Bryan Cave is proud to announce that, in collaboration with our client Red Robin, we have been recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) as a 2016 Value Champion. The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) annually celebrates law departments and law firms that drive value in the delivery of legal services. We received this recognition for working with Red Robin to design, build and implement a comprehensive contract management system. We are one of only three law firms receiving this recognition.

ACC Value Champions are those firms or law departments that most effectively drive value by cutting spending, improving predictability and achieving better outcomes through the use of value-focused management practices. The winners are those recognized by their peers through a nomination process for effectively managing resources to achieve strong value for corporate clients.

Red Robin’s Legal Team was focused on reengineering a contracting process that lacked clear guidelines, defined procedures, a centralized storage repository or trackable metrics. Marshalling a cross-functional team of attorneys, paralegals, MBAs, software developers and a project manager, Bryan Cave designed and built a holistic contract management system (CMS) to meet Red Robin’s objectives. The Bryan Cave team, led by Partner Kevin Fischer, collaborated with Red Robin’s legal team, led by VP and Deputy GC Sarah Mussetter. Together, they leveraged technology to drive consistency throughout the new process, helped Red Robin better define its requirements, and created more detailed statements of work (SOW).

“We were really seeking to deliver a comprehensive solution where best practices in contract management pervaded the organization,” Fischer noted. “Our strong partnership with Red Robin and its legal team allowed all of us to think creatively and bring our best resources to bear.”

“We are pleased that the redesign of our contract process enabled us to standardize terms, reduce risk and increase efficiency,” Mussetter said.

“We are very proud to be one of the law department / law firm collaborations recognized by the ACC as a 2016 ACC Value Champion,” said firm Chair Therese Pritchard. “The collaboration among the firm’s attorneys, Client Technology Group, Practice Economics Group, and our client, Red Robin, enabled us to provide an innovative solution to address our client’s needs. It demonstrates our commitment to the constant development of new ideas and the use of technology to enhance client value.”

Click here for more information on all of the 2016 ACC Value Champions, including a detailed profile of Bryan Cave’s work with Red Robin.