Another Reminder About the Point of It All

Last month I took the liberty of including in this post a reader’s appreciation of the value of what I do. The forces of inertia are such that, what the heck, I’m going to do it again.

A couple of days ago received the following from Ajay Krishnan, a lawyer based in Toronto:

Dear Ken,

You don’t know me, but you’ve had a sizeable impact on my success as a new lawyer, and I wanted to say ‘thanks’.

I came across MSCD while randomly perusing a shelf in my law school library. That was 3 years ago. I can safely say that I learnt more about drafting from your book than I did from all my law school courses combined (including a course dedicated to drafting contracts!).

Following law school I articled at a downtown Toronto firm where, despite my inexperience, I regularly found myself impressing senior lawyers and clients with my approach to drafting. By the time I was called to the bar in June 2012, I realized that I had accumulated enough knowledge and contacts to leave the firm and focus on building a document assembly tool for contracts used in commercial real estate deals. I’m happy to report that I just landed my first big client, and I am over the moon about it.

And so I owe you a great deal of thanks—MSCD was literally the seed of my successes to date (and I’m sure many successes to come). Some of the lawyers I’ve worked with think I have a gift for drafting but, in truth, all one needs to do is internalize and apply the contents of your book. It ought to be required reading in law school.

I look forward to meeting you one day and thanking you in person.

Thanks again,

Ajay

I don’t need to add anything to that.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.