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Kathryn DeBord is Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Global Chief Innovation Officer and co-leader of BCXponent, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s legal operations consulting group. In her role, Ms. DeBord leads the firm’s Innovation Team, which is an international cross-disciplinary team dedicated to legal service delivery innovation.  As part of the firm’s commitment to adopting and driving technology-enabled practices where appropriate, Ms. DeBord also oversees the firm’s TechX group, which is a group of lawyers, technologists, and related professionals who participate in technology trials and prototypes relevant to their practice areas. Ms. DeBord also serves as an advisor to the firm’s various initiatives to train its associates in legal innovation, including in the firm’s internationally recognized Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Business Academy.  As part of her efforts to drive innovation in new lawyer education and training, Ms. DeBord sits on the Silicon Flatirons Tech Law Accelerator Program Advisory Board, the Institute for the Future of Law Practice Advisory Board, and the Evolve the Law Advisory Council, and she sits on the editorial board of The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law. 

As co-leader of BCXponent, Ms. DeBord 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 Leighton Paisner.  Common areas of consulting and technology implementation include contract management, matter management, legal spend analysis and convergence, and portfolio litigation management.

Prior to her current role, Ms. DeBord was a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group and a trial attorney specializing in complex contract, patent, and IP licensing matters, as well as consumer class action defense.  She also served on the firm’s Commercial Litigation Innovation Committee.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Board Member
    • Families First Governing Board, Past President
    • Work Options for Women, Past Board Member
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    • Leadership Denver, Class of 2014
    • Work Options for Women, Past Board Member
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    • Leadership Denver, Class of 2014
    • Leadership Denver, Class of 2014
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Professional Affiliations

    • Member, Silicon Flatirons Tech Law Accelerator Advisory Board
    • Board Member and Advisor, Institute for the Future of Law Practice
    • Advisory Council, Evolve the Law
    • American Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
    • Washington D.C. Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
    • Washington D.C. Bar Association
    • Colorado Women’s Bar Association
    • Washington D.C. Bar Association
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Publications

  • "The legal innovation age is upon us," The Law Society Gazette, March 7, 2018
  • “Understanding Legal Technology and How Lawyers Will Use it,” Corporate Counsel, March 9, 2017
  • “The Rise of Legal Operations,” Solicitors Journal, January 10, 2017
  • “Artificial Intelligence:  Imagining the Possibilities in Litigation,” Bloomberg Law, October 26, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Post-Concepcion Push-Back: Challenges to Arbitration," Class Actions & Derivative Suits, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Fall 2012, Vol. 23 No. 1

Speaking Engagements

  • "Delivering value to the client: redefining the law firm-client relationship," Strategic Technology Forum, Lake Maggiore, Italy, June 22, 2018.
  • "Maximizing the Resources You Already Have: Leverage the people in your department and your clients to get more work done," Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner In-House Counsel CLE Seminar, Phoenix, AZ., June 7, 2018.
  • "Innovative Technologies in Law Practice," American Bankruptcy Institute 2018 Annual Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2018.
  • “The Tech Lawyer Accelerator Program – How Bryan Cave is Developing the Technical Lawyers of Tomorrow, Today,”  2018 SOLID West Conference, San Francisco, CA., March 15, 2018.
  • “Operating as a Team:  Aligning Resources Effectively to Maximize Strategic Goals,” 2018 Legal Marketing Technology Conference, San Francisco, CA., January 31, 2018
  • “AI, Analytics, Robotics, & Business Intelligence: How to Make ‘Big Data’ and Process Automation Work for You,” Webinar, November 21, 2017
  • “A Sandbox for All to Share:  Bringing Clients, Legal Technologists and Law Firms Together in the Name of Data Advancement,” Forum on Legal Evolution, Chicago, IL., November 9, 2017
  • “Artificial Intelligence in Law – Top Products in Action,” International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, August 13-17, 2017
  • “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.
  • “Collaboration for Innovation,” The New Spectrum of Legal Services, Chicago, IL, June 8, 2017
  • “Hacking the Wildebeest:  Developing the Innovative Lawyer,” 2017 National Association of Law Placement Annual Education Conference, San Francisco, CA, April 18, 2017
  • “Leading Transformation in Law Departments and Law Firms,” Disruption in the Delivery of Legal Services, New York, NY, March 28, 2017
  • “How We Work,” Future of the Professions Summit, Denver, CO., February 22, 2017
  • “Hacking Law Firm Innovation,” International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September 2, 2016
  • “Anyone Can Innovate,” International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, August 30, 2016
  • “Evolve Law:  The Future and Direction of Legal Technology,” Denver Co., May 27, 2016
  • "Aligning Outside Counsel with Business Objectives," General Counsel Roundtable CLEs, Denver, CO, March, 2016
  • “Future Technologies Roundtable,” International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, August 21, 2015
  • “Implementing Business Practices That Foster Shared Interests,” International Legal Technology Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, September 2, 2015