Penn Law Panel Discussion on Contract Drafting at Law Firms (Including Edited Transcript)

Last week’s class in my Penn Law course on contract drafting was devoted to a conference call on the topic of contract drafting at law firms. Longtime readers of this blog will recognize two of the participants: Michael Fleming, partner at Larkin & Hoffman in Minneapolis and well-known cyberspace guy, and Mike Wokasch, a savvy fourth-year associate at Quarles & Brady’s Madison, Wisconsin office. The third participant was Dustin Thompson, a junior associate at Dorsey & Whitney’s Minneapolis office. Dustin took my Penn Law course two years ago, so he was well equipped to tell my students how Adams’s recommendations hold up in the real world.

I don’t have a transcript of last week’s discussion, but I can offer you something new from the archives. Last year’s Penn Law conference call was with Larry Bell, partner with the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Benesch in Cleveland, Ohio; Jim Brashear, a partner with Haynes and Boone in Dallas, Texas; and Howard Dicker, a partner in the corporate department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York. After a legal periodical expressed interest, I put together an article based on the transcript of our discussion, but it was too for anyone to publish it, so I offer it to you now, dear reader: click here to go to a pdf copy.

My thanks go to those who generously took the time to participate in a panel discussion. It’s an important part of the course.

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.