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Chris Emerson
Chief of Legal Operations Solutions
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

hris Emerson is the firm’s Chief of Legal Operations Solutions and leader of Cantilever, the firm’s legal operations consulting group. Cantilever helps law departments bridge the transition from risk manager to strategic business partner and enables law departments to operationalize the delivery of legal services from the entire ecosystem of legal providers to their business clients. Cantilever aids in-house legal teams, helping them improve processes, collect and leverage actionable information, and implement new technology to improve efficiency, effectiveness and better manage risk. Cantilever also leverages its proprietary workflow platform, where appropriate, as well as other leading technology solutions.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Emerson founded the firm’s Practice Economics Group, an innovative group focused on enabling companies to achieve their legal spend objectives. The mission of the Practice Economics Group is to optimize processes, legal spend, knowledge retention, and use of technology in the firm’s delivery of legal services. Clients working with the Practice Economics Group routinely achieve 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.