2014

North America Innovative Lawyers ranks the top law firms, legal teams and individuals – and highlights the work that won them their rankings

Change is extending scope and impact of law firms

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Welcome to the Financial Times North America Innovative Lawyers report for 2014

Rankings

See the Top 40 North American law firms and an extensive breakdown of how they scored in each category
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Chance for architects of change to win accolades

Payment simply for hours worked fails to recognise the value created

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Business of law: Knowledge is beginning to take wing

Firms have been slow to invest in data analytics and knowledge processing platforms, but some are now moving ahead of the curve

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Firms ride crest of a renewed M&A wave

Complexity and revived tactics are delivering for clients

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Traditional pricing model abandoned in Canada

Clients are enjoying fees that are sometimes more than a third lower

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Smaller deals prove more challenging in Mexico

A reinsurance fund for a remote community and micro loans for artists stand out

Roberta A. Kaplan, American litigator and partner in the litigation department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
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Finalists make imposing group

These individuals have inspired in the courtroom and beyond

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Tech giants lead charge for change

Many company lawyers are also taking on the role of corporate conscience

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Streamlining litigation in the tech age

As new technology outpaces legislation, some of the biggest challenges have been in the field of patent, software and copyright law

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Bankruptcy beyond borders

This year has seen legal strategists use the US bankruptcy code to steer foreign businesses through restructuring in fresh ways

Profession takes up social responsibility

Firms are building the legal structures to support new models of enterprise

Methodology

The FT and its research partner RSG Consulting have devised a unique system to rank lawyers on innovation

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