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Andrew Hales, Professional Development Manager, Venable:
“Time and again, our associates find your workshop to be the most practical, most useful writing program they’ve ever attended. Your approach is right on.”
Christine Mersten, Deputy Attorney General and Director of CLE,
Office of the California Attorney General:
“Ross taught at each of our offices in our major cities. He was insightful, entertaining, and his materials extremely beneficial. Our deputies had such a good time and learned so much they didn’t want to leave when his presentation was concluded! We received some of the highest scores we have ever seen on the evaluations for Ross’s class.”
Colleen Sheffler, Assistant Director, Minnesota CLE:
“Your enthusiasm created a high-energy atmosphere and encouraged attendee participation in the exercises. We heard several comments that your focus on legal writing, as opposed to a more general approach, was appreciated—and what they came for. The written materials are excellent, and will serve as a useful reference in the future.”
Gail McGinley, Manager, Legal Personnel & Recruiting, Willkie Farr & Gallagher:
“Ross has presented numerous writing programs for our summer associates, as well as associates at all levels. His reviews are consistently great—participants always enjoy his interactive and example-driven presentations and find his materials to be very useful. Ross’s command of the subject matter is excellent and his presentations are always engaging. We have asked him to tailor programs to the specific needs of practice groups and it was clear that he had taken our suggestions into consideration while working on the program. It’s always a pleasure working with Ross and we would not hesitate offering a recommendation. We always look forward to Ross returning to Willkie!”
Gary R. Krohn, Esq., Attorney Development Manager, Mayer Brown LLP:
“Mayer Brown LLP's Chicago office recently hired Ross Guberman from Legal Writing Pro to present a legal writing clinic for Summer Associates. Ross and his professional staff are highly organized and they made scheduling the program easy. The half-day workshop was informative, energetic, and interactive. Most importantly, we received excellent feedback from the participants: ‘covered a subject that is under-taught at my school;’ ‘the Toolkit looks to be an invaluable resource;’ and ‘I've gotten this far without learning grammar, but it looks like it's time to learn.’”
Gwendolyn Byrd, CLE Director, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis:
“Thank you for coming to St. Louis and presenting your Legal Writing Seminar. The feedback was all positive. The evaluation remarks praised your delivery, style and the information they received. Many said it was the best seminar they had ever attended. Some of the attendees told me they were going to contact you to present at their firm. Your personal and materials rating on a scale of 1 to 5 averaged a 5 with some 5+ responses. It was a pleasure working with you. I look forward to your return.”
Jane Rhee, Esq., Manager of Professional Development & Training, Shearman & Sterling:
“Ross’s programs are very engaging, interactive and focused. Ross’s experience and background provides our associates with the practical, real world examples that help them achieve their best in legal writing.”
J.D. Neary, Firm-Wide Training Director, McGuireWoods:
“The thing I liked best about the class is that Ross ‘gets it.’ He understands how courts want information delivered to them, and he is able to get that across to associates by using real-life writing examples, both good and bad. The content and delivery were excellent.”
JeanMarie Campbell, Former Firmwide Director of Attorney Development, Akin Gump:
“Ross Guberman’s program is practical, relevant and most importantly, engaging. When I receive feedback from my associates touting the content of his presentation as well as his energy and enthusiasm, I know that I have struck gold. Ross’s program is a winner in my book!”
Jennifer Pangione, Firm-Wide Attorney Development Training Manager, Skadden Arps:
“I thought the program went very well. I was amazed at how short three hours felt. You kept interest throughout the program, using several different formats. I’m a big fan of mixing up a program with lecture, PowerPoint, exercises, etc. It was worth my time to come down for the session.”
Jerry Liebes, Chief Learning Officer, FCC:
“Ross’s workshops received high praise from our attorneys, who not only liked his presentations but also found them useful and applicable to their work. They want him back for more.”
Jim Lovelace, former Manager of Lawyer Development, Miller & Chevalier:
“We invited Ross to do a workshop largely on the recommendation of an associate who had taken his advanced writing course at GW Law School. She raved about him! Ross did not disappoint, and our other associates were quite pleased as well. Ross has a real knack for bringing his points to a down-to-earth level that are easy to remember and implement. We’re excited to have him come back.”
Judy Kalman, Director, AG Institute at the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General:
“Excellent, accessible examples used with a purpose. Engaging style; your enthusiasm is infectious. You have an outstanding ability to articulate why and what the objectives are. I am going to try to apply your techniques in the next brief I write. Thank you.”
Linda Hardenstein, former Professional Development Director, Patton Boggs:
“Our associates continue to give feedback about how they are applying the skills taught in Ross Guberman’s writing program. Ross’s use of well-known cases made the teaching come alive. He made the materials relevant to each of the four practice groups represented in the room. His energy and program design encouraged even the most reluctant attorneys to participate without hesitation.”
Kara Dodson, Director of Recruiting and Associate Development, Young Conaway
“I found the course to be helpful and informative as well as very entertaining. I do not practice law any longer and also do not write substantial amounts but this course made me want to!”
Karen Lee, CLE Seminars Manager, Oregon State Bar:
“Our bar members were extremely pleased with Ross’s CLE presentations. In fact, several members commented that they wanted longer programs! The programs delivered relevant and practical information that could be implemented immediately. Ross’s delivery style is energetic and well-paced. Time spent in any of Ross’s writing seminars is time well-spent.”
Karen Morita, Human Resources Director, Greenberg Traurig:
“Ross Guberman’s email workshop for our business staff and paralegals provided interactive exercises and practical tips that could be put to use immediately. The supporting materials provide a reference for the participants to carry back to their desk and provide insight for those who were unable to attend the course. The best part of the workshop, however, is that Ross was funny and entertaining. We have received nothing but positive feedback from the participants and see daily the evidence of the learning that took place in the e-mail messages written by our employees.”
Katherine M. White, former Senior Manager of Professional Development and Attorney Recruiting, Dickstein Shapiro:
“We have hired Ross to offer programs for our summer associates, new associates and our corporate group attorneys over the past two years, and each program has been very well received. I can highly recommend Ross to anyone who is looking for a useful and entertaining legal writing program.

Here are some quotes from our associates: ‘The course was both in depth and concise—everything legal writing should be! I enjoyed working through practical examples to test the tips discussed. The materials are clear, organized, and helpful. Great energy!’”

Kay Nash, Director of Professional Development, Wiley Rein LLP:
“Ross's engaging presentations stress the need to write to advocate a client's position or answer a client's problem—not just to put legal research on to the printed page. This approach has helped our associates move their legal writing to the next level. Ross's practical approach and comprehensive materials add tremendous value to the program. Above all else, I appreciate Ross's sense of humor and the ease of planning one of his workshops!”
Laura Saklad, Chief Lawyer Development Officer, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP:
“Ross conducts astoundingly practical, focused sessions with an enthusiasm one rarely finds in such presentations. The programs are outstanding, and consistently a favorite at our firm. His Four Steps approach to legal writing provides attorneys with tangible tips they can easily apply to improve their work.”
Magda Hageman-Apol, former Firm-Wide Director for Professional Development, K&L Gates:
“Ross Guberman hit the mark with his writing seminar for our First Year class. The program content and presentation were first rate. He employed a simple way to make legal writing understandable, used colorful recent examples to demonstrate his rules and had effective tips for immediate implementation to improve work product. Evaluations from the group were extremely favorable and Ross was very responsive to our needs.”
Matthew Sutko, Appellate Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice:
“Over the years I’ve edited or written well over a thousand appellate briefs, have spoken on appellate advocacy, and have attended legal writing seminars taught by some of the country’s top instructors. Without a doubt, your session is the best I’ve seen. You gave me a lot of easy to understand practical pointers that will improve my editing and brief-writing skills. The concept of ‘show—don’t tell’ alone is worth the seminar—it’s something I can use in every document I write. I really can’t say enough nice things about your session. Thanks again.”
Mike Gieger, Vice President, Qwest Law Department:
“Ross provided an all-day seminar for my entire department and, in addition to an unprecedented attendance rate, produced a first in my experience—virtually everyone who attended said that the seminar was ‘too short!’”
Nena Shaw, Esq., former Manager of Professional Development, Goodwin Procter:
“Of all the skills associates need to know, writing is the most critical. Through all his programs, Ross provides excellent advice and useful checklists that can help improve anyone’s writing. There is no other writing consultant I would use for attorneys at my firm.”
Nancy L. Gray, former Associate Director, Legal Recruiting, Weil, Gotshal & Manges:
“Ross’s program is both practical and entertaining. Summer associates are particularly enamored with the Toolkit!”
New York Office, Allen & Overy:
“The New York office of Allen & Overy LLP has used Ross Guberman as a writing skills instructor in programs for our summer and first year associates over the past two years. The feedback has been consistently positive. His knowledge, style and personality make his seminars educational yet enjoyable. Some of the comments from the 2008 Summer Associate class are:

‘The workshop was very well organized. Excellent’;
‘Examples were quite helpful’;
‘The most engaged I've been in a writing workshop’;
‘Very helpful and knowledgeable. Handles any question thrown at him’; and
‘The training was more extensive and relevant than most of what we receive in school.’”
Pete Kenny, Virginia CLE Seminar Attorney:
“We recently had Ross present for us again, and his presentation received an extraordinary 4.95 average rating on a 5-point scale. Here were some of the many glowing comments: ‘Engaging and memorable,’ ‘dynamic,’ ‘helped relieve my fear of writing,’ ‘absolutely useful,’ ‘message is poignant,’ ‘extremely informative,’ ‘excellent illustrations and real-life stories,’ ‘very funny, very polished, very informative,’ ‘connects well with audience,’ ‘very confident, approachable, and knowledgeable,’ ‘kept me interested for the duration.’”
Peter Sloan, Career Development Partner, Blackwell Sanders:
“Ross uses fresh, timely examples and an engaging presentation style to make his writing seminars fun. Well done!”
Randi Lewis, Esq., Director of Diversity and Professional Development,
Miles & Stockbridge:
“I wanted to let you know how well your writing course was received by our lawyers this fall. They told me this was the best writing workshop they have ever taken. As you know, after you conducted your workshop this summer, many of the summer associates told me enthusiastically that this was one of the highlights of our summer program. Your workshop as well as the strength of your personality played a big role in our #5 national ranking [out of 159] in the American Lawyer 2004 Summer Associates Survey.”
Raymond C. Ruppert, Director of CLE, North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, President, ACLEA:
“Ross’s program evaluations speak volumes. Both his program and materials score consistently superb ratings.”
Rick Slee, Assistant Director for CLE, Ohio State Bar:
“I just finished reviewing the evaluations from the Columbus and Cincinnati programs, and the attendees were unanimous in their praise for you and the seminar. Close to 100% of those in attendance rated you as ‘Excellent.’ Sample comments: ‘An entertaining and informative program that I highly recommend.’ ‘Fantastic speaker.’ ‘Your tips are easy to follow and understand. You make it worthwhile to pay attention in a CLE.’ We’re looking forward to bringing you back to Ohio next year.”
Rob Koonce, Director, Center for Legal Education and Professional Development, New Mexico State Bar:
“Ross Guberman’s delivery of legal writing can be described as nothing less than a commanding performance. As aptly noted by an attendee, his presentation was ‘well-organized, interesting, engaging, and to the point.’”
Robin Sellier, Professional Development Manager, Schulte Roth & Zabel:
“Ross teaches engaging and informative seminars that garner consistently enthusiastic reviews from our attorneys. We have offered three different Legal Writing Pro seminars, and each was a great success.  Ross is also flexible and creative, adapting his programs to the firm's needs.”
Ruta Stropus, Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General:
“As a teacher of legal writing, I was not prepared to learn anything new. However, I did learn new techniques and enjoyed the concrete examples.”
Sarah Staup, Director of Professional Personnel, Dykema:
“We have had Ross in to conduct several programs for our associates and summer associates, all of which received rave reviews. Comments such as: ‘Practical advice’; ‘Excellent handouts’; and ‘Kept my attention the entire time,’ keep resurfacing. Perhaps the most telling review came from a first year associate who commented that he ‘couldn't wait to leave the workshop and go write something!’ Ross has an easy, approachable personality, and he instills confidence immediately that he knows his craft well.”
Sharon DiPasquale, former Director of Attorney Recruitment and Professional Development, Dow, Lohnes & Albertson:
“I am thrilled with how the program turned out and how well received it was by all of the associates. I enjoyed working with you and appreciate your responsiveness in every aspect of this program—from beginning to end. We will definitely be calling on you again for our writing program needs.”
Susan J. Irion, former Director of Professional Development, DLA Piper US LLP:
“Ross Guberman is a superb teacher of writing skills. He successfully combines a highly-engaging classroom style and scholarly knowledge of legal writing to deliver training that sticks. At DLA Piper, Ross has trained all levels of associates, who provide feedback about his tips and instruction, such as:

‘Practical. Immediately applicable’;
‘[I] liked the knowledge and enthusiasm of the speaker’;
‘I loved the exercises’;
‘[Ross has] an excellent command of the subject—knows everything!’; and
‘[He] helped me focus on what we are really trying to achieve with legal writing.’

