The Future of Legal Innovation

 The Future of Legal Innovation showcases leading-edge examples of initiatives – big and small – that demonstrate how legal is innovating its products and services.

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  • Publication date: January, 2020
  • Pages: 100
  • ISBN: 978-1-78358-386-7


With barely a week going by without news that yet another chief innovation offi cer has taken up residence in a global law fi rm, it’s clear innovation is still a hot topic, continuing to grow and expand in terms of its reach within law fi rms. However, despite rapid advancement in recent years, it’s generally acknowledged that legal is behind the curve in terms of innovation compared to the rest of the corporate world. It’s also generally assumed that innovation relates purely to technology – meaning none but the largest companies with the deepest pockets can benefi t from it.

This insightful book features contributions from legal fi rms doing innovative things in all aspects of the fi eld, going beyond the enabling technology – from partnering with clients to productizing services, developing external alliances, transforming the talent management function, to encouraging lawyers to invest billable time in new innovative approaches to the business and practice of law – as well as approaches to dealing with market disruption itself. The Future of Legal Innovation showcases great examples of initiatives – big and small – that demonstrate how legal is innovating its products and services.


Executive summary

About the authors

Chapter 1: Innovation from evolution – leveraging the expertise of allied professionals to improve the practice

By Anna McGrane, COO and co-founder, Pacer Pro

Chapter 2: Driving innovation

By Dean Boeschen and Rebecca Holdredge, Husch Blackwell

Chapter 3: Innovations that create client value

By Linda Novosel, Anshoo Patel and Sharon Scenna, Blank Rome

Chapter 4: The role that culture and circumstance play in cultivating an innovation mindset

By Vishal Agnohotri, chief knowledge offi cer, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Chapter 5: Innovation as a Service and The Maker’s Matrix©

Anusia Gillespie, director of innovation, Eversheds Sutherland

Chapter 6: Innovation in the recruitment process

By Dr Evan Parker, founding partner, Parker Analytics LLC

Chapter 7: Seeing things differently – diversity and innovation

By Linda Perez Clark, manging partner, Kean Miller LLP

Chapter 8: The new arms race – how machine learning is redefi ning the legal landscape

By Josias N. Dewey, partner, Holland & Knight

Full Overview


Anna McGrane
Anna holds a JD from the New York University School of Law and a masters in Chinese Laws from Peking University School of Law. While at NYU, Anna was awarded the Jacobson Leadership Scholarship, granted to students showing exceptional promise at the forefront of the convergence of business and law. Speaking fi ve languages, Anna practiced at the London firm of Herbert Smith Freehills in its Moscow office and then transitioned to Beijing and to public interest, advising the Chinese government on oil and gas regulatory matters. She also graduated from the Fullstack Academy of Code, one of the country’s top rated coding bootcamp programs. Anna has been featured in the Legal Tech News “Women of Legal Tech” series, the Lawyers Who Code series, and is a Fastcase 50 honoree.
Dean Boeschen
Dean serves as the chief growth officer at Husch Blackwell LLP, and is responsible for driving firm expansion through strategic planning, innovative technology, attorney recruitment, and forwardthinking solutions. Dean’s 28 years of experience in law firm finance, client development, and operations management affords him extensive insight into how the fi rm can better serve clients. He looks for ways to strategically grow the firm and ensures it stays abreast of new technologies that directly benefit clients. He partners with collaborative tech communities, such as Cortex in St Louis and Plexpod in Kansas City, to help guide the firm on the leading edge of innovation.
Rebecca Holdredge
Rebecca  Holdredge  is  the  innovations  manager  at  Husch  Blackwell  and  an  experienced  data  scientist,  attorney  and  Six  Sigma  Black  Belt.  Rebecca  leads  the  firm’s  innovation  advisory  team  and  the  associates  legal  innovation  team  and  encourages  attorneys  to  create  a  culture  of  innovation,  efficiency,  and  quality  by  developing  best  practices  and  leveraging  technology.    She  also  engages  with  clients  and  in-house  counsel  to  better  understand  their  needs,  develop  relationships,  and  collaborate on innovative and effective solutions.  Rebecca is well versed in  the  approach  and  techniques  of  design  sprints  to  encourage  more  collaborative ideation and experimentation. 
Linda Novosel
Anshoo Patel
Sharon Scenna
Anusia Gillespie
Anna is the director of innovation at Eversheds Sutherland, where she works to combine the right mix of talent, methodology, and technology to build new value for clients. She was brought into Eversheds Sutherland in early 2018 to build and formalize the firm’s innovation function. Now a robust mechanism, the Innovation as a Service function serves as a client value research and development capability, using the best available tools and talent to design and implement creative approaches and solutions for clients. Anusia brings to her work the wealth of experience gained in both the practice and business of law, and in designing business of law programs for lawyers from around the world at Harvard Law School Executive Education. Her published works include co-authoring Smart Collaboration for Lateral Hiring (2018) with renowned Harvard Business and Law School professor, Dr Heidi K. Gardner. All of this work has earned her a variety of esteemed recognitions, including being honored with the 2019 Fastcase 50 Award. Anusia earned her Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, Juris Doctor (JD) from Boston College Law School, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management. She was awarded a seat on BC Law’s academic law journal, the Uniform Commercial Code Reporter Digest, and inducted into the Beta Gamma Honors Society, recognizing honors in her graduate business studies.
Evan Parker
Evan is the founding partner of Parker Analytics LLC. Evan has a PhD in Political Science, is an accomplished researcher, skilled practitioner, and expert at effectively communicating data-driven insights that serve as the foundation for building diverse legal teams and equitable cultures in the legal industry. Evan counts among his clients AmLaw 100 firms and Fortune 100 companies, including among the Top 10, and serves as data analytics partner and advisor to the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). By introducing statistical models and analytics, Evan helps clients select and retain top talent while increasing diverse representation; facilitates collaboration between law departments and law fi rms to increase the utilization of women and lawyers from diverse backgrounds; uncovers key drivers of firm culture; and documents the positive impact of a diverse workforce on value and financial performance. Evan’s innovative use of systems thinking and data science to challenge the status quo in law firm management and legal operations has saved clients millions of dollars and put his clients at the forefront of their industry.
Linda Perez Clark
Linda is the firm-wide managing partner of Kean Miller LLP. She has more than 25 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, and engineering, procurement, construction and construction-related contracts for projects in Louisiana and in the Gulf of Mexico. She also provides general advice to large and small businesses, including assisting clients with entity structure and governance and business succession plans. Linda is listed among the top Corporate/M&A lawyers in the State of Louisiana by Chambers USA 2019. Linda has been instrumental in diversity and inclusion initiatives at Kean Miller, founding the innovative Kean Miller Connection program that focuses on undergraduate minorities who are interested in entering law school. The program has contributed to the firm receiving the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Society, A.P. Tureaud Award in 2015, the Louisiana State Bar Association “Human Rights Award” in 2012 and “You Make a Difference” award in 2013, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity “William A. Blakey Diversity Pipeline Architects” honor in 2013, and the YWCA Greater Baton Rouge, “Racial Justice Award” in 2007.
Josias N. Dewey

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