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A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting

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ISBN-13: 978-1590313800
ISBN-10: 1590313801
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A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting is the ultimate "how to" guide for contract drafting. -- Donald F. Devine, Partner, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue

It is to be sure a highly useful and incisive reference work that comprehensively indentifies contract drafting issues. -- Emried D. Cole, Jr., Partner, Venable LLP

Kenneth Adams's handbook should be required reading not only for drafters, but for litigators as well. -- J.Travis Laster, Director, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

The author provdes guidelines for effective and modern drafting. This drafting manual will prove to be an invaluable reference tool. -- Andrew Godwin, Head of Shanghai Office and Asian Training Partner, Linklaters

The author provides an authoritative guide teaching the reader what to write and why it should be written that way. -- Richard C. Wydick, Professor, University of California, Davis, School of Law

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: American Bar Association (January 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590313801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590313800
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth A. Adams is a consultant and speaker on contract drafting and author of "A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting" (American Bar Association 3d ed. 2013). His website and blog are at

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. MCCARTHY on November 10, 2006
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Any attorney actively involved in the drafting of contracts must have this manual. I am general counsel for a product development and manufacturing firm and have been actively using the guidance of Ken Adams' book for several months now on a variety of contracts, including overhauling our standard contracts. Not only is it improving my efficiency, but the feedback from members of our company is very positive. I cannot state it any better than Ken does in his preface to this manual. If you agree with the premise of his preface, as I do, then you will find this to be an invaluable and indispensable tool.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Alembik on January 6, 2007
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As a contract litigation attorney I'd be worried if more people were to buy this book. Luckily for me the vast majority of lawyers and people who draft agreements apparently have not. Thus, I'm not worried about my job. It was actually an enjoyable read, too.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gromer on March 9, 2007
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Bought this book after reading some of the author's articles and the rave reviews here. It is more like a style guide (it focuses on tenses, font, grammar) than a substantive legal drafting guide. It is very nitpicky regarding the English language, to the level where if you adhered to every rule, you would be closer to a fuddy duddy phD candidate type than a practitioner. It reminds me of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. I much prefer Charles Fox's Working With Contracts - What Law School Doesn't Teach You, which is more practice-oriented and actually explains each clause, and its the purpose and meaning. Every junior associate should receive Fox's book as a present when they start their first year.
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