Dentons names new Global Chief Innovation Officer

Date: 12/21/2017
Source: Dentons

Dentons, the world's largest law firm, has named John Fernandez its first Global Chief Innovation Officer to drive the Firm's innovation initiatives.

Fernandez has served as Dentons' US Chief Innovation Officer and is also the global chair of Nextlaw Labs, an autonomous legal technology business accelerator wholly owned by Dentons. Nextlaw Labs works closely with the Firm's lawyers, professionals and clients to identify investment and co-development opportunities for new technologies that will transform the legal industry to deliver greater client value.

In his new role, John will drive Dentons' Project Innovation and will oversee the Nextlaw portfolio initiatives.
"I am thrilled and honored to be appointed to this new position at a firm that has already made great strides towards innovation in delivering client services," Fernandez said.

Prior to joining Dentons, Fernandez was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development under President Obama. In that role, he transformed the Economic Development Administration into a 21st Century organization and launched the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. John was one of the chief architects of President Obama's regional innovation strategies.
"Even before this appointment, in his role as chairman of Nextlaw Labs, John has helped Dentons become world-renowned as an innovator in the legal profession," said Elliot Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons. "Now we will unleash him to help us drive innovation in the Firm across the entire globe."

About Dentons
Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.


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