John E. Grant ’07
September 20, 2018
Originally from Bakersfield, California, John received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a Religion Minor from Tufts University before spending nearly a decade in the Seattle technology industry prior to law school. He is a fourth-generation lawyer whose great grandfather was a President of the American Bar Association and helped create the field of Entertainment Law in 1920s Los Angeles. At Lewis & Clark Law, John was a Teaching Assistant to the Legal Writing (now Lawyering) department, was Editor-in-Chief of the Lewis & Clark Law Review, and was selected to the Cornelius Honor Society. After graduation, he held in-house counsel roles and operated a small intellectual property firm.
Now known as the “Agile Attorney,” John has helped pioneer the use of Agile Project Management methodologies in the legal industry. He is an outspoken advocate for the modernization of legal education and of the profession more broadly, with a particular emphasis on closing the civil access to justice gap.
As a consultant, John guides law firms and legal departments on business and operations strategy, helping them harness the tools of modern entrepreneurship—tools like Agile, Lean Process Improvement, and Design Thinking—to create more scalable and sustainable practices. He is a current member of the Oregon State Bar’s Board of Governors, is the Treasurer of nonprofit law firm The Commons Law Center, served as co-chair of the Bar’s 2017 Futures Task Force, founded the Portland Legal Innovation & Technology Meetup, and was chosen as a 2018 FastCase 50 honoree for legal innovation. He and his family live in SE Portland.