David's education and experience as an attorney lend themselves to writing about legal topics. He has particular experience writing about employment law, criminal defense, and business law. That said, David has yet to encounter an area of law that he could not tackle — for writing purposes — with a bit of research.
Law school teaches you how to identify issues and solve problems. It does this much more than it teaches you how to be a lawyer. This has helped David as a writer by giving him insight into how to research complicated topics and find answers to difficult questions. As a result, he is comfortable taking on an eclectic array of projects.
Since we're talking about specialties, though, David is your guy if you need writing on legal issues.
David is a tremendous nerd who loves learning at nearly all times. Freelance writing gives him the opportunity to learn every time he sits down at his computer.
When he is not writing, David might be playing with his dogs, reading a book (history and science fiction are his favorites), or watching some geeky television. He has been known to contribute as a performer to the Austin improv scene, and he has appeared in a few locally-produced short films. When David is writing, he has a secret room in his house where he tortures metaphors.
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David has been a freelance writer with a focus on legal topics since 2011. Before that, he was a lawyer for close to decade. He is fairly familiar with writing about law.
In his career as a freelance writer, David has written for real estate agents, real estate attorneys, mortgage lenders, and more.
David is a dog person. It is important to say that up front. David is rather obsessed with dogs. He often likes dogs more than he likes their humans. But that tells you nothing about David as a writer.
David has worked in various capacities as a volunteer for several animal welfare and advocacy organizations. In these roles, he has written about topics like the practical aspects of caring for dogs and the legal duties of a human to their dog.
None of this is to say that David could not, if given the opportunity, write about something other than dogs. David likes cats, although it might be more accurate to say he respects cats. Cats make no apologies for who they are, and they brook little nonsense from humans. David respects that.
David has written extensively on topics related to medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, risk management, and more.
David has written on topics like business law, employer-employee relations, business marketing, and business formation.
David has written for insurance companies of topics related to risk management and cybersecurity.
David has written about issues relating to federal income tax, gift and estate taxes, taxes during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the treatment of tax debts in bankruptcy.
David has been a ghostblogger for lawyers, law firms, and other clients since 2011. He has also maintained several blogs of his own over the years. The number 3,000 is David's best estimate of the total number of posts he has written for clients over the past decade.
David has written website copy for dozens of clients over the past decade. Most of these have been lawyers and law firms, but not all of them. David is well-versed in the non-technical aspects of SEO. Give him your keywords and he will make them dance on the screen.
David has written articles for web publications on topics ranging from employment law to the peculiarities of human communication.
- How many FAQs has David written?
He would estimate around 50 in recent years.
- How does David write FAQs for a client?
He likes to begin by talking to the client to get a sense of their business and their style. FAQs can be a way for a client to express themselves. Someone in a more buttoned-down profession — accountants and many lawyers, for example — probably want to be conservative and straightforward in their answers. People in other fields might be able to get away with having a little fun with it. Once David has an idea of how to approach the FAQs, he asks the client if they want him to include any particular questions.
- Don't you think this gimmick of writing FAQs to describe David's experience with FAQs is a bit silly?
You're a bit silly.