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At the Association of Legal Administrators annual conference today in Austin, Texas, NetDocuments is unveiling a powerful knowledge management product to automatically add legal research intelligence to litigation documents, through a partnership with LexisNexis.
The new NetDocuments Highlights embeds LexisNexis case analysis and intelligence technology directly into the NetDocuments platform, automatically scanning and highlighting documents for key case, court
Continue Reading New NetDocuments Feature, Powered By LexisNexis, Adds Key Research Data to Litigation Documents Automatically, Enhancing Search and Viewing

The legal technology company Litera has unveiled a new podcast series, Legaltech Matters, and I had the honor of hosting the first episode — an interview with CEO Avaneesh Marwaha on what’s driving Litera’s acquisition strategy and where it’s going.
The new biweekly podcast series is dedicated to creating conversations about technology, trends, and innovation for law firms and
Continue Reading Honored to Kick Off Litera’s New Podcast Series in Interview with Its CEO Avaneesh Marwaha

Our regular Friday Legaltech Week live journalists’ roundtable will feature a guest today: Jim McGinnis, CEO of practice management company MyCase.
McGinnis will take questions from our panel of legal tech journalists, including about news yesterday of an integration between MyCase and the virtual receptionist service Smith.ai, and also about the inaugural MyCase Customer Conference slated for Nov.
Continue Reading Guest Today on Legaltech Week Live: MyCase CEO Jim McGinnis Will Take Questions from our Panel

The law practice management company Smokeball has secured a $30 million investment from private investors and employee shareholders in order to double down on growth, it said today.
The company said it will use the funds to fast-track the expansion of its team of more than 200 employees and the development of its proprietary technology to help small- and medium-sized
Continue Reading Law Practice Management Company Smokeball Raises $30M

MyCase, the cloud-based practice management platform, and Smith.ai, a virtual receptionist service for law firms and other businesses, have created an integration by which MyCase customers will be able to outsource call answering while viewing and tracking call logs directly within MyCase.
To take advantage of the integration, MyCase customers will need a separate Smith.ai account. According to
Continue Reading Practice Management Platform MyCase Now Integrates with Virtual Receptionist Service Smith.ai

It is another big investment in contract lifecycle technology, as London-based ContractPodAi today announced a $115 million Series C investment headed by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, reportedly at a valuation five times greater than the company’s Series B round in 2019.
The investment is “big” in terms of dollars — exceeding last year’s $100 million Series D in digital
Continue Reading ContractPodAi Raises $115M In Round Led By SoftBank’s Vision Fund

Today at noon ET, LexisNexis Canada will present the second program in its masterclass panel discussion series, Tech & Litigation, Shifting Paradigms. Today’s panel focuses on legal operations and how technology can help legal departments manage legal spend and outside counsel.
I will be one of the panelists, together with:

  • Dana Zuech , AVP, Legal Operations, at Sun Life.
  • Melissa LaFlair, director,


Continue Reading Panel Today: Legal Ops and How Tech Can Help Legal Departments Manage Legal Spend and Outside Counsel

Seven weeks ago, as Litera announced its acquisition of Kira Systems, the pioneering AI contract analysis company, Kira announced the spin off of a new company, Zuva, to continue developing machine learning technology for business documents.
Now, Zuva is off to a running start, announcing today that it has secured Series A funding of $20 million and is
Continue Reading Fueled By $20M Raise, Kira Spin-Off Zuva Reveals Its First Product

You would be hard-pressed to find two people in legal technology more experienced in user interface and user experience design than Nicole Bradick and Andy Wishart. Bradick is founder and CEO of the legal tech design and development firm Theory and Principle. Wishart is chief product officer at contract lifecycle management company Agiloft and formerly was co-founder and
Continue Reading Nicole Bradick and Andy Wishart on Why UI and UX Matter in Legal Tech Adoption

Recent headlines in the financial press are replete with stories about the new boom in buy now, pay later financing for retail purchases, with many retailers, including Walmart, the nation’s largest, now offering these point-of-sale loans.
Now, the electronic payments company LawPay is bringing buy now, pay later financing to the legal industry. It will soon begin rolling out a new
Continue Reading LawPay’s New ClientCredit Option Allows Clients to ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’

Fully virtual again this year, the Clio Cloud Conference is Oct. 26-29, with a full line-up of programs on legal practice and technology, keynote speakers such as Arianna Huffington, founder of Thrive and The Huffington Post, and entertainment from Grammy Award winning musicians.
On Friday, I saw down with George Psiharis, chief operating officer of Clio, to discuss the
Continue Reading With the Clio Cloud Conference A Month Away, COO George Psiharis Provides a Preview (And A Discount Code)

On this episode of How It Works: Woodpecker, AI-enabled legal document automation for solo and small firms. Joining me in the video below to introduce Woodpecker and demonstrate how it works is founder and CEO Alex Melehy.
Melehy and his team of engineers and attorneys say they believe that generating accurate legal documents should not be something that consumes
Continue Reading How It Works: Woodpecker, Legal Document Automation for Solo and Small Firms

The pandemic has raised a number of ethical issues for lawyers and resulted in the issuance of several ethics opinions addressing those issues.
While we once might have thought these issues were temporary, many legal professionals continue to operate virtually, and even when we are fully free of the pandemic, many of us are likely to continue to practice virtually,
Continue Reading Pandemic-Related Legal Ethics Opinions: A Compendium

On this episode of How It Works: PracticePanther, a leading cloud-based law practice management software solution that serves tens of thousands of legal professionals in 170 countries.
PracticePanther offers features in case management, time tracking, billing, client intake, payment processing, calendaring, e-signatures, and more, all designed to empower lawyers to automate their practices.
Joining me to introduce PracticePanther and
Continue Reading How It Works: PracticePanther, Cloud-Based Law Practice Management Software

Aderant, a global provider of business management software for law firms, is today unveiling a benchmarking tool for law firm billing that is the first product to emerge from the newly minted Aderant Intelligence group. 
The new tool, Aderant Intelligence:  Benchmarking, is designed to enable firms to benchmark their billing performance by comparing their own metrics against those of
Continue Reading Aderant Unveils Benchmarking Tool for E-Billing; First Product from Its Newly Launched Intelligence Group

The legal analytics platform Lex Machina, which is owned by LexisNexis, has added a module for litigation involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as claims under related state laws. 
The collection consists of more than 90,000 cases involving violations of Titles II, III and V of the ADA, as well as claims under disability rights
Continue Reading Lex Machina Adds Analytics for ADA Cases