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Palo Alto, Calif., based Intapp, a major provider of cloud-based business applications for larger law firms and financial services firms, filed papers Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. For the legal technology industry, where IPOs have been few and far between, the news is significant. Although it is becoming increasingly common for legal technology companies to talk of plans for future IPOs, few have actually completed them. iManage went through an IPO nearly 20 years ago, in 2002. In 2019, KLDiscovery became a public company.…
As law firms begin to reopen offices, a committee of Massachusetts’ highest court today issued a statement recommending that they permanently adopt flexible working options as their standard, rather than as the exception. Maintaining flexibility in individual working arrangements serves the dual purposes of enhancing lawyer well-being while also advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, the committee says. “Our emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic represents a unique opportunity to shift these cultures toward inclusivity in ways that will meaningfully improve the well-being of lawyers individually and the bar as a whole,” the statement says. The statement, Recommendations for Legal Workplaces Post-Pandemic
In a post here last month, The Lawyers of Substack, I wrote about lawyers who are publishing newsletters  on Substack, a platform that has drawn big-name writers for its model that makes it easy to publish and monetize newsletters. One of the lawyers I wrote about is David Lat, who is well known as the founder of Above the Law, probably the most highly trafficked legal blog in the wrold, and, before that, author of the anonymous blog Underneath Their Robes, and who has now launched Original Jurisdiction on Substack. “As someone who gained near-celebrity status in…
A feature launched this week in Westlaw Edge is designed to help legal professionals more easily identify law that is contrary o their opponents’ arguments. Called Quick Check Contrary Authority Identification, the feature helps find cases that may be helpful in arguing against an opponent’s filing and prioritizes them in search results, according to an announcement from Thomson Reuters. The new feature is part of Quick Check, a component of Westlaw Edge that uses artificial intelligence to analyze a brief and identify relevant authorities omitted from the brief. The new feature flags cases that may run counter to an…
There is an element of serendipity in the story of Nehal Madhani and his company Alt Legal. Even though he had been an insolvency lawyer who had never practiced trademark law, an early attempt at entrepreneurship — and at registering his own trademarks — showed him the need for better software to automate trademark applications. After creating and launching that product, he heard from his customers that their greater need was software to track the thousands of trademarks they’d already filed. Pivoting to address that need, he launched Alt Legal. Eight years later, and without ever taking significant outside…
The practice management platform PracticePanther today introduced native e-signatures, enabling law firms to send and obtain signatures on documents from directly within the platform, a feature that could both save time for users and streamline tasks such as client intake. The feature is available free to subscribers to PracticePanther’s Business Plan and requires no separate subscription to a third-party e-signature product. “In the past year, the legal industry has undergone a drastic shift in how it gets business done —  from in-person to virtual,” Soumya Nettimi, CEO of PracticePanther and of its parent company Paradigm, said in…
A panel tomorrow will feature a line-up of legal tech experts to survey what’s happening in the field now and what to expect in the years to come. Presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association, Legal Tech and Where It’s Going will address what legal technology is available now to help lawyers in their practices and to help consumers directly. Among the topics to be discussed are how document automation and artificial intelligence are shaping the practice of law. I will be one of the panelists, together with: Damian Turco, Turco Legal, Newburyport, Mass., who will moderate. Dorna Moini, cofounder and…
The cloud practice management company SurePoint Technologies today announced a strategic investment from the private investment firm Aquiline Capital Partners by which Aquiline will acquire a majority ownership stake in the company. Existing investor ParkerGale, which acquired a majority stake in the company in 2018, will roll a portion of its stake and maintain minority ownership. Founded in 1982 as Rippe & Kingston Systems and rebranded last year, SurePoint provides SaaS-based software that addresses all areas of law firm operations, including financial management, payment processing, mobile timekeeping, billing, business intelligence, and real-time reporting. It was started as the sister…
