Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Launches Cantilever

Combined Legal Operations Consultancy Division to Support In-house Legal Teams

Kathryn DeBord (Photo: Business Wire)

ST. LOUIS--()--Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) today launched a combined legal operations consultancy division that brings together multi-award-winning teams on both sides of the Atlantic. The new division will operate globally under the new name of Cantilever. It brings together the BCXponent and Streamline brands, as well as other teams that support our clients’ in-house teams in improving their legal operations and service delivery to their businesses.

The division consists of 20 highly qualified process engineers, data scientists and technologists who are experienced at working with in-house teams, lawyers and attorneys to help law departments improve legal service delivery to the business. The team has also developed its own proprietary software platform, called CrossLite, which is a sophisticated data management and analytics tool that has been specially designed to meet the needs of the modern legal function.

Cantilever will be led by co-founders Katie DeBord and Chris Emerson. DeBord is Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Chief Innovation Officer, while Emerson is the firm’s Chief of Legal Operations Solutions. The team also includes highly regarded legal technologist Bruce Braude, Director of Legal Operations Solutions for EMEA.

Services will include: providing legal operations and technology consultancy; designing effective and efficient processes and systems for contract, matter and litigation management; and delivering document and decision-making automation solutions.

Terry Pritchard, Co-Chair of BCLP said: “It has never been more important for legal teams to ensure they are using the latest best practice but, at the same time, it is becoming increasingly hard for them to find the time to do so. We are excited about the potential of our new division, which brings together the best of each legacy firm’s existing expertise and creates a full-service offering for in-house legal teams that wasn’t previously available in the market.”

Lisa Mayhew, Co-Chair of BCLP, said: “One of the practical tools we can provide is our proprietary platform CrossLite, which we developed internally. It gives clients a low cost, adaptable but very robust and secure workflow management platform. There are versions to help legal teams improve the way they manage contracts, matters and litigation portfolios, enabling them to tackle their specific needs.”

“These approaches will now come under the Cantilever brand but what is different is the range of skills we can bring to bear. As well as consultancy and strategic advice, we can provide highly practical solutions and tools that solve the issues clients face. We stitch together these solutions with the BCLP legal teams’ expertise to provide something that clients tell us others aren’t able to deliver,” said Emerson.

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About Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner:

With over 1,400 lawyers in 32 offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is a fully financially integrated global law firm that provides clients with connected legal advice, wherever and whenever they need it. The firm is known for its relationship-driven and team working culture, its diverse legal experience and its industry-shaping innovation. The firm offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.


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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) today launched a combined legal operations consultancy division called Cantilever.


iQ 360 for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Elisabeth Hershman, 212-289-6734