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New Year Kicks Off With Huge $200M Investment In Legal Tech Company

Just a few weeks ago, in my 2018 year-end round-up of the most important legal technology developments, I noted that it had been a banner year for investments in legal technology companies, with the total hitting $1 billion. Now, 2019 is off to a roaring start, with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit, a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation. The investment was made by K1 Investment Man...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Houston, Eric Smith, Beaverton, LegalZoom, Bob Ambrogi, Exterro, Elfman, Litera Microsystems, Onit, Eric M Elfman, Leeds Equity Partners K1, Sackett Group


New Year Kicks Off With Huge $200M Investment In Legal Tech Company

Just a few weeks ago, in my 2018 year-end round-up of the most important legal technology developments, I noted that it had been a banner year for investments in legal technology companies, with the total hitting $1 billion. Now, 2019 is off to a roaring start, with news of a $200 million strategic investment in Onit, a Houston company that provides enterprise workflow products for legal management, contract management and business process automation. The investment was made by K1 Investment Man...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Houston, Eric Smith, Beaverton, LegalZoom, Exterro, Elfman, Litera Microsystems, Onit, Eric M Elfman, Leeds Equity Partners K1, Sackett Group, Wolters Kluwer Today


The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018

What a whirlwind of a year it has been for legal technology. Barely a week into 2018, industry-changing news broke of Avvo’s sale to Internet Brands. Legal tech news has been nonstop ever since – so much that it’s a struggle to keep up with it all. For several years now, I’ve closed out the year with a round-up of the 10 most important legal developments (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Last year, I bypassed the top 10 to focus on a single overarching development, The Year of Women in Legal Tech. This ...
Tags: Europe, Utah, Florida, UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Uncategorized, Toronto, San Francisco, Georgia, Analytics, Portland


The 20 Most Important Legal Technology Developments of 2018

What a whirlwind of a year it has been for legal technology. Barely a week into 2018, industry-changing news broke of Avvo’s sale to Internet Brands. Legal tech news has been nonstop ever since – so much that it’s a struggle to keep up with it all. For several years now, I’ve closed out the year with a round-up of the 10 most important legal developments (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Last year, I bypassed the top 10 to focus on a single overarching development, The Year of Women in Legal Tech. This ...
Tags: Europe, Utah, Florida, UK, New York, London, Microsoft, Law, Washington, Russia, Uncategorized, Toronto, San Francisco, Georgia, Analytics, Portland


Law Society Accountability for the Access to Justice Problem

[See the full text article for this summary on the SSRN, using the same title] Law societies are not trying to solve the A2J problem, but instead provide “alternative legal services”[1] that merely help that majority of the population that cannot afford legal services learn to live with the problem . That is inevitable because of the operative concept of a bencher[2] and the institutional culture of our law societies, i.e., they do only that which is compatible with that concept and with what t...
Tags: Justice, Law, Toronto, Canada, Alberta, Cabinet, Ontario, Law Society, LSO, LegalZoom, Monahan, Lao, Practice Of Law, Upper Canada, Christopher Moore, Law Society of Upper Canada


How many of us are LegalZoom subscribers?

How many of us championing greater access to legal success have tried LegalZoom? Not as our primary means to legal services, but to learn what can work in increasing access to legal services? This afternoon I received the below email from LegalZoom: It’s National Make-A-Will Month—let’s do this! National Make-A-Will Month is almost over. We know you want to look out for your family—and we want to help you take care of your planning with a just-added, special 10% discount on an Estate Plan. Ind...
Tags: Law, Zappos, LegalZoom, Apple Amazon, Access to legal services


How many of us championing access to legal services are LegalZoom subscribers?

This afternoon I received the below email from LegalZoom: It’s National Make-A-Will Month—let’s do this! National Make-A-Will Month is almost over. We know you want to look out for your family—and we want to help you take care of your planning with a just-added, special 10% discount on an Estate Plan. Independent attorneys are available to answer your questions and guide you through the process. Remember, even if you don’t have all the information to complete your Estate Plan, get the savings ...
Tags: Law, Zappos, LegalZoom, Apple Amazon, Access to legal services


