Contract Drafting - Treatises

Transactional Training Resource Guide
Tina L. Stark © 2017
Emory University School of Law, Professor in the Practice of Law and Executive Director of Emory’s Center on Transactional Law and Practice

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Kenneth A. Adams

A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (2004).

Kenneth A. Adams

Legal Usage in Drafting Corporate Agreements (2001).

J. K. Aitken (originally written by E. L. Piesse)

The Elements of Drafting (Australian) (1995).

A new edition is being written.

Scott J. Burnham

The Contract Drafting Guidebook (1992).

Peter Butt and Richard Castle

Modern Legal Drafting—A Guide to Using Clearer Language (British and Australian) (2001).

Continuing Education of the Bar – California

Drafting Business Contracts: Principles, Techniques & Forms (1998).

Although this treatise deals with drafting issues under California law, much of it is applicable to drafting contracts in general. It is practical and well-done – although legalese does creep into the contract provisions.

Howard Darmstadter

Hereof, Thereof, and Everywhereof—A Contrarian Guide to Legal Drafting (2002).

Robert C. Dick

Legal Drafting in Plain Language (Canadian) (1995).

Reed Dickerson

The Fundamentals of Legal Drafting (1986).

Out of print, but occasionally available at

Elmer A. Driedger

A Manual of Instructions for Legislative and Legal Writing (Canadian) (1982).

Out of print, but occasionally available at

Cynthia L. Elderkin & Julia S. Shin Doi

Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements (Canadian) (1998).

Robert A. Feldman and Raymond T. Nimmer

Drafting Effective Contracts: A Practitioner’s Guide (2d ed. 2004).

In addition to providing general information on the drafting of contracts, this treatise provides in depth treatment of agreements for the sale of goods and services, promissory notes, guaranties, and security agreements.

Carl Felsenfeld and Alan Siegel

Writing Contracts in Plain English (1981).

Out of print, but occasionally available at

Charles M. Fox

Working with Contracts – What Law School Doesn’t Teach You (2002).

Bryan A. Garner

Legal Writing in Plain English (2001).

Part Three is devoted to contract drafting.

Bryan A. Garner

The Redbook, A Manual on Legal Style (2002).

Thomas C. Haggard

Legal Drafting in a Nutshell (2d ed. 2003).

David Mellinkoff

The Language of the Law (1963).

Out of print, but occasionally available from

Morton Moskin, ed.

Commercial Contracts: Strategies for Drafting and Negotiating (2004).

The first volume of this two-volume treatise includes chapters on the formation of contracts, boilerplate provisions, damages, and contract interpretation. The second volume includes chapters on joint venture agreements, shareholders'agreements, franchise agreements, leases, and settlements.

Securities and Exchange Commission -- The Office of Investor Education and Assistance

A Plain English Handbook: How to create clear SEC disclosure documents.

Peter Siviglia

Commercial Agreements: A Lawyer’s Guide to Drafting and Negotiating (1993).

This treatise discusses the business and legal issues in a wide variety of contracts in addition to providing general guidance on drafting.

Peter Siviglia

Writing Contracts – A Distinct Discipline (1996).

Tina L. Stark

Handbook on Contract Drafting

Expected publication: 2005.

Tina L. Stark, ed.

Negotiating and Drafting Contract Boilerplate (2003).