Secrets of Bulletproof Contract Drafting

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Video on Site: Tuesday, September 20 / Alexandria, Danville, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke
  Thursday, September 22 / Tysons Corner
  Wednesday, September 28 / Charlottesville
Registration: 8:00 a.m. (Richmond location: 8:30 a.m.)
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (Richmond location: 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.)
MCLE Credit: 6.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Live on Site: August 30 in Richmond (Glen Allen) and August 31 in Fairfax


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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*Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.

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 Recess
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

VIDEO REGISTRATION FEES (Lunch not included).

$245 regular registration (printed materials included).
$260 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).



Alexandria: Courtyard Marriott Alexandria Old Town/Southwest, 2700 Eisenhower Ave. (703) 329-2323 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Danville: The Institute Conference Center, 150 Slayton Avenue (434) 766-6777 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Norfolk: SpringHill Suites Norfolk—Virginia Beach, 6350 Newtown Road (757) 333-3100 (Venue Website / Google Map)
Richmond: UVA Richmond Regional Center, 2810 N. Parham Road, Suite 300, 3rd Floor (Parking available only in spots not marked “Visitor Parking”) (804) 662-7464 (Venue Website / Google Map) (Please note that the Richmond video replay begins at 9:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Roanoke: Roanoke Higher Education Center, 108 North Jefferson Street (Parking validated for parking deck adjacent to center only) (540) 767-6161 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Tysons Corner: Courtyard Marriott, 1960-A Chain Bridge Road (entrance to hotel on Greensboro Drive) (703) 790-0207 (Venue Website / Google Map)


Charlottesville: The Virginia CLE® Building, 105 Whitewood Road (800) 979-8253 (Venue Website / Google Map)

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