EDDCloud, a Los Angeles e-discovery software and services company, is announcing today the change of its corporate name to PLUSnxt, a rebranding intended to reflect the company’s recent technology innovation and rapid growth. It also announced that it is now a RelativityOne partner and is actively marketing Relativity’s e-discovery cloud technology to its current and prospective customers. PLUSnxt describes itself as a collaborative team of litigation support experts who design workflow models and leverage modern technology to deliver customized services across the spectrum of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM). The company provides consulting services and technology for secure…
The trademark docketing software company Alt Legal kicked off its first conference, Alt Legal Connect, today, with a keynote by founder and CEO Nehal Madhani in which he announced new features for the product and a new partnership to better support international trademark docketing. During his keynote, Madhani announced the company’s integration with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office to extend its docketing automation to Canadian trademarks. Madhani also announced that, with the next couple months, Alt Legal will partner with a major trademark search company to incorporate other international trademark data into the Alt Legal software. Finally, announced the…
Nicole N. Morris is a professor in practice at Emory University School of Law and director of the TI:GER program (Technological Innovation: Generating Economic Results), an innovative partnership between Emory and Georgia Institute of Technology that brings together graduate students in law, business, science and engineering to work on ways to take innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace. There is perhaps no one better suited to lead this multidisciplinary program than Morris. A chemical engineer for six years with 3M and Eli Lilly before attending law school, she later served as managing patent counsel at The Coca-Cola Company…
We are back today at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable, where we discuss and dissect the top news stories of the last week. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Register once and 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. Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal IT Insider. Victoria Hudgins, reporter for Legaltech News. Victor Li,…
Earlier this week, I provided an update on Derek Bluford, the indicted former founder of a legal technology company whose newly published book claims he was an FBI informant. Now there is more news about Bluford, as the publication New Haven Independent reports on a 2019 dinner Bluford had with Toni Harp, then the mayor of New Haven, Conn., at a steakhouse, during which Bluford handed her an envelope stuffed with $7,000 in cash. The meeting of Bluford, Harp and Andrea Scott, Harp’s top aide, had been held to discuss a possible contract between the city and Bluford’s company…
The legal research company Casetext is today introducing an add-in for Microsoft Word that enables legal professionals to use its Compose automated brief-drafting technology directly within documents on their desktops. The add-in includes all the motions and features available in the online Compose application, including click-to-add arguments and Parallel Search, an AI-driven concept-search tool that uses a sentence to find matching case law, even when the case includes none of the same words. It is available immediately to all Casetext enterprise customers and will be more widely available in the coming months. Launched by Casetext last February, Compose is a…
Derek Bluford, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2018 after his legal technology company shut down amid allegations of fraud, forgery and impersonating a lawyer, has resurfaced with a new self-published book in which he says he became an FBI informant assisting in a political corruption investigation into the former mayor of Sacramento, Calif., Kevin Johnson, who was also a former star with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Between 2016 and 2018, I wrote a series of posts about Bluford, a one-time rising star on the legal tech start-up scene whose star fell after I reported in 2016
A solo serving the Hispanic community in St. Paul, Minn., Inti Martinez-Alemán knew from the day he opened his Ceiba Forte Law Firm that he wanted to take a creative approach to client service. It starts from the moment clients first arrive for a consultation, when he offers a drink menu and then asks them to pick a story card that best depicts how they are feeling. It continues through his use of visuals to explain the legal process, his use of virtual reality to familiarize clients with the courtroom, and his flexible approach to setting fees. These and other…
Sad news this morning as we learn of the death over the weekend of Gayle McCormick O’Connor, a stalwart of the legal technology industry, an effervescent life force, the soul mate to her longtime partner Tom O’Connor, and a dear friend to so many people in the legal world and beyond. A marketing strategist for legal technology companies for much of her career, Gayle was as comfortable standing in a vendor’s booth at a major legal trade show as she was piloting a Harley-Davidson motorcycle through the streets of New Orleans, where she’d lived for the past several years. Born…
Lawmatics, a cloud-based client intake and marketing automation platform for law firms, said today that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. The company, based in San Diego, Calif., was founded in 2017 by Matt Spiegel, the original founder in 2009 of law practice management platform MyCase. The funding was led by Eniac Ventures and Forefront Venture Partners, with participation from Revel Ventures and Bridge Venture Partners. As Spiegel told me in a 2018 episode of my LawNext podcast, he founded Lawmatics because he saw a need in the market for a platform for smaller firms to automate…
Join us today at 3 p.m. ET for our weekly Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable, where we discuss and dissect the top news stories of the last week. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Register once and 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. Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal IT Insider. Victoria Hudgins, reporter for Legaltech News. Victor Li, assistant…
Way back in 2018, I reported here on the plan by Australia-based company Legaler to create a blockchain-based legal charity to allow social justice legal cases to be supported through crowdfunding and matched with lawyers willing to handle them. Today that project, Legaler Aid, is officially launching, promising to connect litigants in social justice cases with the lawyers and funding they need “to navigate an overpriced legal system.” Formed as a charitable organization in both the U.S. and Australia, Legaler Aid enables anyone to easily donate to legal cases they wish to support. Donated funds will go directly to…
The Austin, Tex., based discovery company DISCO said today that it has raised a $60 million equity financing, at a valuation for the company of $785 million, and bringing total investment in the company to $195 million. The investment makes the company the market leader in cloud-based discovery technology, it says, and will enable it to go beyond discovery to become the kind of horizontal platform for enterprise legal that Salesforce built for sales. “We are building the enterprise software system of record for the legal function,” said founder and CEO Kiwi Camara. “Every major company has a legal department…
Earlier this month, the law firm K&L Gates, one of the world’s largest firms, was honored as Law Firm of the Year in this year’s The Changing Lawyer Awards presented by the legal technology company Litera. The award is presented to the law firm that has most successfully reimagined the way it serves its clients. The firm says that it sees innovation not just as deploying the latest technology, but as a deeper cultural tenet. It is a tenet reflected in ways such as banishing the demeaning label “non-lawyer” and replacing it with “allied professional.” On Wednesday, for my Law
BlackBoiler, a company whose AI-based technology automatically marks up draft contract language, said today that it has secured $3.2 million in funding from a group of strategic investors that includes agreement cloud company DocuSign and a lead investor whose identity was not disclosed. Daniel Broderick, cofounder and CEO of the Arlington, Va., company, said the company will use the funds to further develop the capabilities of its patented software and to accelerate the growth of its team. A portion of the funds will be used to convert prior debt financing to equity. BlackBoiler’s technology is designed to address…
During his keynote address opening his company’s Clio Cloud Conference today, cofounder and CEO Jack Newton announced a number of new products and features tied to its core law practice management products Clio Manage and Clio Grow. Google My Business integration. Clio now integrates with Google My Business, a service that enables clients who find you through a Google search to learn more about you and directly engage with you by email or a call. The integration means that Clio customers will be able to manage how their business appears on Google search and maps, and create, publish, and manage…