Essentials of Contract Drafting, with Lenné Espenchied

MCLE Credits: 6.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

Live on Site: Wednesday, April 22 / Fairfax
  Thursday, April 23 / Richmond (Glen Allen)
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
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Why Attend?

Featuring Lenné Espenschied, national drafting expert and author of Contract Drafting: Powerful Prose in Transactional Practice

  • Understand the strategies for negotiating common contractual provisions
  • Learn how to determine the appropriate degree of risk for your client, and how to shift risk in a contract
  • Boost your confidence in drafting contracts
  • Improve the quality of your work

This seminar is a “how to” drafting program relevant to lawyers entering any area of transactional practice, including corporate, mergers and acquisitions, business law, and intellectual property, to name just a few. The program begins with a discussion of the legal context of drafting, revealing outside forces that may dictate the way specific terms of the agreement are drafted or interpreted. It examines the meaning and implications of common performance and boilerplate provisions, and includes specific drafting techniques and strategies that beginning lawyers can implement immediately to draft legal documents with confidence.

Attendees will learn:

  • Three different contract formats, and when to use each
  • To mark up a prior draft to fit the current transaction
  • To determine whether specific provisions are required, essential, recommended, or optional
  • To assess the appropriate level of risk for your client in the transaction
  • To make seemingly minor edits to shift risk from one party to the other
  • To use the right words to create the intended legal consequences
  • To avoid ambiguous phrasing traps

And much more!

What your Virginia colleagues have said about previous Lenné Espenschied seminars:

“Content was so practical.  Presentation was engaging.  Fantastic presenter.  The six hours flew by.  Great combo of lecture and involvement.”

“Speaker was dynamic and informative.  In 15 years of CLE, she was the best!  This course should be mandatory!”

“Finally!  A CLE that is very relevant to my job and gives me knowledge that I can use in daily practice.”

“Lenne offered practical advice on many drafting skills and prompted me as a professor who teaches contract drafting to consider other approaches to conveying information.  Her content was highly accessible and was also up to date.  Excellent CLE!”

“It pointed out mistakes I did not even realize I was making.  Great content!”

“Very comprehensive and clear.  I’ve been drafting contracts for 25+ years and this is one of the best contracting CLEs I have taken.”

“Very entertaining presentation.  It could have been brutal—it was not.  Excellent.”

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8:00 Registration
8:30 Context of Drafting
10:00 Break
10:15 Gathering and Organizing Information
11:45 Lunch (provided at live programs only)
12:30 Drafting Techniques and Strategies
2:00 Break
2:15 Handling Alternative Dispute Resolution, Gender, and Amendments
3:45 Adjourn



Lenné Espenschied / Saint Simons Island, GA

Lenné Eidson Espenschied practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, for 25 years, focusing on corporate and transactional representation of technology-based businesses. Now, she is a national speaker who has trained thousands of lawyers in the U.S. and Canada in contract drafting through continuing legal education seminars for bar associations, law firms, and corporate legal departments. She is the author of two books published by the American Bar Association:  Contract Drafting:  Powerful Prose in Transactional Practice (ABA Fundamentals, 3rd Ed.  2019) 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 the firm now known as EvershedsSutherland; she also served as Senior Counsel in the legal department of Bank of America before eventually opening her own law office. As a law professor, Ms. Espenschied taught commercial law, contracts, and contract drafting. Her passion is helping lawyers acquire the skills they need to be successful in transactional practice. 

Locations, Dates and Fees


$339 regular registration (printed materials included).
$359 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).


FAIRFAX / Wednesday, April 22
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

RICHMOND (Glen Allen) / Thursday, April 23
The Place at Innsbrook (Venue Website / Google Map)
4036-C Cox Road
(804) 346-2100

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