Thomson Reuters is getting into the game of AI-powered contract analysis with the launch today of HighQ Contract Analysis, a contract review tool that uses machine learning to find answers to specific legal questions. Integrated with HighQ, the collaboration and workflow platform Thomson Reuters acquired in 2019, HighQ Contract Analysis is designed for attorneys to use in transactional due diligence, compliance review and contract investigations. The announcement comes today as TR kicks off its inaugural SYNERGY conference, a three-day event that focuses on the business and financial aspects of legal practice, and that replaces the VANTAGE conference that TR…
At a time when corporations face increasing risk for the sensitive data they collect and control, their ability to identify and protect that data is critical. Enabling that is the focus of Text IQ, which uses AI to find and protect sensitive enterprise data for privacy, legal and compliance purposes. Now, Text IQ has been acquired by the global e-discovery and compliance technology company Relativity, where Text IQ’s products will be integrated with Relativity’s and some of Text IQ’s core capabilities will be used to enhance existing AI and ML functionality in RelativityOne and Relativity Trace. “Most of the…
COVID was not kind to law firm marketing and business development, with two-thirds of firms reporting that business development was more difficult in 2020, and the overwhelming majority of firms pivoting their marketing strategies, turning from live conferences and face-to-face meetings to social media, email alerts and Zoom. These are among the findings of the 2021 InterAction Marketing & Business Development Survey published this week by LexisNexis InterAction. “Even law firms that grew over the last year had to do things differently,” the survey finds. “With referrals down and face-to-face conferences on pause, law firms turned to digital marketing and…
In today’s episode of How It Works, we look at the LINK app from Mobile Helix, enabling attorneys to work from anywhere, securely, on their documents, Outlook email, and firm intranet, from a tablet or smartphone. To introduce the product and demonstrate how it works, I am joined by Seth Hallem, CEO, cofounder and chief architect. For an extended 90-day free trial of LINK or 20% off its purchase price, mention that you saw it on LawSites. [embedded content]How It Works is a sponsored video series that lets you see how legal technology products work. Each episode features…
Yesterday, NetDocuments, the leading cloud-based document management systems used by law firms and corporate legal departments, announced that global private equity firm Warburg Pincus had acquired the stake in the company previously owned by PE firm Clearlake Capital Group. Existing investor Cove Hill Partners retained its stake in the company, which NetDocuments said is equal to the stake Warburg acquired. Shortly after the announcement, NetDocuments Chief Executive Officer Josh Baxter sat down with me for a conversation about the deal and what it means for the company and its customers. Following is a transcript of our conversation, which…
Onit, the Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for corporations and corporate legal departments, is today introducing InvoiceAI, an artificial intelligence product for first-pass invoice review. With today’s debut, Onit is making the product available to existing corporate legal customers on a select basis. It will release the product for general availability in the third quarter of this year. Versions of InvoiceAI will be available for both Onit and SimpleLegal, the legal operations platform that Onit acquired in 2019. InvoiceAI represents the fourth AI offering from Onit in seven months. In November, the company introduced its AI-based platform…
“Ok, we are on the record. Please proceed. Counsel?” The balding, stern-faced judge stares down at me from his bench, framed by flags to either side of him, a judicial seal on the wall behind him. I look to my left and see the jury box, filled with six jurors, all men, one Black, some motionless, others appearing to nod or fidget. The courtroom feels cavernous. Light streams in from windows on one side. I realize I am at a podium, on which a small mic is mounted. On either side of me are counsel tables, but with no one…
The private equity firm Warburg Pincus has acquired NetDocuments, one of the leading cloud-based document management systems used by law firms and corporate legal departments, according to a report this morning by Legal IT Insider. Warburg Pincus has acquired the company from Clearlake Capital Group, with existing investor Cove Hill retaining its stake in the company, according to Caroline Hill, editor-in-chief of Legal IT Insider. The report quotes an unnamed source as saying the deal was valued at $1.4 billion, but NetDocuments’ CEO Josh Baxter declined to confirm that. Baxter told Legal IT Insider that the new partnership…