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Mike Whelan Jr., founder of the Lawyer Forward conference and an attorney who practiced law in Rockport, Texas, has joined the legal research company Casetext as managing editor, where he will be responsible for shaping and executing the company’s communications strategy, including podcasting, blogging and social outreach. Much of his work, Whelan told me this week, will focus on building awareness of Casetext among solo and small-firm lawyers by engaging them in conversations about…
It is possible that no one was more influential in shaping the universe of online access to legal information than Tom Bruce. Way back in 1992 — a year before the launch of the World Wide Web and when only scraps of legal information could be found on the Internet — Tom and colleague Peter Martin founded the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School, with the goal of making the law available to everyone…
Legal research company Fastcase said today that new partnerships with JurisPro and Courtroom Insight, two companies that provide expert-witness profiles and data, will allow it to provide access to over 100,000 expert witness profiles from within the Fastcase 7 platform. Fastcase first announced a partnership with Courtroom Insight last June, saying then that some 100,000 profiles of expert witnesses were being made available through Fastcase’s AI Sandbox, a private digital environment where law…
Brightflag, an e-billing and spend-management platform for corporate legal departments that uses artificial intelligence to review outside counsel invoices, has raised $8.5 million in a Series A funding round, bringing the company’s total raise to $11 million. The round was led by Sands Capital Ventures, Arlington, Va., with participation from existing investors Frontline Ventures and Tribal Ventures. The company, which says it has tripled in size year-on-year since its launch in 2015, plans…
Sometimes news converges in fortuitous ways. Yesterday, I interviewed Felicity Conrad, cofounder and CEO of the pro bono technology startup Paladin, for next week’s LawNext podcast. This morning, I posted this week’s episode, featuring a discussion on alternative law firm models among a panel that included Sameena Kluck, until recently strategic account executive at Thomson Reuters. Now for the convergence: Today, Paladin is announcing that Kluck has joined the company as…
Not all law firms are equal. In fact, some of them are drastically different from one another. As technology becomes even more pervasive in the legal industry, the industry is changing and reacting. This week on LawNext, I step aside from hosting duties and present a special live panel discussion from UC Hastings’ legal innovation hub, LexLab. The panelists spoke to an audience of legal tech startups, students, and legal professionals on some of…
In major news indicative of the direction of the legal services industry globally, EY — the entity that encompasses Ernst & Young companies worldwide — has entered into an agreement with Thomson Reuters to acquire Pangea3, the legal managed services business. This follows EY’s acquisition last August of Riverview Law, a UK-based alternative legal services provider (ALSP). EY says these acquisitions further its depth and capacity to serve corporate legal departments worldwide and will bolster…
A survey of 700 lawyers in U.S. and European law firms, legal departments and business-services firms finds that organizations that already leverage technology are better prepared to keep pace with an evolving legal market than those that are just beginning to use technology or that are not doing so at all. In addition, firms that were early adopters of technology were significantly more likely to report higher profitability in the last year than were firms…
Everlaw is an e-discovery company that has attracted the interest of some big-name Silicon Valley venture capital firms, raising nearly $35 million in the last three years. It was the first legal technology company to receive an investment from Andreessen Horowitz, a firm known for backing a wide-ranging portfolio of successful companies such as Facebook Twitter, Airbnb, Box, Skype and Slack. Its $25 million Series B round last July was led by Menlo Ventures, one…
Intapp, a company that provides cloud enterprise software to legal, financial and other professional services firms, said today that it has acquired gwabbit, an enterprise relationship management and data quality management platform popular among larger law firms. Intapp said the acquisition will expand its capabilities in marketing and business development with AI-based relationship intelligence and automated contact management. “Firms can now better leverage their collective professional network and relationship capital to drive business…