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Two months ago, LexisNexis announcing its planned launch of a premium legal research service, Lexis+, which it said would take a bold approach to providing legal research, AI-driven analytics and practical guidance within a unified and fully integrated platform. As I reported at the time, the company positioned the new service not as a successor to its current research platform, Lexis Advance, but rather as a higher-end alternative designed for users who want an all-in-one, end-to-end platform that incorporates the latest powerhouse technologies, including several that are unique to this product. Today marks the official commercial launch of…
All this week, the inaugural American Legal Technology Awards has been announcing the winners in eight categories, all designed to honor companies and individuals who are making a difference in law through technology innovation. Yesterday, for my Law Insights program on Litera.TV, I interviewed two of the organizers of the awards: Tom Martin, founder of LawDroid, and Patrick Palace, founder of Palace Law in Tacoma, Wash. The third organizers is Caitlin Moon, director of innovation design for the Program on Law and Innovation at Vanderbilt Law School. [embedded content]They provided an overview of their reasons for starting the…
Pair an accomplished civil litigator looking to rethink depositions with a successful technology entrepreneur who just sold his startup to a larger company, add in $3.5 million in seed funding, and you have a recipe for potentially disrupting how lawyers litigate big cases. That is the formula underlying Steno, a court reporting agency that also offers non-recourse financing of deposition costs and its own video conferencing technology specifically built for remote depositions and exhibit handling. It is a formula that could be particularly potent in this age of the pandemic, with depositions now routinely done remotely, often using generic…
Nicola Shaver, managing director, innovation and knowledge, at the law firm Paul Hastings, was recently named 2020 Innovative Leader of the Year in the International Legal Technology Association’s Distinguished Peer Awards. Not only that, but the law firm where she oversees innovation initiatives was named Innovator of the Year. While a major honor for anyone in the field of law firm innovation, it is even more remarkable given that until just seven years ago, Shaver was a lawyer practicing media law in Australia with no connection to the field of law firm innovation. When she moved to Toronto…
The practice management platform MyCase has been sold to a private equity firm, it was announced this morning. The previous owner of MyCase, AppFolio, a California-based provider of cloud-based business technology, said it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell 100% of the equity interest in MyCase, a wholly owned subsidiary. It was sold to funds advised by Apax Partners, a private equity firm, for approximately $193 million in cash. Founded in 2010, MyCase is a leading cloud-based legal practice management software designed to help firms run efficiently from anywhere, provide an exceptional client experience, and easily track firm…
After three years of quiet growth and development of its cloud-based legal entity management software, the Calgary, Canada, company Athennian is today announcing an $8 million CAD Series A investment, on top of a previously unannounced $2 million CAD seed financing round last year, for total funding of $10 million CAD. Athennian provides software that allows legal departments and professional services firms to automate management of subsidiaries and legal entities. Used primarily by paralegals, the software centralizes director, officer, shareholder, tax and other entity data to create a single source of truth. CEO Adrian Camara, one of Athennian’s five…
As global compliance regulations have surged over the past decade, corporations in both the U.S. and U.K. say that responding to regulatory changes creates operational pressure for their businesses, increases their risk, and has a negative affect on their profitability and growth, according to a new survey out today. One impact of these mounting regulatory pressures is that companies often delay taking steps to comply because of budget constraints or a lack of resources, the survey found. Roughly four in 10 corporations said they are not yet fully compliant with the GDPR, which took effect more than two years ago,…
Last week may have been the first-ever virtual annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association, but just like past years’ face-to-face ILTACONs, this year’s ILTA>ON was the occasion for a flood of major news announcements from legal technology companies. And given my own perfect storm last week of spending three hours a day hosting live coverage of the conference for Litera.TV, plus preparing for my hosting duties, attending conference sessions, and dealing with my day job, I was barely able to come up for air, let alone keep up with the surge. So allow me this belated…
“I’m not a big fan of dabbling in things,” Avaneesh Marwaha, the chief executive officer of legal technology company Litera, told me during an interview last week. “If we enter into an area, we want to become the market leader.” That statement pretty well sums up the company’s news of the past two weeks, announcements issued just before and during ILTA>ON, the first-ever virtual annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association. As I reported here on Friday, Aug. 21, just ahead of the conference, Litera announced that it had acquired Allegory Law, the litigation management platform…
After a one-week hiatus, the Legaltech Week journalists’ roundtable returns to discuss and dissect the top news stories of the last two weeks. Join us tomorrow, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m. ET. It’s on Zoom and all free, but registration is required. Episodes are also available afterwards 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 managing editor of the ABA Journal.…
In a move that could dramatically reshape the legal research market going forward, legal research and publishing company Fastcase has acquired the technology and employees of the California legal research platform Judicata, promising to take its unique technology to all 50 states. One of the most innovative legal research platforms in the U.S., Judicata came to market in 2017, after spending five years in stealth mode teasing the promise of a better legal research service. Its unique premise was to “map the legal genome” — that is, map the law with extreme accuracy and granularity — in order…
Suffolk University Law School’s Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab today released a free tool that helps tenants exercise their rights under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s recent eviction moratorium order. The tool allows tenants anywhere in the country to find out if they qualify for their eviction to be halted, and produces a customized letter that they can download and print or email directly to their landlord. Tenants who qualify and send this letter can halt their eviction until Dec. 31, 2020. To mitigate community spread of the novel coronavirus, the CDC issued an order yesterday pausing…
Each week, we highlight a resource from the LawSites Resource Center, a library of downloadable content such as ebooks, white papers, case studies and more from experts and vendors in the legal industry. This week’s featured resource: Revenue focuser checklist: The Key to a Profitable Law Firm in any Economy. Description: This free revenue focuser exercise will help you understand the revenue needs of your firm and how to keep your needs and income balanced. This tool is the key to maintaining profit in your practice in any economy. You’ll learn where you generate revenue and how. Plus…
It is fitting that Thomson Reuters’ annual survey report on the state of small U.S. law firms, which is being released today, opens with the French phrase, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” — the more things change, the more they stay the same. This is the fourth time TR has produced its report on the state of small law firms in the United States, and each has been remarkably consistent in finding that small firms face significant challenges, particularly in acquiring new business, but that relatively few have taken action to address their challenges. (See below for…
Launching today is a company formed to provide cybersecurity, e-discovery, managed review and information governance services to commercial and government organizations, and leading it is the lawyer who formerly served as director of information governance at the White House. Called Empire Technologies Risk Management Group, the company says its lawyers and technologists have more than 100 years of collective experience in cybersecurity and information governance, with professional staff who have formerly served the Department of Defense, the Federal Trade Commission, the White House, law firms and Fortune 500 companies. The company’s general counsel and chief operating officer, Kenya Dixon
Last week brought ILTA>ON, the first virtual annual conference of the International Legal Technology Association. In prior years, the live ILTACON has traditionally been one of the largest, if not the largest, legal technology conferences in the world. So how was the virtual version? In a nutshell, I thought ILTA succeeded in creating through its virtual conference the sense of community and enthusiasm that defines its physical conferences. To my mind, it was the most successful virtual conference I’ve yet attended. I explain in my Above the Law column: At ILTA>ON, Reconnecting Community Through A Virtual Conference.…