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Day 1 | How to Draft a Contract


8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Context of Drafting

10:30      Break

10:45      Gathering and Organizing Information

12:15      Lunch Break

1:00        Drafting Techniques and Strategies and 7 Negotiable Elements of Indemnification

2:30        Break

2:45        Handling Alternative Dispute Resolution, Gender and Amendments

4:15        Adjourn


8:55        Welcome and Introductions

9:00        Merger and Acquisition Contracting Basics

Learn from examples drawn from "real" forms used in recent M&A deals, including the 2022 hostile acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk, Microsoft's 2023 acquisition of Activision, Take-Two Interactive Software's 2022 acquisition of Zynga, and many others.

The purpose of this program is to explain why M&A practice is challenging, to highlight key issues, to introduce transactional lawyers to the jargon and provisions commonly used in M&A practice, and to enable them to talk the talk in negotiations and draft appropriate provisions to protect the interests of their clients.

This program includes two 10-minute breaks.

12:20      Adjourn

Thank you

Thank you for joining us today for How to Draft a Contract.


This "how-to" CLE program is relevant to all lawyers who draft contracts of any sort. This program begins with a discussion of the legal context of drafting, revealing outside forces that may dictate the way specific terms of the agreement are drafted or interpreted.

Attendees also spend time examining the meaning and implications of common performance and boilerplate provisions, including specific drafting techniques and strategies that contract drafters can implement immediately to draft legal documents with confidence.

Get ready to learn how to draft better indemnification provisions, allocate risk among the parties, mark up a prior draft to fit the current transaction, make seemingly minor edits to shift risk from one party to the other, use the right words to create the intended legal consequences, minimize risks associated with drafting in "the cloud" using web applications like Google Docs and iCloud, and much more!


  • Context of Drafting
  • Gathering and Organizing Information
  • Drafting Techniques and Strategies and 7 Negotiable Elements of Indemnification
  • Handling Alternative Dispute Resolution, Gender and Amendments


  • Lenné Eidson Espenschied

    Lenné Eidson Espenschied has earned her status as one of the two most popular contract drafting speakers in the U.S. by continually striving for excellence and providing innovative, practical skills-based training for transactional lawyers.

    Lenné 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).

    Her passion is helping lawyers acquire the skills they need to be successful in transactional practice.

    Click here for more information about Lenné.

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February 27, 2024
Tue 8:55 AM EST

Duration 7H 20M

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