Ashton Batchelor leads trial law firm Robins Kaplan LLP’s pricing, Legal Project Management (LPM), and financial analytics functions.
Drawing upon her extensive experience working in litigation, Ashton helps create innovative and practical fee arrangements ranging from simple fixed fees to complex shared risk arrangements. Ashton also supports attorneys and clients through the firm’s sophisticated diligence process for risk-based arrangements to ensure these arrangements are based upon shared assumptions and terms of success. In addition, Ashton partners with Robins Kaplan’s executive board and leadership team to manage the firm’s portfolio of risk-based arrangements.
Ashton oversees Robins Kaplan’s matter management program, including an in-house team of certified legal project managers who partner closely with firm clients to effectively scope, budget, and manage legal matters from inception to result. These efforts help provide transparency and predictability in costs in the delivery of legal services.
Ashton also oversees a team of financial analytics professionals who support the economics behind each of Robins Kaplan’s practice groups, working closely with firm management, practice group leaders, and office leaders to support revenue management and identify opportunities for greater efficiency.
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