Andy Mergendahl

Andy Mergendahl

Andy Mergendahl is a privacy officer at a large commercial bank. He's also been a solo practitioner and a judicial law clerk. He considers himself a foot soldier in the War on Legalese (also known as the War Without End). Andy enjoys collecting names for bands that do not (yet) exist, being a runner (but not the act of running so much), and the bourbon Old Fashioned at Eat Street Social in Minneapolis. Follow him on Twitter @andymergendahl
Andy Mergendahl

Make Allies of Court Staff (or Else)

Court staff are crucial to any litigator’s success. Making them fell insulted or frustrated will cost you big-time.

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Thy Legal Writing Shall Not Include “Shall”

One little word, “shall,” continues to muck up legal writing (particularly contracts) everywhere. Never write it again, and eliminate it every chance you get.

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Want a Law Job? Ask Your Friends

Your law school friends are your best tool in finding a law job.

Pro Bono Clinics Can Help You Hone Your Skills

Pro bono clinics allow attorneys to hone skills essential to successful law practice in a risk-free environment, while doing a good deed.

Andy Mergendahl

How Great Business Meetings Go Bad

Why are your business meetings so awful? The other attendees have read this handy guide.

In Negotiation, Empathy is a Martial Art

In negotiation, self control and empathy are more important than a sharp mind or sharp tongue.

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Draft a Great Contract Redline, Under Deadline

Improving your ability to redline a contract will save you time, headaches and lead to better results.

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Contract Risk & Reality in Business Agreements

Contract risk is in the eye of the party to the contract--and that's your client, not you.

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Bench trial best practices—including when to go with a jury

When facing the prospect of a trial, you might consider whether a bench trial might improve your chances of success, or at least simplify and speed up the trial. You could also avoid the risk of opposing counsel successfully portraying your client as a bad or evil person, and a jury then concluding that your […]