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Dentons partner Fernandez appointed to ABA Center for Innovation

Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 1:48 PM  

Dentons announced that John R. Fernandez, partner and the firm's U.S. chief innovation officer, has been appointed to the governing council of the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Innovation.

The 14-member governing council, in conjunction with its advisory council, direct the activities of the ABA Center for Innovation.  

Fernandez was appointed by new ABA president Hilarie Bass to a one-year term. Bass took over as president on Aug. 15.

Fernandez is also the global chair of Nextlaw Labs, an autonomous legal technology business accelerator wholly owned by Dentons.

Nextlaw Labs works closely with the firm's lawyers, professionals and clients to identify investment and co-development opportunities for new technologies that will transform the legal industry to deliver greater client value.

Prior to joining Dentons, Fernandez was assistant secretary of commerce for economic development under President Barack Obama.

Fernandez was one of the chief architects of Obama's regional innovation strategies.

Fernandez also previously served as mayor of Bloomington, Ind., where he worked with the private sector to develop a business climate that fostered more than US$243 million in private investments and creating more than 3,700 jobs. He also developed an aggressive downtown revitalization plan resulting in more than US$100 million in new investments.

Launched in 2016 at the recommendation of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, the Center for Innovation is creating more accessible, efficient and effective legal services in the United States and around the globe.