"Adams is an expert in legal language. Rather than merely advising lawyers to use simple and clear language, he illustrates each point with examples and explanations that are sufficiently detailed to convince even the most tradition-bound lawyers to abandon needless boilerplate. Every lawyer who drafts agreements, corporate or not, will find a wealth of helpful information in this book."-Anne E. Kringel Legal Writing Director and Senior Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School
"This book is a practical, insightful and educational resource for the corporate legal drafter, and not only junior lawyers but more experienced practitioners as well. It reviews the structure, grammar and language of corporate agreements and shows how a drafter's mastery of those subjects can have a significant impact on how effectively a contract serves the client's interest. The author's witty and literate style helps to make accessible his thorough treatment of the sometimes intricate subject matter."-Donald F. Devine Partner, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue
"Kudos to Kenneth Adams for spotting a real need in legal practice and writing a useful (and readable) book about it. ...The problem Mr. Adams has identified is one of language, both understanding it and using it. Contract language needs to be clear, precise and consistent. To write that way requires understanding the nuances of the words and phrases that we string together as we draft...Mr. Adams does not shy away from letting us know which usages he prefers and why. His explanations are always grounded in an understanding of how English really works, tempered by an appreciation of the need for style. At a time when the grammatical training of lawyers is probably as bad as it has ever been, this approach alone makes the book a valuable addition to the corporate lawyer's bookshelf."-Howard R. Sutherland Senior Counsel, Corporate Law, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.
"This is an extremely useful and well-written manual on legal drafting. It is both erudite and practical, explaining some arcane grammatical issues while also suggesting more lucid, simpler and entirely effective approaches to common drafting issues. It should be an ideal adjunct to the training process for young law firm associates, who will, like all transactional lawyers, rapidly develop drafting habits that will last a full professional career. Mr. Adams' supreme accomplishment lies in his mix of delightfully personal preferences and very precise suggestions regarding syntax, grammar and presentation. He never loses sight of many lawyers' greatest fear, that drafting that is straightforward and clear somehow risks being legally ineffective because of it. I strongly recommend this book to law firms for use in training programs, to law schools for use in clinical practice courses, and, especially, to those lawyers who enjoy reading and enhancing their ability to write good, clear English."-Jonathan Goldstein Partner, Winston & Strawn