Podcast Episode 6 – Law Librarian Helps Streamline a Texas Court

On this week’s episode, Greg speaks the couple of words of French he learned on vacation. Marlene talks about mentor/mentee relationships and Sheryl Sandberg’s discussion on how the #MeToo era places an external strain on promoting these relationships. Marlene touches on the three founders of Black Women Talk Tech, Esosa Ighodaro, Regina Gwynn, and Lauren Washington, as well as Sophia Amouruso and others on the importance of mentoring. Greg also covers the Google year-long study on “psych...
Tags: Google, Podcast, Law, Uncategorized, Courts, Team, Sheryl Sandberg, Mentoring, Austin Texas, Greg, Lisa, Texas Court, Law Librarians, Marlene, LegalZoom, Bob Ambrogi


On LawNext: LegalZoom’s GC on the Company’s $500 Million Investment

Earlier this week, as I reported here, the online legal services company LegalZoom announced a $500 million secondary investment, the largest investment ever in a legal technology company. It comes as the company continues to expand both its services and its geographic reach. With a valuation of $2 billion and a customer base of 4 million, what will this investment mean for LegalZoom now and into the future? In this episode of my new podcast LawNext, I speak with Chas Rampenthal, general coun...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Robert Ambrogi, LegalZoom, Chas Rampenthal


On LawNext: LegalZoom’s GC on the Company’s $500 Million Investment

Earlier this week, as I reported here, the online legal services company LegalZoom announced a $500 million secondary investment, the largest investment ever in a legal technology company. It comes as the company continues to expand both its services and its geographic reach. With a valuation of $2 billion and a customer base of 4 million, what will this investment mean for LegalZoom now and into the future? In this episode of my new podcast LawNext, I speak with Chas Rampenthal, general coun...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Company, LegalZoom, Chas Rampenthal


LegalZoom Zooms Into $500 Million Secondary Investment

The legal services company LegalZoom today announced a $500 million secondary investment led by Francisco Partners and GPI Capital, with Franklin Templeton Investments and Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers also participating. Existing investors will retain meaningful stakes in the company, the announcement said. Global private equity firm Permira will remain the largest shareholder. Bryant Stibel will retain its entire ownership stake and Kleiner Perkins and Institutional Venture Partners (IV...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Global, United Kingdom, IVP, Kleiner Perkins, Permira, Robert Ambrogi, Francisco Partners, LegalZoom, Dan Primack, Franklin Templeton Investments, Axios, John Suh, Neil Tolaney, GPI Capital


Deals and Dollars, Legal Tech Edition

Here is a round-up of recent investment and deal news involving legal technology companies: Everlaw raises $25 million. Everlaw, a Berkeley, Calif., based e-discovery and litigation platform, has closed a a $25 million Series B funding round, with new investor Menlo Ventures leading the round and continued participation from Andreessen Horowitz. In 2016, the company raised $8.1 million in Series A funding. In announcing the investment, CEO AJ Shankar said the company has “come a long way” since ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Law, Australia, Uncategorized, Indianapolis, Newcastle, Andreessen Horowitz, Menlo Ventures, Robert Ambrogi, Birmingham England, Berkeley Calif, Everlaw, Matt Miller, NVM, LegalZoom


Deals and Dollars, Legal Tech Edition

Here is a round-up of recent investment and deal news involving legal technology companies: Everlaw raises $25 million. Everlaw, a Berkeley, Calif., based e-discovery and litigation platform, has closed a a $25 million Series B funding round, with new investor Menlo Ventures leading the round and continued participation from Andreessen Horowitz. In 2016, the company raised $8.1 million in Series A funding. In announcing the investment, CEO AJ Shankar said the company has “come a long way” since ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Law, Australia, Uncategorized, Indianapolis, Newcastle, Andreessen Horowitz, Menlo Ventures, Birmingham England, Berkeley Calif, Everlaw, Matt Miller, NVM, LegalZoom, NVM Private Equity


How Lawyers Can Connect with Today’s Legal Consumer

Legal consumers today are a lot more savvy than just a few years ago, and law firms need to update their marketing strategies in order to reach and persuade them. In 2016, an Avvo survey provided a few interesting revelations about the modern legal consumer. The survey of 1,000 adults found that: 95% said online reviews were important when researching an attorney 76% said they prefer fixed fee billing 47% only want to hire a lawyer to review an online form they prepared 42% perform their own le...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Linkedin, Avvo, LegalZoom, Google Better


Perspectives on the Future of Law – How the Professional Should Respond to Major Disruptions

