Bob Ambrogi

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division. At LexBlog, he oversees LexBlog.com, the global legal news and commentary network.

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Evisort, an artificial intelligence-based contract management company, today announced that it has raised $4.5 million in seed funding. In a post here in December, I write that Evisort “might just be the hottest legal tech and AI company you’ve never heard of.” The funding round announced today was led by Village Global and Amity Ventures with participation from Serra Ventures, as well as industry executives from Accenture, Ropes & Gray, SAP, and Walt…
For some two decades, Mark Chandler has been a leading voice for innovation and technology in the operation of legal departments and the delivery of legal services. Executive vice president and chief legal officer at technology giant Cisco, he has been the company’s top lawyer since 2001 and a member of its legal department since 1996, when Cisco acquired Stratacom, where he had been general counsel. In 2010, The National Law Journal named Chandler one…
Making its official launch today is Infinnium, a software company that aims to redefine how law firms, corporations and other organizations interact with data in order to improve information management, information governance, regulatory and privacy compliance, and e-discovery. The Chantilly, Va., company says it will develop software using artificial intelligence and machine learning designed to help its customers harness their data to gain actionable intelligence and make smarter business decisions. The company says it…
The UK company Luminance, an artificial intelligence platform for contract review, today announced that it has completed a Series B funding round of $10 million, at a valuation of $100 million. The funding was raised from existing investors Invoke Capital, Talis Capital and Slaughter and May. The funds will be used to support product expansion and global growth, the company says. The company closed a $10 million Series A funding in November 2017. Launched…
“What if legal research was more human, more like a conversation, the kinds we have among ourselves?” With that tantalizing query, Serena Wellen, senior director of research information at LexisNexis, revealed during a Legalweek media briefing that the legal research platform Lexis Advance will soon include chatbots to help guide users in their research. “Our goal is to make legal research more guided in a more conversational experience,” Wellen said. Called Lexis Research Assistant,…
The law firm Wilson Sonsini today announced the launch of SixFifty, a software subsidiary that will develop automated tools designed to make legal processes more efficient and affordable for individuals, small businesses and emerging companies. Named to lead the new subsidiary are Kimball Dean Parker as president and Lincoln Porter as CTO. Parker is the lawyer who developed the innovative LawX design lab at BYU Law School together with the school’s dean, D. Gordon…
We thought 2018 was a banner year for investment in legal technology companies. But then, less than two weeks into 2019, the year got off to a roaring start with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit, a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation. To discuss one of the largest investments ever in a legal technology company, cofounder and CEO Eric M.
I spent last week at two conferences in New York City. First up was Legalweek, the rebranded version of the venerable Legaltech conference, an annual affair since 1982.  Friday brought me to Inspire.Legal, a new “unconference” devoted to “inspiring creative new solutions” to “the most pressing problems facing our industry.” While they were very different events, both shared one defining characteristic: They were predominately by, for, and about the roughly 10 percent of the legal…
OpenText, a Canadian company that specializes in enterprise information management, has acquired Denver-based e-discovery company Catalyst Repository Systems, a provider of e-discovery technology for corporate legal departments and top law firms. The purchase price of the acquisition is approximately $75 million in an all-cash transaction, according to a statement by the company. Catalyst will be integrated into OpenText’s discovery products, the statement said. “The joint strength of OpenText and Catalyst confirms our position…
Mark A. Cohen has long been ahead of the curve. After 25 years as an accomplished trial lawyer, he founded one of the first legal process outsourcing companies and then cofounded Clearspire, the groundbreaking two-company law firm and service provider that became the blueprint for a new generation of innovative legal services providers. Now, Cohen puts his experience to work as a legal business consultant, providing services and training to law firms, legal departments and…