James Keuning

Director of Innovation Minneapolis
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As Taft’s Director of Innovation, James focuses on the development and implementation of cutting-edge solutions that help Taft stay ahead of the curve and stay competitive as the Modern Law Firm. James works to find new and innovative ways to serve Taft’s clients and drive growth through the adoption of new technologies, the development of new service offerings, and the creation of new business models.

Before Taft’s combination with Briggs and Morgan, James was Briggs’ Director of Practice Support, where he oversaw the practice support team’s daily operations and guided teams of legal and operations professionals through the litigation and investigation lifecycle.

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  • University of Minnesota Law School


  • Azusa Pacific University


  • Covenant College

Speeches and Publications


The Law Firm Operations Team: Collaborative Agent of Change in a Changing Profession, (co-authored with Ann Rainhart) Mitchell Hamline Law Review: Vol. 44 : Iss. 1 , Article 3, 2018

Safeguarding Client Property: The Challenges of the Intangible, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, August 12, 2013

Ethical Argument to Encrypt Client Data, EDDE JOURNAL, June 12, 2013


Encrypting Client Files – the technology and practice of encryption, July 2014

Electronic Discovery – Effective Legal Holds, May 2014

Common Threads – practical components of managing electronic evidence through the litigation lifecycle, November 2012

Technology and the Discovery Landscape: Utilizing Advanced Analytics – and Challenging Their Use, October 2012

The Changing Landscape of Computer Forensics, Hennepin County Bar Association, October 2012

EDD 101: Paralegals and E-discovery – Roles and Opportunities, July 2012