Legal Writing & More


SCENARIO ONE:  Your associate is on family leave, your paralegal is on vacation, your secretary is sick, your law clerk is on break, and you’re up to your eyeballs in work. You have important briefs with looming deadlines, discovery requests that you need to respond to, and a petition to draft that you promised your client that you’d get on file. You need help.

SCENARIO TWO:  Everyone in your firm is healthy and working, but you hate drafting appellate briefs. You can do it, but it’s a struggle to find the time. The time you spend writing the appeal is time that you don’t spend returning client calls and attending to other pressing matters. Something has to give.

SCENARIO THREE:  You are preparing for a trial, and two hands just aren’t enough. You wish there was someone who could help with the many important details and with whom you could consult from time to time.

The solution for all the scenarios is hiring a short-term freelance lawyer, a lawyer who works temporarily for other lawyers to help them with their legal drafting needs and with whom you can consult about your case preparation. You need the services of Steve Greenleaf. With over three decades of legal practice experience, I can help you serve your clients. I enjoy and excel at preparing cases for trial, drafting documents, and I even enjoy writing appeals (as much as one can, anyway).

In my 30-plus years as a lawyer, I’ve drafted research memos, pleadings, discovery requests and responses, trial briefs, and appellate briefs, including briefs to the Iowa Supreme Court and the 8th Circuit. In addition, I’ve drafted innumerable contracts, resolutions, and ordinances during almost three decades of experience as a city attorney for four towns.

In my many years as a partner in a small Iowa City, Iowa firm, I’ve developed a passion for clear legal writing. Like most lawyers, I wince when reading bloated and prolix legal prose. My writing mantra is to make my prose intelligible to anyone who reads it, lawyer or client. It’s a challenging but rewarding practice. As a result, I can offer to write intelligible and persuasive prose for any assignment you give me. I don’t charge for initial consultations. I won’t bill any follow-up conversations unless we explicitly agree that it’s merited for you. While preparing any complex document or case, I always benefit from discussing matters with my colleagues. Thinking—including the thinking that occurs when you discuss a case with a knowledgeable colleague—allows you to prepare the best case for your client. I’ve done this frequently in over 30 years of practice, and I look forward to doing this again with you.

8 thoughts on “Legal Writing & More

  1. Best of luck to you, Steve! You have represented me and my family brilliantly over the years, and I know you will do the same for others in this endeavor as well. I will certainly pass on your name and information to anyone looking for temporary professional assistance.

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