After leading a prominent global law firm for nearly a quarter century, Ralph Baxter has turned his attention to a diverse set of activities, across the spectrum of the evolving legal profession.
He regularly advises law firms, legal technology start ups, and corporate law departments on their strategies and execution. He is an active writer and speaker, including participation in law firm partner meetings, about the emerging models for improved delivery of legal service.
Mr. Baxter is a Senior Advisor to Thomson Reuters Legal and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute.
He is a Senior Advisor and member of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at the Georgetown Law Center.
He is a member of the Advisory Council of Evolve Law.
He is a member of the Advisory Board of Ravel Law.
From 1990 to 2013, Mr. Baxter served as Chairman and CEO of Orrick, leading Orrick’s progress from a domestic firm with California origins to become one of the world’s leading global firms. He launched numerous transformative initiatives during his tenure, including the creation of Orrick’s Global Operations Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, and changes in the firm’s talent and pricing models.
Mr. Baxter received his BA from Stanford University; his MA in Education from the Catholic University of America; and his JD from the University of Virginia.
Before his career in law Mr. Baxter taught the sixth grade at the Scott Montgomery Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Baxter’s recent writings and interviews can be accessed on his website www.ralphbaxter.com and he can be followed on Twitter @ralphbaxter.