HOUSTON – Reed Smith is pleased to announce that David Cunningham, one of the leading minds in legal services strategy and innovation over the past 30 years, has been named to a newly created leadership role at the firm, Chief Innovation Officer. He will join the firm on July 1 resident in the Houston office. His arrival comes at a significant time for Reed Smith, as the global firm seeks to transform its operations to accelerate the delivery and performance of legal services for clients and unlock new levels of client value.

Cunningham is considered among the principal innovators and disruptors in the legal industry today. Previously a longtime consultant advising on some of the largest law firm integrations in history, he has recently served as the Chief Information Officer at Winston & Strawn. He is also CEO of Legal Metrics, a tech-driven consortium automating next-gen performance and diversity analytics between law firms and legal departments, which he will continue to lead. He played an early role in growing the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, or CLOC.

Over the past several years, Reed Smith has emerged as a recognized brand for driving client-facing knowledge and innovation in the legal industry, launching Gravity Stack, Reed Smith’s data-driven legal technology and solutions subsidiary, and Reed Smith Global Solutions, the firm’s shared-services provider that today comprises more than 450 lawyers, analysts and business services staff. The Financial Times recognized Reed Smith as among the top five “most digital” law firms in its North America Innovative Lawyer Awards and Report in 2020. In May, the firm announced a partnership with BRYTER, the leading no-code service automation platform, that enhances the existing capabilities of the firm’s in-house Practice Innovation team to deliver digital solutions to the firm’s clients.

Chief among Cunningham’s responsibilities will be building on these and other far-reaching innovation offerings and incorporating them into an umbrella of technology solutions and shared services that rivals the firm’s best-in-class legal services. In addition, Cunningham will help bring new innovation products and services to market; guide the firm’s enterprise data and analytics strategy; and identify efficiency and process improvement initiatives to enhance client service. He will also provide input on the strategic direction of Gravity Stack.