Jean O’Grady

DLA Piper
Organization Type: Law Firm
Position/Title: Director of Research Services and Libraries
Functional Area: Management
Year of Induction: 2014

500 8th St., NW
Washington, DC 20004

Business Phone: 202.799.4497

Jean P. O’Grady is currently  Director of Research Services & Libraries at DLA Piper US, LLP. She has over 25 years experience developing strategic  information  initiatives for large law firms. She holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, an M.L.S. from St. John’s University and a B.A. in History from Fordham University She is a member of the NY State Bar. She has previously held Director positions at WilmerHale in DC and Shea & Gould in NY.  She has been an adjunct faculty member at the graduate schools of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University and Long Island University where she taught legal research courses.

She is  2013-14 Chair of the Private Law Libraries Section of the American Association of Law Libraries and a past President of the Law Library Association of Greater New York.. She is a frequent author and speaker on the transformation of  libraries,  digital contract licensing and negotiations, knowledge management, library management issues and legal publishing issues. She has spoken at programs sponsored by the Information Industry Association, the Association of Newsletter Publishers, Practicing Law Institute. International Legal Technology Association , West Publishing,  Price Waterhouse, LegalTech, Lexis-Nexis as well as AALL and SLA.

In 2011 she launched a blog “Dewey B Strategic” which focuses on promoting awareness of the strategic importance of librarians, libraries and knowledge managers to the organizations they support.  She has written provocative pieces on  a variety of law firm management, publishing and technology issues which have sparked important debates in the industry. In 1202  he blog was named by ABA Magazine as one of the ABA Blawg 100 best law related blogs. It 2013 it was named the best blog in the legal research and writing category.


Jean O’Grady was among the first law librarians to see and understand the digital revolution. In the 1980s, she realized before most that computer assisted legal research was not an esoteric “extra” – it was the future.  When publications became available on CD in the early 1990s, she started to switch from print to digital – this was BEFORE the Web.  Once the Web came along, she quickly saw its promise, not just as an information resource, but also as a way to make it easier for lawyers to find the firm’s information.  She was among the first to champion building a law firm intranet.  When others were still expanding the library footprint, she was ready to abandon books and shrink library space.  In short, for over two decades she has been in the vanguard of changing the library from a place to a service. A keen focus on working closely with lawyers to improve not just research, but also law practice has driven her to continuously improve legal and business research services in law firms.