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John Alber
ILTA Futurist
240 6th Street Apalachicola, FL 32320 United States

John Alber serves as Futurist for the International Legal Technology Association and for the Institute for the Future of Law Practice. He writes, speaks and consults on the need to reshape the delivery of legal services to suit a future demanding excellence far beyond substantive legal skills.

John has served as a transportation industry CEO, as a practicing attorney and as a law firm leader. During his 16 year tenure as Bryan Cave’s Strategic Innovation Partner, that firm came to be recognized as one of the most innovative law firms in the world. While at Bryan Cave, he also served for 7 years on the firm's Operating Group (its management committee).

At Bryan Cave, John created one of the first practice economics consulting groups, one of the first client facing software development groups, and one of the first in-firm legal process outsourcing (LPO) organizations. The groups he created developed innovative web-based, client-centric applications that delivered legal advice to clients, managed complex workflows and even created pleadings automatically. They also developed client-facing knowledge management, project management, project estimation and business intelligence systems and highly technology- leveraged alternative staffing solutions for engagements of all types.

John is an Emeritus fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. He has received a number of awards, both in the legal field and in information technology generally. Among other awards, he received ILTA's first ever Premiership Award, was named American Lawyer Media’s first ever ‘Champion of Technology', was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Law Technology News and recognized as one of the ‘Top 25 CTOs’ in the world by Infoworld. In addition, while under his leadership, Bryan Cave twice received recognition as a CIO Magazine ‘Top 100 Company' and was twice recognized as ILTA’s Most Innovative Firm.

  • Team Member, ILTACON Planning Committee
  • Track Chair, ILTACON Planning Committee
  • Thought Leader, ILTACON Planning Committee
  • Speaker: 2008 ILTA Annual Conference, Law Firm Economics 103
  • Speaker: 2008 ILTA Annual Conference, Global Law Practice and Technology Strategies in t
  • Speaker: ILTA ’09 - Annual Educational Conference, Technologies That Will Disrupt Traditional Law Pra
  • Speaker: ILTA ’09 - Annual Educational Conference, The ACC Value Initiative and What it Means to Tech
  • Speaker: ILTA 2010 - Annual Educational Conference, Next Generation Law Firm Economics
  • Speaker: ILTA 2010 - Annual Educational Conference, Are AFAs the New Standard?
  • Speaker: ILTA 2011 - Annual Educational Conference, Making an Impossible Engagement Possible
  • Speaker: ILTA 2012 - Annual Educational Conference, The Lawyer's Role Is Changing. Are You Keeping Up?
  • Speaker: ILTA 2012 - Annual Educational Conference, Five Reasons Why Terms Like "Practice Support," "Knowledge Management" and "Financial Services" Miss the Point
  • Speaker: ILTA 2013 - Annual Educational Conference, Tipping-Point Tech Investments
  • Speaker: ILTA 2014 - Annual Educational Conference, When Dashboards Are Stupid
  • Speaker: ILTACON 2015 - Annual Educational Conference, The Rise of the Machine: Threat, Opportunity or Science Fiction?
  • Speaker: ILTACON 2015 - Annual Educational Conference, Implementing Business Practices That Foster Shared Interests
  • Speaker: ILTACON 2016 Annual Educational Conference, Empathetic Design in Legal: Redesigning Law for Clients
  • Speaker: ILTACON 2016 Annual Educational Conference, Onboarding: A Process Mapping Exercise
  • Speaker: ILTACON 2017 Annual Educational Conference, What Uber Can Teach Us About Feedback (It’s Not What You Think!)
  • Speaker: ILTACON 2017 Annual Educational Conference, Where Does Blockchain Fit in Legal?
  • Speaker: ILTACON 2019 Annual Educational Conference, Thinking Like A Disruptor (Disruption Series, Session 1)
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