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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

In some lawyers’ hands, the lexicographer rule can run amok
Jun 1, 2024, 02:00 am CDT

New Legalese: You may have heard a deepfake, but what about ‘Twiqbal’?
Apr 1, 2024, 01:40 am CDT

Can you spot the wrong words in Bryan Garner’s quiz?
Feb 1, 2024, 01:50 am CST

Bryan Garner’s 2023 legal writing tips
Dec 21, 2023, 08:57 am CST

Blissful Ignorance: Bad writers may be happier than good ones
Dec 1, 2023, 01:50 am CST

Bring some brio to your writing to add clarity, says Bryan Garner
Oct 1, 2023, 03:00 am CDT

Legal Interpretation: A quiz based on recent cases
Aug 1, 2023, 02:10 am CDT

Will ‘chatbot lawyer’ make it into Black’s Law Dictionary?
Jun 1, 2023, 01:50 am CDT

Was the first English-language dictionary penned by a legal lexicographer?
Apr 1, 2023, 02:30 am CDT

How to frame a legal issue: Part II
Feb 1, 2023, 02:00 am CST

Bryan Garner’s 2022 legal writing tips
Dec 22, 2022, 08:34 am CST

4 Dogmas Debunked: How to frame a legal issue, Part I
Dec 1, 2022, 01:50 am CST

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