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CEO: Paul Hatch (Washington, DC)
Number of lawyers: 36,000+
Number of member firms: As of January 2021, Nextlaw Referral Network (NRN) has over 770 member firms located in 274 jurisdictions around the world

■ Europe: 203
■ USA: 150
■ Africa: 82
■ Asia: 68
■ Southeast Asia: 57
■ South America: 44
■ British Isles: 43
■ Russia & CIS: 45
■ Caribbean: 38
■ Canada : 20
■ Middle East: 25
■ Australia & Pacific Islands: 18
■ Mexico and Central America: 9

*Total is greater than the network’s current membership due to firms being present in more than one region NRN has members in almost every country in the world, except for US-sanctioned countries, some small island countries, and countries devastated by war.

NETWORK OVERVIEW:
Nextlaw Referral Network (NRN) has taken industry conventional wisdom and turned it inside out. Rather than creating a network limited to the largest firms in the world and granting them exclusivity, NRN is the champion of the world’s highest quality small to medium sized firms. It doesn’t charge fees or offer geographical monopolies. Its guiding principle is finding the best lawyer for a matter, in any region, practice and sector. It is the largest legal referral network in the world, with over 770 members spanning 198 countries.

NRN is a strategic platform delivering the world’s most sophisticated thought-leadership, technology and consulting services both to help members be more competitive, but to also in time provide new products and services members can offer their clients.

NRN believes in helping members understand the benefits of complex and disruptive technologies — including Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain, and the threat nature of the Big 4 — as well as providing sophisticated client engagement and deep listening programs working with the world’s foremost experts.

NRN is supported by a proprietary technology platform that allows members to easily connect and track referrals. Because it uses an algorithm that promotes reciprocal repeat referrals, members are more likely to receive referrals from NRN than from any other network. On average, each of the top 50 firms in NRN has referred work on 300 occasions over the past year, equating to over 15,000 client matters.

Members are vetted by a panel consisting of eminent lawyers, who evaluate each applicant based on client feedback, independent quality rankings, awards and accolades, and unique practice and/or sector expertise.

NRN is one of the only referral networks that offers inter-disciplinary functionality. In today’s complex global environment clients often need access to professionals who understand the regulatory, business and economic cultures everywhere they do business, which means integrating legal and public affairs representation. Nextlaw Public Affairs Network (NPAN) was launched in September 2017, and enables members of NRN to access companies and organisations that help clients shape government policy or public opinion through lobbying, public relations, advertising and survey research.

Members have access to technologies, products and services that will drive quality and provide them with unique competitive advantages. Working with Dentons’ technology accelerator Nextlaw Labs, partnering with other outside independent technology and services organisations, and sharing some of the innovations and developments designed within Dentons itself, it is identifying and curating innovative new legal technologies, products and services and providing them to NRN members for free or at a substantial discount to market.

NRN deploys cutting-edge technology and has put into production:
■ Member Profile Ratings, assisting members in improving firm profiles
■ Encryption Keys Rotation
■ Referral Recording and Recipient Tracking
■ Easy-to-search and read Data Dashboard

NRN’s vision is to build the world’s first strategic legal platform, defined as follows:
■ Providing law firms with the world’s first integrated, cross-functional solutions oriented offering. The law firm of the future will not solve legal problems, but business problems. It is a digitised, fully integrated platform that enables any member to tap into the power of hundreds of law firms as well as public affairs firms, lobbying firms and regulatory expertise
■ A technology and consulting services distribution channel and shared community. It curates the top legal tech companies and provides that technology to members at a discount, offering the same tech and process advantages the largest law firms capture to small- and medium-sized law firms
■ Providing consulting expertise through the platform, in terms of innovation, improved processes and other ways members can compete more effectively against a changing competitive set that can now often include the Big 4 accountancy firms and others. This not only benefits members, but also provides programs that member firms can offer their clients

The network puts an emphasis on diversity, training and professional development:
■ The platform includes search functionality for women-owned and minority-owned firms
■ The membership includes firms belonging to NAMWOLF - the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms
■ Training and updates are made available to members via videos, mailings, webinars, social media and in-person sessions

PRACTICE AREAS
Aboriginal Law (Canada)
Animal/Pet Law
Arbitration
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets
Civil Rights Law
Competition & Antitrust
Construction Law
Consumer Law
Corporate Governance
Criminal Law
Debtor & Creditor
Education Law
Elder Law
Election Law
Employment & Labour
Entertainment & Sports Law
Extradition
Family Law
Franchising & Distribution
Government Contracts
Home Law
Hotels & Leisure
Immigration
Inquests & Public
Inquiries
Insurance
Land Expropriation by Government (Eminent Domain)
Mediation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Military Law & Veteran’s Benefits
Mining
Native American Law & Policy (United States)
Notary Services
Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation
Personal Injury
Police Law
Privacy & Cybersecurity
Private Equity
Project Development
Public International Law
Public Law
Public Policy & Regulation
Public Procurement
Real Estate
Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Securities & Corporate Finance
Tax
Trade, WTO & Customs
Transportation
Trusts, Estates & Wealth Preservation
UK POCA Work & Asset Forfeiture
US First Amendment Litigation
US Social Security Law & Disability
Venture Technology & Emerging Growth Companies
Whisteblowing
White Collar & Government 

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