Earlier today, I published a post about the recently released ABA Legal Technology Survey’s findings on blogs and social media. A separate part of that survey looked at lawyers’ use of web-based software, more commonly referred to these days as “the cloud.” Interestingly, the highest usage of cloud-based applications is among solo and small-firm attorneys, according to the survey. When asked which cloud-based applications they used, the second most common answer they gave was Clio, the cloud-based practice management application. (Respondents chose from a list of applications; the top three were Google Docs at 46%, Clio at 12% and RocketMatter at 5%.)

Create, access and store documents on Google Drive from within Clio.

Well, as of today, those Clio users have a new feature to take advantage of. This morning, Clio announced full integration with Google Drive, a feature that promises to facilitate the creation and sharing of documents among lawyers and their clients.

This means that users will be able to take advantage of the features of Google Drive directly from within Clio. They can create documents, associate them with matters, and share and collaborate on them with others. They can also use Google Drive features such as full-text search and OCR recognition.

Earlier this year, Clio announced that it had raised $6 million in financing. Based in Vancouver, B.C., the company was founded in 2007 by Jack Newton and Rian Gauvreau. It was the first of the increasingly popular field of cloud-based practice management applications.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.