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FT Innovative Lawyers Awards North America 2016

New York |
Speakers include:
Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting


Now in its seventh year of publication and covering the US, Canada, and Mexico, the FT North America Innovative Lawyers Report has become one of the top legal rankings in the region.

The FT Innovative Lawyers Report and Awards represent a unique analysis of the legal industry, assessing lawyers on their innovation both for clients and in their own businesses. We base both the report and awards on thorough research and robust journalism.

This year, the constraint of strict categories was again removed from the outset allowing submitters more freedom to choose initiatives from any practice area or part of the business. We will celebrate the standout legal innovations of 2016 at an awards ceremony in New York on 5 December.

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Presented by (2)

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

FT Frequent Flyer columnist
Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

Managing Director
RSG Consulting

Reena SenGupta founded RSG Consulting in 2001 to provide research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With nearly 30 years’ experience of business and the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession. As editor and publishing director of Chambers & Partners Publishing in the mid-nineties, she devised the research methodology behind the Chambers’ guides to the legal profession and launched the first Chambers Student and Chambers Global guides. In 2005, Ms SenGupta came up with the idea of ranking lawyers on innovation, which has become the FT Innovative Lawyers reports and awards. She is a long-time contributor to the Financial Times and helped to establish the paper’s Law & Business page in 2001.

Ms SenGupta has experience of both big and small businesses and spent the early nineties working in investment banking in London and rescuing a family-owned graphic design business out of recession. A journalist, entrepreneur and now senior consultant, Ms SenGupta is responsible for coming up with the ideas for a number of ground-breaking projects for both clients and RSG Consulting. Among these are the RSG India Report and the Innovative GC Club. She is a regular public speaker on innovation and the legal profession, is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and an Asian Woman of Achievement.

2016 Shortlist

Baker & McKenzie
Barclays Capital
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott
Bryan Cave
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Chadbourne & Parke
Choate, Hall & Stewart
Covington & Burling
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Davis Wright Tremaine
DLA Piper
Fluor Corporation
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Goodwin Procter
Gowling WLG
Hearst Corporation
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hogan Lovells
Jenner & Block
Jones Day
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman
King & Spalding
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Justice, Province of British Columbia
Littler Mendelson
Mayer Brown
McCarthy Tétrault
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Molson Coors
Morrison & Foerster
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Neota Logic
NPX Advisors
O'Melveny & Myers
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt
Paul Hastings
Peabody Energy
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan
Reed Smith
Rimon Law
Ropes & Gray
Seyfarth Shaw
Shearman & Sterling
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
Stikeman Elliott
Sullivan & Cromwell
The Clorox Company
Thomson Reuters
TPG Growth
Victaulic Company
Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
White & Case

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2016 Winners

The Financial Times warmly congratulates the winners of this year's Innovative Lawyer Awards North America:
• Innovation in collaboration:
JOINT WINNERS: Seyfarth Shaw; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Choate Hall & Stewart; Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott; Hewlett Packard Enterprise

• Enabling clients to innovate:

• Innovation in legal work in Latin America:
Cravath, Swaine & Moore

• Great ideas:
Paul Hastings

• Making a difference:
Shearman & Sterling

• Managing complexity and scale:
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

• New products and techniques:
White & Case

• Regulatory work for clients:
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

• Changing and influencing regulation:
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

• Unlocking and delivering value:
JOINT WINNERS: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Virginia Conservation Legacy Fund

• Innovation in the business of law: Strategy and changing behaviours:
O'Melveny & Myers

• Innovation in the business of law: Data, analytics & intelligence:
Littler Mendelson

• Innovation in the business of law: Integrated solutions:
Baker & McKenzie

• Innovation in the business of law: Redesigning the service & delivery model:
Davis Wright Tremaine

• Innovation in the business of law: Supporting and developing talent:
Kirkland & Ellis

• Innovation in the business of law: Technology:
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

• Innovation in social responsibility: Projects:
JOINT WINNERS: Morrison & Foerster; NPX Advisors

• Innovation in social responsibility: Pro bono cases:

• Legal Innovator of the Year:
Harriet Pearson, Hogan Lovells

• Most innovative general counsel:
Laura Stein, Clorox

• Driving business and industry transformation:

• In-house legal team innovation:

• Special achievement award:
John Schultz, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

• Most innovative North American law firm:
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe


Awards Categories

Innovation in Legal Expertise*
Innovation in the Business of Law*
Innovation in Social Responsibility*
Legal Innovator of the Year
Most Innovative In-House Legal Team (IN-HOUSE AWARD)
Most Innovative General Counsel (IN-HOUSE AWARD)
Most Innovative Law Firm in North America
Special Achievement Award


Research Methodology

FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2016 is a rankings report and awards for North America-based lawyers. Shortlists for the awards comprise the top ranked submissions in each section of the report.

The FT and its research partner RSG Consulting have devised a unique methodology to rank lawyers on innovation. Law firms, in-house legal teams and other legal service organizations are invited to submit their innovations. These are then fully researched through telephone interviews. No entry appears in the FT report or awards shortlists without a robust client or independent reference. Market experts are also called in to assess the submissions and the research.

Each entry is scored out of 10 points for originality, rationale and impact for a maximum score of 30. They are then benchmarked against each other to arrive at the final rankings and shortlists. Lawyers are ranked for delivering exceptional value to business.

The In-House Lawyers rankings and awards shortlists are drawn from nominations as well as submissions, but all entries require third party validation and commendation.


While the FT Innovative Lawyers awards are researched, a panel of judges is used to decide the winner of the Innovative Individual award from a shortlist of ten individuals who stood out in the research.


2016 Awards

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Up to 550 global legal professionals will attend this year.

Black tie

Awards fee does not include travel or accommodation costs.
For information on hotels nearby please visit here.

Photographs taken on the night will be available to view and download from our website two days after the event. 


Agenda - 5th Dec

  • 6:45pm
    Guest Arrival, Registration and Networking Champagne Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Welcome Remarks
  • 7:40pm
  • 9:00pm
    Awards Ceremony

    Presented by

    Reena SenGupta, CEO, RSG Consulting
    Michael Skapinker, Associate Editor and Columnist, Financial Times

  • 10:45pm
    Post-Event Networking Drinks
  • 11:30pm


The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street (entrance on 42nd Street)
New York City 10018

United States of America


Research partner (1)

RSG Consulting was set up in 2001 by Reena SenGupta, the ex-Publishing Director of Chambers and Partners and the creator of the Chambers rankings and research methodology in the mid-nineties.
Initially, the company focused on client relationship management projects, working for the magic circle law firms and top US firms. In the course of that work, RSG realised that the profession was on the brink of tumultuous change and founded a ranking of lawyers on innovation which became the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers programme.
Today, RSG is a leading innovation agency for lawyers and works with law firms, in-house legal teams and law companies to help them innovate and build a culture of innovation. It has a unique position in the legal market globally as a connector and its networks of lawyers, built up over 25 years, are unrivalled.  It works in emerging markets such as India to help drive up standards of professionalism and client care. All its work is underpinned by robust research and it has been the author of many thought-leadership studies over the past 18 years.

Report and and awards partner (1)

Integreon is a trusted, global provider of award-winning legal, document, business and research support solutions to leading law firms, corporate legal departments, financial institutions and professional services firms. Around the globe, Integreon’s 2,200 Associates support more than 250 clients in areas such as market and competitive intelligence, discovery, legal process outsourcing (LPO), operating model transformation and back office redesign. Integreon also excels in business support services such as IT, document processing, finance and HR. With our unrivaled outsourcing experience and industry-leading onshore and offshore capabilities, clients increasingly rely on Integreon to provide value-added solutions and meet their needs in a demanding business environment. Integreon has won more than 40 industry awards over the past five years and supports its global client base from 13 delivery centers across the US, UK, India, China, Philippines and South Africa.

In-house awards sponsor (1)

White & Case is a truly global law firm, uniquely positioned to help our clients achieve their ambitions in today's G20 world.

As a pioneering international law firm, our cross-border experience and diverse team of local, US and English-qualified lawyers consistently deliver results for our clients.

In both established and emerging markets, our lawyers are integral, long-standing members of the community, giving our clients insights into the local business environment alongside our experience in multiple jurisdictions.

We work with some of the world's most respected and well-established banks and businesses, as well as start-up visionaries, governments and state-owned entities.

Technology award sponsor (1)

EY believes a better working world means helping clients solve big, complex industry issues and capitalise on opportunities to grow, optimise and protect their businesses.

EY’s multidisciplinary cybersecurity team helps clients meet a set of diverse requirements which can arise from a compliance problem such as GDPR, a security or data breach, a client moving into a new market, a merger, a de-merger or an acquisition.

EY helps clients with effective cybersecurity strategies moving them from a defensive approach to a source of competitive advantage that can have a value impact across their whole organisation.

Organized by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

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