“As a former legal writing professor myself, I really appreciate Ross’s skill with adult learners. I recommend him to any legal writer who wants to write for the greatest impact.”
Tammy S. Tremain, Managing Attorney for CLE, Wisconsin State Bar:
“Ross’s program was fantastic. My attendees gave Ross very high marks for his content, course materials and delivery. It was a very personable, well-presented program. The concepts presented can easily and seamlessly be applied to every-day practice.”
Yasmeen I. Burns, Professional Development Manager, Dow Lohnes:
“Your presentation on Four Steps to Standout Legal Writing was very well received by our associates. The information in your presentation and the additional reference material you provided were both fascinating and enlightening to them all.”

New Associates

Aja Sae-Kung, Associate, Dickstein Shapiro:
“The materials are thorough and well put together. The presenter is great, energetic and very knowledgeable.”
Andrew Miller, Associate, Wiley, Rein & Fielding:
“I can use these tips as soon as I get back to my desk.”
Chris Kocher, Associate, Goodwin Procter:
“Really great course—very helpful!”
Dan McGuire, Associate, Dickstein Shapiro:
“No matter how effective I thought my writing was before this course, I walked away with some great, useful strategies and rules to improve my writing skills.”
Daniel Kanler, Associate, White & Case:
“Ross taught the course the way he wants us to write: very easily accessible, simple and interesting. Many of the writing tips are so simple, one would never think about them.”
Dayna Harmelin, Associate, Dow Lohnes:
“Energetic speaker and lots of useful tips!”
Gerard Donovan, Associate, Nixon Peabody:
“I like that toolbox is very compact and useful for improving writing. I lost the copy from when I was a summer and have regretted it since.”
Jon Labukas, Associate, DLA Piper:
"The course was outstanding; a perfect guide tailored to the new attorney."
Leslie Ritchie Robnett, Associate, Gardere Wynne:
“I thought this was the most tangible writing workshop I’ve been to because the steps really give me a take-away manageable way to improve.”
Matthew Lockwood, Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher:
“Stellar - interactive but focused on solid examples.”
Neil Magnuson, Associate, Williams Mullen:
“I found every bit of the presentation enlightening and useful! I have a strong desire to generate memos and other legal documents that are persuasive, well-organized and technically correct. I’ll take any tips you have to this end.”
Rachel Paras, Associate, Kelley, Drye & Warren:
“You were clear, concise, and organized. Thank you for your time.”

Summer Associates

Alejandro J. Garcia, Summer Associate, Steptoe:
“All too often we become so attached to our personal writing eccentricities that we forget to be critical and honest about our drafting flaws. The course allows us to tackle our eccentricities, abandon the weaknesses, and become better writers.”
Amanda Brouillette, Summer Associate, Skadden:
“I expected 3 hours of writing training to be boring and tedious but it was engaging and useful!”
Andrew Kravis, Summer Associate, Nixon Peabody:
“The workshop was very engaging and interactive, which I really appreciated. What’s more, it was tailored to our needs as summer associates.”
Ariel Colangelo, Summer Associate, Nixon Peabody:
“Seriously more helpful than an entire year of legal writing class—thanks so much for the tips of the trade.”
Ben Maggin, Summer Associate, Brown Rudnick:
“The information was particularly relevant to the kind of writing that we will be doing as summer associates. It got me thinking about a lot of issues with my writing and settled many of the questions I had about style/grammar/etc. Ross had excellent command of the material and had an effective teaching style.”
Bonsitu Kitaba, Summer Associate, Dykema:
“Very practical tips for writing that we can implement right away. Simple and understandable presentation.”
Cat Matloub, Summer Associate, Skadden:
“This was incredibly helpful. I really wish I had taken this training before I turned in my first memo!”
Cerise Gobena, Summer Associate, Manatt:
“Very well-put course. Instructor communicated material enthusiastically and effectively.”
C. J. Wahl, Summer Associate, Fried Frank
"I liked the activities because I learn writing better when actually writing than when simply reading or being lectured to. I also appreciated the wealth of materials, especially the checklists, other lists, and examples of writing from top lawyers."
Cooper Hawley, Summer Associate, Harter Secrest:
“I enjoyed how interactive the workshop was and that you used sources outside of the law with which to teach.”
Emily Ma, Summer Associate, Skadden
"Great ratio of lecture to small discussion and participation."
Erin Collins, Summer Associate, Dykema
"It was very helpful to discuss a topic, go through an exercise, then see where the further resource on the subject is in the materials. It made the presentation cohesive and easier to apply in the future."
Esther Winne, Summer Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“This workshop was the best basic tutorial I have received on legal writing. It is too bad they don’t teach this in law school. Every attorney or future attorney would benefit from taking this short course.”
Hakeem Rizk, Law Clerk, Cleary Gottlieb:
“The presentation was well organized and given at a level that allowed everyone to learn and to improve. I enjoyed realizing common mistakes and seeing the beauty of concise and simple writing.”
James Sumner, Summer Associate, Allen & Overy:
“I liked the work exercises. It makes a difference when you try and apply what you are learning.”
Jennifer Haney, Summer Associate, Sidley:
“Very engaging, good sense of humor, and clearly very knowledgeable.”
Julia Perkins, Summer Associate, Fox Rothschild
"I enjoyed the atmosphere of the workshop - it wasn’t overly competitive, or too much “talking at us”—it struck the right balance of being both engaging and informative, without being intimidating."
Kaite Hillenbrand, Summer Associate, Steptoe:
“I liked moving around and switching things up - especially at the end of the day! The enthusiasm was great, too.”
Khoury Cooper, Summer Associate, Mayer Brown
"The materials are amazing. I wish I had them during my first year in law school!"
Lauren Winchester, Summer Associate, Fox Rothschild
"For those of us who pride ourselves on knowing our grammar rules, you put us to shame! (in a fun way!)"
Lakshmi Ramanathan, Summer Associate, Andrews & Kurth
"Presentation materials are amazing, and I will use them in law school, too. Presenter was entertaining and funny."
Leyton Nelson, Summer Associate, Dykema:
“I thought the workshop was absolutely wonderful. I truly appreciated your preparation for all questions we had and your ability to frame your answers in a way that is immediately useful for legal writing. I felt like I learned a great deal without being inundated with material.”
Libby Yandell, Summer Associate, Andrews & Kurth:
“Perfect length, great amount of interaction/engagement/involvement, very well organized!”
Lindsey Bohl, Summer Associate, Sidley:
“I enjoyed the amount of time spent on difficult grammar rules—this course was very practical for every kind of legal writing.”
Michael McMillin, Summer Associate, Andrews & Kurth
"I enjoyed that you were able to answer any and all grammar questions cogently and without hesitation."
Monica Guzikowski, Summer Associate, Fried Frank:
“Awesome! Kept us engaged for all three hours early in the morning.”
Nicole Tyrell, Summer Associate, Fried Frank
"After today I feel more prepared for the writing assignments I will receive this summer! Thank you!"
Renard Miller, Summer Associate, Fried Frank:
“I really liked this. Unlike a lot of presentations I’ve seen, this lacked the filler that made those seem like a waste of time. Really engaging and thoroughly done!”
Rene DuBois, Summer Associate, Skadden:
“Course materials are excellent; right to the point; hit on the issues that most struggle with.”
Rich Gallena, Summer Associate, Dickstein Shapiro:
“Ross kept the subject matter interesting, practical, and fun. The games we played were very helpful (and reminded me of Mad Libs for lawyers). Great program!”
Ryan Alshak, Summer Associate, Manatt:
“Really great workshop. Made my legal writing program in law school seem redundant and impractical.”
Samia Rogers, Summer Associate, Andrews & Kurth:
“This was practical advice that I will be able to apply to my writing immediately. I wish I had been given this training 1L year!”
Titilayo Tinubu, Summer Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“I was an English major in college and thought I had a great command of writing, but this course showed me that I could take my writing to an even higher level. Now I’m actually excited to use these tools this summer to become even clearer in my communication.”
Todd Schmid, Summer Associate, Mayer Brown:
“Arguably, Ross’s course provided better advice than a semester of legal writing. I am excited to put it into practice.”
Whitney R. Crayton, Summer Associate, Andrews & Kurth:
“I really liked that you incorporated guided practice into the lesson so that we got a chance to try our hand at what we’d just learned.”

