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PinHawk LLC, the company that publishes an assortment of free and paid electronic newsletters for the legal and professional services markets, has been acquired by Law Business Media, publisher of Corporate Counsel Business Journal, In-House Ops and In-House Legal Tech. PinHawk’s daily topical newsletters aggregate stories from thousands of sources, with highlights and commentary added by editors who are well-known in their areas of focus. Among PinHawk’s titles are Law Technology Daily Digest, edited by Jeffrey Brandt, chief information officer, Jackson Kelly PLLC; Legal Administrator Daily, edited by Bill Lipner, legal industry consultant; and Librarian…
Bloomberg Law is helping lawyers provide legal services to the poor by offering free access to its legal research service to legal services and pro bono attorneys. Last week, Bloomberg Law said that it is providing free access to all grantees of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC grantees provide civil legal assistance in every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia. Today, Bloomberg Law and the pro bono technology company Paladin announced a partnership to provide 90 days’ complimentary access to its research platform to lawyers who take pro bono cases. This offer applies to any pro bono lawyer,…
LexisNexis has enhanced its Lexis+ premium legal research platform with the addition of litigation analytics, which provide data-driven insights into judges, courts, attorneys and law firms, in both federal and state courts. LexisNexis officially launched Lexis+ last September, positioning it as a higher-end alternative to its existing Lexis Advance research platform (now renamed as simply Lexis) for users who want an all-in-one, end-to-end platform that incorporates the company’s latest powerhouse technologies. At launch, it was organized around three core “pillars” of research: Legal Research, incorporating the company’s most-advanced research tools; Practical Guidance, a collection of practice-specific forms, clauses, checklists,…
Legal technology company AltaClaro describes itself as “rocket fuel for legal skills training. It uses a unique experiential framework based on education science, with mock transactions and live feedback, all done online. Our guest this week on LawNext is AltaClaro’s founder and CEO Abdi Shayesteh, who says he first developed his entrepreneurial bent as an 11-year-old Iranian immigrant helping his father manage a small café in San Diego, and then as a 17-year-old founding a clothing company to support himself through college. When, later in life, he became a lawyer and saw how poorly prepared new associates were to…
The e-discovery and litigation technology company Everlaw has introduced a new standalone toolkit, Storybuilder, that bridges the gap from finding relevant documents in discovery to collaboratively creating a narrative around those documents, as well as around depositions and other evidence, in preparation for depositions or trial. Available at no cost, Storybuilder is a tool that allows legal teams to organize key documents and case information into cohesive timelines, collaboratively craft narratives, integrate and annotate deposition transcripts, zero in on key testimony, and automate exhibit lists, all while working in a secure cloud environment. While Storybuilder was already a feature…
The Australia-based legal technology company InfoTrack, which also operates in the United States, has acquired Lawgical, the parent company of several legal industry brands, including the Legal Talk Network, which produces some 30 law-related podcasts, ServeNow, which says it is the nation’s largest independent network of process service professionals, and ServeManager, a technology platform for process servers to manage service of process. Lawgical, founded in 2003, will continue to operate independently under its brand name and maintain its headquarters in Denver, Colo. Lawgical’s cofounders Adam Camras, CEO, and Trent Carlyle, CTO, will continue…
Opus 2, the London-based collaboration platform for law firms, has a new CEO today, as founder and majority shareholder Graham Smith-Bernal becomes executive chairman focused on long-term strategy and culture, and board member Martin Coen takes over as chief executive. Coen has been an advisor to Opus 2 since joining its board in 2019. For more than a decade, he was CEO of the FinTech firm Dovetail, until its 2017 acquisition by Fiserv, where he remained as president of enterprise payment solutions until 2018. His appointment as CEO, the company said in a statement, “reflects a commitment at Opus…
Two notable people moves in the legal tech news this week. Wishart Joins Agiloft London-based Andy Wishart has left Thomson Reuters, where he was most recently vice president of drafting and productivity solutions, to join Agiloft, the California company that provides a no-code contract lifecycle management platform, where he will serve as chief product officer. Wishart was co-founder and chief technology officer of Business Integrity, developer of the contract automation software Contract Express, which Thomson Reuters acquired in 2015. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a degree in artificial intelligence and psychology. “I am…
