LAWriters is a group of lawyers, writing experts, and editors who specialize in training other lawyers, judges, and business professionals to become strong, confident writers and efficient editors. Our methods are comprehensive, sophisticated, and proven. Our team offers you backgrounds in law practice and law teaching, as well as journalism, business, graduate English, and even theology. That background means that our instructors:
Each have more than 20 years of writing training experience
Have conducted over 1,000 trainings
Are currently the most active presenters of programs to federal and state judges
Meet the Team
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Timothy P. Terrell
Timothy P. Terrell is a professor of law at Emory University School of Law, where he joined the faculty in 1976. During his time at Emory, he also served for several years as the director of professional development at King & Spalding in Atlanta, assisting the firm in designing and implementing a comprehensive training program for the firm's associates.
His undergraduate degree is from the University of Maryland, and his law degree is from Yale Law School. Under a Fulbright Scholarship Professor Terrell also earned a Diploma in Law from Oxford University, where his thesis essay involved aspects of linguistic theory and political philosophy. Under a second Fulbright grant, he taught in England at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
At Emory, he currently teaches and writes principally in the areas of property law, legal ethics, and jurisprudence, and he has also taught constitutional law and constitutional theory. For practicing lawyers and judicial organizations, he has conducted numerous continuing legal education programs on writing, ethics, and professionalism. In addition to the popular text on legal writing, Thinking Like a Writer, Professor Terrell has developed three video-based instructional programs in legal ethics-one involving the criminal justice area, another focused on law practice in the healthcare area, and one for law office staff personnel. He is currently working on two new books--one on lawyer professionalism and one on the fundamentals of legal reasoning.
John T. Salatti
President of LAWriters
John T. Salatti, Esq. has been president of LAWriters since he founded it with Professor Timothy Terrell of Emory Law School in 1996. For more than a decade now, he has overseen LAWriters’s nationwide team of writing experts as they have provided a full range of writing programs and services to firms, courts, corporations, government agencies, and individuals across the country and abroad. Under his management, LAWriters has more than tripled its client base and revenues.
Mr. Salatti did his undergraduate work at Cornell University. After seven years in banking and mental health advocacy, he entered Emory University’s Law and Religion Program where he received his J.D. with Distinction (the Law School’s highest accolade at that time) and his Master of Divinity Magna Cum Laude.
Mr. Salatti has taught effective legal writing for two decades. As part of the LAWriters team, he has taught all over the United States for top 100 law firms (e.g., Skadden Arps and Choate Hall & Stewart) and very small firms, corporate legal departments (e.g., Southern California Edison), all manner of state and federal agencies (e.g., DOJ, FEC, FTC, CFTC, SEC, DOI), and a variety of courts both state and federal. Beyond his national experience, Mr. Salatti has also taught foreign courts systems and law firms, including The High Court of Trinidad and Tobago (and various lower and specialized courts), the Supreme Court of the Republic of Georgia, the Supreme and Trial Courts of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, among others.
His writing training career started when he was a law student at Emory Law School where he was a Dean’s Fellow in the Research, Writing, and Advocacy Program for four years. He also served on the Emory Law Journal for four years, two of them as an Associate Editor. From the Journal, he received the Red Pen Award for Excellence in Editing and the first Distinguished Service Award. While at Emory, Mr. Salatti received extensive writing training as a summer clerk for the Honorable Stanley F. Birch, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
For LAWriters, he teaches almost all of the seminars and workshops that the company offers, and he oversees the Intensive Personal Feedback program. As part of that program, he provides very individualized feedback to attorneys about their own writing in both oral and written form. To offer this level of service, Mr. Salatti is backed by a team of editors who are based coast to coast.
In addition to directing LAWriters, Mr. Salatti is a private practitioner (licensed in Georgia and the District of Columbia), mediator, and mediator trainer. And in 2006, he was elected to public office in Washington, DC where he served the Bloomingdale neighborhood as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. He was re-elected for a third term in November 2010 with over 96% of the vote.