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Jerry Levine is Global General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IPSoft, a leading cognitive (AI) computing and autonomic technologies company. As IPSoft’s first in-house counsel, Jerry has implemented corporate policies to bring the company’s legal strategies into a new phase of sophistication. Prior to joining IPSoft, Jerry founded and managed his own law firm and held a number of roles within alternative legal service providers and legal technology companies. Jerry has been recognized on the…
Technology is shaping the practice of law and changing how legal services are being delivered. Formal Opinion 477R of the ABA recognizes the increasing impact of technology on the practice of law and the duty of lawyers to develop an understanding of that technology. Since 1983, the ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 has read: “A lawyer shall provide competent representation to a client. Competent representation requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness, and preparation…
For many attorneys practicing at a law firm can be boiled down to some fundamental tasks: drafting documents, doing some form of legal research, business development, or administration. That’s all well and good, but where does a young attorney hone these skills? One would think that the answer to that is obvious: in law school. However, in most cases, that actually isn’t true. Let’s look at these activities in more detail and see just what…
This year’s Wolters Kluwer Future Ready Lawyer survey surfaced a fascinating insight—there is a significant gap between corporate legal departments’ expectations and law firms’ ability to deliver on them. This was evidenced across numerous parameters, but the most jarring one was probably that only 26% of in-house counsel reported that they were “very satisfied” with their current firms. So where is this gap coming from? According to Nir Golan, former General Counsel and Head of…
Colin Levy is a forward-thinking innovator and prolific thought leader in the legal industry. He’s worked for a number of different companies, including a legal startup and several multinational corporations. His career has been focused on practicing where business technology and the law meet. You can follow Colin on LinkedIn and on Twitter @clevy_law or check out his website. ZERØ: Can you tell us more about your background and how you became involved in the…
You know those days when everything seems to fall into place? You wake up feeling rested, have enough time to get ready in the morning without feeling rushed, and the train rolls into the station just as you’ve arrived. You get your assignments done, the client you need to speak with suggests a time for a call perfectly nestled between other meetings and tasks, you receive the response you were waiting for, learned something new,…
Nir Golan is the former General Counsel and Global Head of Legal Operations at Attenti Global. Based in Tel Aviv, Nir is an attorney and legal operations professionals focused on advising and working with multinational technology and innovation-based companies and startups on their global transactions, operations, and activities. He is a strong believer that working in the legal industry is about problem-solving, creating solutions, and delivering business outcomes. Nir actively speaks and writes thought leadership…
This article was co-authored by Lourdes Slater, Founder and CEO of Karta Legal LLC, and Ryan Steadman, Chief Revenue Officer of ZERØ. For the first time since 2008, the legal industry is in the midst of a recession. The legal services sector lost 64,000 jobs in April, according to seasonally adjusted numbers by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s common knowledge that law firms weather downturns better than the overall economy does, but…
The world is changing rapidly. As trusted advisors to businesses, it is incumbent upon us as lawyers to understand technology. This means that we need to be informed about cybersecurity and how to protect our communications with our clients. In May of 2017, the ABA released Formal Opinion 477R, which addresses the subject of a lawyer’s obligations to protect confidential client information when transmitting information relating to the representation over the internet. Formal Opinion…
Spiegel Sohmer is a mid-sized law firm based in Montreal that specializes in tax law, intellectual property, business law, litigation, real estate, and succession. At its core, the firm is a mom and pop shop dedicated to providing services to those people who are underrepresented because of their cultural diversity, because of their ethnicity, or because of their religious beliefs. In this episode, Bernie Toledano, our Head of Marketing, spoke with Neil Oberman, the firm’s…