Nir Golan is General Counsel and Head of Global Legal Operations for attenti. He is a frequent voice in the legal innovation world and brings a unique perspective focused on bringing humanity back to the practice of law.

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Karl Chapman is a legal innovator and a thought leader in the legal technology space. He joined Riverview Law, a legal services business, as Chief Executive in the summer of 2011 following its creation by AdviserPlus a company he set up in 2001. Riverview Law was acquired by EY in August 2018 and he is now a Strategic Adviser to the company. EY Riverview Law aims to be the trusted advisor, the safe disruptor, to Corporate Legal Departments globally – “via a combination of people, processes, technology and data we help large organisations evolve their operating model.” Karl also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Kim Technologies. Kim is a leading no-code, configurable Automation-as-a-Service platform that helps organisations automate their workflows, processes, case management and documents.

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Maya Markovich is a “multidimensional product and innovation leader with roots in legal, change management, behavioral science and tech industries.” She has a passion for transforming the practice of law and, as head of product for Nextlaw Labs, is currently focused on building momentum for innovation within the ecosystem of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, and across the industry.

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Lawyers are not magicians. Lawyers do not perform magic. The time has come to open up the curtain. To share what we know. To share how we do what we do. To teach others and to learn from others. To innovate.

Over the course of the past few years, I have been very lucky and honored to have been able to interview so many key leaders in the legal innovation field. They are all dedicated to improving the practice of law. After hearing and reading others’ reactions to the thoughts of those that I have interviewed, I thought that it made sense at this point to take stock of those conversations. This post is intended to be an exploration of some of the key themes of the interviews. I frame these themes as lessons. I strongly encourage and welcome others’ thoughts on these lessons.

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I had the pleasure of talking to Mark Deuitch. Mark is an entrepreneur and the founder of two web-based startups, PeopleClaim and Rhubarb, both of which I asked him about in this interview. Mark is devoted to solving “societal issues that are not sufficiently resolved by the existing system.” Right now, that means fixing the legal system through crowdsourcing on the blockchain.

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I recently spoke with Tunji Williams, a truly inspiring legal tech founder and entrepreneur. He describes himself (and accurately, I would say) as “a dreamer, entrepreneur, technologist and former mergers and acquisitions attorney building a team to help revolutionize deal process technology and service delivery for corporate transactions, and beyond.”

Tell me a little bit about your background and the impetus behind DealWIP.

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I recently interviewed Steven O’Donnell, Director of Product Marketing and Sales for Mitratech. Mitratech is a leader in the legal operations and workflow automation space. They describe themselves as a “proven global technology partner for corporate legal departments and risk & compliance professionals seeking to raise productivity, control expense, and mitigate risk by deepening organizational alignment, increasing visibility, and spurring collaboration across the enterprise.”

How would you define innovation?

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I recently spoke with Richard Mabey. Richard is a co-founder and the CEO of Juro. Juro is “an award-winning end-to-end contract management platform, which transforms contracts from the end of something painful into the start of something great.” I asked him about his beginnings within the legal tech world and his current thoughts on legal tech and Juro.

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Rob Saccone is an entrepreneur and recognized expert in technology, business and practice optimization within the legal industry, spending the last 20 years studying and serving legal markets worldwide.  He’s built and sold tech businesses, designed and launched new products and business models for law firms and legal tech vendors, and advises participants in the legal ecosystem from startups to global firms on business and technology strategy, new product and market development and data-driven innovation.

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Kunoor Chopra  been involved in the legal services outsourcing industry since 2004 when she founded LawScribe, one of the pioneer companies in the industry. Her vision has always been to create a platform for customers that provides them with the best, most effective and efficient options to obtain and manage legal services. This means transforming the way legal services are delivered through technology and by providing customers with the right resources for service delivery, domain experts, process efficiencies and complete visibility into the who, what, where and how of services being delivered.

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