John Alber helps law firms and other organizations survive and thrive in the midst of a digital revolution. He was the first futurist for the International Legal Technology Association, regularly consults on legal innovation, and writes and speaks frequently on future-looking subjects. His blog, Rethinking.Legal, focuses on transforming the delivery of legal services.
Prior to his current role, John served as CEO of a transportation industry database and software company, and for sixteen years as Bryan Cave’s Strategic Innovation Partner, where he led Bryan Cave to become one of the most innovative firms in the world. While at Bryan Cave, he also served for 7 years on the firm's Operating Group (its management committee).
At Bryan Cave, John created one of the first Practice Economics consulting groups, one of the first law firm departments focused on developing client facing technology and one of the first in-firm legal process outsourcing (LPO) organizations. The groups he created developed innovative web-based, client-centric applications that delivered legal advice to clients, managed complex workflows and even created pleadings automatically. They also developed 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 is an Emeritus Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and has received a number of awards, both in the legal field and in information technology generally. He received ILTA's first ever Premiership Award, American Lawyer Media’s first ever ‘Champion of Technology' award, a Lifetime Achievement Award by Law Technology News, and was recognized as one of the ‘Top 25 CTOs’ in the world by Infoworld. In addition, while under his leadership, Bryan Cave received recognition as a CIO Magazine ‘Top 100 Company' and was twice recognized as ILTA’s Most Innovative Firm.