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Pioneers and Pathfinders · John Alber
Today we speak with John Alber—retired lawyer,
businessperson, and legal futurist. Like many of our guests,
John’s career path has taken some fascinating turns. He was a
partner at Bryan Cave LLP when he was given the opportunity to buy
a company, which ultimately became Alber Leland, Inc., a database
and software publisher in the transportation sector. John would
later return to Bryan Cave as Strategic Innovation
Partner—one of the first in the industry—applying his
business skills and experience to find innovative ways for the firm
to deliver legal services through new technology. Over time, he
developed what we now might consider one of the first captive
ALSPs. Additionally, John was a futurist for the International
Legal Technology Association, where he served as a consultant on
different programs and helped the organization focus on business
strategies. Today, John dedicates himself to conservation in
Florida, particularly the Apalachicola River, which has been called
America’s most endangered wild river.
In our conversation, John tells us about his experience
innovating at Bryan Cave, the ways he convinced lawyers to adopt
technology, the advice he would give to legal professionals on tech
and innovation, and his recent conservation efforts.
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