Insurance Conference Planner welcomes its newest columnist, Jed R. Mandel, a partner in the Chicago-based law firm of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg. Mandel specializes in the legalities of the meeting and convention industry, and is interested in discussing your issues in his column. If you have a question regarding a legal situation that you would like to see addressed, write to Meeting Legalities, c/o editor, 60 Main St., Maynard, MA 01754.
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