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The legal analytics platform Lex Machina, which is owned by LexisNexis, today announced that it has expanded its coverage of state courts in California to include Orange County Superior Court, its seventh California county. Lex Machina now provides analytics for over 1.5 million California superior court cases and has total state court coverage of 2.5 million cases, it says. Its California coverage now includes the superior courts for: Los Angeles County. Sacramento County. San Diego County. Riverside County. San Bernardino County. Alameda County. Orange County. Ever since LexisNexis acquired Lex Machina in 2015, a priority has been expanding its…
For at least 25 years, companies have attempted to succeed in the business of online dispute resolution, mostly without success. Could that be about to change? Twenty-five years ago, I published an article, Cyberspace Becomes Forum for Resolving Disputes, about the promise and potential of online dispute resolution. I revisited the topic in a post here five years ago, writing then that ODR “remains largely a fringe form of resolving any types of disputes.” The one exception has been eBay’s dispute resolution program, which has been wildly successful, resolving millions of disputes every year. But eBay has essentially…
LexFusion, the company that launched last October as a go-to-market collective of seven legal technology companies, has now added another three members to the roster of companies it represents. LexFusion aims to change the paradigm for how law firms and legal departments purchase technology by serving as the go-to-market representative of companies that it has thoroughly vetted and selected as best-in-breed in each company’s category. It was founded by legal industry veterans Joe Borstein and Paul Stroka, and recently added as a third cofounder D. Casey Flaherty, another industry veteran who was most recently director of legal…
Possibly the hottest market in legal tech today is contract lifecycle management, and one of the most talked-about companies in that market is Ironclad, a six-year-old startup that recently raised a $100 million Series D – at a reported valuation of $1 billion – and that just made its first acquisition, of the clickwrap transaction platform PactSafe. What makes Ironclad different than other CLM companies, says cofounder and CEO Jason Boehmig, is that it is not just building incrementally better workflows, but is creating a new standard of digital contracting that will drive the businesses of the future.…
Between 2016 and 2018, I wrote a series of posts about Derek Bluford, a one-time rising star on the legal tech start-up scene whose star fell after I reported in 2016 of his settlement of a lawsuit charging him with impersonating a lawyer, forging legal documents and fraudulently swindling two clients. Now, Bluford has been sentenced to seven years in prison on charges related to those forgeries and fraud. On Thursday, Phillip A. Talbert, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of California, said that Bluford, 34, was sentenced for wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of a federal investigation, and…
Barely a day goes by that I am not sitting down with the developer of a legal tech product for a demonstration of how it works. I find these demonstrations enormously helpful in understanding what a product does, how easy it is to use, and why I’d want it in my practice. You know the saying: A picture is worth 1,000 words. Knowing how useful these demos are to me, I believe legal professionals who read this blog would also find them useful. So we are launching How It Works, a series of short, sponsored videos in which I’ll host…
Trustbooks is cloud-based accounting software built specifically for law firms. In this debut episode of How It Works, Trustbooks cofounder Chad Todd introduces the product and demonstrates how it works. How It Works is a sponsored video series that lets you see how legal technology products work. Each episode features a hands-on demonstration, presented by the product’s developer and moderated by me. A picture is worth 1,000 words. Follow this series to see for yourself how legal tech products could work in your practice. For more about the series, read this introduction. For information on featuring your product in…
April brings an embarrassment of riches when it comes to virtual conferences focused on innovation in law. The only problem is that three of them overlap, which may cause you to channel that old Firesign Theatre bit, “How can you be two places at once …” Here’s the line-up: April 27-28: Everlaw Summit: Illuminate 2021 The past year forced many in the legal industry to rethink how they have and should conduct legal work moving forward. In recognition of this, Everlaw is presenting Everlaw Summit: Illuminate 2021, a free, two-day virtual summit on industry trends and insights. The summit…
Earlier this year, the legal technology company Litera expanded its product line-up into law firm intelligence with the acquisition of Foundation Software Group, developer of a firm intelligence platform for larger law firms, and the consequent formation of the Litera Firm Intelligence business unit. Now Litera is further rounding out its firm intelligence offerings with news that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Clocktimizer, a seven-year-old company based in The Netherlands that tracks and analyzes law firm billing data for firms to use in matter management, budgeting and pricing. The acquisition appears to be a strong…
LinkSquares, a contract lifecycle management and analysis company, is unveiling several new features today, including Strategic Values, which are sets of expert-selected terms to help its AI-powered Linksquares Analyze product uncover and extract topics in contracts related to key issues such as GDPR, HIPAA, mergers and acquisitions, and more. The company also announced DocuSign integration for customers of its Finalize contract drafting and review product and a native application for Salesforce that is designed to simplify creation and approval of sales contracts between Salesforce and Finalize. I was given a briefing on the announcements yesterday by Tim Parilla
With the aim of providing corporate legal departments with a single system-of-record that joins together all of their internal and external legal work product, the company Joinder, which spun off last year from the global law firm Orrick, is today formally launching its platform. The company describes its platform as one that “puts corporate legal in control” by providing an organized and searchable system-of-record for all a corporation’s legal work, spanning litigation, corporate and IP, compliance and legal operations. It is designed to be used by corporate legal departments of any size and their outside law firms, working…
Throughout Europe and Eastern Europe, Holger Zscheyge is widely regarded as a leading authority on legal technology and innovation. President of the European Legal Technology Association, he is also founder and managing director of Infotropic Media, a Moscow-based legal publisher and producer of legal technology conferences, and a cofounder of Moscow Legal Hackers. Zscheyge was a guest on LawNext in 2018, when I interviewed him live in Moscow at the Skolkovo LegalTech conference about the state of legal tech adoption in Russia. A lot has changed since then, so Zscheyge, who took office as ELTA president last…
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…
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. [embedded content]…
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…