Keir Bradford-Grey
Philadelphia Office

1735 Market Street
21st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7505

P: 215-772-7217
F: 215-731-3708


Keir Bradford-Grey is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department. She concentrates her practice on white collar and government investigations and criminal defense, and also leads the firm’s Executive Leadership practice group.

As a trial and appellate attorney, Keir achieved record-breaking wins while defending high-profile clients at the state and federal levels. She has demonstrated creativity and success in finding equity win-wins for her clients. Utilizing the depth of experience she earned as an agency head, Keir works with executive leadership, HR teams, and in-house counsel to create legal strategies tailored to align with the vision for their companies. She helps clients develop proactive and constructive approaches that allows companies to improve employee relations and avoid costly litigation.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Keir was the Chief Defender of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. As the chief executive she led a staff of over 500 and managed an annual budget of $50 million. In her role, she not only led communities to be in strategic partnership with the justice system stakeholders, she bridged gaps between city and state elected officials to advance reforms in policing and spearheaded constructive alternatives for our system. She was also responsible for building community-government partnerships that sought to empower communities to be a part of the justice reform process. As a result of her work, there are nine community justice hubs in the city of Philadelphia that bring informed and practical options to our justice system practices.

Selected Representations

  • Represented a high-profile homicide client in the death of a real estate developer.
  • Co-led the investigatory team in the City of Philadelphia’s MOVE bombing investigation.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

Keir is frequently called upon to partake in panels, judge trial competitions, and is a trusted authority on racial justice and equity issues.

  • Presenter, NLADA Safety and Justice Challenge Defender Leadership Summit, 2019
  • Presenter, John Jay College National Smart on Crime Innovations, 2019
  • Presenter, NLADA Holistic Defense and Leadership Conference, 2018
  • Presenter, NAPD-Executive Leadership Institute, 2018
  • Presenter, Yale Law School Conference on Law & Justice Reform, 2017

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer attorney, National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), (2016-Present)
  • Co-Chair, Philadelphia City Council Criminal Justice Reform Committee (2015-Present)
  • Community Volunteer, Philadelphia PA (2015-Present)
  • Founder, Pre-Entry Coalition
  • Introduced the Participatory Defense model to Pennsylvania by training neighborhood volunteers in judicial process, leading the city to establish 7 participatory defense hubs, more than any other city in the nation.
  • Initiated the “Back on Track” program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • Collaborated with the ACLU and local school boards for education initiatives on the school-to-prison pipeline and juvenile justice vs. juvenile injustice
  • Built coalitions to improve outcomes within the justice system and spearheaded initiatives to provide clients with the necessary tools to navigate systems

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Living Legend, Councilmember Curtis Jones, Jr.’s Living Legends Resolution, January 2022
  • Honoree, Why Not Prosper 20th Anniversary Gala, 2021
  • #20 in Philadelphia Magazine’s 76 Most Influential People in Philadelphia, 2020
  • #83 in the State of Pennsylvania’s Power 100 People, 2017
  • Women of Excellence WDAS Media Station Interview for Philadelphia and Suburban Areas, 2019
  • Citizen of the Year for Outstanding Service to the Community, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 2019

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Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Advisory Board Member, City & State Pennsylvania
  • Board Member, Community Behavioral Health Corporation – City of Philadelphia (2016-Present)
  • Board Member, National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA), (2016-Present)
  • Founding Member & Board Member, Black Public Defender Association of the NLADA (2018-Present)
  • Chair, PA Statewide Racial and Ethnic Disparities Commission (2020-Present)
  • Chair, American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD), (2016-2018)

Academic Achievements

  • Ohio Northern University Pettit School of Law (J.D.)
  • Albany State University (B.S.)