2018 Annual Review

Keeping the focus on innovation

A culture of innovation helps lawyers put legal technology into context

Technology has transformed the practice of law. But true innovation requires more than a readiness to adopt the latest tech solutions. For that reason, White & Case focuses on both identifying global legal technology that addresses client-service opportunities and on building a Firm-wide culture that supports innovation. In 2018, we worked toward these goals with events in our New York, London and Paris offices.

During Practice Innovation Days in New York and London, our Knowledge team brought together lawyers, staff and client representatives to learn more about emerging “lawtech” and workflow improvement tools, such as those enabled by artificial intelligence (AI). Attendees met with and learned from leading lawtech vendors, including Neota Logic, an AI-powered expert system, LawGeex, a contract review tool, and Luminance, a document analytics tool.

In his opening comments, Oz Benamram, the Firm’s Chief Knowledge Officer, noted AI’s power to drive efficiencies and improve client service, but also emphasized the human element required to deploy technology effectively, focusing on a specific problem and then considering technology with that problem in mind.

Our Paris Innovation Week featured a series of presentations, workshops and events. Highlights included talks by lawtech startup founders and opportunities for our lawyers to engage with them, a “hackathon,” where teams of lawyers competed to devise ideas to improve collaboration and engagement at the Firm, and sessions that offered tips on using Firm technology to increase productivity and manage time. “The week was a great way to meet innovators and entrepreneurs and accelerate the development of a more innovative environment in the Firm,” says Paris partner Céline Domenget-Morin, who spearheaded the initiative with Paris Executive Partner Denise Diallo and partner Bertrand Liard.

All of the events included input from members of the Firm’s dedicated Practice Innovation team, former practicing attorneys who identify uses for new technologies in both disputes and transactions, partnering with our lawyers to manage technology vendors and educate clients.


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