The foundation of Ken’s expertise is his book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting.

Ken Adams is the author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. It’s the only authoritative guide to the building blocks of contract language, and it’s in widespread use internationally. In this review, the Law Society Gazette says it’s “extraordinary.” The first edition was published by the American Bar Association in 2004; the fifth edition was published in 2023.


“Everything I know about contracts, I learned from Ken Adams and MSCD. Also from John Houseman in ‘Paper Chase.’ But mostly from Ken.”

– Colin Cannell

“I’m a 22yr contracts veteran & my copy of MSCD has so many tabs, it looks like a porcupine. An invaluable tool.”

– JRo

“Resource #1 in the war on ambiguity and nonsense in contract drafting.”

– Paul Johan Jean

Ken Adams is the author of The Structure of M&A Contracts (Thomson Reuters 2011).

This book offers a detailed and practical account of how the parts of a mergers-and-acquisitions contract fit together. Ken brings to bear on this subject the innovative approach that is on display in his book A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting. Anyone involved in M&A transactions would find this book valuable.

Ken has also written many articles for a broad range of publications.