Four Steps to Standout Legal Writing

Aaron Moore, Associate, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann:
“Provides a very simple, logical approach to legal writing.”
Aaron Sims, Associate, Potter Anderson:
“Very concrete, practical examples. Command of knowledge of subject matter very impressive. Explanations increased by knowledge.”
Amanda Wagner, Division of Investment Management, SEC:
“Concrete examples that will be simple to implement—clear explanations—great take-home materials.”
Anthon S. Cannon, Jr., Partner, Pillsbury:
“Excellent, specific examples; terrific written materials; outstanding oral presentation. Best CLE program I have attended.”
Ahaji Amos, Associate, Akin Gump:
“Perfect. It will change the way I write!”
Albert A. Menashe, President, Oregon State Bar:
“Every Oregon lawyer should take this course!”
Amy Katcherian, Associate, White & Case:
“This was probably the most helpful legal writing seminar I have ever attended. The instructor’s focus on scientific methods for improving editing and writing will prove very useful to my legal practice. The materials are also readable and short enough to make it easy for busy attorneys to pay attention to.”
Andrew Homer, Associate, Pillsbury Madison:
“The course was very informative and practical. I will immediately apply your materials and techniques to strengthen my writing. The presentation was crisp, responsive and interactive – allowing students to see problems and solutions in practice. Thanks.”
Andrew Wiggin, Participant, Virginia CLE:
“All A’s. I never give such high ratings! Far exceeded my expectations.”
Andy Mathews, Associate, Williams Mullen:
“I wish we had spent more time on it. Thanks!”
Ann Spalding, Associate, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart:
“Your presentation was excellent—very concise, well organized, and entertaining. It confirmed my belief that you can always improve your writing and yourself.”
Anna Kuperstein, Associate, Keller and Heckman:
“I found the examples to be extremely helpful and the presenter clarified some issues that have always puzzled me. I look forward to referring to the Toolkit.”
Antony Kim, Associate, White & Case:
“Liked helpful ‘steps’ and bookmark; examples were fantastic and relevant to my everyday writing endeavors.”
Ashley Stewart, Associate, Strasburger:
“You taught very practical tips that I will actually use.”
Beth Dinndorf, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“The appendix and practice pointers are a great takeaway I’ll refer to regularly. This course will help me write better—period. I learned something new in Ross’s course. Thank you. I love the contemporary examples.”
Beth Domenick, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“Excellent presentation. Concise guidance that’s easy to follow and apply. Also great handouts.”
Beth Graff, Associate, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald:
“Great pointers—very helpful tips on organization and cutting out superfluous wording. Thanks!”
Beth S. Wolfsong, Participant, Oregon CLE:
“I very much appreciated the organization of the materials. It is very user-friendly and will make a handy resource on my long journey to become a better writer! Thanks.”
Bill Tobey, Attorney, Federal Labor Relations Authority:
“I liked the strong focus on structured, organized argument. I also liked the technique of reading the topic sentences to confirm that each advances the argument.”
Brandy Anderson, Associate, Dow Lohnes:
“This was excellent. (I am a former 8th Cir. clerk, and your comments were absolutely right on!)”
Brendan Jones, Associate, Womble Carlyle:
“This is my second time through your course. I would take it a third time.”
Tim Walsh, Counsel, Pillsbury:
“Extremely useful hints and advice from real world examples.”
Brian Truby, Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“I appreciated the way Ross boiled down tips into 3-4 simple techniques for improving legal writing. Attorneys are often under a great deal of time pressure, and these few tips can be very helpful in improving the brief, etc., in minimal time.”
Brock Rosenbaum, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb:
“I clerked before this job; my writing has fallen apart since. This [course] helped me think about what I’m doing.”
Calvin Nelson, Associate, Venable:
“This is a great course. It answers many questions about issues I was not even aware of and some I was afraid to ask about.”
Carla Casas, Associate, McGuireWoods:
“Very informative, presented in a very entertaining and interesting manner. You presented the tips in a clear manner that’s very easy to apply.”
Charles Dick, Partner, Baker & McKenzie:
“This was a first rate learning experience.”
Chris Kammerer, Associate, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart:
“I liked your description of writing legal briefs as a science—rather than an art—conveying the message that there is a formula to effective legal writing.”
Chris Kristofco, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“Concrete, great advice that I actually will use.”
Christen Furka, Associate, Fried Frank:
“Helpful and practical. Love this stuff.”
Christine Lombardo, Associate, Fried Frank:
“These are very practical, useful tips and techniques. Very animated and interesting presentation.”
Christopher Arnold, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“I will be a better writer after using these techniques.”
Christopher Betti, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“The course provided a great list of points and examples for improving my legal writing.”
Claudia Schultze, Associate, Connolly Bove:
“I liked everything.”
Clint Wolcott, Attorney, Federal Labor Relations Authority:
“Very practical and easy to follow.”
Courtney Brunsfeld, Associate, Polsinelli:
“I was very impressed with the course. Ross Guberman has an engaging presentation style and an incredible command of the subject matter.”
Courtney Miller, Associate, Williams Mullen:
“The course and Toolkit will be useful for many years to come. I only wish I had this course my first year in law school.”
Craig Wolfe, Partner, Kelley Drye:
“Extraordinary presentation and amazing command of subject matter. I suggest that attorneys of all levels attend. After practicing for years, I learned a lot.”
Crystal Campbell, Associate, Thompson Coburn:
“Maintained a high level of interest. CLEs usually make me want to jump out of a window, but this one was fun and useful.”
Cynthia Sleet, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw:
"Excellent! Very useful and extremely helpful. Glad I came."
Daniel Forman, Associate, Fried Frank:
“Ross provided great tips and instruction for improving writing. I’m looking forward to trying out his recommendations.”
Dave Arnolds, Participant, Colorado Bar:
“Great presentation—very practical.”
Doug Lipsky, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw:
"Offered useful tips to make my writing easier, more focused, and faster."
Drew Wixted, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“Very helpful. Practical tips to improve all aspects of my writing. Thanks very much.”
E. Nichols, Attorney, Federal Labor Relations Authority:
“Excellent, found it relevant and tailored to FLRA work. One of the best writing classes I have ever taken.”
Eileen Wald, Associate, Thompson Coburn:
“Best and most useful presentation. Concrete examples – enthusiasm for ‘dreaded’ topic.”
Elaine Lippmann, Regulatory Counsel, FDA:
“Great format, excellent materials. I consider myself a decent writer but learned a lot. Thank you!”
Emily Schleicher, Associate, Wiley Rein:
“It was clear, straightforward, and obviously applicable to my work.”
Eric West, Associate, Howard Rice:
“Good on the details and the big picture.”
Erin Webb, Associate, Dickstein Shapiro:
“Great—never boring—style. Very engaging.”
Erin Simpkins, Associate, Reed Smith:
“I really enjoyed the course. The laminated sheets and Attorney Toolkits are going to be great resources over the years as I continue to improve my writing.”
Eris Morehouse, Member, Oliff & Berridge:
“The tips were very relevant to our work. The issues that were discussed arise on a daily basis.”
Fenix Manning-Bowman, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“The information and support material will help me for years to come!”
Gail Baum, Attorney, Department of Education:
“Excellent, practical tips, explained simply and clearly. The Toolkit and cheat sheets will be excellent resources. Course was too short.”
Glen Gesicki, Associate, Kelley, Drye & Warren:
“To the point and thorough.”
Graham Hill, Associate, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart:
“I liked how you addressed real issues in practice. I liked how you used real examples.”
Greg Mennerick, Associate, Thompson Coburn:
“I appreciated the balance of transactional and litigation materials presented.”
Greg Weinig, Partner, Connolly Bove:
“Nothing I didn’t like!”
Greg Whitehair, Of Counsel, Oliff & Berridge:
“[Liked] specifics, clear and present alternatives, logical/intuitive reason. This was fabulous.”
The Honorable Gregory H. Laughlin, Senior Counsel, Pillsbury Madison:
“Your presentation was clear and concise. It was presented in a method that makes sense/persuasive to improve one’s writing.”
Guy Benson, Attorney, FCC:
“I found this course to be interesting and helpful. The instructor’s interest in the subject matter was apparent and contributed to the learning experience.”
Kazuyo Fujimura, Law Clerk, Pillsbury:
“He gave a lot of useful tips. The materials will also be helpful. They answer many questions I have had.”
Gwendolyn Byrd, CLE Director, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis:
“Many said it was the best seminar they had ever attended. Some of the attendees told me they were going to contact you to present at their firm. Your personal and materials rating on a scale of 1 to 5 averaged a 5 with some 5+ responses.”
Hanna Lee Blake, Associate, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald:
“I particularly appreciated the tips on strategy and overcoming ‘writer’s block.’ Also, the bound materials will be useful in the future.”
David Johnson, Law Clerk, Pillsbury:
“I liked that the examples provided enough material to support the principle, and no more.”
Heather Batzel, Associate, Baker & McKenzie:
“Well done. Thank you.”
Helen Keuning, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“Very practical, great tips, excellent seminar.”
Holly Yoakum, Associate, Thompson Coburn:
“We’ve had a ton of these sorts of training workshops, and this is the ONLY one that offered innovative techniques we could apply to become better at what we do. This was well worth giving up the billable time.”
Hughes Bates, Division of Corporation Finance, SEC:
“You hit the right balance between providing instruction and hands-on-practice."”
Hunter Winstead, Associate, Piper Rudnick:
“I liked the commentary provided from actual judges—I found that very insightful and it really reinforced the points made by the presenter.”
Ingrid Johnson, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“You presented information I can use to do my job more effectively—today. Thank you.”
Jacque McCray, Associate, Sonnenschein:
“Presenter was engaging and knowledgeable.”
Jaimie Davis, Associate,Schulte Roth & Zabel
“Ross demystifies legal writing and makes success attainable for mathematical thinkers.”
Jake Blanchard, Associate, Fowler White:
“I like the practical knowledge this course offers. If I apply just a few of the concepts my writing will be more clear and concise without much added effort.”
James Hardman, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“An interesting and informative seminar with great practical tips.”
James Olsen, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“You made me enjoy writing and grammar.”
Jennifer Bippus, Associate, Snell & Wilmer:
“You related well to participants by identifying the things we all do. You provided practical tips for identifying our weaknesses and correcting them.”
Jonas Nahoum, Associate, Howard Rice:
“Very thorough course. Covered all topics I ponder almost daily. Thanks!”
Judy M. Springer, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“Great program. Very practical. Concrete exercises were helpful.”
Jennifer Freel, Associate, Vinson & Elkins:
“Materials are awesome.”
Jackie Williams, Associate, Keller and Heckman:
“This session was one of the most important and worthwhile sessions that I have attended in the last 15 years.”
Janet Michels, Participant, Colorado Bar:
“It is Friday but I actually want to go back to my office and write! I'm excited about my work again.”
Jason Gettleman, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“I cannot think of how it could be any better. Extremely helpful. Very entertaining presenter. Excellent materials.”
Jeff Brown, Participant, Virginia CLE:
“Terrific presentation; truly practical instruction; valuable materials. Would not change a thing.”
Jeff Skeltone, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“Very engaging and relevant to improve this skill. Examples and skills kept it good.”
Jennifer Boueri Chilson, Associate, Dykema:
“Addressed exactly what I need to know as an associate. The examples were pertinent to the issues I have with my writing every day. I already bookmarked important pages in The Associate Toolkit to use later today.”
Jennifer Ramach, Associate, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart:
“It was very interesting and well presented. The information was practical and can actually be applied.”
Jennifer Shivers, Associate, Dykema:
“The three hours flew by. Very helpful for my practice. Would recommend to anyone in the legal profession!”
Jennifer Wieland, Associate, Blackwell Sanders:
“Good use of activities to help us learn as we listen and work through the process. Excerpts were timely and interesting to read, and I got a lot out of working through the editing process.”
Jerita Debraux, Associate, Wiley Rein:
“The course was extremely helpful. The course pointed out and corrected common mistakes. I really appreciated it.”
Jessica Mathewson, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“Unusual insights into what makes for good writing—not the usual mumbo-jumbo.”
Jim Briody, Counsel, Sutherland:
“Excellent workshop; skills I can use every day.”
Jim Reiland, Associate, Kelley, Drye & Warren:
“Engaging and extremely useful no matter what level of seniority.”
Joanna Cutis, Associate, Sedgwick:
“I learned several useful tips I can begin using immediately.”
John Cunningham, Attorney, Department of Health and Human Services:
“Excellent presentation—I really enjoyed it and thought that the instructor is brilliant! A very practical course for practicing lawyers! Too short! I wish the course were longer.”
Jon Tostrud, Of Counsel, Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca:
“I liked the pace of the program. Interesting anecdotes were also great.”
Josh Stern, Associate Cleary Gottlieb:
“Great use of practical examples from legal writing. Ross is extremely engaging and very effective. The session was a real pleasure.”
K. Bowen, Attorney, The Hartford:
“This is the best course the law department has hosted!”
Kendra Kosko, Associate, Venable:
“The course was concise and we were able to cover a lot of material in a relatively brief amount of time.”
Kara Dodson, Director of Recruiting and Associate Development, Young Conaway:
“I found the course to be helpful and informative as well as very entertaining. I do not practice law any longer and also do not write substantial amounts but this course made me want to!”
Karen Sewell, Associate, McGuireWoods:
