Speaking Engagement

Non-disclosure Agreements and Silencing Orders – Disempowerment in the Modern Age

ABA International Law Section 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Online via Live Webinar

Blank Rome Matrimonial and Family Law Associate Erica A. Swensson will serve as a speaker on the Non-disclosure Agreements and Silencing Orders – Disempowerment in the Modern Age panel for the American Bar Association (“ABA”) International Law Section’s 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting.

Blank Rome LLP is proud to be a sponsor of both ABA’s 2020 Annual Virtual Meeting, which will be held online from May 26–July 2, 2020, in response to the current COVID-19 environment and safety concerns, and Erica’s panel, which will be held on Monday, June 1, from 1:30 p.m.‒3:00 p.m. EDT via live webinar.


It’s often said that non-disclosure agreements (“NDAs”) have become the legal weapon of choice for the rich and powerful, used to silence the victims of sexual harassment or abuse by a person in power. Despite the bad press, NDAs are increasingly common in the context of divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, and the exchange of confidential information between private individuals. So, do NDAs still have a place and a purpose and when does a legal instrument, designed to help both parties, become a tool for the weak to be beaten by the strong? Our experienced panel will explore the types of NDAs individuals are being asked to sign; the ethical considerations for lawyers when drafting and advising clients on NDAs; and the public view on NDAs. This session is for lawyers advising on various areas of law, especially those advising clients in the public eye.

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