Sept. 9, 2015 – ST. LOUIS, MO. – The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP has announced that John Alber, the firm’s former strategic technology partner, is the inaugural recipient of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Premiership Award.

The award will be given on rare occasions by ILTA’s board to individuals “whose footprint on the legal sector is extraordinary and evident across an extended period of time,” said ILTA Executive Director Randi Mayes.

Mayes and Bryan Cave Chair Therese Pritchard presented Alber with the award at ILTA’s 6th Annual Distinguished Peer Awards program, Sept. 1 in Las Vegas.

“He recognized – well before the rest of us – the direction the legal market was heading, and positioned Bryan Cave to be a frontrunner in the race to find new approaches to old problems,” said Pritchard, who noted Alber as a “true pioneer” in the legal technology field.

A longtime ILTA supporter and father of its Law2020 initiative, Alber propelled Bryan Cave to create the Client Technology Group, the Practice Economics Group and the Accelerated Review Team. Together, they comprise one of the legal profession’s best engines for client-focused innovation and have won numerous awards for innovative work on client-facing technology, pricing, project management and data analytics.

Alber’s contributions led Bryan Cave to win ILTA’s Innovative Law Firm of the Year award twice (2011 and 2014).

Alber officially retired from the practice of law earlier this year. Denver-based Partner Katie DeBord was named Bryan Cave’s chief innovation officer, a new position reporting to Pritchard.

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Leslie Leader Brooks
Firmwide PR Manager, Bryan Cave LLP