Mediator Don Weidner Interprets, Explains Complicated Rules in Article, Presentation

Mediator Donald J. Weidner
Mediator Donald J. Weidner

Don Weidner, a UWWM mediator and dean emeritus of Florida State University College of Law, is keeping his academic skills in shape, not only in the classroom but also in publishing explanatory articles and presenting continuing legal education programs.

Don's most recent paper is titled "New FASB Rules on Accounting for Leases: A Sarbanes-Oxley Promise Delivered," and it appears in the spring 2017 edition of The Business Lawyer, published by the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. In it, he explains the 2016 rules the Financial Accounting Standards Board crafted that affect virtually every firm that leases assets “such as real estate, airplanes, and manufacturing equipment." They are the result of a discovery more than a decade earlier that there could be about $1.25 trillion in "non-cancellable future cash obligations committed under operating leases" hidden in the notes to firms' financial statements.

On Friday, May 12, 2017, Don joined the faculty of the Legal Community Conference presented by the Tallahassee Bar Association at the FSU College of Law. He presented a segment titled "Leaving Law Firms and Taking Clients," exploring various scenarios concerning the right to legal fees when an attorney leaves a firm with a client in tow. Don was the Reporter for the Revised Uniform Partnership Act and literally wrote the book on it.    

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