Kenneth Adams

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Ken Adams is a speaker and consultant on contract drafting. According to the Canadian periodical The Lawyers Weekly, “In the world of contract drafting, Ken Adams is the guru.”

Ken is author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (ABA 3d ed. 2013), a groundbreaking book that’s in widespread use internationally. He’s also author of The Structure of M&A Contracts (West LegalEdcenter 2011). Go here for his articles and go here for his blog, Adams on Contract Drafting. The ABA Journal included Ken’s blog in its 2013, 2012, 2010, and 2009 “Blawg 100”—its list of the hundred best law blogs.

Ken conducts public and in-house seminars throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. And through his relationship with ContractExpress, the leading document-assembly software, Ken is a pioneer in online contract automation.

As part of its “Legal Rebels” project, in September 2009 the ABA Journal named Ken one of its initial group of fifty leading innovators in the legal profession. And in 2014, the Legal Writing Institute awarded Ken its 2014 Golden Pen Award, “to recognize his exemplary work in contract drafting.”

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.

Courses Taught

Contract Drafting