“This is the second time in six months that I’ve taken this course, and I still came away reinforcing tips I had learned in the last session and picking up some new tips. Highly recommended.”
Karen Zachow, Patent Agent, Lifetech:
“Material and tips are great. Presentation held my attention. ”
Katie McCormick, Associate, Young Conaway:
“Very helpful—I highly recommend to lawyers at all levels.”
Kate Fite, Associate, Strasburger
“Presentation had both auditory and visual elements. Having both made it much easier to stay focused.”
Kate Surowiec, Associate, Dykema:
“I thought the tips were straight to the point and easy to remember. I’m confident that this course will help me.”
Kathy Schreier, Attorney Advisor, FDA:
“Extremely helpful! A straightforward and engaging presentation on how to write in a straightforward and engaging way!”
Kelly Taylor, Director, MassMutual:
“I liked the quick pace and was impressed with your memory of quotes and legal cases.”
Kevin Weber, Associate, Gibbons:
“Great practical and useful tips for everyday use.”
Michael Barr, Partner, Pillsbury:
“Loved the examples. Really liked suggestions to read good writing--again with specific authors/books.”
Kirstin Abel, Participant, Oregon CLE:
“Probably the best CLE I’ve attended on any subject. The examples using actual cases were particularly helpful. Presentation style reflected the points made regarding writing—clear, concise.”
Kim Pattillo Brownson, Associate, Skadden Arps:
“Like use of current events and briefs.”
Kim Sobieck, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“Your course was well worth the time and money.”
Kristen Baker, Litigation Associate, Pillsbury
“I’ve been to Ross’s presentation before, but I’m leaving with new tips/rules learned. Very informative and helpful." ”
Kristen Burgers, Associate, Venable:
“You actually made grammar and style interesting! I wish you had been my legal-writing instructor in law school. I learned more in three hours with you than two semesters in school.”
Kristin S. Miller, Attorney, Baker Donelson:
“The first truly helpful CLE. Guberman gives tools and checklists you can use immediately to improve your writing. you will leave as a stronger advocate for your clients.”
Lara Davis, Participant, New Mexico Bar:
“I loved it. This course was what I have been looking for since I began law school.”
Laurie Wilson, Associate, Hogan & Hartson:
“His tips were very practical and concrete, so I will be able to start incorporating them immediately. I plan to refer to [the Toolkit] in my next writing assignment.”
Lee Ann Oczak, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“This was the best CLE I’ve attended.”
Leah Ramos, Associate, K&L Gates:
“This is far better than [previous writing workshops]. Great way to fine-tune your writing. Nice, concise rules that you can apply to everyday writing and keep handy (bookmark). Shows you ways to improve individual sentences & overall briefs/memos. Great illustrations of good/bad writing.”
Leana Stormont, Participant, Virginia CLE:
“Easily the most informative and useful seven hours of my career.”
Lindsay Smith, Participant, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office:
“Clear presentation of materials. It was helpful to do the short exercises and see examples throughout the training.”
Lindsay Crocker, Associate, Dickstein Shapiro:
“The course provided concrete tips to improve my legal writing. For the first time I will be able to make structural changes and avoid the passive voice.”
Lisa Evans, Participant, Oregon CLE:
“Good legal writers I’ve met often try to suggest that they possess a secret skill; you demystified the writing process and gave me tools to improve. Thank you!”
Lisa Harris, Attorney, Department of Education:
“Practical tips clearly presented. Interactive. Fun. I could have spent the entire day listening to and participating in this course.”
Lisa Kattan, Associate, Venable:
“The best CLE I have ever taken!”
Lucas Osborne, Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“Nice pace. Great concrete examples. Great job answering questions.”
Lucy Homiller, Associate, McGuireWoods:
“I liked the structure, the key points summed up, the example briefs, the judges’ quotes, the group exercises, and the example changes.”
Macrui Dostourian, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb:
“I think the materials are really good and I thought it was entertaining to see such famous cases used in a writing course.”
Maggie Hughes, Associate, Pillsbury:
“I thought the presentation was great – very specific, relevant, hands-on tips and examples that I can work on immediately.”
Maria McMahon, Associate, Baker & McKenzie:
“Very helpful, practical, concise, enjoyable, excellent presentation.”
Marianne Plant, Associate, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann:
“I will be putting these skills to immediate use. Thank you.”
Mark Conlan, Director, Gibbons:
“Pithy, quick-paced, and very helpful.”
Mark S. DesNoyer, Appellate Attorney, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
“Fantastic! This course will benefit writers of all levels. I look forward to applying the precepts of this course to my writing.”
Marv Sacks, Attorney, FCC:
“Presented a lot of practical ways to improve my writing—presents good authority and examples in support of points.”
Matt Prewitt, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“Very well organized and concise presentation. Use of actual filings in high-profile cases a great idea.”
Matt Yan, Associate, Pillsbury:
“Quick, concise tips on how to make legal writing more readable. I defined problems I never knew I had!”
Megan Whittaker, Associate, Schulte Roth & Zabel:
“The examples were very helpful and the cheat-sheet type format takes the stress out of it and makes it easier to practice.”
Meredith Horton, Associate, Venable:
“Great job addressing our individual questions and highlighting common pitfalls across the field.”
Michael Gilleland, Participant Minnesota CLE:
“Mr. Guberman knows his stuff. He has rules and examples at his fingertips. He doesn't say, 'Good question - I'll get back to you on that.'”
Michelle Conley, Associate, Womble Carlyle:
“Very useful tips and hints—I will be using the handouts when writing from now on!”
Michelle Vega, Associate, Kelley, Drye & Warren:
“I thought the course was great and I wish I had it when I first started at [the firm]. I thought the use of examples through his four-step approach was really helpful.”
Mike Tierney, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“This was one of the most interesting presentations I have seen in years. I enjoyed your knowledge and energy.”
Nahrin Marino, Associate, Dykema:
“I loved the section on making good sentences great. Also, the cheat sheet is extremely useful. He has wonderful tips and is extremely knowledgeable.”
Nicole DiSalvo, Associate, Skadden Arps:
“Engaging conversation & useful practical tips.”
Olga E Bradford, Participant, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office:
“I was very impressed the presenter's command of the issues in legal writing. The use of practical examples in the legal field was extremely helpful.”
Pamela Gilbert, Partner, Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca:
“You were very clear. I liked your precise and easy rules.”
Pamela Welsh, Patton Boggs:
“Very straightforward and easy to understand presentation.”
Pat Murphy, Participant, Colorado Bar:
“Ross is a magnificent teacher.”
Phil Duffy, Director, Gibbons:
“Engaging presenter in total command of material.”
Phil Lowe, Participant, Colorado Bar:
“An entertaining and comprehensive overview of quick tips that anyone can use to improve their legal writing.”
Phil Sosnow, Associate, Fried Frank:
“Perfect! Very interesting and helpful.”
Philip Brown, Associate, Womble Carlyle:
“I appreciate the concise, focused nature of the Toolkit. I see the Toolkit as a source that I will refer to often in practice.”
Phillip Casey, Partner, Sonnenschein:
“Excellent presentation. I look forward to going through the printed materials for additional insight.”
Queena Mewers, Associate, Crowell & Moring:
“Geared towards helping to answer specific questions about writing style and skills.”
Rachel Alexander, Associate, Wiley Rein:
“Tips were clear, simple, and concise. Advice was useful with an immediate effect on writing.”
Ralf Mehnert-Meland, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“Very hands-on. Extremely useful. One of the best CLEs I have attended.”
Ramya Sivasubramanian, Associate, Miller & Chevalier:
“I thought the course was very useful, with specific tips that I can incorporate into my writing and editing. Ross Guberman was prepared and engaging, and he focused the course on our questions and issues as young associates.”
Rebecca Rizzo, Counsel, Litigation Group, Pilsbury:
“I appreciated being forced to think through the issues myself rather than simply being told the answers.”
Rebecca Graves Payne, Participant, Colorado Bar:
“I've taken several other courses on legal writing and this one is by far the most informative, helpful and entertaining. Thanks very much.”
Regina Brown, Participant, FCC:
“You did an excellent job of responding to our questions and concerns. The Toolkit is very useful and I plan to keep it right on my desk as a reference tool.”
Rene Bowditch, Participant, Virginia CLE:
“One of the best, no, the best, CLE I’ve attended. And I’m old!”
Renée Monteyne, Manager of Marketing, Gibbons:
“Great workshop. Very informative. Handouts were very helpful during the program and will be helpful afterward, too.”
Renee Powell, Associate, Pillsbury:
“Much more interesting, engaging, and useful than anything I've previously encountered.”
Robyn Goldfarb, Associate, Snell & Wilmer:
“I liked revising the sentences—it made us apply the techniques.”
S. Cowan, Attorney, Federal Labor Relations Authority:
“The course did a great job of addressing and pinpointing terms or issues that are problematic in legal writing, especially providing quick rules for writing in a clear and concise manner.”
Sabrina Ferris, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“It’s a great course. I learned a lot about areas to improve my writing. It’s easy to lose sight of the practical skills necessary to make your writing more effective. Ross was to the point and hit the areas that are the biggest problems.”
Sadie Butler, Associate, Wiley Rein:
“The course material is informative and interesting. This was the second course I have attended, and I learn useful rules and tips each time.”
Sara Beth Kohut, Associate, Young Conaway:
“Using real-world examples from recent, well-known cases is effective for making your points in an interesting and memorable way.”
Sara Arroyo, Associate, Dykema:
“Energy and dynamic speaking ability helped keep the group’s attention.”
Sarah Deyo, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“The course identified many common mistakes I make every day and provided a way to fix them.”
Sarah Dean, Associate, Hogan & Hartson:
“Interesting, practical, motivating.”
Sartouk Moussavi, Associate, Thompson Coburn:
“Engaging, well-prepared, and knowledgeable.”
Scott Lashway, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, MassMutual Financial Group:
“Wonderful presentation. Hit the ball out of the park in terms of relevance, subject matter, and presentation.”
Sean Lynch, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“Excellent course. Engaging and practical.”
Sean Wissman, Associate, Sutherland:
“Really liked the use of short examples. Entertaining presentation.”
Shannon Fitzpatrick, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“Best seminar I’ve ever been to. I would like to go to more, including more-in-depth classes.”
Sharon Peterson, Participant, Virginia CLE:
“This course should be mandatory.”
Shiriki Cavitt, Law Clerk, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia:
“The program was extremely timely and informative. I appreciate that Mr. Guberman answered so many questions from the audience as these questions addressed many of the issues I continually face. His pointers are also easy to implement to quickly improve my work product.”
Simone Williams, Associate, Baker & McKenzie:
“Very good, this course was very helpful.”
Staci Patterson, Associate, Reed Smith:
“[I enjoyed] the straightforward rules and application of them in the group exercises ... very much worth the time spent.”
Stephanie Brennan, Participant, Colorado Bar:
“I cannot think of anyone who would not benefit from this CLE.”
Steve Norman, Participant, Oregon CLE:
“The principles were straight-forward and easy to apply.”
Summer Austin, Associate, Baker & McKenzie:
“I appreciated the variety of examples and the variety of levels Ross used to analyze the material.”
Suzanne Poudrier, Attorney, The Hartford:
“Excellent presentation! Every lawyer should participate in this seminar.”
Swati Kabaria, Associate, Wiley Rein:
“Very practical writing tips. I appreciated the many examples of ‘bad’ writing and the appropriate revisions. The consolidated tips bookmark and laminated sheet are also very helpful. Thanks for a great seminar.”
Teresa Bruce, Participant, Colorado Bar:
“I loved your enthusiasm, humor, dynamism, and the group participation.”
Thomas Blake, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“Ross, you make writing fun and interesting. I hope you come back to Minnesota CLE to teach more classes on writing.”
Thomas Manion, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“Makes me want to tackle my next brief, rather than avoid it.”
Tom Hendershot, Associate, DLA Piper Rudnick:
“By far the most comprehensive and useful training provided by [the firm]. Most other writing programs have been brief overviews. This training provides useful tools for everyday writing.”
Tom Magee, Associate, Keller and Heckman:
“Useful and practical.”
Tom Ring, Participant, Minnesota CLE:
“I have been practicing just over 10 years and have tried to take a legal writing class at least every other year. Your course was presented in a fresh, useful and enjoyable style. Your enthusiasm for the subject is palpable and it was time well spent. Thank you for reminding me again that less is more and simplicity is elegant.”
Tom Warren, JAG Assistant Counsel, Wiley Rein:
“The course material seems very user friendly. Great presentation. Thanks for all of the excellent insight.”
Tony Eliseuson, Associate, Sonnenschein:
“Thought presentation was very helpful, and the advice was superb.”
Tony Maida, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Health and Human Services:
“Practical advice. Clear explanations.”
Tracy Thompson, Participant, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office:
“He gave simple tools that you could implement immediately. Glad I attended. Absolutely loved the presentation and humor.”
Trent Mohney, Associate, Fried Frank:
“Helpful and informative.”
Valerie Solomon, Associate, White & Case:
“I really appreciated the topical material and useful hints. The cheat sheets and other materials will be very helpful to me. I wish every attorney would take the time to learn these rules and hints. Thank you!”
Vickie Driver, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“Great interactive practical presentation. Love the one page summary I can put up on my desk wall for quick reference.”
Virginia Avedisian, Participant, The Hartford:
“I really enjoyed the simplicity of the way you presented everything. It was very easy to understand - even for non-attorneys like me.”
William Piermattei, Associate, Venable:
“Very helpful, specific tools and suggestions to edit and self-edit.”
Yvonne Weaver, Associate, Miller & Chevalier:
“The course was very helpful and informative. I hope to incorporate your advice into my future work. Thanks.”

