On Tuesday, I reported here that D. Casey Flaherty, who for the last two years has been director of legal project management at global law firm Baker McKenzie, and who developed the Procertas technology training and benchmarking platform, has joined LexFusion, a go-to-market collective of legal technology companies launched last October, as a cofounder and chief strategy officer. On Wednesday, Flaherty joined me on my Law Insights show on Litera TV to discuss the news. Here is our conversation.…
Lawyerist, a company that offers business resources and coaching for small law firms, has made a strategic investment in The Law Practice Exchange, a company that facilitates the buying and selling of law practices. Aaron Street, Lawyerist’s cofounder and CEO, told me that his company has made a significant cash investment in The Law Practice Exchange, but not a controlling interest. It will also provide LPE with staff and marketing support. The North Carolina-based LPE is owned and run by Tom Lenfestey, an attorney and CPA who founded the company in 2013. The focus of LPE…
The Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable will enter a new realm tomorrow, as our weekly panel goes virtual and our usual talking heads take the form of avatars (for this week only). You’ll be able to watch us the normal way, on Zoom, and if you haven’t already registered for one of our previous weekly roundtables, you will need to register in advance. I’ll share my screen in the webinar and, if all goes as planned, you’ll see and hear the panelists in the virtual conference room. We convene tomorrow, April 9, at 3 p.m. ET. This is the same…
Finding a lawyer to consult with remains an intimidating proposition for many consumers. They don’t know who to call or what it might cost them. A new website called Pro Help Legal aims to address that problem by offering near-instant access to video chat with a lawyer, with clear disclosure in advance of the cost of the consultation. The client seeking help answers two questions — legal issue and state of residence — and is presented with a list of matching lawyers. Each lawyer’s profile shows what the lawyer charges for a consultation, if anything, and the lawyer’s areas of…
The past year forced many in the legal industry to rethink how they have and should conduct legal work moving forward. As a result, there has been an influx of new, fresh ideas and innovation as legal professionals try to figure out what this all means for the industry as a whole. To help navigate this new world, Everlaw is hosting Everlaw Summit: Illuminate 2021, a two-day virtual summit on industry trends and insights featuring 20+ industry thought leaders, including Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, retired Judge Andrew Peck, Mary Mack of the EDRM, Craig Ball, and others. Session…
D. Casey Flaherty, who for the last two years has been director of legal project management at global law firm Baker McKenzie, and who developed the Procertas technology training and benchmarking platform, has joined LexFusion, a go-to-market collective of legal technology companies launched last October. He comes to the company as chief strategy officer, as well as third cofounder, joining the original two cofounders Joe Borstein, chief executive officer, and Paul Stroka, chief customer officer. When Borstein and Stroka launched LexFusion last October, I described it in a post here as aiming to change the paradigm…
It was recently announced that Andrew Ballheimer, who retired last October as global managing partner at Magic Circle law firm Allen & Overy, one of the largest law firms in the world, has joined the board of directors of the managed services company Factor, which spun off in 2019 from the alternative legal services provider Axiom. Some are saying the move represents a bridge between traditional law firms and new forms of legal services delivery, and that it signals a future in which law firms and ALSPs more commonly work together to better serve their clients. Andrew…
Here are the episodes of my LawNext podcast that got the most listens during March. This reflects only downloads of episodes during the month of November, not for all time. (In the all-time tally, the most listened-to episode is my April interview with legal futurist Richard Susskind.) 1. Evisort CEO Jerry Ting on the Future of CLM and Contracts Tech 2. Mayer Brown’s New Global Chief Innovation Officer Amol Bargaje 3. How 30-Year-Old Agiloft Is Making Waves In The Hot CLM Market 4. BYU Law’s Innovative Dean Gordon Smith On His Next Five Years 5. Liberty Mutual’s Marple Moves To
The e-discovery company CloudNine has released updates to its cloud-based review and productions platform CloudNine Review that includes what the company is describing as the next generation in self-service productions. The release also enables Review customers to receive consistently fast service levels with 10-times faster imaging, the company says. Highlights of today’s release include: Self-service production. Today’s release provides customers with enhanced self-service features to complete document productions efficiently and independently at any time of the day or week. CloudNine says its customers are able to perform simple and complex productions via this self-service feature. The company also provides production…
A report issued yesterday documents the growing market for “justice tech” — startups focused on reducing inequities in the criminal and civil justice systems — and urges venture capitalists to invest in these startups. The justice tech market has grown significantly over the past decade, the report finds, and investors have put over $77 million in more than 100 early-stage startups working at the intersection of tech and justice. Even so, overall investment in justice tech has been limited. While over 200 VC firms have made one-off early-stage investments in justice tech, the investment landscape is fragmented, and 92% of…
Legal technology company Litera said today it has acquired one of its competitors, DocsCorp, a global software company with a range of products related to document productivity. With the acquisition, Litera acquires a group of products that complement and round-out its own document-productivity and document-drafting products. Litera says the acquisition will enable firms to add a unique set of products to enhance their document drafting workflow. For example, DocsCorp provides PDF editing and electronic binder creation, while Litera provides proofreading, litigation and transaction tools. “We are very pleased to announce this important acquisition for Litera,” Litera CEO Avaneesh Marwaha…
The cloud-based e-discovery and litigation company Everlaw today released the latest iteration of its platform — the largest release in the history of the company — which adds early case assessment capabilities, new automated quality assurance features, and a connector to Microsoft Office 365, among hundreds of improvements. The company says these new features provide legal teams with sophisticated technology to improve efficiencies and substantially reduce discovery costs, giving legal professionals the time and resources to dedicate to case strategy and uncovering the data that matters most. Given the increased use over the past year of digital technology and the…
Orion Law Management Systems today released an extensive update to its financial and practice management software that includes ethical wall management, integration with Aderant’s BillBlast e-billing software, updates to its LawPay integration, enhanced W-9 management, and enhanced mobile access. Atlanta-based Orion says today’s version 5.2 release includes hundreds of enhancements across its platform, which is a full-featured financial management, firm management and practice management system designed for mid-sized law firms. One feature announced today is ethical wall management for clients and matters, designed to keep confidential data safe from being seen by unauthorized users. Orion clients can now set up…
Jeffrey Marple, who has gained a national reputation for law department innovation in his role as director of innovation for corporate legal at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, has moved to Keesal Propulsion Labs, a company that assists Fortune 500 law departments in automating their business and legal processes, where has taken the position of director of digital transformation strategy. In an exclusive interview for my LawNext podcast recorded in advance of today’s announcement, I discuss the move with Marple and Rudy DeFelice, cofounder and CEO of KP Labs. They also share their insights on the current state of…
The judge in the copyright lawsuit brought by Thomson Reuters against ROSS Intelligence has denied ROSS’s motion to dismiss the case, finding that TR’s allegations are sufficient to allow the case to proceed to discovery. In a memorandum opinion issued yesterday, Delaware U.S. District Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark ruled that TR had sufficiently alleged the four elements of a copyright claim: the original works that are the subject of the claim, ownership of the copyrights in those works, registration with the U.S. Copyright Office, and the acts by which ROSS is alleged to have infringed the copyright. Read the…
Today at 3 ET, join us for the Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable, as we discuss the top stories of the week in legal tech and innovation. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. We meet every week, so once you register for one, you’re registered for every subsequent week. All prior episodes are also available, both as a podcast and on YouTube. The panel changes from week to week, but usually includes: Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase. Stephen Embry, publisher, TechLaw Crossroads. Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal…