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FT Innovative Lawyers Awards North America 2016

New York |
Speakers include:
Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Financial Times

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

Contributing Editor and Columnist
Financial Times

Michael Skapinker is an FT contributing editor and columnist on business and society. He is also executive editor of the FT-IE Corporate Learning Alliance, the FT’s executive education arm. Born in South Africa, he began his journalistic career in Greece. He joined the FT in London in 1986 and has held many positions, including FT Weekend editor, FT Special Reports editor and management editor.

He received the Work Foundation Members’ Award for his contribution to the understanding of working life in 2003 and was named WorkWorld Media Awards Columnist of the Year in 2008. At the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards he was named Business Commentator of the Year (2012) and Business Ethics Commentator of the Year (2015).

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

Chief Executive Officer
RSG Consulting

Reena SenGupta is an expert analyst of the global legal profession. She founded RSG Consulting, an international legal strategy consultancy, in 2001. The company is the architect and research partner to the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Reports in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific. Last year marked the tenth anniversary of the report.

Reena’s experience analysing and commentating on the legal profession stretches over two decades, following stints at investment banks and running a small design business in the early 90s. She was Publishing Director and Editor of various publications at Chambers & Partners, the legal publisher and regularly contributes to the FT. Her experience and position at the forefront of the field, on a global level, is reflected in collaborations with institutions such as Harvard and Georgetown Universities.

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 is a research and strategy consultancy, founded in 2001. It specialises in working for professional service firms, with a special focus on ranking and assessing lawyers that dates back to the early 90s. RSG carries out commissioned and independent research on topics that include innovation, the development and future of the profession and emerging legal markets. It helps law firms and legal departments differentiate themselves, through innovation, brand or strategy projects. It came up with the idea behind the FT Innovative Lawyers programme and is the FT’s research partner on the reports and awards globally. All research is conducted by senior consultants, who are also regular public speakers at partners’ conferences, to in-house legal departments, and are business coaches. RSG created and curates the Innovative GC Club, offers innovation benchmarks to both private practice and in-house legal departments, and has created a unique development programme to help lawyers tap into their creativity. RSG’s CEO Reena SenGupta was responsible for creating the ranking methodologies that underpin the Chambers & Partners guides and turning the Chambers rankings into world-class assessments of law firms in the mid-nineties.

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)

At EY, we help consumer products and retail companies balance strategic choices needed to ignite performance by asking better questions. Better questions will challenge old thinking, filter out the noise and reframe challenges. They’ll help you respond to disruptive market change and create innovative strategies that put you ahead of the competition, taking your business to new levels of growth and profitability. 

We ask better questions because we combine a deeper and broader range of insights, perspectives, capabilities and experience. Our integrated, global network of assurance, advisory and tax specialists includes 37,000 people focused on your industry, supported by a rich ecosystem of alliance partners.

This publication contains information in summary form and is therefore intended for general guidance only. It is not intended to be a substitute for detailed research or the exercise of professional judgment. Member firms of the global EY organization cannot accept responsibility for loss to any person relying on this article.

Organized by (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

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