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Kenneth Grady Named to Fastcase Top 50 List of Legal Innovators

07/10/2014

CHICAGO (July 10, 2014) – Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced today that Kenneth Grady, Chief Executive Officer of SeyfarthLean® Consulting, was selected by Fastcase, a leading next-generation legal research service, as one of the top 50 innovators in legal services.

The “Fastcase 50” highlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers — people who have charted a new course for the delivery of legal services. In law firms with new delivery models, legal tech startups, and even inside some of the nation’s largest law firms and legal publishers, the list is comprised of pioneers giving the world a first look at what’s next for law and technology.

Grady was selected based on his leadership of SeyfarthLean® Consulting, a subsidiary of Seyfarth Shaw, which works with organizations around the world 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, SeyfarthLean® Consulting uses Lean Six Sigma, data analytics and other creative, proactive approaches that drive efficiencies in the practice of law and help improve performance.Seyfarth Shaw has been a leader in bringing Lean Six Sigma to the legal industry, and Grady has almost twenty years of experience with Lean thinking and Lean Six Sigma.

Fastcase provided further analysis:

Seyfarth Shaw has started an in-house consultancy, SeyfarthLean®, which works with in-house legal departments to help them reduce costs, improve quality, mitigate risk, and enhance efficiencies.

Before entering the business of legal consulting, Ken was, among other things, general counsel at several large corporations, where he first began using value fee arrangements, legal project management tools, and in the process reduced his legal department’s expenses by 50% while maintaining growth.

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.

You can view the full “Fastcase 50” press release here.

About Fastcase
Fastcase is a leading legal publisher focused on smarter legal software that democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C

About Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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

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Brian Kiefer, Director of Public Relations
(312) 460-6401bkiefer@seyfarth.com

Martin Grego, Public Relations Manager
(312) 460-6659mgrego@seyfarth.com