Contract Attorney / Consultant

writing Consultant / freelance attorney

The Brief Doctor


Expert Writing and Advice.

I help professional writers communicate complex information efficiently and accurately. After working as a lawyer for over 20 years, I now offer seasoned and pragmatic writing consulting for lawyers and other professionals.  I've drafted complex appellate opinions for numerous judges, served on the Oregon Court of Appeals editorial board, and trained hundreds of aspiring lawyers. If your work involves writing, I can help you communicate more effectively with your readers, improve the level of service you provide your clients, and streamline your work process.



How I can help.

writing coaching & training

Senior professionals don't always have the time to mentor newer colleagues. And even more seasoned professionals can up their writing games. I help professionals focus on reader-friendly, practical writing strategies, leading to work product that satisfies the professional audience -- whether partner, client, or court.

improving work product / process

From ad hoc editing to designing an in-house writing quality control process that flows quickly and minimizes error, I help organizations pinpoint writing weaknesses and implement safeguards.

evaluating applicant writing

Have you read a lot of writing samples?  Do they correlate with ultimate job performance?  I help employers evaluate applicant writing skills with confidence that "what you see is what you get."

freelance legal services

As a licensed lawyer, I provide complex research and drafting of briefs, motions, memoranda, and client presentations. I also offer appellate consulting to trial lawyers, including pre-appeal case assessment.

"second chair" writing

If you write briefs or other complex documents infrequently -- or if you're simply busy running your practice -- I can be your writing "second chair."   This ranges from taking your outline to a fully drafted document, to providing feedback about whether a document you've drafted is likely to achieve its goal.


One should aim not at being possible to understand, but at being impossible to misunderstand.
— Quintillian


Let's Chat.

You may contact me by email or phone, or use the form below. Please tell me a little bit about yourself and where you work (if applicable).  Please do not include confidential or sensitive information.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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