Legal Tech

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    Houser Reports Data Breach Affected 325,000 People

    Houser LLP experienced a data breach beginning in May that affected more than 325,000 people, the law firm said in a regulatory filing with the Office of the Maine Attorney General posted Wednesday.

  • Employment Law Firm Sues IT Co. Over Ransomware Attack

    California-based employment law firm Mastagni Holstedt has sued an IT solutions company in Sacramento County Superior Court, saying that after hiring the company to install a network system and server, the firm suffered a ransomware attack forcing it to pay a group known as Black Basta to retrieve its data.

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    Legal Tech Roundup: SimpleClosure, Validient

    Two legal technology startups adding new investments this week top this roundup of recent industry news.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    February ended with a bang as BigLaw made moves and the Supreme Court waded into former President Donald Trump’s legal woes. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Troutman Pepper Launches Team To Address Cyberattacks

    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP is addressing the threat to businesses from cyberattacks and data breaches with a new incidents and investigations team led by firm veterans on both sides of the country with deep expertise in data security and privacy issues.

  • Judge Analysis Platform Bench IQ Raises $2.1M

    Bench IQ, a new startup founded by Ross Intelligence executives that analyzes a judge's record of decisions using artificial intelligence, announced Thursday the raising of $2.1 million in pre-seed funding from several venture capital groups, law firms and angel investors.

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    E-Discovery Co. ProSearch Hires Ex-Exterro COO

    ProSearch, an e-discovery and legal data analytics company, announced Wednesday the hiring of a former executive at Exterro Inc. as its first chief operating officer.

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    Ousted Roche Freedman Atty Wants Ex-Partners Sanctioned

    The ousted partner of the law firm formerly known as Roche Freedman LLP asked a New York federal judge to impose sanctions on his former colleagues, claiming the partners destroyed evidence when they communicated through an application that auto-deleted their messages in the lead-up to voting him out of the firm.

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    Husch Blackwell Launches AI Practice Group

    Husch Blackwell has launched a cross-practice artificial intelligence group focused on advising clients on regulatory and legal matters related to the burgeoning technology.

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    Small Calif. Firm Goes All In On AI

    A California plaintiff's boutique announced Wednesday that it will integrate artificial intelligence into "every aspect" of its practice as legal tech startup Eve's first "AI-native law firm."

  • OpenAI 'Fails to Explain' Away Fee Bid, 11th Circ. Told

    A Georgia radio host is continuing to press his case that OpenAI owes him legal fees for its abortive bid to remove his defamation suit against the company to federal court, telling the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday that there's ample grounds to send the case back to the district court level for the explanation he's owed.

  • Sheriff, Clerk Tacked On To NC Court Software Class Action

    The Mecklenburg County sheriff and clerk of courts have joined a growing list of defendants in a proposed civil rights class action alleging that North Carolina's new digital court system has led to unlawful arrests and detentions in the Tar Heel State.

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    UK-Based Osprey Approach Hires Ex-Xerox IT Head As CEO

    Legal software provider Osprey Approach announced Tuesday that it has added the former head of information technology services at Xerox as its new CEO.

  • Hanson Bridgett Joins Other Firms In Launching AI Task Force

    Hanson Bridgett LLP plans to introduce an artificial intelligence task force in March, joining other firms in recently launching similar teams to advise clients on use of the burgeoning technology.

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    Norton Rose Fulbright Taps Atlanta Atty To Lead AI Practice

    Norton Rose Fulbright announced Tuesday that it had formally created an artificial intelligence practice team in the U.S., and that it would be helmed by an Atlanta-based partner who came aboard last year from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Gowling Launches AI Tool To Fight Online Infringement

    Gowling WLG on Tuesday launched an AI-powered service to protect brands against various forms of online infringement, allowing users to request the filing of takedown notices "at the click of a button."

  • Lexsoft Launches OpenAI-Powered Legal Software Tool

    Legal technology company Lexsoft Systems SL has floated a new artificial intelligence tool that uses OpenAI's technology to allow lawyers to automate parts of their workflow.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Michael Baylson

    Though his standing order on lawyers writing briefs using artificial intelligence — one of the first in the country to address the technology — is fairly broad, Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says he's "not banning AI."

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    Helping Attys Nix Hourly Rates Is A Family Affair At AltFee

    Launched in 2020 by a father and his two sons, legal software provider AltFee Solutions Inc attracted fresh industry attention this month when it won the American Bar Association Techshow's startup competition, beating 14 other finalists, including legal writing tool BriefCatch and e-discovery platform Beagle.

  • Conn. Client Pans Firm's Late Reveal Of Prior Email Mess

    An optometrist who claims a fraudster infiltrated her lawyer's email system and tricked her into wiring $90,586 to an incorrect account has challenged the firm's "very late post-trial disclosure" of five pages of emails about an alleged earlier incident, saying the messages are relevant to her own case.

  • Marshall & Melhorn Seeks Pause To Settle Data Breach Row

    Ohio firm Marshall & Melhorn LLC and a proposed class of over 27,000 of its clients affected by a 2021 ransomware attack urged an Ohio federal judge on Friday to institute a pause in the suit so they can reach a settlement with an outside mediator.

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    Bar-Takers See Accommodation Gap For Periods, Lactation

    As would-be lawyers prepare to take the bar exam, testing accommodations for those who menstruate or lactate will vary by jurisdiction. In recent years, there's been a reckoning on state bar policies that affect women and transgender test-takers, but advocates say there's more to be done.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: Apryse, Compex Legal

    A document processing technology provider's latest acquisition tops this roundup of recent legal technology news.

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    LegalZoom COO To Depart Next Month

    Online legal services provider LegalZoom Inc. is parting ways with its chief operating officer next month, according to a recent government filing, four months after announcing plans to layoff more than 100 sales employees in Austin, Texas.

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    Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another busy week for the legal industry as law firms expanded their practices and attorneys made moves. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

Expert Analysis

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

  • How ALSPs And Generative AI Can Work Together Author Photo

    Alternative legal service providers can marry the best attributes of artificial and human intelligence to expedite turnarounds and deliveries for contract review, e-discovery and legal research, says Tariq Hafeez at LegalEase Solutions.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

  • How To Thrive As A New Legal Operations Manager Author Photo

    To make their first 90 days on the job a success, new legal operations managers should focus on several key objectives, including aligning priorities with leadership and getting to know their team, says Ashlyn Donohue at LinkSquares.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

  • How In-House Counsel Can Prepare For Generative AI Risks Author Photo

    To safeguard against the many risks posed by generative artificial intelligence legal tools, in-house counsel should work with their information security teams to develop new data security questions for prospective vendors, vet existing applications and review who can utilize machine guidance, says Diane Homolak at Integreon.

  • Opinion

    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

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