Transactional Drafting Foundations

Learn all the foundational drafting and writing skills it takes to succeed in transactional practice. From writing style to common contract pitfalls, this workshop will get every practitioner up to speed in no time. 




1st-3rd years


90 min. or 3 hours


In-person or live


Writing Mechanics • Common Drafting Pitfalls • Ambiguities • Definitions and Organization


Take a sneak peak at the Transactional Drafting Foundations workshop

Explore sample techniques and skills featured in this workshop.

Using Labels and Naming Smartly

Use labels to help readers remember important information, including statutory provisions, key legal principles, factual concepts, important documents, and even entire arguments. 
Figure out when labels can help readers.
Choose your labels with thought and care.
Make sure your labels are consistent.


Statutory Provisions

Repeating a statute’s numbers is horrible for fluency. Consider giving statutes a short name to refer to, especially if you use a specific provision a lot in a document.
Section 2 of Article 324 applies in this case, too.”
“The land-use provision applies in this case, too.”


A Legal Principle or Concept

When you have a key legal concept, explain it first, then use the label to instantly remind readers of this concept later. All the great legal writers use this tool (especially Justice Kagan): 
“The court should apply the jurisdiction-first approach to all claims brought under this statute.”


Complicated Factual Concepts

Consider labeling complicated or abstract factual concepts so that they are easy to understand and memorable for readers.
“Hoffman’s Climbing manufactures its cams by melting down iron and layering it with steel in a proprietary process that combines the molecules in a unique way to make the finished product extremely durable. This metal-layering process is what Hoffman’s is suing the defendant for stealing.” 

Let’s see how the naming day technique comes together in an example from a real brief.

See It in Action

This “market-creation” theory of jurisdiction applies with special force in the pharmaceutical context, where companies often develop the demand for a new product; spend millions convincing the public it is safe; and conceal side effects (like cancer) that take decades to be linked back to their drug. GSK did all that here.
- Jonathan Hilton, Hilton Parker, LLC (Appellate Brief)

Ready to level up your team’s legal writing?


See what’s covered in Transactional Drafting Foundations

This workshop equips new practitioners with the foundational writing and drafting skills they need to thrive in practice. From writing mechanics to emails to drafting contracts for clients and colleagues, this workshop will ensure practitioners can hit the ground running! 
  Workshop topics can change due to regular updates and improvements

90-Minute Version


How to thrive as a legal writer
Good writing and transactional drafting

  The Techniques

Building sentences
Word choice
Creating flow
Common drafting pitfalls
Ambiguities and vague terms

   Review & Wrap-Up

Companion Course: Transactional Drafting I

3-Hour Version


How to thrive as a legal writer
Good writing and transactional drafting

  The Techniques

Building sentences
Word choice
Creating flow
Common drafting pitfalls
Ambiguities and vague terms
Defining terms smartly
Organizing your drafting points
Emails and other functional writing
Tricky terms and clauses
Common mechanics problems

   Review & Wrap-Up

Gameshow Review + Prizes
Companion Course: Transactional Drafting I


Transactional Drafting I

The Transactional Drafting Foundations workshop comes with a companion course: Transactional Drafting I. This course covers key transactional drafting techniques that will help your team cement their skills after the workshop.


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Workshop day!

We host virtual workshops on Zoom. If you chose an in-person workshop, our trainer will travel to your preferred office or other location.

Post-workshop practice

Learning doesn’t end after workshop day! Your team can keep practicing their skills with online, self-paced lessons related to your workshop topic.

Workshop debrief

After your workshop, the team will share a debrief covering key stats and info about how everything went with your program.


Writing workshops  that deliver real results workshops are led by legal writing expert and co-founder, Joe Regalia. No more boring talking heads. Your team will write, interact, and explore their new skills together. Plus each workshop comes with its on self-paced companion course.
Companion Course
Virtual or In-Person

Follow along and revisit later

Companion workbooks feature pre-workshop homework, as well as a breakdown of all the writing techniques covered in the workshop. Participants can download and save workbooks to revisit later. 

Engaging and interactive presentations workshops feature engaging and interactive presentations from co-founder and trainer, Joe Regalia. Each presentation covers concrete techniques for improving your writing, real-world examples from top advocates, and practice to cement what you’ve learned. 

Companion courses for additional practice Workshops comes with self-paced companion courses hosted on’s online training platform. Participants can learn and practice new writing skills before and after workshop day.

Virtual or in-person training

Virtual and in-person workshops both have a lot to offer. Go virtual to let your team learn from anywhere—all from the convenience of their office or home. In-person workshops are great for team building or all-day programs.

Onboarding your team is a breeze

We make it easy to schedule and show up for workshop day. Use our automated workshop scheduler to book your dates in under five minutes. The team will send onboarding instructions, workbooks, and everything you need before workshop day.


Add coaching or a writing review

Get more from your writing workshop by adding virtual coaching or an in-depth writing review.

Virtual Coaching

1-1 coaching • 30 minute sessions
Add one-on-one coaching to your workshop. It’s the fastest way to improve individual writing skills.
  • Pre-coaching survey
  • 1-1 sessions (30 minutes each)
  • Flexible packages

Writing Review

1 document • Up to 15 pages
Have co-founder and renowned writing expert, Joe Regalia, review up to ten pages of your writing.
  • Review by co-founder Joe Regalia 
  • Inline comments and feedback 
  • Writing report and recommendations


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About Joe Regalia

Joe is a law professor, trainer, and attorney with a passion for legal writing, persuasion science, and technology.
Joe is a law professor, trainer, and attorney with a passion for legal writing, persuasion science, and technology. He combines his experience as both practitioner and professor to create exciting new ways to teach legal skills. Before co-founding, Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, clerked for the Ninth Circuit, and worked as an associate at top AmLaw 100 firms.
Joe heads up's legal skills training team. He is also a member of the faculty at the William S. Boyd School of Law—the number one ranked law school for legal writing skills and research. Joe regularly leads training for leading firms and organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, the Department of Justice, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. 


We are on a mission to make legal skills training effective, easy to use, and engaging.
The legal industry is undergoing a tectonic shift. Technology, new business models, and evolving client needs are reshaping what it means to practice law. And that means the skills attorneys need to thrive are changing, too.’s core goal is to help attorneys see real results in their legal writing and other practice skill. We spent years studying and compiling science-backed and effective legal writing techniques used by the world’s best lawyers. Then we built courses and workshops using the latest educational science so that lawyers can become better legal writers step-by-step.


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