The legal profession is in the midst of significant change, and is headed into a period where there will be even greater change. These changes are driven by disruptions that alter the very nature of how traditional legal services have been performed and provided to clients for decades. These disruptions include: access to justice client empowerment technology alternative legal service providers This article will give some insights into these disruptors and suggest how members of the legal prof...
Tags: Google, Europe, Sweden, Law, Canada, United States, Bill Gates, Richard, Thomson Reuters, Ontario, Cadillac, Richard Susskind, U S Census Bureau, Daniel Susskind, LegalZoom, Lex Machina


“Legal Advice” vs. “Legal Information”: Clearing Up the Murky Water

The distinction between what constitutes “legal information” versus “legal advice” has always been a source of confusion and substantial anxiety for legal practitioners and service providers. Given the importance of the distinction and its implications vis-à-vis the authorized practice of law, it is shocking that the term “legal information” is nowhere defined in any of the relevant statutes or regulations governing the provision of legal services. Across the provinces, the governing regulation ...
Tags: Law, North Carolina, Ontario, Manitoba, Cleo, Bates, York University, Law Society, LegalZoom, North Carolina State Bar, Justice Issues, Upper Canada, SRL, Janson, UAP, Barreau


6 Leadership Rules From LegalZoom CEO John Suh — Culture, Community, And Innovation

LegalZoom unlocks “human potential” for its customers and employees.
Tags: Technology, Law, Advice, Legal Technology, LegalZoom, In-House Counsel, Olga Mack, Katia Bloom, John Suh


Alternative Business Structures’ “Charity Step” to Ending the General Practitioner

(This is a short version of the FULL ARTICLE posted on the SSRN (pdf.). Articles cited herein without stated authors are those of the author of this article—Ken Chasse.) The alternative business structures (ABS investors owning law firms)[1] debate is a very live one in Ontario, and will be throughout Canada, depending upon what the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) at Toronto’s Osgoode Hall decides. ABSs could bring about the end of the general practitioner throughout Canada. If they are to ...
Tags: England, Justice, Law, Australia, Toronto, European Union, Canada, Atlantic, Britain, Ontario, Richard Susskind, Ken, Benjamin, CSO, University of Ottawa, Law Society


Once Again, Regulators’ Restrictions On Testimonials Will Drive Clients To Non-Lawyer Providers

Ethics rules are intended to protect consumers... are they failing in one big area?
Tags: Law, Legal Ethics, Avvo, LegalZoom, Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, State Bars


No Longer Is It Possible to Be Both a Good Lawyer and a Good Bencher

The longstanding massive damage and misery being caused by the unaffordable legal services problem (the “accesses to justice” (A2J) problem) compels this conclusion: the problems of law societies are now such that they need an agency that performs a civil service function—one to serve all of Canada’s law societies. The A2J problem has victimized the majority of society for years. It shows that: (1) law societies are the “lynch pin” of the justice system—when they fail, it fails; and that, (2) la...
Tags: Justice, Law, Toronto, Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, University of Ottawa, Ryerson, Oxford University Press, R, LegalZoom, Ryerson University, Lavigne, Practice Of Law, LAO LAW, Upper Canada


“Counsel, I Demand Justice!” – “Most Definitely! How Much ‘Justice’ Can You Afford?”

Might that majority of society who cannot afford a lawyer’s advice (“the problem”) soon use the social media to demand the abolition of law societies? Indeed; “off with their heads!” Quite fitting for a law society, created during the last years of the French Revolution, which had so taxed the heads of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette but a few years before. Ontario’s Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) was created on July 17, 1797, in Wilson’s Hotel, at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, by 10 of the 1...
Tags: Justice, Law, Senate, Toronto, Canada, Lake Ontario, Richard, British Columbia, Committee, Ontario, Wilson, Marie Antoinette, Richard Susskind, Niagara, Senate Committee, Oxford University Press


Techshow Recap: Not Your Granddaddy’s Legal Tech Conference

Clio CEO Jack Newton introduces the Techshow keynote with the CEOs of Avvo, Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom. After 31 years, ABA Techshow is the granddaddy of legal technology conferences. That can be both a blessing and a curse. Amid a surge of legal-tech-conference upstarts, the challenge for Techshow is not merely to stay relevant, but […] The post Techshow Recap: Not Your Granddaddy’s Legal Tech Conference appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.
Tags: General, Law, Techshow, Robert Ambrogi, LegalZoom, ABA Techshow, Jack Newton, Avvo Rocket Lawyer


ABA TECHSHOW Post-Mortem: Not Your Granddaddy’s Legal Tech Conference

TECHSHOW is more than 30 years old, but the atmosphere felt as fresh and energetic as at any contemporary conference.
Tags: Startups, Technology, Law, Aba, Carry On, Startup Alley, Start-ups, Avvo, Robert Ambrogi, Ping, LegalZoom, Bob Ambrogi, ABA Techshow, American Bar Association / ABA, Conferences / Symposia, Rocket Lawyer


4 Ways Attorneys Can Connect with Today’s Legal Consumers

Last year, an Avvo survey of 1,000 consumers who purchased legal services provided some important insights into what attorneys need to know about the modern legal consumer.  The Avvo study offered a three-point description of today’s legal consumers. They are: Informed — access to legal information online has made consumers more savvy than ever about the options available to them. They read legal articles, research their particular legal issue, research an attorney and visit legal forums online....
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, North Carolina, Avvo, LegalZoom, Lee Rosen, Google Better


The Future of Law and “Intelligent” Technologies: Prophecies, Technologies and Opportunities – Part 2

In the first part of this blog post, we looked at the current benefits we are enjoying from technologies resulting from AI research. We also examined some risks accruing when AI approaches are deployed in legal activities where transparency and justifications are required. In the following lines, we will borrow from a recent study made of the impacts of AI on lawyers employment. We will also try to enumerate potential benefits of AI technologies in our own line of business, legal publishing. In ...
Tags: Law, Canada, Levy, Legal Technology, Remus, LegalZoom, Georgetown Journal, Legal Publishing


Book Review: The Future of the Professions by Richard Susskind

For more than 30 years Richard Susskind has been a thought leader on the future of the legal profession. This is despite the Law Society of England and Wales saying he did not understand confidentiality and was bringing the legal profession into disrepute by suggesting that email would become the predominant way lawyers and their clients would communicate in his 1996 book, The Future of Law. Susskind’s most recent book, The Future of the Professions: How technology will transform the work of hum...
Tags: England, Law, Wales, Ebay, Wikipedia, Oxford, Ibm, Watson, Khan Academy, Huffington Post, Harvard Law School, Richard Susskind, Daniel Susskind, LegalZoom, Lex Machina, Reading: Recommended


Book Review: The Future of the Professions by Mark Susskind

For more than 30 years Richard Susskind has been a thought leader on the future of the legal profession. This is despite the Law Society of England and Wales saying he did not understand confidentiality and was bringing the legal profession into disrepute by suggesting that email would become the predominant way lawyers and their clients would communicate in his 1996 book, The Future of Law. Susskind’s most recent book, The Future of the Professions: How technology will transform the work of hum...
Tags: England, Law, Wales, Ebay, Wikipedia, Oxford, Ibm, Watson, Khan Academy, Huffington Post, Harvard Law School, Richard Susskind, Daniel Susskind, LegalZoom, Lex Machina, Reading: Recommended


Morning Docket: 10.20.16

* A law school peeping tom? Police have arrested and charged 30-year-old Yiyan Wang with 15 counts of voyeurism for allegedly videotaping women inside a bathroom in UConn Law's library. He allegedly placed his phone beneath the stall walls to film them. He is currently being held on $250,000 bond, and will face a judge in early November. [FOX 61 Connecticut] * "Walmart is the new marketplace. It's where people go. It makes sense to be there." Look out, Missouri, because The Law Store is coming ...
Tags: Murder, Justice, Law, Mexico, Walmart, Missouri, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wall Street Journal, Assassination, Law Schools, Wells Fargo, Reuters, Peeping Tom, El Chapo, Sinaloa


Solo And Small Firm Attorneys: Yes, You ARE Competing With LegalZoom

Come as an internet neophyte, or even an internet skeptic. Leave a convert.
Tags: Law, Events, Avvo, LegalZoom, Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, Conferences / Symposia, Academy For Private Practice, Dan Lear


Lawyers Fail The Middle Class — Would Non-Lawyer Ownership Of Firms Help?

A new take on why non-lawyer ownership can improve the profession.
Tags: Technology, Law, LegalZoom, Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, Access to justice, Justice Gap



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