Secrets of Bulletproof Contract Drafting

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Tuesday, August 30 / Richmond (Glen Allen)
  Wednesday, August 31 / Fairfax
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 6.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options


Why Attend?

  • Better documents
  • Fewer disputes and less litigation
  • More satisfied clients

This informative and entertaining seminar focuses on identifying and eliminating common sources of ambiguity in legal documents. Experienced corporate and transactional lawyers will undoubtedly recognize some of the common language we untangle in this program.

We’ll condense hazy theories of drafting into concise, clear, practical techniques that can be applied immediately to improve clarity and overall quality of all legal documents.

You’ll learn:

  • The three types of ambiguity and their likely sources
  • Five linguistic improvements that eliminate semantic ambiguity
  • Six strategies for structuring sentences to prevent syntactic ambiguity
  • Three methods of avoiding contextual ambiguity
  • Tried and true methods for identifying and eliminating unnecessary language

And much more!


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8:00 Registration
8:30 The Three Sources of Ambiguity
  • Strive for clarity
  • Choose plain language
10:00 Break
10:15 Five Linguistic Improvements
  • Language
  • Imprecise words
  • Phrasing traps
  • Consistency
  • Defined terms
11:45 Lunch (provided at live programs only)
12:30 Six Strategies for Better Sentences
  • Length
  • Clutter
  • Verb forms
  • Arrangement
  • Structure
  • Mathematical formulas
2:00 Break
2:15 The Three Best Methods to Prevent Contextual Ambiguity
  • Organize
  • Integrate
  • Coordinate
3:45 Adjourn



Lenné Eidson Espenschied practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, for 25 years, focusing on corporate and transactional representation of technology-based businesses.  She is the author of two books published by the American Bar Association:  Contract Drafting:  Powerful Prose in Transactional Practice (ABA Fundamentals, 2nd Ed.  2015) and The Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers (ABA Fundamentals, 2011).  After graduating from the University of Georgia School of Law magna cum laude, Ms. Espenschied began her legal practice at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan; she also served as Senior Counsel in the legal department of Bank of America before eventually opening her own law office.  Ms. Espenschied has taught commercial law, contracts, and contract drafting at Charlotte School of Law and at the University of Georgia.  She is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and provides private training at law firms and corporate legal departments.  Her passion is helping lawyers acquire the skills they need to be successful in transactional practice.

Locations, Dates and Fees


$305 regular registration (printed materials included).
$320 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).


RICHMOND (Glen Allen) / Tuesday, August 30
The Place at Innsbrook (Venue Website / Google Map)
4036-C Cox Road
(804) 346-2100

FAIRFAX / Wednesday, August 31
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

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Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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