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Innovation

Delivering value through innovative solutions.

The curiosity and enthusiasm of our people are natural drivers of innovation and we have the confidence to be different. We combine leading technology, process, and design tools to find efficient and creative solutions that add value and enhance our partnership with clients. Our solutions include:

HB Innovations, LLC

As a subsidiary of the firm, HB Innovations, LLC serves as an internal development incubator for new legal technology. This structure allows us to effectively create and license proprietary technology solutions that streamline business and legal processes.

Artificial Intelligence

A client negotiating a business deal required the due diligence of reviewing 937 customer agreements so as to make an informed decision on deal structure by the following afternoon. Using Cloud-based machine learning software, KIRA, Husch Blackwell flagged 497 restrictive or unfavorable terms and other detailed contract provisions in less than four hours. Prior to artificial intelligence, the job would have taken at least 10 associates and upwards of $10,000 in client fees. Using AI is one of the ways Husch Blackwell delivers clients cost containment.

Collaborative Communities

Developing next-generation entrepreneurs, we counsel startups in accelerator programs designed to plan, launch, stabilize and grow businesses. Innovative strategies regarding founder issues, fundraising, intellectual property, labor and employment, software licensing and succession planning are a few ways we protect young ideas, amplify results and move clients forward.

The organizations and sponsorships we collaborate with include:

Client Portals

We designed ExtraAdvantage – a secure and customized client portal – to monitor, coordinate and manage your legal needs. As a supplement to our personal relationships, ExtraAdvantage serves as our 24/7 connection to you and your team. This custom client portal collaboration avoids heavy and confusing email traffic and tends to reduce legal spend.

eDiscovery Solutions

Review costs can quickly escalate without proper tools and a well-planned review strategy. Our eDiscovery Solutions team uses review software such as Relativity, which allows us to host most of our cases in-house, with little added client cost. We also lead the industry in use of technology assisted review (TAR) and predictive coding to increase review efficiency.

Legal Project Management

Our dedicated Legal Project Management team ensures that clients always know the status of their projects. We promote efficiency, transparency and certainty through careful scoping, planning, monitoring and reviewing.

Strategic Pricing

We recognize that simple discounted or blended hourly rate fee arrangements may not streamline your legal spend. For greater cost certainty, we design creative fee arrangements tailored to client needs. With more than 20 years of experience, we offer innovative strategies in pricing. 

Developed by Michael Fielding, Pref-Defend is product of HB Innovations, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Husch Blackwell LLP. Combining technology with experience, Pref-Defend is a proprietary analytical tool that defends and resolves preference claims in bankruptcy proceedings, usually a challenging and expensive procedure. Using basic payment history data, the tool generates strategic insight on exposure. Winner of a top legal innovation award, it forecasts strengths and weaknesses of a client’s case as well as possible settlement results. Learn more in this video.

Clery Compliance Toolset

HB Innovations, LLC worked to develop the online drag-and-drop technology, Clery Compliance Toolset (CCT), allowing colleges and universities to fully comply with federal crime and safety standards set by the Clery Act. Higher education clients can purchase a subscription to this service to address all campus reporting challenges regarding policies, procedures and generating annual reports.

Design Thinking Workshops

As part of our commitment to innovation, we employ design thinking methods both internally and externally to creatively solve problems. This iterative process of empathizing, ideating and prototyping produces intuitive solutions that deliver optimal value to clients.

The legal industry has changed and we have responded. Clients expect more innovative solutions and we strive to exceed those expectations. Our goals include providing the highest caliber advice for complicated legal issues, applying new technology and data analytics to legal challenges, and bringing greater value and price certainty to legal spending. We have purposefully transformed our culture and structure to meet our clients' business objectives. 

Culture

  • Value Focused: By deliberately fostering a culture that combines creativity, efficiency and collaboration, our tailored solutions provide the value clients expect.
  • Tech Savvy: We constantly evaluate and pilot new technology, looking for solutions that enhance efficiency, create transparency and increase access. 
  • Enthusiastic: Our passion to add value is apparent by how we’re transforming the way we work with clients and how we think about innovation.
  • Collaborative: Rather than traditional metrics, we reward relationship building and client success.

Structure

  • Industry Focus: By reorganizing around industries in 2012, we are better aligned with clients' business needs.
  • Working Lean: With 18 U.S. offices, our agile teams can scale to the complexity of local matters.
  • Dedication: Our Innovation team works hand in hand with our attorneys based on client needs and objectives. 
Testimonials Clarence Green, Chief of University Police, Northwest Missouri State University

“Northwest Missouri State University has used the Clery Compliance Toolset for more than two years and it has worked great! It expedites the process and has tons of model policy language built into the system. It also allows you to build your daily crime report. Great Tool.”

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Testimonials Dan Rexroth, President & Chief Executive Officer, John Knox Village Care Center

"Both parties are establishing a budget and both parties are working to achieve that budget. So that’s a really a great way to do business."

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Client Results

Husch Blackwell's seasoned team leads clients forward.

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