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Innovation Culture Wars

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded Date: July 13, 2021
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  • What is Innovation?
  • 8 Common Barriers to Innovation
  • Overcoming those barriers in 4 steps
  • Questions to Consider
  • Conclusion
Runtime: 58 minutes
Recorded: July 13, 2021


Innovating in a conventional industry, especially a relatively conservative one, can feel like a battle not worth fighting. But what if it wasn’t a polarizing topic? Our expert panelists know that some firms like those structured around billable hours could react to terms like “automation” as though they were “radioactive” – even if efficiencies, better client outcomes, and more revenue result. So how does one convince decision-makers to think ahead, long-term, and see innovation as tapping into opportunity?

In this revealing session, our expert panelists will share their varied experiences and perspectives on how to overcome some of the institutionalized norms and attitudes that make innovation a challenging (albeit gratifying) endeavor.

This program was recorded as part of ALM's Legalweek 2021 Virtual Conference on July 13th, 2021.

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Juan Ramirez


Juan Ramirez is the founder and CEO of NSerio. Juan was born in Colombia, South America, but grew up Chicago. He studied Electronic Engineering and began his career working in corporate IT. He started freelancing as a software developer and saw an opportunity to start his own company, which led to founding NSerio in 2011. Now NSerio has over 40 employees and works with many of the world’s most reputable law firms, legal service providers, and corporations.

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Chuck Kinnan

Chief Architect
Milyli, Inc.

Chuck first copied a drawing program from BYTE magazine into a TRS-80 Color Computer in 1980. His hobbies over the years have included reading, writing, acting, biking, seeing movies, playing viola & guitar, video and other gaming. Starting Milyli was a great way to bring together the problem-solving, creativity, and discipline of many of his pastimes into the craft of software engineering.

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Kate Orr

Senior Innovation Counsel
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Kate is key member of Orrick’s innovation team. She works closely with clients and attorneys to implement novel products, streamlined processes, and technology solutions, all with an eye for higher quality and more efficient service.

Kate also leads CaseStream, Orrick's homegrown case management system, which streamlines the day-to-day management of litigation and transactions. The Financial Times recognized CaseStream as the #1 most innovative New Product and Service in 2017.

Kate represented commercial clients in complex trial and appellate litigation throughout the United States at Orrick. She remains active in numerous pro bono matters and was awarded the first annual Orrick Pro Bono Award. Kate also served as an adjunct professor of Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy at the University Maryland School of Law.

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John Albright

Chief Legal Officer
HUB International

John Albright, HUB International Limited’s Chief Legal Officer, joined the Executive Management Team in May 2014. Albright is a seasoned, business-focused executive with 20 years of legal and commercial management experience in public, private and private equity-owned company and large law firm settings. While serving as the general counsel for several multinational corporations in complex and vastly different market segments, Albright amassed a record of building and leading highly efficient legal departments that effectively supported the achievement of commercial objectives.

Prior to accepting his current role of CLO at HUB International, Albright served as Senior Vice President, Global Legal and Compliance for Information Resources, Inc., a billion dollar data, technology and market research company with operations in 14 countries. Albright also worked as General Counsel for Accenture HR Services, Inc., an HR outsourcing joint venture that was ultimately acquired by Accenture during his tenure, and as both Division Counsel and Intellectual Property Counsel for Network Solutions, Inc., a large internet products and services company. In this latter role, Albright supported the $21 billion sale of Network Solutions (then a public company) to Verisign, Inc.

Albright began his legal career as an intellectual property and technology attorney with both Alston & Bird and Finnegan Henderson, focusing on complex litigation before state and Federal courts and the United States International Trade Commission.

Albright earned a BME in Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, before pursuing his JD at Vanderbilt University Law School.

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