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Transactional Lawyering at the Movies

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is a James E. Beasley Professor of Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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5 Responses

  1. Ari Waldman says:

    does it have to be a movie? theres this relatively new tv show on usa called “fairly legal.” its usually an unrealistic portrayal of mediation, but you may find some hidden gems.

  2. Colin Miller says:

    How recent? “Intolerable Cruelty” has a pretty great negotiation scene of the screwball variety:

    http://movieclips.com/B3FM-intolerable-cruelty-movie-its-a-negotiation/

  3. Spencer Waller says:

    What about William Hurt’s botched estate planning in Body Heat?

  4. Matt Bodie says:

    “startup.com” may not qualify, as it’s a little dated and a documentary. But it has a priceless scene where the two young entrepreneurs can’t get “Isaiah”, their counsel, on the phone when they’re negotiating with a VC. Isaiah checks in later, sounding a bit harried — he says he’d been at the printers all day. They start reviewing the terms with the VC, who steps in to say, “Hey, do you all need a moment?” when it’s clear Isaiah is looking at the documents for the first time. The two startup guys are clearly upset with him, and they complain to each other bitterly about it after the meeting. I just love this dynamic, because it’s two guys who just started their first business ever, and they are SO hacked off at Isaiah, who turns out to be a partner at Wilson Sonsini. I wonder how many young twenty-somethings Isaiah had to shepherd through this process — they don’t teach that in law school.

  5. J says:

    Other People’s Money, starring Danny DeVito and Penelope Ann Miller.

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