Point Made: How to Write Like the Nation's Top Advocates

Aaron Brinkman, Associate, Axinn:
“Liked the delivery; impressive command of subject matter; extremely helpful.”
Aaron Tulencik, Participant, Ohio State Bar:
“An excellent program.”
Amelie Anderson, Participant, Ohio State Bar:
“I loved the seminar and the tips in the Toolkit.”
Andrea Kafka, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division:
“Overall great presentation and helpful. I felt like I am taking away useful tips.”
Amy Naes, Assistant County Attorney, City and County of Broomfield, CO:
“I have attended at least three presentations by you and always find them fresh and very helpful. I’m anxious to get back to my desk and write!”
Andrew Price, Senior Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“Fantastic. All lawyers should hear what Ross has to say. Debunked a lot of myths.”
Angela Allen, Associate, Jenner:
“Exceeded my expectations by far! Looking forward to the book.”
Anna Wren, Associate, Herbert Smith Tokyo:
“Some very helpful tips for making our legal submissions more concise, convincing and powerful.”
Anne Kaczmarek, Attorney, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office:
“I loved the course. The material was timely and interesting. Especially good at pointing out how even small changes to my writing make a big difference.”
Anne Lewis, Partner; Strickland, Brockington, Lewis LLP:
“One of the best CLEs I’ve ever attended. Ross’s presentation was entertaining and full of great tips. He really made me think about my writing and how to make it better.”
Anne Myers, Participant, Colorado Bar Association:
“Well-researched, well-presented. I should have taken this course earlier.”
Anwar Ouzzani, Attorney, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“The course makes us all feel so much more at ease when approaching the overwhelming topic of legal writing.”
Asa Wyn-Grant, Associate, DLA Piper:
“This was the most useful presentation on practical lawyering skills I have ever attended.”
Barry Stratford, Perkins Coie:
“Interactive and thoughtful ‘games.”
Ben Jolley, Associate, Herbert Smith Tokyo:
“An incredibly useful and practical guide to common pitfalls for legal writing in arbitration. I am sure everyone will have taken a number of important points from the session.”
Bern Rappold, Participant, DC Bar:
“Great materials, concrete examples, personable presenter, well-paced.”
Bob Hander, Associate, Ropes & Gray:
“I liked the suggestions, and in contrast to other writing instructors I’ve seen, you were much more pragmatic, which, frankly, is one of the main reasons professional writers avoid the creativity that characterizes good writing in general.”
Booker Evans, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig:
“The program provides concrete information. The presenter makes it interesting and entertaining. I believe I learned useful techniques that will help me in drafting motions and briefs in the future.”
Brandon Stroy, Associate, Ropes & Gray:
“I thought it was great. Light on lecture and heavy on engagement. Apologies for no useful criticism, but the presentation was very good.”
Yelena Shagall, Associate, Katten:
“Unlike other writing workshops, this presentation provided practical information that I can (and will) apply. I enjoyed it a lot!”
Brennan Price, Associate, Axinn:
“I particularly liked the focus on what judges have said and want.”
Brian Byun, Associate, Cooley Godward Kronish:
“This was the best in-house tutorial course our firm has offered so far. Great use of timely and interesting cases (and briefs) and quotes by judges. This is the real perspective we want to know about!”
Bruce Solomon, Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Office of Attorney General
“The presentation was sharp and focused. It used a selection of pithy examples of good brief writing, egregious errors, and importantly, practical solutions.”
Carol Gillen, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark:
“I hate that I want to use every single technique you suggest in my next brief!”
Charles Kramer, Participant, Wisconsin State Bar:
“The materials were well chosen and engaging. The speaker had an engaging presentation.”
Charles Wyzanski, Attorney, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office:
“I appreciate your definitive, common-sense analysis.”
Chelsea Munday, Associate, Akin Gump:
“It was very helpful. I look forward to putting it all into use. I’ll never start a brief without my checklists. Thanks.”
Craig Anderson, Participant, Colorado Bar:
“I enjoyed the enthusiasm and joy you brought to the subject.”
Craig Middlebrook, Participant, DC Bar:
“Great materials and great presentation. Appreciated your interactive approach.”
Craig Moore, Participant, DC Bar:
“It is terrific. Even the most experienced and talented legal writers can benefit from the course.”
Chris Kristofco, Associate, Fox Rothchild:
“Takes a daunting topic and boils it down into digestible pieces that can be used immediately. Thanks!”
Cristina Lumpkin, Associate, White & Case:
“I liked that it was interactive. I also liked that I can use what I learned as soon as I get back to my office—even for writing memos and emails. Highly relevant—I see the mistakes you pointed out in many briefs that cross my desk.”
Christy Pate, Participant, Ohio State Bar:
“The interaction/audience involvement is the best part of the program. Rather than lecturing, Guberman requires the audience members to think for themselves.”
Dani Audette, Associate, White & Case:
“Great examples. Definitely pointed out mistakes that I have made in my writing. Tips were great. Loved the suggestions for words/ phrases that can be used to show emphasis, comparison, etc.”
Deanne Stodden, Participant, Colorado Bar:
“It was entertaining and informative.”
David Countiss, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw:
“I like the practical approach to organization that was presented. I will apply this common sense strategy to my future briefs.”
Deborah Phillips, Participant, Wisconsin State Bar:
“Your presentation is one of the best I have ever attended!”
Doug Hoffman, Associate, Dickstein Shapiro:
“It is very systematic, and I like that it clearly distinguishes between meaningless advice (i.e. think before you write) and advice which you may be able to actually apply.”
E. Cormier, Federal Judicial Center:
“Using examples of known, good writers is very powerful. I liked the practicality of the presentation as well as the opportunity to raise grammar and usage issues.”
Elaine Wong, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Tokyo:
“An incisive, entertaining training session, filled with useful tips!”
Elizabeth Brogan, Associate, Herbert Smith Tokyo:
“I thought the session was interesting and Ross Guberman was an engaging presenter. He seemed well informed and the material was directly relevant to my work.”
Elliott David, Participant, NAAG:
“Authoritative, clever, practical and useful.”
Eric Yecies, Associate, Ropes & Gray:
“The course highlighted the little things that attorneys consistently fail to apply in their writing. Sometimes the obvious is the most difficult to see.”
Erik L. Walter, Participant, Ohio State Bar:
“Was a pleasure to take this course and I would encourage all lawyers to take it.”
Erika Young, Associate, Seyfarth Shaw:
“I found the examples helpful and the interactive portion the most useful.”
Eva Temple, Participant, Oregon State Bar:
“Thank you for an excellent and useful CLE. You have a great gift. No one has ever made legal writing sound like a fun, exciting but challenging pursuit. I enjoyed your presentation.”
Evelyn Baltodano-Sheehan, Associate, White & Case:
“Fantasic program with many practical tips for improving my writing. Would love more programs.”
Frank Morgan, Associate, White & Case:
“The seminar provided a logical presentation of materials that flowed efficiently.”
Geoff Gross, Associate, Stinson:
“Command was great. Very helpful.”
Gina Lightfoot-Walker, Participant, DC Bar:
“This was the best DC Bar Course I have taken. Needs to be a series.”
Hannah Bornstein, Associate, Ropes & Gray:
“I liked that this was a well-rounded presentation. His materials and presentations are helpful, practical, and useful. Thank you!”
Harry Wedewer, Participant, DC Bar:
“Excellent content and pace. I highly recommend the course.”
Heather Lutzke, Participant, Wisconsin State Bar:
“I know that after your seminar, I’ll be able to put into practice the tips that you gave.”
Hilary Hershman, Attorney, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office:
“Very informative and entertaining speaker. Concrete suggestions about what will improve your briefs to convince (and not irritate) judges. One of the best CLE programs I have ever attended!”
Ivan Bilaniuk, Associate, McKenna Long & Aldridge:
“Excellent command. No fluff. Immediate benefits to my writing and tailored to legal practice unlike other courses/materials I have used.”
J. Todd Hedgepeth, Counsel, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“A dynamic presenter—that is always the key to keep the crowd interested. Examples come from well-known, interesting cases and people. Made it entertaining.”
J. Westen, Federal Judicial Center:
“I enjoyed the interactive nature of the program. I also liked the way Ross invited questions from the audience (on cards) and answered them right away. Very knowledgeable but also very practical and useful advice.”
Jacqueline Chada, Participant, Wisconsin State Bar:
“Your use of examples was especially helpful. Thank you for the thoughtful and enthusiastic presentation!”
Jamie Rennert, Participant, DC Bar:
“Exciting pace, mix of activities for participants, we learn from each other too.”
James Barrett, Participant, New Mexico Bar Program:
Jared Heck, Associate, Katten:
“Excellent. Very compelling and loaded with real-world examples. My only complaint is that we didn’t have more time.”
Nineveh Alkhas, Special Counsel, Katten:
“Ross was engaging and gave great pointers that will improve my writing immediately!”
James Sherer, Associate, Dickstein Shapiro:
“Really enjoyed the Q&A interlude on specific participant questions.”
Jammie Jackson, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“Overall, this was one of the best legal writing seminars I’ve attended. The tips were very practical.”
Jane H. Kim, Attorney, Office of Disclosure Regulation, Division of Investment Management, SEC:
“The materials are very good and user friendly.”
Janell Hafner, Participant, Alaska Attorney General’s Office:
“Concise, straight-forward tips that can be easily implemented in any lawyer’s brief.”
Jason Farrington, Associate, DLA Piper:
“The course gave me tips that I will use today in making my briefs better.”
Jason Firth, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig:
“We should have made this mandatory. Great examples, compelling presentation. The content merits a full-day seminar, perhaps on a weekend with less work distractions.”
Jay Campbell, Associate, White & Case:
“Straightforward—user friendly—offers tips that can be readily applied.”
Jenna Conley, Participant, Alaska Attorney General’s Office:
“The materials are extremely helpful. Great workshop. Your book should be in every law library, it will be in mine.”
Jenny Bratt, Associate, DLA Piper
“Grammar has never been so fun!”
Jeremy Swindlehurst, NC Solo Practitioner:
“I have a new vision for how good writing can be. Awesome.”
Jesse Stein, Participant, DC Bar:
“Practical approach—a look behind the curtain into what judges like and don’t like. Very useful.”
Jill Harrison, Attorney, The Hartford:
“Great course! The time flew by! [Liked] the way he presented subject matter to keep us interested.”
Jill Sturtevant, Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice:
“Very much enjoyed—even after 28 years of practice, still learned a lot.”
Jim Schroeder, FJC:
“One of the better workshops of this type that I have attended—materials were excellent as well.”
Jocelyn Womack, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“I genuinely enjoyed the workshop. The suggestions and materials were very helpful.”
John Gotaskie, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“The course does what it claims to do: it sets forth a scientific basis for briefwriting.”
John Pound, Participant, New Mexico Bar Program:
“I liked the interactive nature of the course. Unlike a typical seminar, this course is a group of lawyers working together to improve themselves.”
Sam Matthew, Associate, Katten:
“I found this presentation to be really useful. Your concrete examples will serve me better than other similar workshops I have attended. Thanks!”
John T. Morgan, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice:
“Relevant to every practicing attorney from the beginner to the most experienced. Mr. Guberman’s ability to relate specifically to bankruptcy attorneys and the specific examples for improving skills were particularly useful and should help in implementing needed changes—I look forward to reading the book.”
