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Bryan A. Garner

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Bryan A. Garner (@bryanagarner) is president of Dallas-based LawProse Inc., which since 1991 has offered legal-writing seminars to lawyers and judges throughout the world. He is editor in chief of all editions of Black’s Law Dictionary published since 1995, and he is the author of two dozen other books. He teaches at the law schools of Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas.

Recent Articles

Word Game: ‘The denotations might be the same; the connotations are entirely different’
Oct 1, 2022, 01:50 am CDT

4 principles of legal writing Bryan Garner learned from clerking at the 5th Circuit
Aug 1, 2022, 01:50 am CDT

How to verify proper spelling and understand that words change over time
Jun 1, 2022, 02:00 am CDT

Grammar Rules: The case of the unhyphenated phrasal adjectives
Apr 1, 2022, 01:10 am CDT

Bryan Garner shares brief-writing advice from the late Supreme Court Justice Wiley B. Rutledge
Feb 1, 2022, 01:10 am CST

Bryan Garner’s 2021 legal writing tips
Dec 13, 2021, 10:44 am CST

How to effectively use legal dictionaries
Dec 1, 2021, 01:00 am CST

Bryan Garner touts the Michigan Bar Journal’s celebration of plain English
Oct 1, 2021, 01:50 am CDT

How to budget your day while moving through your motions
Aug 1, 2021, 12:40 am CDT

How to craft your legal writing on the clock
Jun 1, 2021, 01:00 am CDT

Your recipe for effective legal writing
Apr 1, 2021, 01:00 am CDT

If you can give good directions, you can probably write a good brief
Feb 1, 2021, 12:50 am CST

Polish your writing skills with Bryan Garner’s 2020 advice
Dec 23, 2020, 10:14 am CST

There’s a formula for effectively explaining caselaw
Dec 1, 2020, 12:50 am CST

Do you use ‘good English’? Test your grammatical skills with this 20-question quiz
Oct 1, 2020, 01:10 am CDT

How to make the most of your time during the pandemic
Aug 1, 2020, 12:35 am CDT

‘Good English’ always has been a path to the legal profession
Jun 1, 2020, 12:40 am CDT

If you’re a lawyer who’s not writing and editing like a pro, get to work
Apr 1, 2020, 01:10 am CDT

Legal writers can learn a lot from these unparalleled unpublished opinions
Feb 1, 2020, 12:45 am CST

The gentle art of impeaching adversaries
Sep 1, 2019, 01:00 am CDT