On More Effective Writing

(Used with permission. First published in the Southern District of Florida Courthouse Beacon, December 2021)

Imagine this is an article entitled Wiley Champion, Esq. Instructs How To Win Your Case Every Time. Enticing for sure. You start reading. The opening paragraph needlessly re-states the title, needlessly names the author, who is already mentioned in the title, and then defines the author with a short name that is unnecessary and distracting. The second, third and fourth paragraphs include a lot of confusing history. You have no idea why you are reading that history . . .

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Eric Kimball

United States Bankruptcy Judge, Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach Division

Erik P. Kimball serves as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in the Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach Division. He was appointed in 2008. Judge Kimball received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1990 and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1987. Judge Kimball began his legal practice at Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale) in the firm’s Boston office, where he was a member of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Department. He twice left legal practice to work in the mutual fund industry as an investment professional, with Colonial Management Associates and Columbia Management Investment Advisors. At the time of his judicial appointment in 2008, Judge Kimball was a shareholder at Akerman in the firm’s Orlando office. In legal practice, he specialized in representation of institutional investors and indenture trustees in connection with defaults of publicly traded debt securities.

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