TrustBooks, a cloud-based program originally designed to make trust accounting simple and foolproof for small and mid-sized law firms, has expanded its platform to also provide operating accounting, enabling law firms to manage both their operating and trust accounts within a single product. I reviewed TrustBooks in 2016, describing it then as “trust accounting made simple and painless.” The product was cofounded in 2014 by Tom Boyle, a North Carolina CPA whose work with small law firms led him to conclude there had to be better software for lawyers’ trust accounting than QuickBooks or Microsoft Excel. Finding none,…
Just a few days into 2021 came news that could end up being one of the biggest legal technology stories of the year. On Jan. 5, two leading legal research companies, Casemaker and Fastcase – two companies that have been rivals for as long as they’ve been in business – announced their merger.  The combined company, which will operate under the Fastcase name, has a subscriber base estimated to be more than a million lawyers, or more than three quarters of the 1.3 million  lawyers in the United States. What does this mean for the companies, their customers, and the…
The number of founders of U.S. legal technology companies who are women or people of color has dropped since 2018, but the overall percentage of diverse founders has risen slightly since then, because of fewer companies in the survey group. While the number of women founders has dropped from 66 in 2018 to 57 now, the number of Black and Latinx founders has edged up slightly, from 11 Black founders then to 13 now and 15 Latinx founders then to 17 now. Overall, the number of diverse founders has dropped from 478 in 2018 to 392 now. This number includes…
Since its founding in 2002, SCOTUSblog has developed into the preeminent source for Supreme Court news, commentary and research. In 2012, when the Supreme Court handed down its opinion on Obamacare, the blog had more than 900,000 concurrent readers. It has received the ABA’s Silver Gavel award, the Peabody Award for excellence in electronic media, and various other honors. Lawyers Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe, also husband and wife, founded SCOTUSblog as a way of marketing their fledgling Supreme Court practice. As it increased its coverage of the court, the blog in 2004 brought on Lyle Denniston, a veteran journalist…
It’s been a quiet few weeks since our last Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable — not! Fact is, we’re just a few days into the year, and already there is plenty of legal tech news for us to discuss. Join us tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 8, at 3 p.m. E.T., as we convene for a live video discussion of the week’s top stories. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. 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…
ASG LegalTech, a portfolio company composed of four popular legal practice products — PracticePanther, Bill4Time, MerusCase and Headnote — today introduced a new brand for itself, Paradigm, to better represent how the company views itself, its customers and its plans for moving forward. In a special episode of LawNext recorded in advance of today’s announcement, I discussed the rebrand and the reasons for it with Soumya Nettimi, CEO of Paradigm, and Colin Li, chief growth officer of Paradigm. “When people hear the word paradigm, they typically think of paradigm shift. and with that, what we want to…
Just six days into 2021, the year has already brought two major mergers and acquisitions, with the merger of Fastcase and Casemaker and Litera’s acquisition of Foundation Software Group. Now there is another notable acquisition, as Relativity, the global e-discovery and compliance technology company, has acquired VerQu, a data management software company that helps organizations migrate and capture communications data for record retention and compliance purposes. Of VerQu’s three core products, two are particularly suited to Relativity’s business. One, Hydra, is a tool that provides connectors that allow customers to integrate and connect all of their…
Continuing an acquisition sprint that started with three acquisitions last year and two the year before, legal technology company Litera has acquired Foundation Software Group, developer of a firm intelligence platform for larger law firms, and announced the formation of the Litera Firm Intelligence business unit. Foundation’s platform, which can run in the cloud or on-premises, is designed to enable large law firms to transform their disparate data about clients, matters, people, and parties into usable and actionable information. It includes integrated applications for experience management, expertise location, and strategic relationship management, and can be used by firms to…