the Boston Marriott (Burlington) hotel.

You can find out more or register for the 2017 NECRWA conference on the New England Chapter’s website.

Versant Legal is open!

Alisha R. Bloom, Esq. is pleased to announce the opening of her law firm, Versant Legal, located in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Versant Legal provides business-oriented legal services with an entrepreneurial mindset. Our specialties include:

  • outside general counsel services;
  • litigation management and support;
  • mediation and dispute resolution;
  • healthcare, regulatory, and corporate compliance; and
  • literary and publishing law.

We help companies of all sizes with their day-to-day legal work. We provide continuing support to companies and organizations without their own in-house counsel. We also assist in-house legal departments that need additional legal resources on a part-time or temporary basis.

We help lawyers with litigation management and support. We have particular expertise in writing briefs, taking and defending depositions, and preparing experts.

We help individuals and small businesses with their legal needs. We interpret and negotiate contracts (and explain them to you in plain English!), help you resolve disputes, and create high-quality templates and forms tailored for you.

Let us help your business grow!