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Chris Emerson is Bryan Cave’s Chief Practice Economics Officer. 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 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, a Six Sigma black belt and a green belt, a process and organizational design expert, and an actuary as well as many statistical and pricing analysts.

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 an Officer 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 project management, and business and financial management.

Publications

  • "The Pricing Professional’s KM Toolkit," ILTA's White Papers and Surveys: Knowledge Management, July 2013
  • "Monitor AFAs with Microsoft Reporting Services," ILTA's White Papers and Surveys: Financial Management, September 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • “Achieve Your Goals: Marrying the Business of Law with the Practice of Law,” speaker, The Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California Roundtable CLEs, Los Angeles, Irvine and Calabasas, Calif., July 18-20, 2017; The Association of Corporate Counsel Southern California In-House Boot Camp, Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 13, 2017
  • "Pricing Roundtable," International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Sep. 1, 2015
  • "Best Practices for Business Development and Pricing Partnerships," International Legal Technology Annual Association Conference, Las Vegas, Aug. 31, 2015
  • "The Not-So-Geeky World of Statistics," LegalTech 2015, New York, Feb. 4, 2015
  • "Send Your Lawyers to Business School," International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Nashville, Aug. 21, 2014
  • "When Dashboards Are Stupid," International Legal Technology Annual Association Conference, Nashville, Aug. 19, 2014
  • "Matter Cost Planning/Pricing Challenges - Client and Firm Perspectives," LegalTech 2014, New York, Feb. 5, 2014
  • "Dollars and Sense in AFAs and Budgeting in the Corporate Legal Department", LegalTech 2013, New York, January 30, 2013
  • "Big Data: The Newest Tool in Telling a Winning Story", LegalTech 2013, New York, January 30, 2013
  • "Next Generation AFAs," International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, August 30, 2012
  • "AFA Proposals: What Do Clients Expect," International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Washington DC, August 29, 2012
  • "Business and Competitive Intelligence: Revealing Strategy Within Data," International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Nashville, August 25, 2011
  • "Law Firm Economics 401: Alternative Fees," International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Nashville, August 23, 2011