At BCXponent, we tackle the
X Factors
X factors =
Misaligned costs and business value
Broken or burdensome processes
Sub-optimal deployment of internal-external resources
Difficulty sourcing and deciphering data
Lack of legal operations capabilities
Outdated or underutilized technology
Strategic focus hampered by day-to-day workload
By solving X factor issues, we help our clients turn X into Excellence.
X factor problems demand Expert Insight.
Gain a fresh perspective on your business issues.

We have an array of talents and resources that many legal departments don’t. Our team includes more than 30 practitioners with deep expertise in computer science, actuarial science, probability and statistics, business and project management.  We bring these talents to bear to innovate the delivery of legal services.
We bring smarter science and new ideas to the business of law.

Start or grow your legal operations capabilities.

We work with law departments to develop and deliver on management objectives. If you don’t have dedicated legal operations employees, we can serve as an extension of your team to advise and deliver legal operations services.
We partner with you to improve value delivery for your business.

Unleash the potential of legal data analytics.

We lead the industry in the practice of legal data analytics, and we have done so for more than 14 years. We started as a think-tank for law firm financial, management and technology tools. Now, we offer consulting services as economic and business advisors, applying rigorous data analytics and innovative solutions to legal services management.
We are driven by data.

Our disciplines can complement the core legal services provided by our colleagues at Bryan Cave LLP.

We solve for the whole equation.

Our Formula
We define X.

Through careful listening and dialogue with our client, we properly scope the issue and potential solutions to ensure great results and business value from the start.

We solve for X.

Unique problems need unique solutions, so we design or adapt our approach to match our client’s situation.

Our clients’ challenges are not “out of the box”, and neither are our solutions.

We turn X into Excellence.

We work side by side with our clients to effectively implement and integrate our solutions with existing department resources and company business practices.
We align our efforts to produce results our clients can measure in terms of cost, quality, risk management and predictability.

Business Outcomes
Enhanced business value
Alignment of internal-external resources according to complexity and risk
Improved staffing models
Ease and depth of reporting
Powerful technology to boost collaboration
Data-driven decision capability
Leadership Team

BCXponent is co-led by Bryan Cave LLP’s chief practice economics officer Chris Emerson and chief innovation officer Katie DeBord.

 

Composed of 31 professionals, our multi-disciplinary team holds deep expertise in computer science, actuarial science, probability and statistics, business management, project management and client service.

 

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Chris Emerson
Chief Practice Economics Officer
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Christian Zust
Director of Client Technology
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Katie DeBord
Chief Innovation Officer
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To learn more, contact Chris, Katie or your relationship partner at Bryan Cave or email us.

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Chris Emerson
Chief Practice Economics Officer
tel:314.259.2785

Chris Emerson is Bryan Cave’s Chief Practice Economics Officer and co-leader of BCXponent, Bryan Cave’s legal operations consulting group. Mr. Emerson leads the firm’s Practice Economics Group, an innovative group focused on enabling companies to achieve their legal business objectives. The mission of the Practice Economics Group is to optimize processes, legal spend, knowledge retention, and use of technology in the delivery of legal services. The outcomes achieved are substantial savings in legal spend, improved outcomes on business objectives, increased coordination and transparency in relationships with internal business clients and outside counsel, and better clarity around the factors that affect expense and outcome through statistical analysis and data analytics. Our multi-disciplinary Practice Economics Group is composed of software engineers, MBAs, lawyers, legal project managers, data scientists, Six Sigma experts, a process and organizational design expert, and legal service pricing professionals.

As co-leader of BCXponent, Mr. Emerson works with law departments to help them work better with their internal business clients as well as outside counsel and vendors. BCXponent works with law departments to leverage tools, proprietary technology, and best practices focused on the needs of law departments, which were developed over the last two decades inside Bryan Cave. Common areas of consulting and technology implementation include contract management, matter management, legal spend analysis and convergence, and portfolio litigation management.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Emerson managed the firm’s Client Technology Group which created and continues to create a wide range of solutions that help streamline legal work processes and permit the firm to operate with the unprecedented efficiency now demanded in today’s highly competitive legal marketplace. The work of the Client Technology Group has been widely recognized and has led to awards from CIO Magazine (twice), CTO Magazine, American Lawyer Media, Incisive Media, the International Legal Technology Association (twice) and other organizations.

Mr. Emerson also serves as a member of the Program Planning Council for the International Legal Technology Association and often contributes to educational programming, collaboration and networking opportunities, publications, and other member benefits on a host of topics related to pricing, legal operations, and business and financial management.

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Christian Zust
Director of Client Technology
tel:314.259.2726

Christian Zust serves as the Director of the Client Technology Group at Bryan Cave, and a member of the leadership team at BCXponent. Client Technology builds and sources new technologies and development of technology-augmented solutions that help deliver improved, more cost-effective service to clients.

Prior to 2012, Christian was an attorney within Bryan Cave, managing largescale discovery projects. He is a certified Project Management Professional and regularly writes and speaks on topics related to pricing, legal project management and the utilization of technology to improve the delivery of legal services.

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Katie DeBord
Chief Innovation Officer
tel:303.866.0337

Kathryn DeBord is Bryan Cave’s Chief Innovation Officer and co-leader of BCXponent, Bryan Cave’s legal operations consulting group. Ms. DeBord leads the firm’s Client Technology Group, which includes software developers, automation and legal technology specialists, and business analysts whose mission is to innovate the way in which the firm delivers client services. As part of the firm’s commitment to adopting and driving technology-enabled practices where appropriate, Ms. DeBord also leads the firm’s TechX group, which is a group of lawyers, technologists, and related professionals who participate in technology trials and prototypes relevant to their practice areas. Ms. DeBord also serves as an advisor to the firm’s various initiatives to train its associates in legal innovation, including in the firm’s internationally recognized Bryan Cave Business Academy. As part of her efforts to drive innovation in new lawyer education and training, Ms. DeBord sits on the Advisory Board for the Silicon Flatirons Tech Law Accelerator Program as well as for the Future of Law Practice.

As co-leader of BCXponent, Ms. DeBord works with law departments to help them work better with their internal business clients as well as outside counsel and vendors. BCXponent works with law departments to leverage tools, proprietary technology, and best practices focused on the needs of law departments, which were developed over the last two decades inside Bryan Cave. Common areas of consulting and technology implementation include contract management, matter management, legal spend analysis and convergence, and portfolio litigation management.

Prior to her current role, Ms. DeBord was a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group and a trial attorney specializing in complex contract, patent, and IP licensing matters, as well as consumer class action defense. She also served on the firm’s Commercial Litigation Innovation Committee.