Contract Interpretation

Given that differing interpretations of contractual language is the single largest source of contract litigation between business firms (Yale Law Journal), having an attorney review the language in your contract, both in terms of the actual textual content and in the context that language is being used, can be invaluable while drafting a contract or in devising a litigation strategy. Of course, in an ideal world, the parties’ intent at the time the contract was made would control the contract. However, determining the parties’ intent years after the contract was formed can be difficult; therefore, courts will usually decide the dispute based solely on the text of the contract and the context in which it was used.