John Alber is retired and currently living aboard the 50 foot trawler Barefoot Lady in southern and southeastern US waters. He chronicles his adventures in the blog A Life Afloat (http://alifeafloat.tumblr.com). He also serves in a volunteer capacity as Futurist for the International Legal Technology Association. For the 16 years prior, he served as Bryan Cave’s Strategic Innovation Partner and there created and oversaw three technology-enabled innovation groups: the Client Technology Group, the Practice Economics Group and the Accelerated Review Team.
The groups under his leadership developed innovative web-based, client-centric applications ranging from decision support systems that deliver legal advice over the web to sophisticated workflow management applications that go so far as to automatically create legal documents. They created client-facing knowledge management, project management, project estimation and business intelligence systems and highly technology leveraged alternative staffing solutions for engagements of all types.
John has written and spoken widely on legal technology subjects and received a number of technology awards, both in the legal field and in information technology generally. Among other awards, he was named American Lawyer Media’s first ever ‘Champion of Technology’ in 2004, given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Law Technology News in 2010 and recognized as one of the ‘Top 25 CTOs by Infoworld in 2007. In addition, the firm received recognition as a ‘Top 100 Company’ in 2007 for work pioneered by the Client Technology Group.