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Benefit From Our Experience

HBR CONSULTING, formerly Hildebrandt Baker Robbins, is the recognized leader worldwide in consulting for the legal industry.

HBR CONSULTING provides analysis, recommendations, implementation and on-going analytics to legal and other professional services organizations. Capabilities range from strategy to analytics/best practices and from technology infrastructure to business operations. HBR's breadth and depth of knowledge means our engagements
encompass a broader perspective with more reasoned,
fully integrated results.

What's the Secret to our Success?

Our History
HBR CONSULTING has the unique benefit of a being a seasoned legal consulting firm in the form of a new entrepreneurial company.

HBR CONSULTING has its roots in multiple legal consulting companies. Hildebrandt International was originally formed in 1975 by Brad Hildebrandt with a focus on law firm strategy. David G. Baker and Brad Robbins formed Baker Robbins & Company in 1984 with emphasis on technology and implementation. Chris Petrini-Poli and Nick Quil formed Huron Consulting's legal consulting practice in 2001 with a focus on operational efficiency and effectiveness. In 2005 Thomson Corporation purchased Hildebrandt International followed by the acquisition of Baker Robbins & Company two years later and then added Chris Petrini-Poli, Nick Quil and several other leaders from Huron. In July 2011 the combined units were taken private. The newly formed independent company was named HBR CONSULTING.

A look at HBR CONSULTING's team members underscores its deep bench strength. Learn more >

What We Can Do For You

HBR CONSULTING focuses on helping clients holistically address their business operations, information and technology needs.

HBR CONSULTING has deep experience with clients in legal, financial and other professional service industries in advancing:


EFFICIENCY: Improve productivity, cost-effectiveness and on-going management of administrative, operational and other support functions

TRANSFORMATION: Capitalize on change events (e.g., mergers) or driving strategic changes bridging people, processes and technology

INVESTMENT: Guide strategy and investment decisions spanning people, processes and technology

HBR CONSULTING combines its in-depth market intelligence and data analysis capabilities with a customized assessment of your organization's current environment. Taking into consideration your culture and existing circumstances, we are able to recommend unique solutions along with a roadmap for effective implementation. HBR CONSULTING's extensive knowledge and unique understanding of operational change has produced a solid record of proven results

We are committed to helping clients realize considerable returns and competitively position themselves in an ever-changing marketplace. Ask us about success stories and references.

Analyzing the Legal Industry

HBR CONSULTING has been analyzing legal industry data long before "Big Data" and "data analytics" entered the popular lexicon.

HBR CONSULTING's Law Department Survey is the premier source of benchmarking data, providing the most comprehensive statistical information on legal spending, staffing, management and compensation. It is designed by law department consultants with over 26 years of unmatched experience in conducting benchmarking and best practices surveys and studies.

Using our deep technological expertise, HBR CONSULTING has designed leading edge proprietary analytical tools that provide clients unmatched visibility into their data using easy to understand dashboard displays. These analytical tools enable clients to make informed decisions regarding immediate projects as well as the option for continued data analysis for on-going management and benchmarking.





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“"HBR has some people that are quite simply the best in the business in this vertical at what it is they do...
...When you want some of the best experts in some of these fields that you can get your hands on, and when failing and not getting things done can't be an option, HBR is who you go to."

Chief Information Officer
Am Law 150 law firm

“We've had tremendous experience with the HBR team...
...When we need to speak to the chairmans of our firms, to the board of our firms, chief operating officers of law firms, we need to be able to deliver messages clearly and demonstrate the value very quickly... That's something that HBR does well.”

Chief Operating Officer
Am Law 20 law firm

“HBR hits the mark faster. They understand what it is that we are trying to accomplish and they are much more focused on it. I spend more time trying to explain what we're trying to accomplish to other consultants...
HBR just gets it... They don't hesitate to bring in the best talent.”

Chief Legal Support Services Officer
Global 10 law firm


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