Legal Tech

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the beginning of April with another busy week as law firms expanded their offerings and made new hires. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Legal Tech Roundup: Array, Relativity

    This week, there was a shakeup in e-discovery with an acquisition and a new CFO. Also, a former CEO bought a majority stake in a legal technology company this week. Here's a roundup of the biggest legal tech news from this week.

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    AI Assistant Offers 'Second Brain' To Small Plaintiffs Firms

    The legal tech startup Eve is specifically targeting plaintiffs firms with its new AI-native law firm program, using artificial intelligence trained by lawyers and customized to a firm’s caseload. The first firm to pilot the program, Frontier Law Center, says the comprehensive AI assistant has been a game changer.

  • Tokyo's Robot Consulting Nets $7M, Plans Global Expansion

    Tokyo-based Robot Consulting Co. announced on Tuesday the raising of 1.07 billion yen (around $7.08 million) in a Series B funding round to deliver a "robot lawyer" that uses large language models to deliver legal consultations.

  • Lexitas Acquires Calif. Records Retrieval Co. Kopy Kat

    Litigation services company Lexitas announced on Wednesday its acquisition of Brea, California-based Kopy Kat, marking the second purchase of a records retrieval business by Lexitas this year.

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    Reed Smith Aims To Spearhead Innovation With Novel Role

    In an effort to reevaluate how it conducts traditional business operations and offers legal services, Reed Smith LLP is hiring a director of change leadership to support the firm's goal of creating a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

  • Contract Tool Latch Rebrands To Ivo, Raises $4.8M Investment

    Latch, a contract software company that uses generative artificial intelligence, changed its name to Ivo and secured $4.8 million in new funding on Thursday.

  • Antitrust Suits Remain Low Despite Slight 2023 Spike

    Federal enforcers and private plaintiffs filed more new antitrust cases last year than the year before but the slight uptick still kept 2023 as the second lowest in a decade, according to a new Lex Machina report.

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    Ga. Attys Want To Use AI Power At New Tech-Focused Firm

    A former Morris Manning & Martin LLP partner and an ex-Krevolin & Horst LLC counsel have unveiled a new Atlanta-based law firm designed to wield artificial intelligence and other technologies to better serve clients' needs.

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    Task Force Releases New AI Guidance For Courts

    The National Center for State Courts' artificial intelligence rapid response team has released more interim guidance on how courts can start experimenting with AI and what they should consider about platforms using the technology, the center said Wednesday.

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    Legal Talent Co. Adds Ex-Ironclad Marketer As Revenue Lead

    Legal industry staffing firm Latitude announced Tuesday the hiring of a former marketing lead at contract software company Ironclad as its chief revenue officer.

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    Can This Startup Prove Dispute Resolution Cos. Are Viable?

    After a well-known dispute resolution startup became insolvent and entered liquidation in late 2023, the space has been volatile. A new startup, however, is trying to become viable.

  • Houston Firm Ditches Proposed Data Breach Class Action

    A Texas federal judge threw out a proposed class action accusing Fleming Nolen & Jez LLP of waiting a month to disclose a cyberattack that exposed more than 100 clients' protected health information, citing the lead plaintiff's admission that she didn't even know if any of her data was compromised.

  • Winston & Strawn Launches Low-Cost Legal Services

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Wednesday the launch of a low-cost legal solutions option to compete with alternative legal service providers.

  • 11th Circ. Sends OpenAI Fee Fight Back To District Court

    The Eleventh Circuit vacated a Georgia federal judge's decision not to dock OpenAI attorney fees for attempting to remove a Georgia radio host's defamation suit to federal court, saying the judge should have but did not adequately explain the reasons for the denial.

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    GCs See Tough Year Of Budget, Tech, Talent Struggles Ahead

    A new study released Tuesday paints a bleak picture of general counsel seeing their legal departments stretched to the limit while facing complex new financial, cybersecurity, privacy, AI and other laws, with no new resources in sight.

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    As E-Discovery Changes, Existing Disco Clients Spend Less

    Existing customers for the e-discovery vendor CS Disco Inc. spent $11 million less in 2023 than the previous year, according to financial results released in February. This decline in customer spending occurs as experts say some law firms are switching e-discovery providers due to rising costs and frustration from industry consolidation.

  • HR Tech Co. Buys Cooley-Backed Equity Compensation Biz

    An equity compensation tool backed by BigLaw firm Cooley LLP and used by companies with an international workforce has been acquired by a global HR tech company, according to an announcement Tuesday.

  • Legal AI Tool Luminance Secures $40M Investment

    The legal artificial intelligence co-pilot Luminance Technologies Ltd. raised a $40 million Series B investment Tuesday.

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    Snapshot: Dye & Durham Mulls Hedge Firm Offer

    Shareholders for Dye & Durham Ltd. will gather for a special meeting on Aug. 20 following a requisition by the activist investor Engine Capital LP, the legal practice management software company announced on March 29.

  • E-Discovery Center To Tackle Testimony Evidence, File Sizes

    The Electronic Discovery Reference Model, which works on providing resources to improve e-discovery, privacy, security and information governance, announced on Monday two new initiatives targeting both technical and procedural improvements.

  • Technology Attorney Returns To Moses & Singer

    An attorney focused on technology and data has returned to Moses & Singer LLP as a partner after two years in-house, the firm announced Monday.

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    E-Discovery Groups Taking Steps To Create Safer Events

    E-discovery event organizer The Master's Conference is adding a session on creating safe spaces to its conferences, and nonprofit networking group Women in eDiscovery is starting a task force to foster safe environments in the legal tech industry.

  • Morris Manning Forms Cross-Practice AI Group

    Morris Manning & Martin LLP announced Thursday the expansion of its artificial intelligence practice across several of its key service areas, including intellectual property, commercial real estate and employment.

  • Arnall Golden Starts Women-In-Technology Group

    Arnall Golden Gregory LLP launched a new women-in-technology initiative with the addition of recent strategic hires that will serve as a resource to clients who need sophisticated, tech-related guidance.

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Expert Analysis

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • 10 Principles For Effective Partner Reward Systems Author Photo

    Several forces are reshaping partners’ expectations about profit-sharing, and as compensation structures evolve in response, firms should keep certain fundamentals in mind to build a successful partner reward system, say Michael Roch at MHPR Advisors and Ray D'Cruz at Performance Leader.

  • How Law Firm Leaders Can Optimize Their Tech Investments Author Photo

    As law firms turn to legal technology to help expedite case processing and other workflows, leaders must focus on creating a lean set of business tools and keep one eye on the future to plan their technology road map, says Simon Whitburn at Exterro.

  • Law Firm Threat Awareness Is Key To Cyberattack Prevention Author Photo

    Taking the time to learn which cybersecurity attacks could pose the most likely threat to your law firm is the first step to keeping sensitive data safe, protecting valuable client relationships and potentially saving millions of dollars in losses, says Daniel Klein at Cynet.

  • What Web3 Means For Lawyers' Ethical Duties Author Photo

    As law firms embrace Web3 technologies by accepting cryptocurrency as payment for legal fees, investing in metaverse departments and more, lawyers should remember their ethical duties to warn clients of the benefits and risks of technology in a murky regulatory environment, says Heidi Frostestad Kuehl at Northern Illinois University College of Law.

  • NY's Cybersecurity CLE Rule Is A Sign Of Changing Times Author Photo

    New York's recently announced requirement that lawyers complete cybersecurity training as part of their continuing legal education is a reminder that securing client information is more complicated in an increasingly digital world, and that expectations around attorneys' technology competence are changing, says Jason Schwent at Clark Hill.

  • 4 Steps For Integrating AI Into Contract Management Author Photo

    Companies must focus on several preliminary tasks when integrating artificial intelligence into their contract life cycle management systems to reap the benefits of data-driven insights and seamless processes, says Charmel Rhyne at Onit.

  • A Law Student's Guide To Thriving As A Summer Associate Author Photo

    Summer associates are expected to establish a favorable reputation and develop genuine relationships in a few short weeks, but several time management, attitude and communication principles can help them make the most of their time and secure an offer for a full-time position, says Joseph Marciano, who was a 2022 summer associate at Reed Smith.

  • How I Owned My Power As An Asian American Woman In Law Author Photo

    Gibson Dunn's Debra Yang shares the bumps in her journey to becoming the first female Asian American U.S. attorney, a state judge and a senior partner in BigLaw, and how other women can face their self-doubts and blaze their own trails to success amid systemic obstacles.

  • Successful In-House Alt Legal Services Start With 4 Questions Author Photo

    Law firms that are considering creating an in-house alternative legal service provider should focus not on recapturing revenue otherwise lost to outside vendors, but instead consider how a captive ALSP will better fulfill the needs of their clients and partners, say Beatrice Seravello and Brad Blickstein at Baretz & Brunelle.

  • How Firms Can Prepare For AI-Based Knowledge Management Author Photo

    Law firms implementing artificial intelligence tools to help lawyers find answers to administrative questions should remember that poor data integration practices can be costly and time-consuming, and must consider four steps to lay the groundwork, says Bim Dave at Helm360.

  • Guiding Principles For Implementing New Legal Technology Author Photo

    Best practices for adopting new legal technology include considering the details of the organization's needs, assembling an implementation team, integrating the new tool into the workflow and making it as easy as possible for the user, says Kate Orr at Orrick.

  • Future Lawyers Expect DEI Commitments Beyond Recruiting Author Photo

    To attract future lawyers from diverse backgrounds, firms must think beyond recruiting efforts, because law students are looking for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that invest in employee professional development and engage with students year-round, says Lauren Jackson at Howard University School of Law.

  • 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.

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