Notes from the Road

Notes from the Road: Nigeria (Virtually)

In this post from late last year, I said I didn’t think I would ever travel as much as I did in 2019. But when I wrote it, I of course didn’t expect things to fall off a cliff they way they have. I’ve travelled only once this year, in March, for a seminar in Chicago. It had a last-helicopter-from-Saigon … Read More

Notes from the Road: Seoul 2019

Warning! This post is for seminar aficionados only. It contains minimal cultural insight and nothing on contract drafting. Instead, this post celebrates my 14 November 2019 “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar in Seoul. Out of the hundreds of seminars I’ve done over the past 14 years, it was the spiffiest. How so? For one thing, it was held at the Grand … Read More

Notes from the Road: Muscat

My seminar trips aren’t like vacation. They’re not for sightseeing—if I’m not careful, a trip can consist of various forms of transportation, time in a hotel, time in a meeting room, various forms of transportation taking me home, and not a whole lot else. And usually I don’t linger—I’m not big on solo tourism, and my wife Joanne has a … Read More

Notes from the Road: Rome

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Rome. Work I was there to do a “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar for an Italian company with global operations. A good time was had by all. By some freakish alchemy, my seminars manage to be more engaging than the subject might suggest. Heck, if I’ve found the subject fascinating enough and ridiculous … Read More

Notes from the Road: Denmark

Let me tell you about last week’s trip to Denmark—to Aarhus and Copenhagen. Over time, I’ve ended up paying less attention to some elements of my trips. As long as my air travel is uneventful, it’s time to work or sleep, with the occasional bad movie thrown in. Similarly, on this trip I enjoyed the fast, clean, and efficient Danish … Read More

Notes from the Road: Saudi Arabia

Last Sunday and Monday I gave back-to-back “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminars in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The seminars were held at the impressive offices of the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration and were arranged by the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce. My thanks to the SCCA for their gracious hospitality. My thanks also to CLDP for making … Read More

Notes from the Road: Kuwait

I’m just back from Kuwait, where I did a “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar under the auspices of the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center and the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce. I thank the KCAC for their hospitality, and I thank the CLDP for being imaginative enough to think that exposing Kuwaitis to yours truly would further the … Read More

Notes from the Road: Noosa, Queensland, Australia

My “Notes from the Road” posts aren’t intended as simple travelogue; that might be annoying. Instead, I try to tie each post to my contract-drafting-guy activities. It might be tough to pull that off when the destination was the Australian resort town of Noosa, but here goes. After seminars in Sydney and Melbourne, this past weekend I headed to Noosa, because … Read More

Notes from the Road: Finland

I’ve just returned from a visit to Finland that combined work and play. On the one hand, I had a public “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar to do. On the other hand, I went with my wife Joanne; we were staying with my brother Charles, who happens to be the U.S. ambassador to Finland; and longtime family friends were in attendance … Read More