Matthew Salzwedel

Matthew Salzwedel

Matthew R. Salzwedel is a former lead managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the Minnesota Court of Appeals and practiced commercial and antitrust litigation in Minneapolis and Philadelphia. He now is corporate counsel at a Minneapolis-based company.

Spell-Checkers Won’t Catch These Usage Bungles

Does your spell- and grammar-checker proof your writing and make your usage decisions? Some common usage errors should make you think twice.

10 Takeaways from Typography for Lawyers

Matthew Butterick's Typography for Lawyers is a book about legal typography that every person serious about good legal writing should own.

The Enigmatic Em Dash

Don't fear the em dash—it can add energy and much needed variety to your prose.

Faux Words of Precision—Part 1

It's a popular myth that "words of precision" make contracts more precise. This is the first of a two-part series devoted to debunking that myth.

Fear Not Beginning Sentences with And or But

Old superstitions die hard. Yes, you can begin sentences with And and But

Use 5-Cent Words for 10-Dollar Ideas

To convey big ideas in your legal writing, use short, familiar Anglo–Saxon words.

Effective Writing is Efficient Writing

To write efficiently, uncover buried verbs and cut useless prepositions. Clients appreciate efficiency and the courtesy that comes with it.

Is it Time for Contractions in Legal Writing?

Contractions don't deserve the label of uneducated vulgarisms. So why do judges and lawyers avoid them in their legal writing?

Face It — Bad Legal Writing Wastes Money

If you want to save your firm and its clients money, focus on the hard and opportunity costs of bad legal writing.

Don’t Miss These Marks in Your Legal Writing

If you're confused about when to use hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes in your legal writing, here are some basic rules.