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New York City, NY

Kenneth A. Adams

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP


Ken Adams is a consultant, writer, and speaker on contract drafting. As the author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, he’s the leading authority on the building blocks of contract language. He’s also at the forefront of contract automation. You can find on this website information about his activities and interests. According to the Canadian periodical The Lawyers Weekly, “In the world of contract drafting, Ken Adams is the guru.” He occupies a unique position in the field of contract drafting, in that he’s the only commentator to focus on the language of contracts—not what you express in a given contract provision, but how to express it in modern and effective contract language.

His book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting (ABA 4th ed. 2017) is widely used throughout the legal profession. He gives seminars in the U.S., Canada, and internationally, and he acts as a consultant and expert witness.

As part of its “Legal Rebels” project, in 2009 the ABA Journal, the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association, named Ken one of fifty leading innovators in the legal profession. And in a 2011 opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery, the foremost business-law court in the U.S., described A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting as “thought-provoking” and noted that “One can even share and in fact applaud Adams’ encouragement of clearer forms of contract drafting.”

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