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8 Mistakes Experienced Contract Drafters Usually Make

Total Credits: 1 including 1 General

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General |  Practical Skills
Lenné Espenschied, Esq.
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Are you making some of the most common errors in drafting contracts? In this session, we’ll consider real examples from recent high-profile transactions of flagrant contract drafting errors that instantly reveal the drafter’s lack of familiarity with best drafting practices and damage his or her credibility. We’ll make practical and imminently useful recommendations to help you avoid these drafting errors, improve the quality of any drafting project, and build a stronger personal brand.


In this session, you’ll learn about:


  • Why contract drafting is a core competency for virtually all lawyers;
  • How drafting competency is often neglected in the pursuit of substantive expertise;
  • How flagrant drafting errors damage a lawyer’s reputation;
  • How to recognize 8 common contract drafting practices that are actually flagrant errors; and
  • Highly practical, effective techniques to avoid these flagrant errors and significantly improve your contract drafting expertise.




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Lenné Eidson Espenschied has earned her status as one of the Top 3 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, 3rd 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.  



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 87


Aimee P - Albuquerque, New Mexico

"shorter sentences"

Jean W - Greene, Maine

"not to use herein or similar terms"

Sarah R - Hampden, Maine

"use of the word shall"

Allison F - Brewer, Maine

"Not to use provisos "

Arianna E - Kennebunk, Maine

"All of them."

Karin G - Biddeford, Maine

"when to use shall"

Lindsay D - Freeport, Maine

"Checklist for my drafting going forward."

Seth R - Gorham, Maine

"Shall = has a duty to. Shorten my sentences to less then three lines"

Marcia C - Cape Elizabeth, Maine


Joanna O - Searsport, Maine

"Overuse of and/or and shall."