Former General Counsel of Wolverine Worldwide to Lead Expansion of Consulting Business Amid Increased Demand
CHICAGO (September 5, 2013) – Seyfarth Shaw today announced the appointment of Ken Grady, former general counsel of global footwear manufacturer Wolverine World Wide, Inc., as chief executive officer of SeyfarthLean Consulting, LLC.
Recognized as one of the legal industry’s most innovative in-house lawyers, Grady will lead SeyfarthLean Consulting’s expansion in response to growing client demand for its innovative services. Established as a Seyfarth subsidiary in 2008, SeyfarthLean Consulting works with organizations around the world, ranging from Rockwell Collins to the Royal Bank of Canada, to provide innovative solutions for in-house legal departments and other strategic business units.
With an emphasis on process improvement, complex project management and sophisticated portfolio management, SeyfarthLeanConsulting uses Lean Six Sigma, data analytics and other creative, proactive approaches that drive efficiencies in the practice of law and help improve performance.
“We had the opportunity to partner and work closely with Ken during his tenure at Wolverine Worldwide so we know him very well and we are excited that he’s bringing his deep in-house counsel and Lean experience to Seyfarth,” said J. Stephen Poor, Seyfarth’s chairman and managing partner. “With extensive Lean training, nearly 20 years of Lean Six Sigma experience and an impressive track record focused on creating value and improving efficiency, Ken embodies our SeyfarthLean approach to legal services. Combined with his years of service as general counsel, he will be a tremendous asset to our consulting clients.”
“This is an exciting opportunity. The market is driving chief legal officers to do more with less and they are also moving more work in-house,” explained Grady. “Seyfarth has become a cradle of innovation for the industry, and SeyfarthLean Consulting is perfectly positioned to assist with these new demands on law departments and other organizations. By marrying legal knowledge and consulting services, SeyfarthLean Consulting provides solutions that reduce costs, improve quality, mitigate risk and enhance efficiencies.”
Prior to joining SeyfarthLean Consulting, Grady’s career included general counsel roles at three Fortune 1000-sized corporations, executive leadership positions in the retail and manufacturing industries, and partnership at McDermott, Will & Emery. As general counsel, Grady helped pioneer techniques such as value-based fee arrangements, project management and Lean Six Sigma in the legal industry, netting impressive results that reduced legal department expenses by as much as 50 percent while at the same time supporting high-growth companies.
A recognized thought leader in the legal industry, Grady was an active member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for 14 years. He recently served as a member of the ACC’s Board of Directors, its Value Challenge Steering Committee and its Advocacy Committee.
Grady has spoken widely and frequently on a number of industry issues and trends, including law firm – legal department relationships, value-based fee arrangements, legal department strategy, and methods to improve the efficiency of practicing law. He has also earned a number of accolades during his career, including honors in 2011 from the Financial Times for innovative leadership of in-house counsel/outside counsel relationships.
Seyfarth Shaw has more than 800 attorneys and provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation, corporate and real estate. With offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco, Shanghai, Sydney and Washington, D.C., Seyfarth’s clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies and reflect virtually every industry and segment of the economy. A recognized leader in delivering value and innovation for legal services, Seyfarth’s acclaimed SeyfarthLean client service model has earned numerous accolades from a variety of highly respected third parties, including industry associations, consulting firms and media. For more information, please visit www.seyfarth.com.