Baker McKenzie is pleased to report that it has been shortlisted in four categories in the 2019 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards North America.

In the category of Innovation in Business of Law: Diversity & Inclusion, the Firm submitted its 40:40:20 Global Aspirational Targets initiative, which was announced by the Firm in June and set aspirational targets for gender for partners, senior business professionals, Firm committee leadership and candidate pools for recruitment at 40:40:20 percent gender diversity, to represent 40% women, 40% men and 20% flexible (women, men or non-binary persons).

In the category of Innovation in Business of Law: Talent, Strategy & Changing Behaviors, the Firm submitted “Seeding New Career Paths in Law,” in which the Firm partnered with the University of Toronto to hold a workshop focused on applying multidisciplinary teamwork to a real-world business/legal problem and informing new approaches to adopt cutting-edge learning initiatives for lawyers.

In the category of Innovation in Collaboration, “Project Protocol” was submitted by Peter Goodman and L Andrew S. Riccio for the development of a cost-effective, automated and comprehensive e-discovery tool in association with Takata's U.S. and Japan bankruptcy proceedings.

Finally, the Firm was shortlisted overall in the category of Most Innovative Law Firm in North America: Business of Law for four submissions in this category: Global Aspirational Targets, Seeding New Career Paths and two other submissions: Innovation in Business of Law: Public Consultation for the Private Sector and the Innovation in Business of Law: Reshaping the operating model.

Honorees will be celebrated at an awards ceremony in New York on December 9. Visit the FT website for more information. 

The FT North America Innovative Lawyers Report provides legal rankings of firms in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It assesses lawyers and law firms on their innovation initiatives, both for clients and in their own businesses.
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