Kenneth GradyLean Law Evangelist, Adjunct Professor and Member, Legal RnD Faculty
Michigan State University College of Law
Ken Grady is the Lean Law Evangelist for Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Law.
A recognized thought leader, Ken regularly writes and speaks internationally on legal industry issues, including innovation, leadership, efficiency, and change management. Ken’s articles and posts have been featured in many online and print media publications, and he is the editor and author of the blog SeytLines.com named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100. He has earned a number of accolades during his career, including being named to the Fastcase 50, which honors the law’s “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders” and being honored by the Financial Times for innovative leadership of in-house counsel/outside counsel relationships.
Ken helped pioneer techniques in the legal industry such as appropriate fee arrangements, project management, and process improvement netting impressive results including reducing legal department expenses by as much as 50% while at the same time supporting high-growth companies. 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 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.
The Third Legal Practice Revolution centers on the seismic shift of lawyers moving from a labor-centric model of legal services to an augmented model of legal services. The Revolution starts by understanding the law department?s services as processes, disaggregating the processes, and starting the journey of continuous improvement. Next, simple technology replaces discrete tasks.
Finally, we move to augmentation. In this presentation, Ken Grady shows how to combine lean thinking with technology to create flexible, efficient and high quality legal services organizations built on a client-first model. Key takeaways include:
- Moving from a labor-centric model to a client-centric model,
- Incorporating technology with busting the budget, and
- Making your client part of your technology strategy.