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Paul Hastings Wins Financial Times’ “Great Legal Ideas” Innovation Award, Recognized as Top 5 Firm for Innovation in North America

New York – Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm won the Financial Times’ Great Legal Ideas award and was recognized as a Top 5 firm for innovation in the Financial Times’ North America Innovative Lawyers 2016 report. The firm also earned top scores for innovation across four additional categories: enabling clients to innovate, innovation in collaboration, unlocking and delivering value, and strategy and changing behaviors.

The report highlights the most innovative firms that are “rethinking their businesses and service offerings” and that “score highly for their relevance to clients and for answering their otherwise unmet needs.”

The Financial Times recognized Paul Hastings for:

  • Top 5 firm for innovation – Recognized with #4 ranking among the most innovative law firms in North America

  • Great Legal Ideas award – Honored as the “Standout” firm with #1 ranking; partners Eric Greenberg and Sherrese Smith “commended” for leading a team to create a first-of-its kind model sharing agreement for the Federal Communications Commission’s unprecedented two-way spectrum auction

  • Innovation in unlocking and delivering value – “Highly commended” with a Top 3 ranking; partner Gerald Flattmann commended for defeating two landmark IPR challenges on behalf of Acorda Therapeutics, Inc.

  • Innovation in collaboration – “Highly commended” and Chief Business Development, Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer Meg Sullivan recognized for the firm’s partnership with the Aspen Institute to provide pro bono advice to fellows in its social impact projects
  • Enabling clients to innovate “Highly commended” for helping to launch Samsung Pay on a tight schedule using a strategy that reinvented the way financial services contracts are created and negotiated

  • Strategy and changing behaviors “Commended” for reframing the way our lawyers think about the delivery of value to clients, including uncovering new opportunities, managing risk, improving efficiency, and leveraging technology

These results closely follow Paul Hastings being named among the Best of the Best in Understanding the Client’s Business in the BTI Client Service A-Team 2017.

At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.