Jon Birkhahn, Of Counsel, Grubman Indursky Shire & Meiselas:
“Even though my practice is transactional, and I have been in practice for over 30 years, I benefited from re-examining old habits and improving my writing techniques. Thank you!”
Jonathan Waters, Attorney, The Hartford:
“It provided useful information in an understandable format.”
Johnny Mueller, Harter Secrest & Emery:
“It was refreshing to have a CLE that I can immediately apply to my practice. Practice over theory!”
Joseph A Guzinski, Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice:
“The course provided a step-by-step guide to writing a good brief without giving the mistaken impression that the exercise is mechanical. Lots of great practical advice. I would like to see more time devoted to the session.”
Juliet Speisman, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“Liked practical examples and real solutions to problems with legal writing.”
Kamilla Tokhtaeva, Associate, White & Case:
“Amazing, excellent, and extremely useful.”
Karah Howard, Associate, Herbert Smith Tokyo:
“Discussion was fast moving and relevant. I can use the notes and details from seminar in the future.”
Andy Torrant, Sr. Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“Excellent tips, as always. I appreciate the substantive difference between the transactional and litigation sessions.”
Gaëlle Filhol, Associate, White & Case Paris:
“This is my second course and yet I feel like I have learned a lot today. Your examples are efficient (we would say ‘parlant’ in French) and the whole presentation is lively and dynamic.”
Karen Marryshow, Associate, K&L Gates:
“Presenter’s energy was great as well as his method of enticing audience participation.”
Kathy Heaphy, Attorney, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
“I took this course again (took in 2010) because it’s simply the best! I have told friends in the bar to take it as well. (I also enjoy the emails and online instruction.) You made me focus (again) on the goals of written communication, and my written products have improved notably as a result.”
Kelley Edwards, Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“Thank you for giving us the perspective of what judges are looking for. After all, that is what really matters!”
Kelly Burns, Associate, Axinn:
“Practical application of useful material.”
Kenneth Benson, former Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge, Of Counsel, K&L Gates:
“I have attended many CLEs and seminars on brief writing. This is by far the best I have seen.”
Jackie Elifrits, Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“Eye-opening. Vital to set yourself apart as a young associate in a large office.”
Kim Gavin, Associate, Fitzpatrick, Cella:
“The problems and examples are excellent. Great opportunity to learn and reinforce tips to improve my writing.”
Kim Heuer, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“Very interesting and thorough. The subject material is very useful—I can use the suggestions tomorrow.”
Kim Morris, Associate, Winston & Strawn:
“Provided tips that are easy to implement, rather than a complicated method requiring me to change my entire writing style.”
Kim Warshawsky, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“Liked the use of examples to highlight problems with writing and to show different ‘styles.’ Very helpful tips. I’m really glad I attended!”
Kunzang T. Dukpa, Bhutan:
“I enjoyed the exercises; it really opened my eyes about what my writing lacked. I’ve found my writing boring but never knew why before. Now I know how all the words I love to use, like furthermore, despite, etc., were really dragging my writing down.”
Laura Carter, Associate, Winston & Strawn:
“Every topic covered will help me improve my writing.”
Laura Ellis, Participant, DC Bar:
“Very useful. Best course here I have taken.”
Laura Lawless, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“Another excellent presentation. Thanks for your visit!”
Lawrence Gruber, Schulte Roth & Zabel:
“Distills a very complicated process down to the basics. Easy to understand. Easy to apply.”
Viv Hedrick, Associate, Katten:
“Very good because it gave us tips we could begin implementing immediately.”
Leo Weiss, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice:
“Most beneficial course ever taken at NAC or other DOJ sponsored training.”
Linda Norcross, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“The tips will be invaluable to me in becoming an effective writer.”
Lori Withers, Participant, Ohio State Bar:
“Very helpful and informative.”
Luis Robles, Participant, New Mexico Bar Program:
“If you ever offer a longer course, I would love to attend.”
Luka Blazevic, Associate, White & Case:
“Very useful and lively. Should be longer than half a day.”
Luther Leggett, Participant, Ohio State Bar:
“You made me excited to write my next brief!”
Mark Curiel, Associate, Akin Gump:
“I liked that it brought to our attention simple writing techniques that are often overlooked.”
Mark Pollack, Participant, Wisconsin State Bar:
“One of the best seminars in my almost 40 years of practice.”
Mark Vaughn, Associate, Ropes & Gray:
“Very useful tips put into context—explains why these techniques are useful. Interactive exercises help absorb material better.”
Mary Wilson, Participant, NAAG:
“Although I have been writing appellate briefs for 20 years, your presentation inspired me to be clearer, more succinct, and more persuasive in my writing.”
Maryrose Lequyea, Participant, Ohio State Bar:
“Excellent presentation and very useful information provided.”
Matt Elliott, Associate, Ropes & Gray:
“I liked the presentation for its straightforward approach. There are a lot of things to think about when you sit before the blank screen, and I think the components of the presentation will lead to a good approach.”
Matthew Sutko, Appellate Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice:
“Over the years I’ve edited or written well over a thousand appellate briefs, have spoken on appellate advocacy, and have attended legal writing seminars taught by some of the country’s top instructors. Without a doubt, your session is the best I’ve seen. You gave me a lot of easy to understand practical pointers that will improve my editing and brief-writing skills. The concept of ‘show—don’t tell’ alone is worth the seminar—it’s something I can use in every document I write. I really can’t say enough nice things about your session. Thanks again.”
Melis Acuner, Associate, White & Case:
“I liked the length of the course, the combination of tips on concision and structure, the dynamic and concrete presentation, and the enthusiasm.”
Melissa Colangelo, Staff Appellate Counsel at Children's Law Center:
“Fantastic! The specificity of your ideas and breakdown of the information is superb.”
Mike Strickland; Managing Partner and Chairman, Board of Directors; Young, Moore, and Henderson:
“I got more useful information from this presentation than any one I have ever attended. The day flew by. Your book is first on my reading list and will be recommended reading for all our lawyers. My only gripe is 'where were you 40 years ago' when I obviously needed you.”
Clare Semple, Professional Support Lawyer, White & Case London:
“Very interactive. Great use of our own examples. Engaging presenter.”
Naomi Lisney, Associate, Herbert Smith Tokyo:
“It was really convincing to know that Ross had seen examples of HS writing, and the course was very entertaining as well as useful.”
Alexandra Rogers, Associate, White & Case Brussels:
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and found it extremely useful. There are several ways in which I will now seek to improve my written work—particularly transitional phrases. Thank you.”
Nicole Austin-Hillery, Participant, DC Bar:
“Fun and interesting. Materials were very useful.”
Nicole Knutson, Participant, New Mexico Bar Program:
“This class was awesome! Thank you for your expertise in legal writing. I gained really useful information that will be applied often in practice.”
Nikki Adame Winningham, Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“Especially impressed with how well you know your materials. Hate that we cut it short for lunch—would have preferred to get the whole presentation. Thanks for all the examples—super useful!”
Pam Richardson, Participant, DC Bar:
“I loved this course.”
Pasang Wangmo, Assistant Judge for the Royal Court of Justice, Bhutan:
“I’ve learned a new perspective from this workshop. Writing decisions could be more than the mere judicial function of writing opinions - we could use various techniques to write meaningful decisions and more importantly have fun while writing.”
Paula Lobeck, Associate, White & Case:
“Entertaining, engaging, and very useful.”
Peter Abdella, Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery:
“Terrific seminar. This will be very helpful to not just the associates, but all of us. We needed more partners here!”
Peter Enslein, The Law Offices of Peter T. Enslein:
“Best CLE I’ve ever attended—(practice since 1979).”
Philip D. Neuer, P.C., Adjunct Faculty, Negotiations, Rutgers:
“Clear and cogent presentation by a highly knowledgeable lecturer. Kudos!”
Preston Lim, Associate, Dykema:
“A thorough explanation of how to write a brief with a step-by-step breakdown of each component.”
Robert Rojas, Associate, Husch Blackwell
“Ross made me think outside the box in a great way.”
Rosemary Connolly, Attorney, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office:
“Good pace to cover an ambitious program.”
Russell Cooper, Associate, DLA Piper:
“It felt applicable and practical in a way most presenters are not. No PowerPoint, and interactive presentation was also a plus.”
Sally Hewitt, Enforcement Division’s Municipal Securities and Public Pensions Unit, SEC:
“Very, very useful. Ross knew his topic and we benefited from his broad experience of teaching judges, private practitioners, other government agencies, etc.”
Sharon Armstrong, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“I am embarrassed to say that I learned some of the things I do wrong! Which is good...”
Hazel Levent, Trainee Solicitor, White & Case London:
“Very engaging—even 5 hours was too short!”
Shelley Pratt, Participant, Ohio State Bar:
“The speaker was very effective and entertaining.”
Shelly Shah, Associate, Dickstein Shapiro:
“Interactive; informative; encouraging; kept things moving; clear and concise.”
Stephanie Denton, Associate, White & Case:
“Writing is the most important thing we do, takes up the most time, and takes more time than we allow. I appreciate the tips, as they’ll help me advance my position in the firm and my client’s interests.”
Steve Chasin, Associate, Baker McKenzie:
“ Absolutely to the point (as promised). Made excellent use of time. The materials were extremely engaging (i.e., samples from high profile, real cases). I’ve had other writing courses—Ross is the best.”
Tammy S. Tremain, Managing Attorney for CLE, Wisconsin State Bar:
“Ross’s program was fantastic. My attendees gave Ross very high marks for his content, course materials and delivery. It was a very personable, well-presented program. The concepts presented can easily and seamlessly be applied to every-day practice.”
Terence Robinson, Associate, Nixon Peabody:
“Love the practical ideas and suggestions regarding writing structure.”
Teresa Pfender, Participant, New Mexico Bar Program:
“The course presentation embodied Mr. Guberman’s writing principles: well-organized and to the point. The ‘icing on the cake’: it was interesting, engaging, useful. Thank you.”
Thomas Scriven, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“I found the discussion of how to structure a brief most valuable.”
Tom Kalm, Participant, New Mexico Bar Program:
“The course really opened my eyes to important basic issues and rules in brief writing.”
Tom Viles, Participant, DC Bar:
“Excellent—the clarity of the presentation is unrivaled in CLE-dom. Do you have an encore?”
Treyer Mason-Gale, Attorney, Hatch Act Unit, U.S. Office of Special Counsel:
“The material was thorough and instructive providing great examples. Mr. Guberman kept me engaged, waiting for the next tip or anecdote.”
Victoria Manning, Assistant Chief, Deputy Attorney General, State of New Jersey:
“I loved this course. It bridges the gap for experienced practitioners by teaching new writing techniques relevant to today’s culture.”
Yvonne Bennett, Participant, Ohio State Bar:
“Great, practical tips and techniques. Love the interactive approach. Very useful exercises. Interesting presentation. Excellent presenter.”
Irina Trichkovska, Associate, White & Case Brussels:
“The seminar was excellent and extremely useful. I would definitely recommend it to other lawyers.”

