Chris Emerson is Bryan Cave’s Chief Practice Economics Officer and co-leader of BCXponent, Bryan Cave’s legal operations consulting group. Mr. Emerson leads the firm’s Practice Economics Group, an innovative group focused on enabling companies to achieve their legal business objectives. The mission of the Practice Economics Group is to optimize processes, legal spend, knowledge retention, and use of technology in the delivery of legal services. The outcomes achieved are substantial savings in legal spend, improved outcomes on business objectives, increased coordination and transparency in relationships with internal business clients and outside counsel, and better clarity around the factors that affect expense and outcome through statistical analysis and data analytics. Our multi-disciplinary Practice Economics Group is composed of software engineers, MBAs, lawyers, legal project managers, data scientists, Six Sigma experts, a process and organizational design expert, and legal service pricing professionals.
As co-leader of BCXponent, Mr. Emerson works with law departments to help them work better with their internal business clients as well as outside counsel and vendors. BCXponent works with law departments to leverage tools, proprietary technology, and best practices focused on the needs of law departments, which were developed over the last two decades inside Bryan Cave. Common areas of consulting and technology implementation include contract management, matter management, legal spend analysis and convergence, and portfolio litigation management.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Emerson managed the firm’s Client Technology Group which created and continues to create a wide range of solutions that help streamline legal work processes and permit the firm to operate with the unprecedented efficiency now demanded in today’s highly competitive legal marketplace. The work of the Client Technology Group has been widely recognized and has led to awards from CIO Magazine (twice), CTO Magazine, American Lawyer Media, Incisive Media, the International Legal Technology Association (twice) and other organizations.
Mr. Emerson also serves as a member of the Program Planning Council for the International Legal Technology Association and often contributes to educational programming, collaboration and networking opportunities, publications, and other member benefits on a host of topics related to pricing, legal operations, and business and financial management.