LegalSifter is proud to announce that Ken Adams has joined the company as an advisor.
Ken has established an international reputation as the leading expert on contract language. He is the author of the bestselling A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, published by the American Bar Association. Ken gives public and in-house Drafting Clearer Contracts seminars globally, and he consults with companies looking to improve their contract templates. Ken writes the Adams on Contract Drafting blog, which the ABA Journal added to its Blawg 100 Hall of Fame in 2015. As one commentator noted recently, “Ken is in a class by himself among gurus on how to say what needs to be said in a contract.”
LegalSifter, the product, reviews contracts in a minute or two using artificial intelligence and the advice of a client’s lawyers and leaders. Clients start by uploading draft contracts that they are negotiating, particularly those written on other party’s paper. Sifters – software trained to read text that learns over time – review the draft contract and identify important legal and business concepts that demand attention or are missing entirely. The Sifters trigger Help Text, in-context advice tailored to the client’s business and negotiation position.
Ken will review and write the default Help Text that clients receive when they first subscribe to LegalSifter. He will help determine what issues LegalSifter should look for, and how. He will talk with existing and potential clients on an ongoing basis to inform the LegalSifter product design and roadmap.
Ken says, “With the publication of the fourth edition of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting in October 2017, the work of creating comprehensive guidelines for the building blocks of contract language is essentially done. Now it’s time to build, by applying those guidelines to the task of using technology to streamline the contracts process. Review of the other side’s drafts has been a notoriously time-consuming part of that process, so I’m delighted to be helping LegalSifter’s talented and determined team.”
Kevin Miller, LegalSifter’s CEO, says, “Our technology is essential to what we do, but it's only part of the story. Our technology allows us to apply contract expertise where it's most relevant. Having Ken as a hands-on member of our team will send a strong signal to our clients that the help they receive from LegalSifter is state-of-the-art. Ken has demonstrated an unflagging commitment to a more effective contracts process. We’re stronger for having Ken as part of LegalSifter.”