David Cunningham

Chief Innovation Officer, Reed Smith LLP

David is the Chief Innovation Officer of global law firm Reed Smith. He guides the firm in thoughtful review of modern legal service delivery models, working to create a firm that is driven by the value it can measure and provide to its clients and employees. He is helping to define how a firm should evolve and tune itself to meet the broadening business and risk expectations of GCs. He is currently growing the team to design and lead long-term initiatives in data-driven decisions, business process re-engineering, workforce optimization, and client services.

He is also the founder of Legal Metrics, a tech company automating and benchmarking data-driven ‘legal ops’ and diversity metrics, which is now led by Sara Lord and team. He has interviewed over 100 legal department and law firm leaders to maintain a broad and unique understanding of the business performance, value, and diversity expectations for the future of the legal market.

He was previously the CIO of Winston & Strawn, where he was responsible for creating and sustaining a competitive edge with technology, data, and improved processes. Before joining Winston, he was a Managing Director of Hildebrandt Baker Robbins (now HBR Consulting), leading the technology strategy and risk practices. Over 20 years, he worked with 200 US and UK/European firms.