Faegre Drinker litigation partner Bennett Borden was named the winner of Financial Time’s “Top Legal Practitioners”. The top practitioners on Financial Time’s list “demonstrate how the practice of law is evolving. They are crafting data strategies, driving the racial justice agenda and developing multidisciplinary services.”
“Borden stands out for his expertise in data analytics and machine learning,” said the publication.
In 2015, Borden became the firm’s first chief data scientist. Borden and a team of computer, forensic and data scientists are using data to prove cases of constitutional rights violations by police officers in the U.S. Borden and his team have also used data to design a new training program and create metrics on police resource allocation. Borden said working with a city police department on how it trains officers taught him “how an adversarial case can turn into a beneficial partnership.”
Throughout his career, Borden has fought to protect the civil rights of numerous pro bono clients, especially regarding police misconduct. He has worked with non-profit organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center and has successfully brought suit against several major police departments regarding unconstitutional practices.
Borden has also won Financial Time’s “Innovative Lawyers 2020” award.