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FT Innovative Lawyers Awards North America 2017

New York |
Speakers include:
Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Financial Times

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting

Overview

Now in its eighth 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.

We celebrated the standout legal innovations of 2017 at an awards ceremony in New York on 11 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 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.

2017 Winners

 

AWARD

LAW FIRM OR ORGANISATION

Innovation in the rule of law and access to justice

Hogan Lovells

Innovation in the rule of law and access to justice

JOINT WINNERS:

  • Chubb
  • Nestlé Group

Innovation in collaboration

JOINT WINNERS:

  • Buchwald Capital Advisers
  • Burford Capital
  • Stevens & Lee

Innovation in the business of law: Data, knowledge and intelligence

DLA Piper

Innovation in operations: Data, knowledge and intelligence

GE

Innovation in the business of law: Technology

Perkins Coie

Innovation in operations: Technology

3M

Innovation in the business of law: New business and service delivery models

Davis Wright Tremaine

Innovation in operations: New business and service delivery models

DXC Technology

Innovation in the business of law: New products and services

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Innovation in operations: New products and services

MassMutual

Innovation in the business of law: Managing and developing talent

Paul Hastings

Innovation in operations: Managing and developing talent

Walmart Stores

Innovation in the business of law: Strategy and changing behaviours

Baker McKenzie

Innovation in operations: Strategy and changing behaviours

Mondelez International

Innovation in legal expertise: New markets and capital

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Innovation in legal expertise: New markets and capital

International Finance Corporation

Innovation in legal expertise: Driving value

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Innovation in legal expertise: Enabling business growth

Kirkland & Ellis

Innovation in legal expertise: Enabling business growth

IBM

Innovation in legal expertise: Litigation and Disputes

Hogan Lovells

Innovation in legal expertise: Litigation and Disputes

Nokia

Innovation in legal expertise: Managing complexity and scale

Sullivan & Cromwell

Innovation in legal expertise: Managing complexity and scale

HPE

Most innovative general counsel

William Deckelman, DXC Technologies

Legal innovator of the year

Stephen Manning, Innovation Law Lab

Most innovative in-house legal team in North America

GE

Most innovative law firm in North America

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

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2017 Shortlist

Law firms, legal service providers and in-house legal teams:

3M
ACLU San Diego
Akerman
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Anheuser-Busch InBev
AON
Avant 
Baker McKenzie
Ballard Spahr
Bloomberg
BMO Financial
Bristol Myers & Squibb 
BT Americas
Buchwald Capital Advisors
Burford Capital
Casetext
Chubb 
CitiLegal
Cooley
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Credit Suisse
Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.
Crowell & Moring
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Davis White Tremaine
Dechert
Dentons
DLA Piper
DXC
Fortis
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
GE
Glassdoor
GlaxoSmithKline
Gowling WLG
Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
Hogan Lovells
HPE
IBM Corporation
Innovation Law Lab
International Finance Corporation
Kasowitz Benson Torres
Kirkland & Ellis
Labaton Sucharow
Latham & Watkins
Lincoln Financial
Littler Mendelson
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
MassMutual
Mayer Brown
McGuireWoods
Mondelez International
Morrison & Foerster
Nelson Mullins
Nestlé Group
NetApp
Nokia
Norton Rose Fulbright
O'Melveny & Myers
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt
Paul Hastings
Paul, Weiss
Perkins Coie
Proskauer
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
Ropes & Gray
Schlumberger
Seyfarth Shaw
Shearman & Sterling
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Squire Patton Boggs
Stevens & Lee 
Sullivan & Cromwell
The Coca-Cola Company
UNDP
University of California
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Walmart Stores
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
White & Case
Williams Mullen
WilmerHale
Winston & Strawn

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Research Methodology

FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2017 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, leadership 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.

Judges

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.

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2017 Photos

To view photos from the 2017 event please click here

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FAQ

WHO ATTENDS?

Up to 550 global legal professionals will attend this year.

DRESS CODE
Black tie

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

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

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Agenda - 11th Dec

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

    Presented by

    Reena SenGupta, CEO, RSG Consulting

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

Fees

Awards Dinner Individual Ticket x 1

$1,295

Awards Dinner Individual Ticket x 2

$2,590

Awards Dinner Individual Ticket x 3

$3,885

Awards Dinner Individual Ticket x 4

$5,180

Awards Dinner Individual Ticket x 5

$6,475

Awards Dinner Individual Ticket x 6

$7,770

Awards Dinner Individual Ticket x 7

$9,065

Awards Dinner Individual Ticket x 8

$10,360

Awards Dinner Individual Ticket x 9

$11,655

Awards Dinner Table for 10

$11,950

Awards Dinner Table for 11

$13,145

Awards Dinner Table for 12

$14,340

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Venue

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

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Presented by (1)

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

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.

Lead Sponsor (1)

Elevate is a global law company, providing consulting, technology and services to law departments and law firms. The company’s team of lawyers, engineers, consultants and business experts extend and enable the resources and capabilities of customers worldwide. Elevate is the most-used law company according to the 2017 State of the Industry Survey published by the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and was ranked as a top global legal services provider by Chambers & Partners for the past four years in a row. Elevate was also ranked on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list for two years in a row, including No. 53 in 2016.

Partners (4)

Founded in 2003, DocuSign® offers the leading e-signature solution as part of its broader platform for automating the agreement process. Today, DocuSign's cloud-based platform enables more than 370,000 companies and hundreds of millions of users in over 180 countries to accelerate business and simplify life.

HighQ works with leading law firms and in-house teams to transform the delivery of legal services. Our secure collaboration, project management and process automation platform empowers legal teams to drive transactional efficiencies, digitise legal services and deliver an engaging, end-to-end client experience. More than 50 percent of the top 100 global law firms and some of the largest in-house legal teams use HighQ’s platform for legal service innovation and digital transformation.

We provide ‘Legal input. Business output.’ to the in-house legal, risk, contract, compliance and related functions. Via our three service lines – managed services, projects and licensed technology – we help in-house teams evolve their operating model so that the right work is done by the right people at the right price, whether the work is undertaken internally or externally. We license our service delivery and workflow platform to in-house teams of all sizes. This proven technology automates processes, helps team members make better and quicker decisions and is underpinned by comprehensive reporting and dashboards.

QuisLex is an award-winning legal services provider that specialises in managed document review, contract management, compliance services, legal spend management and legal operations consulting. We employ operational excellence, Six Sigma based quality processes and ISO certified data security to support large-scale, complex legal projects for companies and law firms. Our full-time highly trained attorneys, process experts, statisticians and linguists work closely with our clients to help reduce cost, mitigate risk and maximise efficiency. QuisLex is regularly acknowledged as a leader in the legal services industry, and is proud to be recognised by Chambers & Partners as a Band 1 Legal Process Outsourcing Provider, the New York Law Journal as a Top Managed Document Review Services Provider, and the IACCM as its Outstanding Service Provider for contract management solutions.

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.

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Caolan Howe
Media Partner and Press Enquiries
Financial Times