The Innovative Lawyers North America event in New York, Monday December 10

The Financial Times is pleased to announce the winners of the FT North America Innovative Lawyer Awards 2018, held in New York, in association with research partner RSG Consulting.

You can read the whole report here.

In an innovation of our own, the Innovative Lawyers Special Report series has made it easier to explore the past and current annual rankings for each region, assessing lawyers on their innovation for clients and in their own businesses. We have also made separate overall awards for Business of Law and Legal Expertise for the first time. Take a look here.

Most innovative North America law firm — Overall


Most innovative North America law firm — Business of Law


Most innovative North America law firm — Legal Expertise

Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Most innovative North America In-House Legal Team


Most innovative General Counsel

Horacio Gutierrez, General Counsel, Spotify

Left to right: Barney Thompson (FT), Wendy Butler Curtis (Orrick), John Croft (Elevate Services), Reena SenGupta (RSG Consulting)

Legal Innovator of the Year

Wendy Butler Curtis, Chief Innovation Officer, Orrick

Innovation in the Rule of Law and Access to Justice

Arnold & Porter and Public Interest Law Center

Innovation in Technology

Fenwick & West

Innovation in Strategy and Changing Behaviours

Seyfarth Shaw

Innovation in New Business and Service Delivery Models

Reed Smith
General Motors

Innovation in New Products and Services


Innovation in Dispute Resolution

Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Innovation in Enabling Business Growth

Morrison & Foerster

Innovation in Managing Complexity and Scale

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Innovation in Managing and Developing Talent

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Innovation in Accessing New Markets and Capital

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Spotlight on Canada

• Most Innovative Law Firm Canada: McCarthy Tétrault

• Innovation in Legal Expertise: Gowling WLG

• Innovation in Business of Law: Stikeman Elliot

• Legal Innovator: Dale Ponder, National Co-Chair, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt

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