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FT Innovative Lawyers North America 2017 is a rankings report and awards for North America-based lawyers. Shortlists for the awards comprise the top scoring submissions in each ranking.

The FT and its research partner RSG Consulting have devised a unique methodology to rank lawyers on innovation. Law firms, in-house legal teams and other legal service organisations are invited to make submissions.

For the FT Innovative Lawyers Report for North America 2017, we received 533 submissions and nominations from 79 law firms and legal service providers, and for 85 in-house legal teams. Research was conducted by RSG Consulting between September and November 2017, which conducted interviews with over 600 clients, senior lawyers, executives and experts. Each entry is scored out of 10 for originality, leadership and impact for a maximum score of 30. They are benchmarked against each other to arrive at the final rankings.

FT 25: The most innovative law firms and legal service providers
The FT 25 ranking is an aggregate of each law firm and legal service provider’s performance. The total score is the sum of scores for all ranked entries in the 13 law firm and legal service provider categories.

The most innovative North American in-house legal team
This overall ranking is an aggregate of each in-house legal team’s performance in the report. The total score is the sum of scores for all ranked entries in the 12 in-house legal categories.

Judges The overall winner of Legal Innovator of the Year is decided from a shortlist of 10 by a panel of judges: Harriet Arnold, editor, FT Innovative Lawyers; Matthew Banks, customer solutions director, Riverview Law; Stuart Barr, chief product and strategy officer, HighQ; Andrew Bowyer, chief operating officer, RSG Consulting; Liam Brown, founder and executive chairman, Elevate; Mark Cohen, chief strategy officer, Elevate; Jane Croft, FT law courts correspondent; Reggie Davis, general counsel, DocuSign; Michael Kavanagh, FT Special Reports commissioning editor, Josh Rosenfeld, vice-president, legal services, QuisLex; Reena SenGupta, CEO, RSG Consulting; Michael Skapinker, contributing editor, FT

RSG Consulting
RSG research team: Reena SenGupta, Yasmin Lambert, Andrew Bowyer, Lucy Pearson, Kirsty-Anne Jasper, Georgie Lyon, Joe Hennessy, Rebecca Phillips, Lydia Morrell, Gemma Williams

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