5 Legal Writing Cliches Sure To Come Back And Bite You

Law360, Washington (February 25, 2016, 1:23 PM EST) -- Don’t judge a book by its cover. Or rather, in the case of legal writing, do judge a brief by whether it beats a dead horse with tired cliches.

Cliched writing doesn’t just spread among fiction writers; it can also seep into legal arguments and documents, bogging them down with lazy language that will make the reader anything but a happy camper.

“Why are assertions always ‘bald’ and allegations always ‘specious’? And what’s the point of accusing your opponent of making a ‘self-serving’ argument? Who else would it serve?” said Ross Guberman, president of training and consulting firm Legal Writing Pro....

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