Ballard Spahr has been recognized by the Financial Times for a new legal project management system that enables the firm to model, price, manage, and track matters in real time—and to share that information with clients.

The innovation earned Ballard Spahr a "Commended" ranking in the Financial Times' North American Innovative Lawyers 2017 report. The firm made the international news organization's finalists among innovative firms of the year, earning a ranking in the "Data, Knowledge, and Intelligence" category. The report features finalists' innovations, the top entries selected from 553 submissions from law firms, legal service providers, and in-house legal departments.

Ballard Spahr's project management solution, which will be rolled out to all firm attorneys in early 2018, promotes transparency about the pricing, management, and staffing of matters. It encourages and facilitates collaboration and communication between clients and Ballard Spahr lawyers, enabling more proactive and informed matter management decisions.

"Innovation at Ballard Spahr is driven by our commitment to client value," firm Chair Mark Stewart said. "We are as committed to cultivating outstanding client relationships as we are to providing the highest quality work product—and this new technology helps us do both better. It promotes responsiveness, efficiency, and remarkable alliances with clients—a Ballard Spahr hallmark."

Developed in conjunction with Prosperoware, the system is customized for Ballard Spahr. It leverages the firm's historical data to create detailed matter budgets and provide clients with multiple pricing options and alternative fee arrangements to meet their needs. During matter delivery, Ballard attorneys can monitor real-time budget information while clients can view budget-to-actual information—down to the fee earner and phase or task level.


Melissa Prince
Chief Client Value Officer


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