Holland & Hart isn’t looking to change the way the firm does business. They’re planning to change the legal industry.
The 70-year-old law firm announced last week that it is taking a solid step into the future by creating an innovation office. The move is rare in the legal industry and even more so in the Denver area. With a dedicated innovation office, as well as the addition of a technology innovation officer, Holland & Hart is putting an emphasis on technology in order to improve attorney efficiency and provide service to clients at a lower cost.
The idea of an innovation office is still new in the legal industry. Few firms have adopted the idea of having an innovation office or officer —in Denver, Bryan Cave’s Katie DeBord has the title, and nationally, Dentons and Portland, Oregon-based Stoel Rives list innovation officers among their ranks as well.
The announcement of Holland & Hart’s innovation office comes with the announcement that the firm is welcoming a technical innovation officer. Duc Chu joined the firm from First Data Corp., where he was vice president of information technology. Chu heads the office with client innovation officer Paul Ward, who provides the client service perspective to innovation.