Advanced Transactional Drafting

Steven Franklin, Associate, Bingham McCutchen:
“Engaging—great combination of lecturing and exercises. Even across all jurisdictions.”
Adam Young, Associate, Schulte Roth & Zabel:
“The usage cheat sheet and the materials were very useful.”
Asha Parwani, Marriott:
“Favorite speaker! Please return. Charismatic, informative.”
Ashley Kimball, Associate, Baker McKenzie:
“Very helpful and thought provoking for daily writing skills. Thanks!”
Bill Lentine, Associate, Dykema:
“ "The hands-on materials, real-world examples, and practical considerations add real value.”
Bob Hughes, Associate, Hirschler Fleischer:
“Eminently practical. What makes this more valuable than simply reading Strunk & White is that you have researched cases to see how these provisions have been interpreted by courts. For a drafting geek, this hits the jackpot. Well done.”
C.R. Kazanowski, Associate, Honigman:
“"Really hit the important points in a limited amount of time.”
Carley Ward, Morgan Lewis:
“This topic was very useful in my daily practice.”
Margaret Murray, Associate, Bingham McCutchen:
“Extremely interesting presentation which really forces you to think.”
Amos Carrington, Partner, Herbert Smith Tokyo:
“Liked—focused on drafting examples that actually result in litigation—practical approach.”
Chandana Rao, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“The course was invaluable.”
Chris Gatewood, Associate, Hirschler Fleischer:
“Useful and relevant content, interestingly presented.”
Christee Goode, Associate, Mintz:
“Very engaging—best training I've attended.”
Christopher Davis, Associate, Miles & Stockbridge:
“Interesting, informative, introduced me to a whole new world. Thanks!”
Connie O’Keefe, Participant, DC Bar CLE:
“A lively, informative and thoroughly enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of legal drafting.”
Craig Wittlin, Partner, Harter Secrest:
“This is the best CLE program I have attended in 20 years of practice. Just outstanding.”
Danielle Graceffa, Associate, Dykema:
“Great workshop! Very helpful and always a good reminder of common mistakes.”
Timea Bagossy, Associate, Bingham McCutchen:
“Energetic, dynamic presentation. Great content, good examples.”
David Comer, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“Terrific. One of the most informative and worthwhile courses I have attended.”
David Schwartz, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“Very helpful and informative.”
David McDaniel, Associate, Stinson:
“Clear discussion and relevant examples of common errors.”
Dawn Urich, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“The materials are excellent and the examples (during the presentation) are useful.”
Derek Love, Associate, Baker McKenzie:
Diana Mauter Markhof, Associate, DLA Piper:
“Very useful practical tips, which we can implement.”
Eric Chernin, Associate, Bennett Jones:
“Exceptional, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and focused on practical concerns.”
Esther Haley, Associate, Hogan & Hartson:
“Very useful examples. I appreciated that it was interactive.”
Eva Rayle, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“I liked the choice of issues and the ‘teaching style.’ I think it is good as it is. Cannot think of any improvements. Very well prepared and very useful.”
Gerald Montgomery, Participant, Oregon CLE:
“Needs to be longer! Great job, but now you have created a lot of work for me to go back to my office and clean up my documents!”
Grace Chen, Associate, Freshfields:
“Well organized and very helpful materials and presentation.”
Jeff Holdaway, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Marriott:
“Thought-provoking. Well-paced. Useful for attorneys at all levels.”
Joan Darby, Counsel, Dickstein Shapiro:
“It is so useful to have all ‘the rules’ pulled together in such an effective presentation.”
Jocelyn Kaufman, Associate, Schulte Roth & Zabel:
“I enjoyed the presentation. It was extremely clear and focused. I would definitely recommend this program to others.”
Joel Wilson, Participant, DC Bar CLE:
“Excellent presentation. I wish we had more time, and that is a very rare CLE event!”
John Brown, Associate, Nixon Peabody:
“Great presentation and very engaging.”
John Callan, Associate, Harter Secrest:
“Materials were very useful and carried a lot of information.”
Joshua T. Klein, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“I like the laminated ‘cheat sheets.’ These provide a wealth of information in a concise and easily referable form. Instructor’s command of the subject is excellent.”
Judit Varga, Associate, DLA Piper:
“Useful, advanced, practical. The materials were very good.”
Ken Morrow, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro:
“I was expecting a lot and was not disappointed. An outstanding program. Should be required for every corporate lawyer.”
L. Hearn, Associate, Akin Gump:
“Very useful to remind us to pay attention to every word and also the overall meaning and impression when drafting.”
Lana Ljuboja, Associate, Baker Hostetler:
“Very engaging presentation, thank you! Made a mundane subject matter actually exciting.”
Lauren Walsh, Participant, DC Bar CLE:
“I will recommend this course to my entire firm. The course is practical and the presenter is engaging.”
Linda Kesterson, Participant, Alaska Attorney General’s Office:
“Thanks! Great and very useful - just what I hoped for in this class. Practical, on-point.”
Lisa Barbas, Associate, Dickstein Shapiro:
“Very helpful information. Engaging presentation of materials.”
Lisa Rouselle-Anderson, Participant, Colorado Bar Association:
“I liked everything presented in this course. The information is going to become a great tool in all my future drafting and editing.”
Lukas Kratochvil, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Tokyo:
“It was excellent and very useful, very practical. Would recommend it to lawyers at all levels of seniority.”
Andrew Torrant, Sr. Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“Great examples from practice.”
Lyn Lustig, Associate, Mintz:
“This was truly one of the best training courses I ever attended at Mintz—everything discussed was useful.”
Michael Aguirre, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“I liked that this course really focuses on the key elements that associates face in writing. I think more shareholders need this, since what we write is often changed by them after review.”
Michael Garcia, Associate, Nixon Peabody:
“"Excellent examples of what to do and more importantly what not to do.”
Morgan Sawchuk, Corporate Associate, Fenwick:
“Ross was very engaging and the approach to how do you do it “right” (as opposed to how do you make it “good”) was really helpful!”
Nan Wang, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Marriott Hong Kong:
“Very useful, detailed, with room for vivid discussion.”
Nataliya Sidoruk, Associate, DLA Piper:
“The whole course is very interesting and useful. The Toolkit contains a lot of good examples, exercises. Thank you!”
Nick Fagge, Partner, Schulte Roth:
“Good pace and ground covered—useful and relevant materials.”
Noam Greenberg, Associate, Schulte Roth & Zabel:
“An extremely useful course, with relevant and helpful suggestions. The presentation was well-made and the materials are very clear and helpful.”
Nuala Barrett, Associate, Akin Gump:
“Liked discussing all the drafting issues that come up time and time again.”
Olga Evstifeeva, Associate, Akin Gump:
"Presentation of material is perfect. The examples for each rule are very clear and easy to remember. It's good that there are a lot of examples rather than just rules."
Patrick Lynch, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro:
“Liked it all, except we needed more of our attorneys to attend!”
Phil Brandt, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Marriott:
“Fast-paced, entertaining, and relevant to my everyday tasks.”
Ron Adzgery, Sr. Counsel, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“Great examples and explanations.”
Roman Davydov, Associate, Akin Gump:
"I liked the way of presenting the material and the presenter's approach."
Scot Hill, Partner, Stinson:
“Very useful and practical without the theory overwhelming the subject matter and bogging down the discussion.”
Seth Oranburg, Associate, Freshfields:
“Fast pace kept me engaged. Good mix of theory and applied content. Glad we did not dwell on basics.”
Shuoying Lim, Shearman Hong Kong :
“Clear presentation of common pitfalls.”
Sigrid Savermoser, Associate, DLA Piper:
“The examples were all taken from real cases or out of day-to-day situations, which is much better than talking about theoretical stuff. Ross is very good and experienced in explaining grammar.”
Stefan Zajonz, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“Liked condensed form, interesting topics, informal but intellectual.”
Steve Giampaolo, Participant, Colorado Bar Association:
“Fantastic - you have not only great command but also fantastic energy, pace, and humor. Thanks!”
Tichelle Sorensen, Participant, Oregon CLE:
“Very engaging - great content.”
Tim Marrable, Partner, Herbert Smith Tokyo:
“Of practical use. Interesting examples. Entertaining presentation. Professional delivery.”
Tom Fanning, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
“Very practical. Thanks!”
Tom LaWer, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig:
“Liked everything.”
Vanina de Verneuil, Associate, Shearman Hong Kong:
“Super useful!”
Benjamin Rubin, Associate, Bingham McCutchen:
“Grammar refresher was very useful. Also section on ‘shall’ and ‘may’ was very helpful.”
Yvonne Cheng, Associate, Shearman Hong Kong:
“The workshop is very helpful, especially for non-English native speakers.”

Start Off Strong

Hakeem Rizk, Law Clerk, Cleary Gottlieb:
"The presentation was well organized and given at a level that allowed everyone to learn and to improve. I enjoyed realizing common mistakes and seeing the beauty of concise and simple writing."
Alden Smith, Associate, Womble Carlyle:
"Really enjoyed the real-world examples that involved business writing as well as traditional legal cases/memos."
Dr. Alexia Manaigo-Vekil, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer:
"Great practical advice to implement in my day to day work!"
Jennifer Coupland, Associate, Bingham McCutchen:
“It was an excellent workshop! Loved your energy!”
Adam Veress, Associate, Mintz Levin:
"Everything was very informative and useful. Nothing was redundant or too elementary."
Cameron Asby, Associate, Andrews & Kurth:
"The participation helps the skills presented sink in. The workshop goes far beyond a dry grammar lesson."
Dawn Jenkins, Associate, DLA Piper:
"Pacing was perfect, interaction was effectively encouraged, the exercises and materials are actually useful, and the presenter had an answer to every question."
David Yellin, Law Clerk, Fried Frank:
"Workshop was entertaining and informative. You changed the way I think about split infinitives."
Christopher Towery, Associate, Womble Carlyle:
"Very helpful; materials will stay on my desk top."
Jazmin Holmes, Bingham:
"This was the best writing workshop I have ever attended. The tips were clear and concrete without being too overwhelming. Overall, amazing!"
Joanna Kong, Associate, Akin Gump:
"I was very impressed by the usefulness of the workshop! I liked that it was interactive and had tips for transactional attorneys."
Timea Bagossy, Associate, Bingham McCutchen:
“Excellent content. Answered questions fully. Very dynamic presentation.”
Jonathan Slowik, Associate, Akin Gump:
"What set this workshop apart from others I have attended was that it gave concrete suggestions about things I can do to improve my writing (e.g., replace “prior to” with “before”)."
Jon Labukas, Associate, DLA Piper:
"The course was outstanding; a perfect guide tailored to the new attorney."
Julie Ben-Zev, Associate, DLA Piper:
"The workshop stressed a number of rules I had forgotten or never heard of and introduced ideas that will greatly improve my writing."
Lily Desmond, Associate, Fried Frank:
“Very useful. Appreciate the use of materials during the presentation—made it easy to stay engaged.”
Adam Wagmeister, Associate, Bingham McCutchen:
“Everything was great. Very helpful!”
Lauren Genvert, Associate, DLA Piper:
"I thought that the workshop was incredibly helpful—it gave a lot of basic information I’d forgotten. I learned a great deal about litigation-specific writing and am looking forward to using the bookmark and toolkit."
Mark Wiranowski, Associate, Cooley:
“Very well done. The workshop focused on the most contested items that I will encounter immediately in practice, and the materials provided offered great illustrations and references for later use.”
Matthew Hanson, Associate, Fried Frank:
"Great energetic way to deal with the nerdy, nit-picky things that need to be discussed out loud about legal writing style/grammar."
Nicole Kamprath, Associate, Andrews & Kurth:
"It was helpful to hear about what the partners want to see in our writing."
Wali Rushdan, Associate, Fox Rothschild:
"I appreciated the teaching through games. It held everyone’s attention better. I also liked the time proportions for each section of the presentation."

