Thompson Hine a Finalist for American Lawyer Legal Services Innovation Award

Also Named a Finalist for Outstanding Law Firm of the Year by Litera Microsystems for Innovation

Date: October 04, 2018

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP announced today that it is one of seven firms shortlisted nationally for The American Lawyer’s inaugural Legal Services Innovation Award. The award “will honor a law firm that has changed the way it does business to better deliver value to the client” by “innovating how it delivers legal services.” The award is part of The American Lawyer Industry Awards, “a newly revamped set of recognitions designed to honor the exceptional work that goes on across the entire legal services delivery spectrum.” According to The American Lawyer, there were “hundreds of entrants.”

In addition, last month Thompson Hine was one of five finalists for the inaugural Changing Lawyer Awards Outstanding Law Firm of the Year presented by Litera Microsystems. This recognition identifies a firm that has implemented core process changes, creative billing arrangements or other innovations to transform the way it provides legal services.

These distinctions are the latest in a series of national honors the firm has received for innovating legal service delivery, including being named an Innovation Champion last week by BTI. Thompson Hine was also ranked first in the category “Most innovative North American law firms: New working models“ by The Financial Times.

The firm’s standing as an innovator is due in part to its development of SmartPaTH®, a service delivery model that incorporates project management, value-based billing, flexible staffing and process efficiency. Thompson Hine created this service delivery model to respond to clients seeking significant changes in how their law firms work with them. As part of the firm’s ongoing focus on innovation, it commissioned detailed surveys and interviews of in-house counsel and other senior executives at 176 companies. The resulting report, Closing the Innovation Gap, summarizes those findings.

“Innovation drives the value Thompson Hine provides to our clients,” said Deborah Z. Read, Thompson Hine’s managing partner. “Aligning our service delivery with our clients’ business goals is our top priority. We have retrained our lawyers about how to approach the practice using tools, materials, and proprietary software we’ve developed. We devote many resources – talent, proprietary tools and infrastructure – to generate and implement fresh ideas for the delivery of high-quality legal service predictably, efficiently and with transparency. We are pleased that our efforts continue to be recognized by top-tier national organizations. Our goal always is to provide greater value and better solutions that support clients’ business objectives.”

Read was recognized by The Financial Times as one of the top 10 “Innovative Lawyers” in North America for being the driving force behind the development of SmartPaTH, and she also was identified as a “Legal Rebel” by the ABA Journal.