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10 Mistakes Experienced Contract Drafters Usually Make

with Lenné Espenschied

Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Who Should Attend

This webinar is intended for lawyers who have experience in contract drafting, and want to take their drafting and reviewing skills to the next level.

About the Program

Are you making some of the most common mistakes in drafting contracts? This new, 90 minute webinar explains ten stylistic and substantive drafting errors commonly found in all kinds of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate contracts, contracts for the sale of goods and services, settlement agreements, licenses, partnership agreements, and employment and consulting agreements. Lawyer, author, and contract drafting instructor Lenné Espenschied will use real-world before and after examples of typical drafting missteps, including ambiguous terms, grammatical errors, and weak sentence construction to reveal how simple mistakes can damage your credibility and leave your client exposed. You’ll walk away with an arsenal of practical tools, tips and recommendations – as well as clear guidance you can immediately apply to improve the quality of the contracts you draft every day. Don’t miss this opportunity to get useful insights on how to avoid common drafting errors, improve the quality of your overall drafting, and enhance your personal brand.

Meet Your Presenter

Lenné Eidson EspenschiedLenné Eidson Espenschied practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia for 25 years, focusing on corporate and transactional representation of technology-based businesses. Now, she is an international speaker who has trained thousands of lawyers in the US and Canada in the art of legal 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, 2nd Ed. 2015) and The Grammar and Writing Handbook for Lawyers (ABA Fundamentals, 2011). In 2013, she developed a series of 17 videos on various contract drafting topics for Thomson/Reuters. As law professor, Ms. Espenschied taught commercial law, contracts, and contract drafting at Charlotte School of Law and at the University of Georgia. Her passion is helping lawyers acquire the skills they need to be successful in transactional practice.

Program Schedule (Eastern)

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Welcome and Introduction

Ambiguous terms



Semantic ambiguity


Defined terms

Grammatical errors

Repeated statements of agreement

Sentence construction

Program Wrap-up and Evaluation

Praise From Past Attendees

"Real examples of drafting errors and examples of corrections; articulate and thoughtful presentation."

"Very practical and usable advice. Many seminars are not helpful to in-house counsel. This one is. Thanks for offering it."

"Very informative. A lot of knowledge and detail that will prove useful in day to day drafting."

"Excellent seminar and teacher! I will look at agreements differently going forward."

"Really excellent CLE! Informative, useful, well organized and well presented."

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10 Mistakes Experienced Contract Drafters Usually Make - Thursday, January 23, 2020 $140.00

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10 Mistakes Experienced Contract Drafters Usually Make - Thursday, January 23, 2020 $165.00

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