FTIL 2012


FTIL 2012

Bob Gogel, CEO at Integreon, speaking at the FTIL Awards Dinner held in London

The 2012 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Program focused on innovation in business methods and international expansion. A panel of FTIL judges assessed how law firms and in-house teams are contributing to the legal profession with fresh thinking for the business and practice of law. Leading innovators were recognized during awards dinners held October 4, 2012 at the Natural History Museum in London (European awards) and November 28, 2012 at the Bryant Park Grill in New York (US awards).

FT Innovative Lawyers 2012 Reports

FT Innovative Lawyers, EuropeNow in its seventh year of publication, the FT Innovative Lawyers Report for Europe has become one of the top legal rankings and the accompanying awards are widely regarded as the best researched in the market. It presents a unique analysis of the legal industry and is the only ranking of lawyers by innovation. FT Innovative Lawyers, USNow in its third year of publication, the FT Innovative Lawyers Report for the US is gaining respect from many quarters for the quality of its rankings. This year saw a particularly strong set of submissions, from more than sixty law firms and nearly half that number of in-house legal teams across the US.
Integreon is proud to sponsor of the FT Innovative Lawyers program and to support the kinds of innovative thinking that are reshaping how legal services are delivered.

FT Innovative Lawyers 2012 Rankings

Most Innovative Law Firms, Europe

  1. Allen & Overy
  2. Eversheds
  3. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  4. Baker & McKenzie
  5. Linklaters
  6. Axiom
  7. Ashurst
  8. CMS Cameron McKenna
  9. Garrigues
  10. DLA Piper

Legal Innovator of the Year, Europe
Daniel Winterfeldt, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna

See the full 2012 European Ranking

Most Innovative Law Firms, US

  1. Latham & Watkins
  2. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  3. Paul Hastings
  4. Davis Polk & Wardwell
  5. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  6. Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  7. Seyfarth Shaw*
  8. White & Case*
  9. Kirkland & Ellis**
  10. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison**

Legal Innovator of the Year, US
Mark Boling: General counsel, Southwestern Energy

See the full 2012 US Ranking

Other Findings from 2012 FT Innovative Lawyers

Read a blog post from Integreon’s Brent Larlee who shares his thoughts on some of the key takeaways from the 2012 FT program. Notable is Brent’s observation of a general shift in favor of legal innovation, from an attitude of caution only a couple years ago to much broader acceptance today.

Photos from FTIL 2012 Awards Ceremonies

Lionel Barber of FT (L) and Bob Gogel, CEO of Integreon (R) presenting the “Most Innovative European Law Firm” award to David Wakeling of Allen & Overy Geoff Burt of Latham & Watkins (L) being congratulated by Shane Cunningham of FT (R) for his firm’s recognition as the “Most Innovative US Law Firm”
The awards function at the Natural History Museum in London The awards function at Bryant Park Grill in New York
Reena SenGupta of RSG Consulting (Center) with the award winners in London
Brent Larlee, Global Head of Legal Services at Integreon (L) and John Toth of FT (R) at the FT awards function in New York

View more photos from the 2012 FTIL Awards Ceremony in London
View more photos from the 2012 FTIL Awards Ceremony in New York

FTIL 2012 Videos

Highlights of the FTIL 2012 awards held October 4, 2012 at the Natural History Museum in London:

FTIL 2012 overview video:

Research Methodology

A Story of Innovation

AmLaw 100 firm Seyfarth Shaw, which created SeyfarthLean as an adaptation of Lean Six Sigma for the legal industry, has long been acknowledged as a poster child of law firm innovation, including recognition from the FT as one the most innovative law firms in the U.S. Here we have a recent account of how an initial meeting between Seyfarth and Integreon led to the birth of a collaborative law firm/LPO contract management legal services delivery model.

Learn More

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* Seyfarth Shaw and White & Case are tied for 7th place for most innovative US law firms.
** Kirkland & Ellis and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison are tied for 9th place for most innovative US law firms.