Professor, Speaker, Writer, Consultant
Bryan A. Garner is a noted speaker, writer, and consultant on jurisprudent, legal language, writing, and legal advocacy. He is editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary and the author of many leading works on law and language, including Garner’sDictionary of Legal Usage, The Elements of Legal Style, The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style, The Winning Brief, and The Winning Oral Argument. His other books include Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts and Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges, both cowritten with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and Garner on Language and Writing, an anthology published by the American Bar Association. His magnum opus is the 1,056-page Garner’s Modern English Usage, published by Oxford University Press. It is widely considered the preeminent authority on questions of English usage. His most recent books include The Chicago Manual on Grammar and Punctuation and The Law of Judicial Precedent, coauthored with 12 appellate judges from around the country.
Garner has taught at Southern Methodist University School of Law since 1990. In 2008, he was given the title of Distinguished Research Professor of Law. He is also a lecturer in law at The University of Texas School of Law and A&M School of Law.
Professor Garner received both his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was an editor of Texas Law Review. He has three honorary LL.D.s and has received many awards for his writing and speaking.