Kenneth A. Grady

Global legal innovator. Industry futurist. Strategic advisor.

Ken Grady is an Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at Michigan State University College of Law. A recognized thought leader, Ken regularly writes and speaks internationally on legal industry issues, including innovation, the future of law and the intersection of legal services, leadership, efficiency, and change.

Ken helped pioneer ideas in the legal industry such as appropriate fee arrangements, project management, and process improvement. Ken and others have netted impressive results with these ideas, including reducing legal department expenses by as much as 50% while at the same time supporting companies in high-growth modes.

Ken’s training in lean thinking includes studies at the famed Japanese consulting firm Shingijutsu Co. Ltd. under Yoshiki Iwata, an original member of the Toyota Autonomous Study Group that developed the Toyota Production System.

Ken’s articles and posts have been featured in many online and print media publications, and he is the former editor and author of the blog named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100. Currently, he is the editor and primary author of The Algorithmic Society (on Medium), named to the ABA 2017 Web 100 list of law blogs and social media.

He has earned a number of accolades during his career. He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and was named to the Fastcase 50, which honors the law’s “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.” He also was honored by the Financial Times for innovative leadership of in-house counsel/outside counsel relationships.

Ken was CEO of SeyfarthLean Consulting, LLC, a Seyfarth Shaw subsidiary. Before retiring from in-house positions, Ken’s career included general counsel roles at three Fortune 1000 corporations and executive leadership positions in Fortune 500 and 1000 corporations. While in private practice, Ken was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery. Ken was an active member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for 14 years. He served as a member of the ACC’s Board of Directors, its Value Challenge Steering Committee and its Advocacy Committee.

How To Reach Ken

Ken is available for speaking, consulting, mentoring, training, and other engagements. You can reach him at ken [dot] grady [at] kagradypc [dot] com.