Baker Donelson has named William S. Painter as the firm’s chief innovation officer, a new position focus on continued innovation in the delivery of client services and technology.
Painter, who previously served as Baker Donelson’s chief strategic planning officer, will oversee several areas that are key drivers of innovation, including legal project management, knowledge management, information technology, pricing, eDiscovery/practice support, research and non-traditional services including the firm’s consulting subsidiary LegalShift.
As chief strategic planning officer, Painter led the development of BakerManage, Baker Donelson’s patent-pending legal project management system.
As chief innovation officer, he will work closely with Baker Donelson’s functional teams, lawyers and other professionals to streamline processes, empower the firm’s lawyers and professional support staff to develop and implement new and innovative ways of providing client value and help Baker Donelson continue to grow as one of the most innovative law firms in the country.
A shareholder in the Jackson office, Painter focuses his practice in the areas of corporate, tax and health care restructuring. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, including being named the Jackson “Lawyer of the Year” in Corporate Law (2016), Health Care Law (2013) and Tax Law (2010). He has also been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Mid-South Super Lawyers, where he has been listed among the top 50 attorneys in Mississippi.
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