This week on the podcast Law Technology Now, I talk with Graham Smith-Bernal, founder and CEO of Opus 2 International, about his career and the evolution of the electronic courtroom.

Graham-Smith-BernalAfter dropping out of school at 16, Smith-Bernal founded what became the UK’s largest court reporting agency. While still in his 20s, he sold the agency for over £15 million in order to focus on developing the software he invented, LiveNote, the world’s first court reporting and evidence management application. In 2007, he sold LiveNote to Thomson Reuters for over $70 million. Following a brief retirement to his estate in Umbria, Italy, Smith-Bernal returned to the market in 2008 to found Opus 2 and develop a next-generation transcript management and case analysis platform, Magnum.

We talk not only about his career, but about the development of the electronic courtroom in the UK, Asia and the U.S.

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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.