Advanced Drafting Clearer Contracts – San Francisco, CA ESSENTIALS OF CLEAR, CONCISE, & MODERN DRAFTING


Event Details

Dec 08, 2016

8:30AM - 4:00PM

San Francisco, CA


Dec. 8, 2016 – Ken Adams is offering in San Francisco, for the first time in the United States, an advanced seminar on the foundation of Ken’s approach to contract drafting—what he calls “the categories of contract language.”

In this intensive seminar, you will refine your ability to recognize the different kinds of meaning conveyed in contracts and how to use verb structures to convey them clearly, concisely, and consistently. The seminar will consist of a 30-question quiz, analysis of cutting-edge categories-of-contract-language issues, and discussion of verb structures used in a contract produced by a global company.

Attendees should either have attended Ken’s “Drafting Clearer Contracts” seminar or be familiar with the analysis of categories of contract language contained in Ken’s groundbreaking book, A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. Participants might find it helpful to bring with them a copy of the book to consult during the seminar.

Special Offers

Group discounts available, call 1-800-308-1700 for details.


Why You Should Attend

  • To improve you and your team’s contract drafting skills through interactive learning
  • To save you and your company time in drafting and negotiating
  • To reduce the risk of potential disputes/lawsuits
  • To learn ways of expressing contract terms free of redundancies, ambiguities and other problems that afflict traditional contract language

Who Should Attend

  • Law firm attorneys
  • Inside counsel
  • Paralegals/managers in law firms and corporations
  • Contract managers
  • Anyone who drafts, negotiates, or reviews contracts

Event Details

Thursday, Dec 08

Multiple-choice quiz

Each question of this 30-question quiz asks participants to select which of the several alternative versions of a sentence contains the verb structure that is most in line with the recommendations in A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. Participants will complete the quiz using an internet-enabled device; they will be informed of their score automatically by email.

Quiz discussion

Adams will discuss with the group the options offered for each question—which work and which don’t work, and why.

Quiz discussion (continued)
Cutting-edge issues

This session will be devoted to discussing particularly subtle verb-structure issues, as a way of broadening the group’s understanding of the categories of contract language generally.

Analysis of sample contract

Adams will walk the group through a set of commercial “terms and conditions” of a global company, with problematic verb structures highlighted. He will ask participants about the issues raised and what fixes should be made.

End of workshop
Ken Adams

Founder and President of Adams Contracts Consulting LLC

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The City Club of San Francisco - Stock Exchange Tower

155 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
*The program will take place in the Grand Salon Room on the 9th Floor.

We do not have a guest room block for this program.  Please contact the hotel directly for best available rates.  For assistance with guest room reservations, please contact our Conference Planner, Meghan Landis, at or 201.912.3042

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