Baker McKenzie Exploits New Leads for Data and Machine Learning Team


Baker McKenzie legal offices in Washington, DC on May 10, 2021. REUTERS / Andrew Kelly

  • Brian Kuhn, former head of legal counsel at IBM Watson, joins as co-founder
  • The company announced an 11-person team in May

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(Reuters) – Baker McKenzie brought in two “co-founders” to lead its new data science and machine learning team, Brian Kuhn, artificial intelligence legal professional and Danielle Benecke, senior partner in intellectual property and technology of the cabinet.

Baker McKenzie unveiled plans for the new 11-person team in May, when the firm expanded its partnership with AI-based platform SparkBeyond as part of the firm’s new global innovation unit, Reinvent Law.

Baker McKenzie said in a statement Monday that Kuhn and Benecke would start “in the coming weeks.”

The team, led by Ben Allgrove, chief innovation officer, will use New York-based SparkBeyond’s analytics and research platforms on projects, “exploring new ways to apply learning automatic to transform the legal sector and solve major societal problems, ”the firm said. The projects will be both internal and external.

Kuhn, based in Washington, DC, joins Baker McKenzie from alternative legal services provider Elevate Services, where he was vice president and general manager of technology, data and digital solutions consulting. He previously co-founded and headed IBM Watson legal counsel.

Benecke is a Palo Alto, Calif. Based member of Baker McKenzie’s IP and Technology practice group.

“The experience they bring, both inside and outside our firm, will help us continue to explore what the future of law will look like – and in particular the judgment made possible by the machine learning – ”Allgrove, who is based in London, said in a statement.

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