Ralph Baxter

Chairman Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute

Thomson Reuters

Ralph Baxter advises, writes, and speaks about the delivery of legal service. After leading a prominent global law firm for nearly a quarter century, he has turned his attention to a diverse set of activities, across the spectrum of the evolving legal profession.

Mr. Baxter is a Senior Advisor and Chairman of the Legal Executive Institute at Thomson Reuters Legal. He writes a weekly blog on the LEI web site and chairs several LEI live events each year.

Mr. Baxter also is a Senior Advisor and member of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession; a Fellow at CodeX, The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics; a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession; a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at the Georgetown Law School; a member of the board of directors of Intapp; a member of the Advisory Board of Ravel Law; and a member of the Legal Advisory Board of LegalZoom.

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 JD from the University of Virginia; His MA in Education from the Catholic University of America; and his BA from Stanford University.