I am extremely honored to report that I have been selected to receive the Yankee Quill Award, presented by the Academy of New England Journalists “to honor extraordinary newspaper men and women for their lifetime of achievement and distinction in New England journalism.” The award will be presented at a dinner on Oct. 12, 2017, […]

[Clarification: Although this post described LexCharge as having “spun off” from Rocket Matter, I did not mean to suggest that the company was formed within Rocket Matter and then sold off in some way. Rocket Matter’s CEO Larry Port and LexCharge’s CEO Jeff Shavitz together conceived of the company and it has been a fully […]

Last April, reports surfaced that Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur Justin Kan was looking to raise — and then in June did raise — $10 million for an initial round of funding for a startup that would “revolutionize legal services.” The name of the startup was known, Atrium LTS, but little else, except that it would […]

A new document review tool, LegalSifter, reviews incoming drafts of legal contracts and then, within a minute or two, offers advice on negotiating the contract’s terms and conditions. While the tool will be marketed directly to corporations and businesses that negotiate their own contracts, the company is also heavily targeting law firms that want to […]

Clio cofounders Rian Gauvreau and Jack Newton at their Vancouver office Friday. Last Friday, I spent the day at the headquarters of the practice-management company Clio, just outside Vancouver, B.C. The purpose of my visit was for an advance briefing of news the company will announce at its Clio Cloud Conference later this month. While I cannot […]

Here are 21 additions to my list of legal startups. This brings the list to 668 entries. Send additions and updates to ambrogi-at-gmail.com. To read more about this list and why I created it, see this post. Company Description Country Status Apperio Apperio makes law firm spend transparent for general counsel, empowering them to make decisions […]

In my continuing effort to keep a tally of the states that have adopted the duty of technology competence, I’ve discovered another, Nebraska, which brings the total to 28 states. The Nebraska Supreme Court adopted the amendment on June 28, 2017.  It amends comment 6 to Nebraska Rule of Professional Conduct § 3-501.1 — the corollary […]

In our latest episode of the legal-affairs podcast Lawyer2Lawyer, we look at the contours of free speech, hate speech, censorship and the First Amendment. Can and should hate speech be shut down? Can and should the president block followers on Twitter? Who gets to decide what speech is allowed? We have a fascinating discussion with […]

The practice management platform Rocket Matter is releasing a variety of new features and tools today in an update that founder and CEO Larry Port calls the product’s second-biggest in its nine-year history, after only its 2016 top-to-bottom overhaul of its user interface. Perhaps the most significant addition is a feature called Communicator, a tool […]

I’ve become an unabashed fan of the Clio Cloud Conference, the fifth of which is coming up Sept. 25-26 and which this year moves from its original venue of Chicago to New Orleans. I’ve been to all four prior conferences and I’ve praised every one of them as among the best legal technology conferences you […]