We typically deliver formal advice not in the form of a memorandum but rather as a consultant-style, landscape-format deck. Several notes about the approach:
- These pieces often follow a one-topic-per-page format. Pages may touch separately on process, assumptions, facts, doctrinal areas, recommendations, and suggestions for next steps.
- From a client point of view, the format is easy to follow.
- From a preparation point of view, the format forces a methodical approach and logical organization.
- The deck format enables us to use diagrams, timelines, and other visual presentations where appropriate. We believe visual thinking and expression is wildly effective (and wildly-underappreciated) in legal practice, and we try to use visuals whenever we can.
Here are examples of typical advice delivery formats:
We often prepare simple worksheets for use by clients in considering collaborations, mergers, new programs, and other major initiatives. Here’s a page from such a worksheet: