Legal Tech

  • Legal Software Co. Accused Of Stealing 'LegalForce' TM

    California-based intellectual property firm LegalForce RAPC Worldwide PC filed a trademark lawsuit in federal court on Friday against the Japanese contract management platform LegalForce Inc., which closed an investment round of over $100 million just a day earlier.

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    Legal Tech Roundup: Casepoint, Forrest Solutions

    A legal technology company achieving special government authorization tops this roundup of recent industry news.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The U.S. Supreme Court continued to rock the legal world this week, with rulings overturning the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, striking down a longtime New York gun law and more. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Hogan Lovells Teams Up With Nonprofit To Fight Online Hate

    Hogan Lovells said that it has created an interactive map of online hate speech laws around the world, including in the U.S., the U.K., Europe and China, as part of its three-year partnership with the international nonprofit PeaceTech Lab.

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    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

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    51 Firms Named Among Best For Women In 2022

    Professional services and research firm Seramount announced on Thursday the results of its latest Best Law Firms for Women survey, touting the firms that earned spots on its 2022 list.

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    Law Firms Have Options To Grow Without Mergers

    Revamping billing, offering technology services to clients, and attracting and retaining top talent are some of the ways that U.K. law firms can grow without having to engage in mergers and acquisitions, according to a report released Thursday by LexisNexis Legal & Professional.

  • Foley & Lardner Launches AI Contract Review Tool

    Foley & Lardner LLP on Wednesday announced the launch of a new tech tool that uses artificial intelligence to review contracts.

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    Cleary Gottlieb Launches Legal Tech Incubator ClearyX

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP on Thursday announced the launch of an internal entity called ClearyX whose job will be to explore the use of existing and emerging legal technologies with the goal of innovating legal services delivery.

  • SoftBank Backs Japanese Legal Tech Company With Series D

    LegalForce Inc., a contract management platform based in Japan, secured an investment of 13.7 billion Japanese yen (about $101.7 million) on Thursday.

  • BT Expands Legal Work Partnership With Factor

    British telecommunications giant BT Group expanded its long-standing relationship with alternative legal services provider Factor on Thursday to include more complex work.

  • Contract Management Co. Pramata Hires New GC

    Contract management platform Pramata announced Tuesday the hiring of a new general counsel and chief evangelist from insurance software company Vertafore.

  • Dye & Durham Adds Two Execs From Provident And Kyndryl

    Toronto-based legal workflow software developer Dye & Durham Ltd. announced on Tuesday the appointment of a chief communications officer and chief information officer from Provident Communications Inc. and Kyndryl Holdings Inc., respectively.

  • IP Tech Co. Anaqua Acquires Timekeeping Tool WiseTime

    Intellectual property services group IPH Ltd. sold Practice Insight Pty Ltd. and its intelligent time capture software WiseTime to intellectual property management technology provider Anaqua Inc. on Tuesday.

  • Money Isn't Everything When It Comes To Making Attys Happy

    Law firms may have reached a limit on how much time and energy they can take from their attorneys, as associates and partners in a recent survey voiced displeasure with a narrow focus on profit and eagerness for more human-centered management.

  • The 2022 Law Firm Culture Survey

    Law360 Pulse partnered with Major Lindsey & Africa to survey attorneys on what the idea of law firm culture means to them, what aspects of it they think their firms are good at and struggle with. Here, we take a look at our results.

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    Fiscal Health, Client Service Keys To A Strong Firm Culture

    Firms looking to attract and retain the best legal talent should focus on financial management, high performance expectations, client service and civic-mindedness, according to the results of a new survey conducted by Law360 and Major Lindsey & Africa.

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    Why Better Law Firm Culture Must Come From The Top

    As firm leaders continue to navigate the evolving work environment, lawyers most want to see improvements that come from the top — in transparency, training and mentorship, and diversity, a recent survey found.

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    Exterro Appoints Two For Chief Operating And R&D Roles

    E-discovery firm Exterro Inc. saw changes in its executive staff this week, announcing Tuesday the appointment of a new chief operating officer and chief research and development officer along with the retirement of its chief customer officer.

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    DocuSign CEO Steps Down Amid Investor Suit

    Dan Springer, the chief executive officer of DocuSign Inc., abruptly and unexpectedly agreed to step down from the contract software giant on Tuesday.

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    It's Time For Mid-Law To Take Charge Of Managing Info

    As changes in technology and attorney work habits create new challenges for the management of documents and information, many Mid-Law firms should be thinking more proactively about information governance, including how they can overcome the difference in resources compared to BigLaw, experts say.

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    Legal Teams Want Tech Upgrades, But Feel Unsupported

    Nearly half of legal professionals would like to improve their contracting process by upgrading their technology, but feel executives are unsupportive of their modernization, according to survey results released Tuesday by legal management software provider Onit Inc.

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    The Law360 400: Tracking The Largest US Law Firms

    As the legal market adjusted to pressures of a global pandemic and saw demand for complex legal services soar, many law firms spent 2021 locked in a fierce war for talent to meet ever-expanding client needs.

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    Will BigLaw Regret Its Hiring Spree As The Economy Softens?

    The largest 200 law firms in the U.S. boosted their headcount by an average of 5.6% in 2021 — the steepest increase in five years, according to the Law360 400. Here's a look at what those numbers mean and where firms may be headed if the economy slows in the coming year.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: AirSlate, Ligl

    A $51.5 million investment for a document automation platform tops this roundup of recent legal technology news.

Expert Analysis

  • How Law Firms Can Innovate Amid Rising Client Demands Author Photo

    As clients increasingly tell law firms to integrate new legal technologies, firms should consider service delivery advancements that directly address the practice of law and can truly distinguish them — both from a technology and talent perspective, say members of Axiom Consulting.

  • The Case That Showed Me The Value Of E-Discovery Plans Author Photo

    Robert Keeling at Sidley reflects on leading discovery in the litigation that followed the historic $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger and how the case highlighted the importance of having a strategic e-discovery plan in place.

  • What Litigators Can Expect From The Metaverse Author Photo

    As virtual reality continues to develop, litigators should consider how it will affect various aspects of law practice — from marketing and training to the courtroom itself — as well as the potential need for legal reforms to ensure metaverse-generated data is preserved and available for discovery, says Ron Carey at Esquire Deposition Solutions.

  • Why You Should Leverage AI For Privilege Review Author Photo

    While many lawyers still believe that a manual, document-by-document review is the best approach to privilege logging, certain artificial intelligence tools can bolster the traditional review process and make this aspect of electronic document review more efficient, more accurate and less costly, say Laura Riff and Michelle Six at Kirkland.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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