Ryan McCarl

Ryan’s expertise in legal writing and strategy helps Rushing McCarl LLP provide elite representation to litigation clients at trial and on appeal.

Mr. McCarl — a law professor and former federal appellate clerk — authored Elegant Legal Writing (U. Cal. Press 2024) (book | blog), a pathbreaking book on written advocacy. McCarl uses his deep understanding of civil procedure and evidence law to outmaneuver opponents through aggressive motion practice, creating favorable battlegrounds for trial.

Mr. McCarl has given legal writing seminars to audiences including the ABA Litigation Section and Texas Office of the Attorney General. He previously served as an AI Law and Policy research fellow at the UCLA School of Law, where he taught Advanced Legal Writing. Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School.

Before joining the UCLA Law faculty and co-founding Rushing McCarl LLP, Mr. McCarl clerked for the Honorable David M. Ebel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, worked as a litigator at WilmerHale and Hueston Hennigan, and founded an educational technology startup. He has published articles and book chapters on diverse topics including artificial intelligence and law, substantive due process, claim preclusion, constitutional vagueness doctrine, sovereign debt arbitration, and property rights. His articles have appeared in outlets including the Stanford Journal of International Law and Cincinnati Law Review.

In 2022, Mr. McCarl helped Rushing McCarl LLP secure a $17.8 million federal jury verdict for a cosmetics manufacturer and obtain an against-the-odds Ninth Circuit reversal against a major airline.

Mr. McCarl earned his J.D. with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Chicago Journal of International Law. He earned an M.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Chicago, where he was a captain of the track team and broke the school record in cross country. He also earned an M.A. in Education at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and taught high school history and geography.

You can review examples of Rushing McCarl’s public work here.

This program is approved for CLE credit in the following states: New York, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Texas, Arkansas, Nevada.


This program is pending CLE credit in the following states: Tennessee, Ohio, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Georgia.


This program is pending CLE and CPD credit for self-application by the attorney or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: Alabama,Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Québec, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Washington.


We do NOT provide CLE for: Virginia or Mississippi.


This program is appropriate for newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys.

Elegant Legal Writing for In-House Counsel


Event Description

Most legal documents are a chore to read. They bore the overburdened reader with unnecessary details and convoluted language. But it’s possible to write legal memoranda and briefs that are inviting and respectful of the reader’s scarce time, attention, and motivation. Well-written legal documents set out to be helpful and get to the point right away, then make that point with clarity and precision. The skill of communicating legal concepts in plain language is crucial for in-house counsel, who often serve as the point of contact between attorneys and the organizations they represent.


Join us at 12pm ET / 9am PT on Monday, March 11th for the next edition of our IHC Fundamentals Series as Elegant Legal Writing author Ryan McCarl shares writing strategies for in-house counsel. Ryan will discuss how to collaborate effectively with outside counsel on writing projects, discuss complex legal topics and litigation strategy with nonlawyers, and more. He will provide specific, actionable tips for writing about the law in a way that removes needless complexity and holds the interest of busy readers.


Who Should Attend

This program is designed for any in-house legal professional who wants to write better.


There is NO COST to attend this program!

This program is FREE, thanks to the In-House Connect Hub – Network, share and seek advice, and access exclusive content! If you can’t make it to the live program, the recording will be available for viewing via our paid CLE library, In-House Connect On-Demand!

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