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FT Innovative Lawyers Awards North America 2019

New York |
Speakers include:
Peter Spiegel

Peter Spiegel

Financial Times

Robert Grange

Robert Grange

Financial Times

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting


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 2019 at an awards ceremony in New York on 9 December.

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Agenda - 9th Dec

  • 6:45pm
    Guest Arrival, Registration and Networking Champagne Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Welcome Remarks & Dinner
  • 9:00pm
    FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00pm

Speakers (1)

Peter Spiegel

Peter Spiegel

News Editor
Financial Times

Peter Spiegel has been the FT's News Editor since May, and was previously Brussels Bureau Chief. He returned to the FT in 2010 after spending five years covering foreign policy and national security issues from Washington for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, focusing on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He first joined the FT in 1999 covering business regulation and corporate crime in its Washington bureau, before spending four years covering military affairs and the defence industry in London and Washington.

Awards Presenters (2)

Robert Grange

Robert Grange

Global Franchise Development Director & Head of Special Reports
Financial Times
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.

2019 Shortlist

In-house América Móvil
In-house Aon
In-house Applied Materials
In-house Argo AI
Law Firm Arnold & Porter
Law Firm Baker McKenzie
Law Firm BakerHostetler
Law Firm Ballard Spahr
In-house Bank of Montreal
In-house Blackstone
Law Firm Bracewell
In-house Bristol-Myers Squibb
Law Firm Burford Capital
Law Firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
In-house CI Capital Partners
In-house Cisco Systems
Law Firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Law Firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Law Firm Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez
Law Firm Crowell & Moring
Law Firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Law Firm Dechert
Law Firm Dentons
Law Firm DLA Piper
In-house eBay
Law Firm Eversheds Sutherland
In-house Fannie Mae
In-house Figure Technologies
In-house Flex
Law Firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
In-house General Motors
Law Firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Law Firm Goodwin Procter
Law Firm Gowling WLG
Law Firm Hausfeld
Law Firm Hogan Lovells
In-house Honeywell
In-house IBM
In-house Juniper Networks
Law Firm King & Spalding
Law Firm Kirkland & Ellis
Law Firm Latham & Watkins
In-house Lime
Law Firm Littler Mendelson
In-house Lyft
Law Firm Mayer Brown
Law Firm McCarthy Tétrault
Law Firm McGuireWoods
In-house Microsoft
Law Firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
In-house Mylan
In-house NASDAQ
Law Firm Nelson Mullins
Law Firm Norton Rose Fulbright
In-house Nucor
In-house Ocwen Financial
Law Firm Orrick
Law Firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt
Law Firm Paul Hastings
Law Firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
In-house PayPal
In-house Pearson
Law Firm Perkins Coie
Law Firm Proskauer Rose
In-house Qualcomm
Law Firm Reed Smith
Law Firm Ropes & Gray
Law Firm Selendy & Gay
Law Firm Seyfarth Shaw
Law Firm Shearman & Sterling
Law Firm Sidley Austin
In-house Slack Technologies
In-house Solenis
Law Firm Stikeman Elliott
Law Firm Sullivan & Cromwell
In-house Tenneco
In-house Twitter
In-house United Airlines
In-house Vista Outdoor
Law Firm Walden, Macht & Haran
In-house Walmart
In-house Waymo
Law Firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges
In-house Western Union
Law Firm White & Case



Gotham Hall
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Tel: +1 212-244-4300



The FT Innovative Lawyers Awards ceremony will take place on Monday 9 December 2019.

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, kindly send the names, companies and dietary requirements of their guests to Please send details by Friday 22 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 Toby via: or +44 (0) 207 873 3177 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.


Presented 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.

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.

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

Partners (4)

EY Riverview Law supports in-house legal departments as they tactically and strategically evolve the way they provide legal and commercial support to their internal and external customers. We help companies to build an enhanced legal operating model that allows them to allocate legal work to the right teams, in the right place, at the right time - whether the work is undertaken in-house or by external providers.

EY Riverview Law services can support your business’s goals, including centralization, compliance improvement, offloading of high-volume repetitive and standardized legal work tasks, or a better understanding and control of legal spend.

HighQ empowers leading law firms and corporate legal teams to transform the way they work and deliver legal services. We unite internal and external teams with social collaboration, secure file sharing, digital transaction management and more, improving data security, efficiency and productivity.

Kira Systems’ technology is the most used and trusted software for contract review and analysis, helping the world’s largest corporations and professional service firms uncover relevant information from unstructured contracts and related documents. Kira is powerful, patented, award-winning software that excels at searching and analysing contract text and can be deployed for due diligence, knowledge management, lease abstraction, regulatory compliance and other projects where visibility into contract provisions is critical. Using Kira Quick Study, anyone can train additional models that can accurately identify virtually any desired clause. To find out more, please visit:

QuisLex is an award-winning legal services provider that specializes in managed document review, contract management, compliance services, legal spend management, and legal operations consulting. Our full-time highly trained attorneys, process experts, legal technologists, statisticians and linguists work closely with our clients to reduce cost, mitigate risk and maximize efficiency. QuisLex is regularly acknowledged as a leader in the legal services industry, and is proud to be recognized by the Financial Times as an FT Intelligent Business 35, ACC as an ACC Value Champion, Chambers and Partners as a Band 1 Legal Process Outsourcing Provider, 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 award 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.

Media Partner (1)

Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei are continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.

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