Ralph Baxter, Chair of Thomson Reuters’ Legal Executive Institute, talks with Bruce MacEwen, President of Adam Smith , Esq., about how market segmentation, technology and evolving client needs are changing the the legal environment, especially for those firms not at the top of the food chain.
By: Ralph Baxter
Thomson Reuters Legal
Ralph Baxter a Senior Advisor to Thomson Reuters Legal and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute.
He advises, writes, and speaks about the delivery of legal service. After leading a prominent global law firm for nearly a quarter century, he has turned his attention to a diverse set of activities, across the spectrum of the evolving legal profession.
He advises law firms, legal technology start-ups, and corporate law departments on their strategies and execution. He is an active writer and speaker, including participation in law firm partner meetings, about the emerging models of improved delivery of legal service.
Mr. Baxter also is a Senior Advisor and member of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession; a Fellow at CodeX, The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics; a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession; a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at the Georgetown Law School; a member of the board of directors of Intapp; a member of the Advisory Board of Ravel Law; and a member of the Legal Advisory Board of LegalZoom.
From 1990 to 2013, Mr. Baxter served as Chairman and CEO of Orrick, leading Orrick’s progress from a domestic firm with California origins to become one of the world’s leading global firms. He launched numerous transformative initiatives during his tenure, including the creation of Orrick’s Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, and changes in the firm’s talent and pricing models.
Mr. Baxter received his BA from Stanford University; his MA in Education from the Catholic University of America; and his JD from the University of Virginia.
Mr. Baxter’s recent writings and interviews can be accessed on his website www.ralphbaxter.com and he can be followed on Twitter @ralphbaxter.