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Notes From the Front Lines of Legal Innovation

I started this blog as a way for me to write about working as an in-house attorney. It quickly became a place for me to explore both by myself and with others what it means to innovate within the practice of law, what it means to use and create legal technology, and how legal technology and legal innovation are connected and not connected.

As a strong advocate for collaboration and the sharing of knowledge, I welcome conversations with anyone who may be interested in legal innovation, legal technology, or anyone who may already share my passion for legal technology and/or legal innovation. Feel free to find and connect with me on Twitter, on my Facebook page, or via LinkedIn.

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This week’s interview is with the CEO, Amir Reshef, and Chief Revenue Officer, Teruel A. Carrasco of dealcloser. I asked them about their thoughts on legal tech and on investing in legal tech given their positions and experience.   How did you develop a passion for legal innovation and legal tech? Amir: I’ve always loved tech and have always read about it and followed tech blogs. I also knew I’d want to one day join…
Patrick Palace is the owner of Palace Law, which is comprised of two firms, one focusing on workers’ compensation and  the other on personal injury law. He is and has been a partner in a number of joint ventures with tech companies developing new tools for lawyers. He serves on the Board of the ABA Center for Innovation and on the Executive Counsel for the National Conference of Bar Presidents, among others.  He was…
Susan Hackett is truly one of a kind and a powerful voice within the legal profession especially with regards to change and transformation within the legal industry. She currently is CEO of Legal Executive Leadership, LLC, which is a recognized leader in building smarter legal practices, with more than 3 decades of experience helping law departments (and those who serve them) deliver distinguishing value and improve the way they work. She helps her clients…
I started interviewing legal innovation leaders with many goals in mind. Foremost among them, however, was the goal of educating myself on just what legal innovation and legal technology were all about. Each new interview I post allows me to continue to achieve my goal every day. Legal innovation and improving the practice of law has become my passion. There remains much work to be done and much learning to be had in this area,…
Pratik Patel is a leader and an innovator. In his own words, he is a “forward-thinking entrepreneur, consultant and business advisor with deep experience in legal department and law firm spend, strategy, technology and operations.” Pratik is the Head of Innovation at Elevate and I asked him about a range of topics related to his work and his experience within the legal innovation space. Tell me a little about your background and how that background…
Let me tell you a story. An ambitious and optimistic young man is thrilled to learn that he has been accepted to his top choice of law schools. The young man through the course of the first few weeks of law school learns that he has a lot to learn, yet he remains engaged and excited for the challenges that are ahead. As the year progresses, however, he notices something he had heard about prior…
Dr. Roland Vogl is a pioneer within the legal informatics space. Dr. Vogl is currently Executive Director of CodeX – the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. Dr. Vogl also was named to the American Bar Association 2017 Class of Legal Rebels, a highly-regarded group of legal innovators and he was previously selected as one of the 2016 Fastcase 50. Dr. Vogl also serves on the advisory…
Innovation is a word that is everywhere. Innovate this, innovate that, innovation will make you rich, innovation is the present and the future, etc. In the legal world, this incessant use of the word has become a way for some legal startups and law firms alike to market themselves and try to make the case for being forward-thinking. Books about innovation also tend to reflect this trend. There are, however, a few that do not…
Much of what I am about to say is likely well-known by readers of this blog. However, having read it before does not make the information any less salient. The legal profession has long been one that has adhered to seemingly rigid rules, processes, and practices. As this blog and many others have noted, this is becoming no longer the case. New technologies, new processes, and new players have entered the field. These new players…
Today’s post is a love story. It involves unrequited love. It involves seduction. It involves money. It involves legal technology. I call it the technology seduction. Before getting to the story, a little background information in the form of three facts. Fact 1: Legal technology continues to attract a lot of attention. Fact 2: Legal technology continues to attract large investments of money. Fact 3: There continues to be a lot of hype about…