Shawn M. Swearingen

Chief Innovation Officer

Overview

Shawn Swearingen serves as Faegre Drinker’s chief innovation officer. She collaborates with the executive and operations leadership teams to keep the firm on the frontline of organizational development and emerging legal trends conducive to a culture of innovation. Harnessing the potential of technological advances, she develops, champions and leads strategic innovation initiatives related to data science and analytics, client and practice technologies, and knowledge management. Shawn supports the firm’s growth goals by helping to advance new ideas, introduce best practices and encourage design thinking across the firm.

Experience

Shawn served most recently as the firm’s senior director of technology, leading teams responsible for its intranet, document automation, project management, legal process improvement, security, infrastructure and software development. Her other roles with the firm have focused on e-discovery and research.

Credentials

Certifications
ITIL Foundation Certification
Certified Knowledge Manager, KM Institute
Legal Lean Sigma White Belt, LSSO

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Aligning KM Initiatives with Firm Goals
    International Legal Technology Association, 2014
  • Lessons Learned from Building a New Intranet While Merging Two Law Firms
    SharePoint Best Practices Conference, 2013
  • SharePoint in the Workplace
    Special Libraries Association Minnesota Chapter, 2011

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • International Legal Technology Association — 2008-present
  • Women in eDiscovery — 2014-present
  • Women to Know — Founding Member, 2015-present 

Civic Activities

  • Saint Catherine University Friends of the Library — Executive Board, 2004−present

Honors

  • Minnesota Lawyer — Unsung Legal Hero, 2011
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