Kathryn DeBord

Kathryn DeBord

Kathryn DeBord is Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Global Chief Innovation Officer and co-leader of Cantilever, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s legal operations consulting group. In her role, Ms. DeBord leads the firm’s Innovation Team, which is an international cross-disciplinary team dedicated to legal service delivery innovation.  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 Leighton Paisner Business Academy. As part of her efforts to drive innovation in new lawyer education and training, Ms. DeBord sits on the Silicon Flatirons Tech Law Accelerator Program Advisory Board, the Institute for the Future of Law Practice Advisory Board, and the Evolve the Law Advisory Council. She also sits on the editorial board of The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law.

As co-leader of Cantilever, Ms. DeBord works with law departments to help them work better with their internal business clients as well as outside counsel and vendors.  Cantilever 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 Leighton Paisner.  


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.

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Guest Appearances
January 31, 2019

Legal Innovation: Imagining Creative Solutions for Clients

Katie DeBord talks about how her role as chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner helps the firm stay aggressively relevant in solving problems for their clients.

May 27, 2016

Evolve Law: The Future and Direction of Legal Technology

Executive Producer Laurence Colletti sits down to interview Evolve Law Co-Founder Mary Juetten and the Evolve Law Client Driven Technology Solutions panelists at the Legal Talk Network’s Denver studio.

May 27, 2016

Evolve Law: Client Driven Technology Solutions

The Evolve Law Client Driven Technology Solutions panelists on data security, advancements in artificial intelligence and legal tech, and how attorneys and technologists can work together to best shape the future of those advancements.