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For almost twenty years, I was a lawyer with a nationally known admiralty and personal injury firm, where I tried about forty cases in various courts and administrative agencies nationwide and handled all of the firm’s important legal and non-legal research, writing, and editing. I have probably written well in excess of five hundred motions, briefs, objections, and appeals in courts all around the country over the years.
As a result of research that I did for one of my firm’s cases, I became a national authority on a key issue in personal injury litigation: how, if at all, a plaintiff’s attorney should protect Medicare’s rights when settling the personal injury case of a client who is or may soon be entitled to Medicare benefits. I published my research in the Massachusetts Bar Association’s magazine, gave a speech on the subject at the American Association of Justice's 2010 National Convention, and was ultimately asked to revise my article for AAJ’s magazine, Trial.
After more than twenty years of litigation, I left my firm to concentrate my legal work on what I do best: clear, concise, and convincing research and writing in all areas of pretrial procedure and substantive law.
Because I have always enjoyed helping my firm's secretaries, paralegals, and law clerks with their legal and non-legal writing over the years, I recently volunteered with a local non-profit organization tutoring community college level students in English and grammar, and now would like to help law students and paralegal students with their legal research and writing. Whether in person, over the phone, or through email, I can help you understand how to improve your legal research and writing skills.
The elements of good English usage are good grammar, good vocabulary, good writing style, and, finally, good proofreading. If even one of those elements is missing, then the readability of the paper or document suffers. I have been submitting well written legal documents to courts for over twenty years and can use my experience and ability to get you on your way to mastering the English language.
One key to writing well is good grammar. Academic papers and formal business documents that have poor grammar will not be taken seriously. Good grammar is not that hard to learn. In my 20+ years as a lawyer, I have developed the habit of using good grammar and do my best to help my students learn and use good grammar in their work.
I have practiced law for over twenty years. I have represented clients from all around the country and have handled cases and filed lawsuits in at least fourteen different states. In my career, I tried about forty cases in various courts and administrative agencies nationwide and handled all of my law firm’s important legal and non-legal research, writing, and editing.
As a lawyer for 20+ years, I have to submit formal legal documents to judges. Even the most minor mistake or typo in a document could change the meaning of the document. Mistakes can also affect the judge's (and the adversary's) perception of a lawyer's competence. I have been accustomed to carefully proofreading all of my documents to make sure that go to the court without even the most minor errors, typos, or grammatical mistakes.
The key to writing well is using the proper vocabulary. The big word or the fancy word is not always the correct word. As a lawyer for 20+ years, I have been accustomed to always using the best word for a particular situation. When I look at a student's paper, I always offer my advice as to whether the student's word choice can be improved.
I have probably written over five hundred legal briefs, memos, motions, objections, and appeals in many different courts around the country.
I have published several articles in legal journals and, as a result of research that I did for one of my firm’s cases, I became a national authority on an important issue in personal injury litigation: how, if at all, a plaintiff’s attorney should protect Medicare’s rights when settling the personal injury case of a client who is or may soon be entitled to Medicare benefits.
I published my research in my bar association’s magazine and was invited to give a speech on the subject at a national convention of personal injury lawyers.
I have also enjoyed helping and/or tutoring my firm's secretaries, law clerks, and paralegals with their legal research and writing projects over the years and would like to continue doing that with law and paralegal students.
Brilliant Tutor — This man knows all there is to know about legal writing. Over a short period of time he was able to teach me more than I have learned all semester. If you are looking to excel in the classroom, Dave is your man! He increased my grade tremendously over a months time. He is by far the best out there. ...
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