Organization Type: Corporate Legal Department
Position/Title: Vice President, Senior Counsel
Functional Area: Law Practice
Year of Induction: 2014
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O'Fallon, MO 63368-7263
Dennis Kennedy is a well-known and widely-published legal technology author and lawyer. He has practiced law in small, medium and large law firms, as a solo practitioner, and now as an in-house counsel for MasterCard in its St. Louis offices where he focuses on information technology law. He has been writing regular columns on legal technology since 1996, starting with Lawyers Weekly USA and, for the last seven years, has written a tech column for the ABA Journal. In addition to hundreds of articles, Dennis co-wrote, with Tom Mighell, the book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools: Smart Ways to Work Together, and, with Allison Shields, the books, LinkedIn in One Hour for Lawyers and Facebook in One Hour for Lawyers. He also co-hosts the legal technology podcast, The Kennedy-Mighell Report, on the Legal Talk Network. Dennis was one of the first lawyers to maintain a web page in 1995 and has been blogging since February 2003 on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://denniskennedy.com/blog/), one of the first legal technology blogs. He was a co-founder of the ABA’s Law Practice Today webzine and was named the 2001 TechnoLawyer of the Year by TechnoLawyer.com. Dennis has long been involved in legal technology and law practice management education and other projects, including the ABA’s Law Practice Division, ABA TECHSHOW and the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center.
Twitter: @denniskennedy and @dkennedyblog
CITATION UPON INDUCTION INTO THE COLLEGE
Dennis Kennedy has been at the forefront of legal technology for more than 30 years – speaking, writing, and thinking about technology innovations for lawyers long before many of us understood the subject. Dennis has used many means and vehicles to educate lawyers on how to best use technology in a law practice: whether writing as the technology columnist for the ABA Journal, winning awards as a TechnoLawyer contributor, or co-hosting a nationally-syndicated podcast on legal technology. He also contributes tremendously to the body of knowledge provided by the ABA’s Law Practice Management Division, helping to deliver high-quality practice management resources to lawyers as an organizer, speaker, and author, including books on LinkedIn and Facebook that are best-sellers in the legal community. He is able to view the future of legal technology and explain it to us with a practicality that is firmly grounded in the present.