Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2020) — Today, Legal Innovators, an alternative legal services provider that is changing the way the law approaches hiring, pricing, inclusion, and diversity of junior legal talent, announced a collaboration with Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, construction and project management. Under the terms of the arrangement, Legal Innovators will provide junior lawyers to assist with the internal legal work performed by Bechtel’s legal department.
The collaboration is being formed amid a changing legal industry, one where the focus has shifted to cost rationalization given the volatility of the market caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Legal Innovators is working with Bechtel on a pilot program, that should it prove successful, over time, can be expanded. Legal Innovators will assist Bechtel by making junior attorneys available to work with, and provide leverage to, Bechtel’s senior in-house lawyers. The collaboration with Legal Innovators will enable Bechtel to enhance progress in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“Legal Innovators offers an innovative solution to address training and diversity challenges in the legal profession. Our collaboration with Legal Innovators gives us access to an exciting and diverse pipeline of legal talent. Through the arrangement, junior lawyers will get an opportunity to work along senior lawyers on some of the most complex projects in the engineering and construction industry, getting unparalleled training and mentoring opportunities. At the same time, here at Bechtel we will get legal talent early in their careers, building an internal talent pipeline for the future,” said Michael Bailey, General Counsel of Bechtel. “I am looking forward to working with the next generation and seeing some of these junior lawyers grow and develop into senior positions within our organization.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with Bechtel, a company universally respected on a global scale, not only for its industry expertise, but for the values it holds. My Co-Founder, and Chairman of our Board, Jonathan Greenblatt, and I often say that it may be impossible to make the right level of progress in our industry without innovation. Employing the same solutions to age old challenges is not allowing us to make the progress everyone would like. We are encouraged to find a partner like Bechtel, with its innovative mindset. Through our model we believe we can deliver to them our talent management solution that should assist them in driving their long term goals of making structural change in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.,” said Bryan Parker, CEO of Legal Innovators.
Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Since 1898, Bechtel has helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world’s infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place. Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets.
About Legal Innovators
Legal Innovators is an Alternative Legal Service Provider (ALSP) changing the way the law approaches the hiring, pricing, and training of junior legal talent through a two-year work-based program. We can also assist our clients in meeting their diversity, equity and inclusion goals. We pair law firms and corporate legal departments with our high quality, trained and big law ready junior lawyers. Our lawyers take on substantive work as a member of our client’s legal teams. Law firms and corporations gain first-hand exposure to the capabilities of our lawyers and can therefore make more informed decisions, based on legal competencies and cultural fit before hiring them permanently.