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About Us

A comprehensive understanding of the legal ecosystem

HBR’s top-down, inside-out, and wall-to-wall understanding of the entire legal ecosystem is an asset that no law firm, law department, or other consulting firm can replicate. We help our clients make faster, better, more cost-effective decisions and operate more smoothly and confidently than otherwise possible.

About Us

A comprehensive understanding of the legal ecosystem

HBR’s top-down, inside-out, and wall-to-wall understanding of the entire legal ecosystem is an asset that no law firm, law department, or other consulting firm can replicate. We help our clients make faster, better, more cost-effective decisions and operate more smoothly and confidently than otherwise possible.

Experience, relationships, and insights that add value to every engagement

HBR has the strategic and operational focus, customized solutions, and comprehensive capabilities to help clients address their strategic and operational questions, take decisive action, and achieve their goals – today and tomorrow.

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Hands-on experience in designing, optimizing, and connecting an array of critical elements that impact the performance of legal organizations.

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One-to-one relationships with legal decision makers and thought leaders that are candid, substantive, and trusted by our clients.

Unrivaled insights drawn from our in-depth knowledge of the forces and priorities that define the legal industry and from our observations, conversations, and engagements.

A partnership mentality

Through our professional and personal relationships with clients, HBR thinks, works, and feels like an integral member of each client’s team. Our clients’ priorities are HBR’s priorities. From each initial engagement and throughout the relationship, we remain focused on creatively helping clients achieve near-term success and fulfill long-term potential. Partnership is our mindset and our methodology.

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Deep roots and exponential growth

Founded 10 years ago, HBR’s legal consulting roots go back decades. Grounded in that deep industry experience, we’ve been an integral player in the legal industry’s ongoing transformation, evolving our services to meet our clients’ changing needs. Now the largest, most comprehensive strategy, operations, and technology consulting firm focused on the legal industry, HBR’s rapid growth—we’re regularly included in lists of fastest growing companies—is a reflection of our ability to foresee market changes and serve our clients now and in the future.

History at a Glance

1975

Hildebrandt International

Founded with a focus on law firm strategy consulting

1984

Baker Robbins & Company

Founded with an emphasis on law firm technology consulting and solutions

1995

Arthur Andersen | Legal Consulting Practice

Current HBR leaders launch the legal consulting practice within Arthur Andersen

2001

Huron Consulting Group

Former Andersen leaders launch Huron Consulting, including current HBR leaders’ legal consulting practice focusing on operational efficiencies + effectiveness for the legal industry

2001

Huron Consulting Group

Former Andersen leaders launch Huron Consulting, including current HBR leaders’ legal consulting practice focusing on operational efficiencies + effectiveness for the legal industry

2005

Thomson Corporation

Acquired Hildebrandt (2005)
Acquired Baker Robbins & Company (2007)
Hildebrandt International and Baker Robbins & Company merge to form Hildebrandt Baker Robbins (2010)

2011

HBR Consulting is founded

Building on this past legacy, HBR leaders found current business as a new, independent entity dedicated to transforming the business of law for both law firms and corporate legal departments

2019

Managed Technology Services LLC (MTS)

On April 1, 2019, HBR completes the acquisition of MTS to deliver hosting and infrastructure services under HBR’s Managed Services business

2021

Keno Kozie Associates

On March 1, 2021, HBR acquires Keno Kozie to form the largest, most comprehensive strategy, operations, and technology consulting firm for the legal industry

Awards + Recognitions

For three years and counting, HBR has been recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies: 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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HBR, Exelon Corporation, and PERSUIT were named 2020 ACC Value Champions.

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HBR’s continued growth was recognized on Crain’s 2021 Chicago Business Fast 50 list of the fastest-growing companies in the area.