Archer Norris Managing Partner Gene Blackard Recognized with Innovator Award by Leading Legal Newspaper

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Eugene Blackard, Managing Partner of Archer Norris, has been named one of the 25 leading innovators in California law by leading legal publication The Recorder.

Eugene Blackard, Managing Partner of Archer Norris, has been named one of the 25 leading innovators in California law by leading legal publication The Recorder.

The Recorder’s inaugural Innovator Awards honor original approaches to improving delivery of legal services to clients of all kinds. Honorees, selected by the newspaper’s editorial team, include attorneys working at firms, in-house legal departments, startups, nonprofits and in academia. Blackard is one of 12 law-firm attorneys recognized with the award, joining lawyers from Morrison & Foerster, Littler Mendelson, Cooley, DLA Piper, Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps, and others.

“I’m honored to find myself in the company of such a robust group of lawyers recognized for successfully doing what all lawyers today must do: anticipate the need for change, and think first and foremost about how we can continue to enhance legal services on a daily basis to meet the future needs of our clients,” said Blackard. “While many of my peers selected by the Recorder practice in Big Law, I believe my inclusion is proof this is a time of great opportunity for mid-sized firms like Archer Norris, and indeed, for firms of all size and specialty.”

Blackard will be featured in a special issue of The Recorder slated for publication in December and recognized at an awards reception in San Francisco.

Editors were impressed with Blackard’s ability to apply the same creative, strategic and, when necessary, aggressive approach he brings to his casework to growing Archer Norris into the leader it is today. Under his guidance, Archer Norris has transformed the way it does business, leading to six years of double-digit growth. By focusing on practice areas requiring high-level expertise, overseeing the redesign of the firm’s website to make it look and feel more like those of its clients – resulting in a 50% increase in the average time a visitor spends engaging with content – and reconfiguring its offices to slash its rent outlay, Blackard has helped position the firm for long-term growth and profitability.

Blackard joined Archer Norris as associate in 1989 and was named Managing Partner in 2008. He holds a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

About Archer Norris
A leading California law firm, Archer Norris PLC has more than 110 attorneys admitted to practice in 18 states. The firm focuses on business law from five strategically located California offices in San Francisco, Sacramento, Walnut Creek, Newport Beach and Los Angeles. Archer Norris counsels clients in complex litigation, insurance coverage, bad faith litigation, business, health care, public entity, environmental, and real estate transactions throughout California and wherever our clients need us.

For more information about the firm, please contact Jann Dudley at 925.952.5406 or visit the Archer Norris website at

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