I am the legal editor at Tantamount Legal Editing. I am a member of the California Bar Association, and I have over twenty years of experience editing, proofreading, and improving all types of pleadings and legal documents. I have researched and written countless memorandum, points and authorities, opinion letters, contracts, and other legal documents.
I am a graduate of Santa Clara University where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. I received my J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. During my time at McGeorge, I was an Associate Comment Editor for The Transnational Lawyer. I received American Jurisprudence awards in Agency and Corporations. I graduated Order of the Coif. Upon graduation, I returned to my hometown and joined a small law firm. As anyone who has practiced in a small firm knows, there are a wide variety of issues and cases to handle. Over time, a substantial portion of my practice was dedicated to business litigation, municipal and construction law.
As a legal editor, my goal is to improve your writing, without sacrificing your unique voice and style. There are often many different ways to write something or make a point. My goal is to offer suggestions to improve the things you send me for editing. I will edit for clarity of argument, as well as simple grammatical errors. If necessary, I will suggest rewrites, but they will be in keeping with the tone of the entire document, and no one will be able to tell that that particular phrase was not written by you.
There are usual and customary ways certain things are written, and I will point them out where necessary so your pleadings will generally conform to what a judge is used to seeing. I review everything you send me and do not rely on computer programs to suggest revisions. As anyone who has used those programs know, often such computer generated revisions are just plain wrong.
I think the KISS principle should be paramount in all legal arguments and pleadings. A jury needs to be able to follow your logic, and so too does a judge. Yes, judges are more knowledgeable and savvy than most jurors, but they do not have the time to figure out some convoluted and poorly organized argument. My goal is to help you keep your writing clear, concise, and easy to understand.
Working with me, you will become a better writer.