Legal Writing: Tips and Tricks from the Front Lines

Author
Andrew Struve Jessica Slusser
Date
March 29, 2013
Category
General
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Description:

Legal writing is something you do every day, but not all lawyers do it as well as they should. Legal writing often goes wrong because we started writing before we took sufficient time to consider the audience and the goal we are trying to achieve.

In this program, Andrew Struve and Jessica Slusser provide sage advice and practical tips for effective and persuasive legal writing including how to:

• Tailor your writing to appeal to the reader and to achieve your underlying purpose;
• Focus your writing to achieve the key objectives of clarity, organization, conciseness, persuasiveness and credibility; and
• Avoid common errors that distract the reader and detract from the persuasiveness of your writing.

Both new and more experienced attorneys will benefit from this program.

Speakers:

Andrew H. Struve, Partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Jessica J. Slusser, Counsel, Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Andrew's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and unfair competition actions, with a particular expertise in healthcare, private equity, insurance and the defense of consumer suits. In the healthcare field, he co-chairs the Firm's Healthcare Litigation practice, and has litigated class and other representative actions, federal and state qui tam litigation, antitrust suits, RICO actions, managed care contracting suits, partnership actions, bad faith claims and payment disputes, as well as conducted numerous internal investigations and compliance audits. In the managed healthcare and insurance fields, he has litigated numerous class actions and individual unfair business practices suits, bad faith actions, and rescission litigations. Andrew also has represented clients in trials and other litigation of significant matters involving real estate, title insurance, intellectual property, false advertising, employment, misappropriation of trade secrets, product liability, professional liability, partnerships, indemnity, contribution, subrogation, and other areas of the law, and has served as regulatory counsel and governance advisor to healthcare clients. He also serves as national governance, regulatory and compliance counsel for a number of companies, and leads teams of firm professionals managing all aspects of clients' multidisciplinary legal functions.

Jessica's practice focuses on commercial litigation, including intellectual property, health care, tort, breach of contract, fraud, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and RICO. She handles all phases of litigation associated with trademarks, dilution, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, patents and unfair competition matters. Jessica has experience managing trademark dockets, handling registration and maintenance of trademarks before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; prosecution and defense of Trademark Trial and Appeal proceedings in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; registration and enforcement of internet domain names, including ICANN arbitrations; and strategic counseling in intellectual property. She has represented clients in federal and state courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in arbitration proceedings. Jessica has been involved in all phases of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling through trial and appeal.

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