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FT Innovative Lawyers Awards North America

New York |
Speakers include:
Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting

Barney Thompson

Barney Thompson

Financial Times


Now in its ninth 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 will celebrate the standout legal innovations of 2018 at an awards ceremony in New York on 10 December.

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2018 Event Photos



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.

Barney Thompson

Barney Thompson

Legal Correspondent
Financial Times

Barney Thompson has been the FT’s Legal Correspondent since 2017, covering white collar crime, fraud and political scandal. He was previously Deputy Editor of UK News, and prior to that was News Editor on the World Desk. He joined the FT in 2012 from The Times, where he was Foreign News Editor. He holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge.

2018 Winners


  • Most Innovative Law firm 2018 – Overall: Orrick
  • Most Innovative Law firm 2018 – Business of Law: McGuireWoods
  • Most Innovative Law firm 2018 – Legal Expertise: Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • Most Innovative In-House Legal Team: Honeywell
  • Most Innovative Lawyer North America: Wendy Butler Curtis, Chief Innovation Officer, Orrick
  • Most Innovative General Counsel: Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel, Spotify


  • Rule of Law and Access to Justice: Arnold & Porter and Public Interest Law Center
  • Collaboration: McCarthy Tétrault, Uber, Revenu Québec
  • Strategy and Changing Behaviours: Seyfarth Shaw
  • New Business and Service Delivery Models: Reed Smith
  • Managing and Developing Talent: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Technology: Fenwick & West
  • New Products and Services: Orrick
  • Data, Knowledge and Intelligence: Orrick
  • Enabling Business Growth and Transformation: Morrison & Foerster
  • Managing Complexity and Scale: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • Creating a New Standard: Latham & Watkins
  • Accessing New Markets and Capital: Pillsbury Winthop Shaw Pittman
  • Dispute Resolution: Cravath, Swaine & Moore

CATEGORY WINNERS – In-house Legal Teams:

  • Strategy and Changing Behaviours: Accenture
  • New Business and Service Delivery Models: General Motors
  • Managing and Developing Talent: HPE
  • Technology: Walmart
  • Data, Knowledge and Intelligence: Avis
  • Enabling Business Growth and Transformation: PayPal
  • Managing Complexity and Scale: Honeywell
  • Accessing new markets and Capital: Spotify


  • Most Innovative Law firm in Canada – Legal Expertise: Stikeman Elliot
  • Most Innovative Law firm in Canada – Business of Law: Gowling WLG
  • Most Innovative Law Firm in Canada: McCarthy Tétrault
  • Most Innovative lawyer in Canada: Dale Ponder, National Co-chair, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt

Agenda - 10th Dec

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

    Presented by

    Reena SenGupta, CEO, RSG Consulting

    Barney Thompson, Legal Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 11:00pm

2018 Shortlist

ADAP Capital
Arnold & Porter
Baker McKenzie
Ballard Spahr
Blake, Cassels & Graydon
BOMA Investments
Borden Ladner Gervais
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Counter Tax Lawyers
Covington & Burling
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez
Crowell & Moring
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Davis Polk
Deutsche Bank
Discover Financial Services
DLA Piper
DXC Technology
Fenwick & West
General Motors
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Goodwin Procter
Gowling WLG
Hogan Lovells
Holland & Knight
Huntington Ingalls Industries
JP Morgan Chase
Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell
Kirkland & Ellis
Lambda Legal
Latham & Watkins
Life Time
LyondellBasell Industries
Mayer Brown
McCarthy Tétrault
Mondelez International
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Morrison & Foerster
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt
Paul Hastings
Paul, Weiss
Perkins Coie
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
QBE North America
Reed Smith
Revenu Québec
Ropes & Gray
Sempra Energy
Seyfarth Shaw
Shearman & Sterling
Sidley Austin
Siemens Canada
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Stikeman Elliott
Sullivan & Cromwell
The Centre for Justice & Accountability
The Pennsylvania Public Interest Law Center
Uber Canada
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Westinghouse Electric Company
White & Case
Womble Bond Dickinson



Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway
New York 10018

United States of America

Tel: +1 212-244-4300


2017 photos

To view photos from the 2017 event please click here

Lawyers US



The FT Innovative Lawyers Awards ceremony will take place on Monday 10 December 2018.

Further details can be found below.

Venue and Accommodation

The Awards dinner will take place at the Gotham Hall, New York. For venue information, please click here.

We have put together a unique HotelMap that shows hotel deals at nearby hotels to the Gotham Hall. To view options and to book, please click here.


Tables are for 10, 11 or 12 guests. Bookings of fewer than 10 tickets will be accommodated together on shared tables. Tables are allocated on a strict first-come, first-served basis. 

Ticket bookings

Click here to register your place


Tickets will be emailed to the main ticket booker one week before the event. It will be the ticket booker's responsibility to forward these to their guests. Please note: You do not need a printed ticket to gain entry to the awards so if you have an problems distributing tickets to your guests, this will not be an issue. 

Awards Guest Names / Dietary Requirements

Main ticket bookers should input their guest details and dietary requirements by using their username and password to log onto the event website. Please input guest details online by Wednesday 28 November. We regret that we cannot guarantee being able to cater for special dietary requirements after this date and we require all guests' names in advance.

Who Attends?

Up to 550 global legal professionals will attend this year.

Evening Programme 

6:45pm: Guest arrival, registration and networking champagne reception
7:30pm: Welcome Remarks & Dinner
9:00pm: FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Ceremony
11:00pm: Close
Note that timings are approximate and are subject to change. 

Shortlisted & Winners Logos

Shortlisted (prior to the awards) and Winners (post awards) logos will be shared with the relevant companies in due course. Please get in touch with Ciaran via: or +44(0)207 7756 229 to request a logo.

Dress Code

Black tie


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



We have put together a unique HotelMap that shows deals at nearby hotels to Gotham Hall. To view options and to book, please click here.


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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.


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.


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 has been ranked as a top global legal services provider by Chambers & Partners for five years in a row.


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