Ken Adams

Founder and President of Adams Contracts Consulting LLC

Ken Adams occupies a unique position in the field of contracts, in that he’s the only commentator to focus on the building blocks of contract language.

According to the Canadian periodical The Lawyers Weekly, “In the world of contract drafting, Ken Adams is the guru.” As part of its “Legal Rebels” project, in September 2009 the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, named Ken one of its initial group of fifty leading innovators in the legal profession. And in 2014, the Legal Writing Institute awarded its Golden Pen Award to Ken, “to recognize his exemplary work in contract drafting.”

In books and a series of articles, Ken has analyzed the full range of issues that a drafter confronts when deciding on the language and layout of a contract. A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting has been a best-seller for the ABA since it was published 2004; the third edition was published in 2013. He’s also author of The Structure of M&A Contracts, published in 2011 by West LegalEdcenter. He maintains a blog at After including Ken’s blog in its “Blawg 100”—its list of the hundred best law blogs—five out of six years, in 2015 the ABA Journal named Ken’s blog to the Blawg 100 Hall of Fame.

Ken conducts public and in-house seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. He acts as consultant to companies looking to improve their templates. He’s an adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School. And he’s a pioneer in online contract automation.

A U.S. citizen, Ken was raised in Africa and Europe; he received all of his secondary and college education in England. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989, Ken practiced corporate law at major law firms in New York and Geneva, Switzerland.