Advanced Regulatory Writing

Dana Lopez, Senior Analyst, K&L Gates:
“Extremely helpful information to let me know how to significantly enhance my writing skills. The Toolkit will be a wonderful resource.
Debbie Smith, Attorney, FCC:
“Your knowledge of the material is impressive—especially when you were asked questions beyond the content of the course.”
Demetrios Eleftheriou, Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher:
Elizabeth Harvey, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb:
“Excellent—very helpful and informative.”
Lauren Haley, Associate, Mintz Levin:
“Great presentation and command of subject matter.”
Lucy Carlson, Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher:
“Very organized, very practical.”
Martin O'Neil, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“Very practical advice presented in a short period of time. User-friendly materials; good practice exercises. Course could actually be a half-day long.”
Michael Haas, Associate, Mintz Levin:
“Excellent presentation skills kept participants involved—good practical examples.”
Nathaniel Stankard, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb:
“Well done—I like the breakout of material.”
Ndenisarya Bregasi, Associate, K&L Gates:
“The course was excellent. Extremely useful and applicable to the type of writing I do in my practice.”
Ryan Clough, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb:
“Lots of very useful, concrete, practical tips.”
Scott Mackoul, Attorney, FCC:
“Very helpful class. I especially liked the ‘scientific’ approach to sentence and paragraph structure. Would love to learn more—one day is not enough!”

Advanced Legal Editing

Andrea Roca, Associate, White & Case:
“I liked the application of the information. This should be a mandatory workshop for all first year associates. Very productive.”
Ann Rowland, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Ohio, DOJ:
“Actively engaged us in exercises, which kept it interesting. Structural editing tips phenomenal and totally new to me. Good idea to have us ask grammar questions. Tips on dealing with passive/aggressive employees valuable.”
Avner Shapiro, Trial Attorney, DOJ Civil Rights Division:
“The breadth of the presenter’s knowledge was incredible. ”
Christine Brennon, Associate, White & Case:
“I really liked the Toolkit—I can keep it on my desk and not have to dig through handouts.”
Colleen King, Associate, Wiley Rein:
“The very practical tips are extremely helpful.”
Esther Tamburo, Deputy Chief, Civil Rights Division, DOJ:
“Helpful and informative. The presentation would be equally suitable for non-supervisors (slightly revised). Our jobs as supervisors would be so much better if all trial attorneys participated in this presentation on structure and style.”
Jessica Hall, Attorney, EPA Office of General Counsel:
“Thank you for tailoring the presentation to EPA’s needs! Having examples drawn from agency documents was incredibly useful.”
Judy Preston, Deputy Chief, Civil Rights Division, DOJ:
“This was the most helpful writing course I have ever taken. Your rules are concrete and I can explain them to the people I supervise. Your ability to field questions was very impressive. You are confident and practical.”
Julie Abbate, Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section, DOJ Civil Rights Division:
“Love it all! Anyone who does any legal writing should be required to take this course! Fun day. Thank you!”
Julie Mumm, Associate, Venable:
“Very clear and practical tips.”
Laura Coon, Senior Trial Attorney, DOJ Civil Rights Division:
“Great presentation—good combination of lecture—with humor—and tutorials. The materials are really helpful.”
Lauri Owen, Attorney, Alaska Attorney General’s Office:
“This is the most outstanding legal writing course I have taken.”
Lisa Bentley, Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher:
“Very helpful and informative!”
Lucy Stark, Associate, Wiley Rein:
“Engaging; good balance of exercises and 'lecture.'”
Michael Gridley, Associate, Wiley Rein:
“Materials are excellent; thank you for providing a copy of your book. I always find your presentations to be extremely beneficial.”
Nancy Hess, Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western Divisions, DOJ:
“Excellent content and amount of material covered in short, succinct style. Definitive answers given. Speaker was interesting—good style of teaching. Helpful exercises.”
Patti Shake, Attorney, Alaska Attorney General’s Office:
“This was the best writing course I have attended. I obtained helpful pointers that will dramatically improve my own persuasive writing as well as my editing of other writings.”
Peter Gray, Trial Attorney, Antitrust Division, DOJ:
“Very helpful, especially the structural element checklist. It provides a useful template for me and, I hope, for my staff as we try to implement the suggestions.”
Samuel Leaf, Associate, Willkie Farr & Gallagher:
“Very helpful in giving reasoned answers to vexing grammatical and punctuation problems and questions. Also helpful in getting across how to write better through exercises.”
Sarah Lemons, Associate, Gardere:
“Practical tips you can immediately use in supervising and editing.”
Samuel Joyner, Associate, Gardere:
“Your course will benefit every supervising lawyer in the firm. You hit the mark. Thank you. The Toolkit is a useful resource that will assist writers at all levels to be precise and concise.”
Sonia Zeledon, Associate, White & Case:
“Interactive, helpful, and practical.”

Winning Feedback

Barbara Murchie, Partner, Bennett Jones:
“You were as specific with us as we must be with associates.”
Bill Purter, Attorney, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office:
“It was very useful to be reminded to say what is structural and what is style, when editing. Also, your checklists are very helpful.”
David Iler, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“I thought the program was excellent.”
E. Faust, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro:
“Excellent practical suggestions for improving both associates’ writing and my writing skills. Good practical editing and review facts.”
Greta Gooden Brown, Participant, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office:
“I liked the fact that the presenter had familiarized himself to some degree with our operational structure so that the examples were relevant to our internal culture.”
Ira Pulon, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro:
“Very informative class. Enjoyed it thoroughly.”
Jay Ross, Participant, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office:
“Good ideas to use in practice.”
Judy Zeprun Kalman, Senior Counsel, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General:
“The Winning Feedback program you conducted at the Attorney General's Office was excellent. You deftly combined your experience and philosophy with practical tips for providing effective and constructive feedback. You used your time efficiently and did a great job engaging the supervisors by capitalizing on their experience and expertise. The program should be mandatory for supervisors. Thank you.”
Kevin McCabe, Director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox:
“I have taken several writing courses over the course of my career. Most of those courses have been dull and non-informative. Ross has great command of this subject and he presents it in an engaging and highly useful way. Thanks.”
Margaret J. Hurley, Attorney, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office:
“Practical advice, clearly presented, with humor. Very good. Thank you.”
Nick Zoogman, Partner, Dickstein Shapiro:
“Course was concise, clear, to the point.”
Raymond R. Chance III, Participant, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office:
“Helpful examples of criticism techniques. Great program.”
Robert Swift, Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski:
“The program covered a wide range of subjects in a simple helpful format.”
Rosalyn Garbose, Attorney, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office:
“Very competent presentation and helpful tips. Thanks.”

Writing About the Law

Carrie Benedict, Associate, Benesch:
“Very practical tips that we can use all the time; presented in an engaging way; good materials to take with us.”
Jaimie Davis, Associate, Schulte Roth:
“The materials were very relevant to what participants deal with on a daily basis.”
Leo Boyd, Counsel, McGuire Woods:
“Great delivery. Great style. Very powerful. My second time—very worthwhile.”
Kevin Dreher, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“Great tips on use of word choice to more effectively communicate. Excellent demonstration of how to structure a short and long article.”
Kimi Nam, Participant, Oregon State Bar:
“Most useful seminar on writing I’ve attended. I liked the exercises and examples – realized good writing is a skill not an art. Liked the substantive template.”
Kim Harris, Partner, Davis Polk:
“Very helpful! Good, practical tips presented in an engaging manner.”
Craig Foster, Participant, Oregon State Bar:
“Great examples, dynamic presentation, concrete tools that can be used right away.”
Sage Fattahian, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“Your materials are great. Going through the examples was extremely helpful.”

Transatlantic Communications

Alvaro Ramos, Associate, Howrey:
“All great. Would have liked to have more time.”
Anna Kelina, Associate, Hogan & Hartson:
“I liked absolutely everything. Very helpful. Thank you!”
Anthony Warnock-Smith, Partner, Morgan Lewis:
“Well presented, excellent examples.”
B. Bozhidarov, Associate, White & Case:
“The course was very focused. It should be held on a more regular basis rather than as a one-time event.”
Elena Kalinina, Associate, Akin Gump:
“The course covers a lot of issues. The course materials are very useful. Thank you very much!”
Jaap Penders, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“The exercises were very practical.”
Jelena Vodjevic, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“Very practical. I liked examples. More frequent seminars.”
Kersti Schrijvers, Associate, Howrey:
“Very inspiring and ‘forward’ presentation. Also, I liked the practicality of the course.”
Lisa Bayfield, Associate, Morgan Lewis:
“Useful, makes you think about things you may not have thought about recently. Punchy, to the point, fun whilst learning. Excellent presenter who made the course what it is.”
Lisa Hearn, Associate, Akin Gump:
“Great course.”
Marton Haffner, Associate, DLA Piper:
“Excellent presenting skills, speaking about up-to-date issues, far better than any previous ones I’ve attended.”
Marilyn Nyland, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“Great course, very understandable and useful.”
Neville Byford, Partner, Morgan Lewis:
“It was informative and well delivered.”
Nathalie Voogt, Associate, Greenberg Traurig:
“I liked the tempo and Ross’s knowledge of the subject.”
P. Blexman, Associate, Orrick:
“It was perfectly adapted to my objectives. It's very helpful!”
P. de Boutiny, Associate, Orrick:
“Very pleasant and useful.”
Pauline Klein Haneveld, Associate, Howrey:
“The bookmark is great!”
Piotr Olkowski, Associate, DLA Piper:
“The class was really good. I liked that you focused on important issues for non-native speakers. It would surely help me in my future legal writing.”
Radka Kotrasova, Associate, DLA Piper:
“I liked that it was really practical and not only theoretical. In comparison to courses we had before I find this one the most useful.”
Sandra Gagna, Associate, White & Case:
“I liked the fact that the tips were very useful ones, and that the grammar/vocabulary difficulties were explained in a very simple and understandable way.”
Xenia Melkova, Associate, Hogan & Hartson:
“The course contains very useful content and is presented in an easy and pleasant way.”

Individual Consultations

Anthony Choe, Associate, Arent Fox:
“The session was very helpful. Not only did Ross identify areas for improvement, but he also provided useful tips. The firm should invite Ross in the future.”
Jeff Ruzal, Associate, Arent Fox:
“Session was incredibly helpful. Very worthwhile for all litigation or other writing-intensive associates.”
Marcia Fuller Durkin, Associate, Arent Fox:
“I thought the session was very helpful. It focused not on abstract theories but on practical approaches that will actually be useful in my daily writing. It was really instructive to have him refer to specific examples from my own writing so I could see how I had inappropriately applied various writing principles and determine what language I could use to fix those mistakes. I would recommend this course to others.”
Ramya Seetharaman, Associate, White & Case:
“I thought the session was very useful. Thank you!”
Valerie Webb, Associate, Arent Fox:
“The session was extremely helpful for me. Ross explained what I was doing well and gave me strategies for improving.”
“Ross recently presented his briefwriting course and summer writing course for us and we’ve already invited him back for more! Ross enthusiastically demonstrates his passion for writing and teaching. We received unanimously positive feedback on his presentations and his materials. Ross engages his audience and imparts information they can immediately apply.”
Darlene Bong
Senior Professional Development Manager
Cooley LLP


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