Essentials of Contract Drafting, with Lenné Espenschied (On Demand Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 12/31/2022


A pre-recorded streaming video replay of the December 2020 webcast, Essentials of Contract Drafting, with Lenné Espenschied.

Topics Covered

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

  • Understand the strategies for negotiating contract payment terms, warranty provisions, and common boilerplate provisions
  • Learn which words to avoid, limit, and prefer in drafting contracts
  • Learn the three basic contract formats, and when each works best
  • Boost your confidence in drafting contracts
  • Improve the quality of your work

“Good writing” doesn’t necessarily translate to “good contract drafting.” This “how to” drafting program is relevant for all lawyers who draft contracts in 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 preliminaries of contract drafting, including which contract format to use, which perspective to write from, and key strategies for handling the nine basic parts of a contract. It explains how to draft effective payment terms, warranties, and boilerplate provisions. The program will present proven and practical drafting techniques that beginning lawyers and lawyers new to transactional practice can implement immediately to draft contracts more confidently. Attendees will learn:

  • Three different contract formats, and when to use each
  • When to use first, second, or third person in contracts
  • Successful strategies for the nine basic parts of a contract
  • Terminology to avoid, limit, and prefer
  • 5 things you should know about drafting payment terms
  • 5 things you should know about drafting warranties
  • Strategies for 12 boilerplate provisions

And much more!

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

“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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Lenné Eidson Espenschied / Saint Simons Island, GA

Lenné Eidson Espenschied has earned her status as one of the three most popular contract drafting speakers in the country by continually striving for excellence and providing innovative, practical, skills-based training for transactional lawyers.  She 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, 3d 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 Eversheds Sutherland; 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.

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