LegalTech NYC 2014 Offers Escape from the Polar Vortex

You have an opportunity to escape from the polar vortex by going inside to the LegalTech New York Conference 2014 at the New York Hilton in Midtown on Tuesday, February 4th through Thursday, February 6th. This is one of the most exciting legal technology conferences of the year. This year’s schedule offers something for everyone including the solo practitioner, the managing partner, the CTO, the managing attorney/clerk and anyone who serves in or around the legal profession.  The first scheduled keynote sounds downright scary: TOR, Bitcoin, Silk Road and the Anonymous Web: Drugs, Bombs and Murder-for-Hire presented by Jason Thomas, Chief Innovator, Thomson Reuters. And there will be several sessions around the word “disruption” – back in my Catholic grade school days that was not a good thing and usually ended in some sort of corporal punishment.

The eDiscovery vendors will be out in full-force with several of them offering/sponsoring sessions. Of most interest to those practicing eDiscovery in Federal court will be the second day keynote, Judges Panel: Changing Rules and Best Practices in e-Discovery featuring several US District Court judges.  Another eDiscovery plenary session will focus on eDiscovery without the Strings Attached: how the Cloud will Change eDiscovery in 2014 and Beyond.

Remarkably, there are few sessions covering the cloud of DIYs, subjects that are near and dear to the heart of most law firm IT folks, but there is a track specifically geared to IT officers that will cover those topics.  In fact the CIO Forum that is happening in conjunction with LegalTech offers the following:

Chelsea Office Systems, Inc. celebrates 30 years in legal technology consulting, and the company’s founder and president Roberta Gelb will be moderating a distinguished panel at LegalTech’s CIO Forum  on Wednesday, February 5th.   Entitled “Why Does it Cost $800,000 to Edit a Document?”, the CIO panel was inspired by Ms. Gelb’s classic article “Beware the Hidden Costs of Document Formatting” which has become the “bible” for law firms and their trainers to justify use of technology rather than traditional manual document formatting methods.  The CIO Forum discussion will address how corporate counsel is pushing for new efficiencies and how law firms are addressing those demands by deploying software for document production, contact management and attorney timekeeping.   Panelists joining Ms. Gelb include D. Casey Flaherty, Corporate Counsel at Kia Motors America, Inc., Eugene P. Stein, Director of Information Technology at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP, and Sam Shipley, Chief Information and Operating Officer at Cole Valley Software. Mr. Flaherty will share his specific expertise pertaining to the Suffolk-Flaherty Audit, an innovative technology audit he developed in partnership with Suffolk University Law School’s Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation to test the efficiency of his outside counsel.

LegalTech NYC is a high-energy show and will provide some good information from vendors and experts.  I have attended the show for 19 years now and it’s been very interesting to see the trends and how far we have come.  We all hope to travel a little further along the road (or at least to warmer climates).  But for now, put the dog sled away and hop into the NY Hilton for a few days.  There’s always plenty of body warmth in the close quarters of the Hilton at LegalTech.Here are some of the vendor highlights below that you’ll happen upon in the exhibit hall – Enjoy!

Booth 437

Law Bulletin Publishing Company will announce at LegalTech that its JuraLaw® web-based national case, calendar and docket management SaaS product now includes New York State court calendar and docket information, as well as New York federal and bankruptcy court calendar data, all directly obtained from the courts. Additionally, JuraLaw® integrates court rules from across the nation to automatically create calendar events.

JuraLaw® notifies law firms of critical court calendar dates and deadlines in advance, and connects directly to Microsoft Outlook to populate lawyer and staff calendars. The JuraLaw® sophisticated algorithm-based system analyzes and precisely matches law firm cases to New York court information. This superior case pattern number technology leaps far ahead of anything offered by competing docket management products, providing the most accurate match of law firms’ cases to court calendar and docket information. The JuraLaw® user-friendly dashboard interface allows New York managing attorneys and clerks to review court information first, before releasing it into JuraLaw®. JuraLaw® will be demonstrated in booth 437.

Cavo eD
Booth 2404

Cavo eD, the Intelligent eDiscovery Solution, is a complete product with thematic search, automation and advanced processing. Cavo eD integrates Pre-Processing through Production on a single platform. Since eDiscovery workflows naturally are multi-dimensional and non-linear, the intuitive Ribbon Bar provides all the navigational power a user needs. Jumping from workflow to workflow and feature to feature is simple and powerful.  The platform’s intelligent search, predictive coding and distributed processing support litigation professionals tasked with Big Data discovery. Note that industry luminary Tom O’Connor has just joined the team and is extremely excited to be part of the next generation of eDiscovery software.

Booth 220

DTI provides electronic discovery and document review services, legal business process outsourcing and facilities management for F500 corporations and AmLaw 100 law firms. DTI is focused on two big announcements at LegalTech this year. The first is that it has acquired industry veteran Applied Discovery. The acquisition will add to DTI’s strong bench of experienced discovery professionals and give Applied Discovery clients access to benefits made possible by DTI’s financial stability and national reach. Secondly, DTI has opened a new state-of-the-art knowledge and document review center in Midtown Manhattan. They are offering tours of the facility daily during the show. Visit them in Booth 220 for more information.

Booth 310

RenewData, a legal consulting and technology company with solutions that address the full spectrum of the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM), will be sharing two new offerings at LegalTech New York: Language-Based Analytics Incoming Productions and enhanced dashboard features that help counsel monitor review progress, focus review efforts, and prepare for depositions. In-house and defense counsel often find themselves confronted with the task of analyzing large incoming document productions which is time-consuming, costly and difficult to analyze. Language-Based Analytics Incoming Productions uses a strategic workflow, RenewData’s Language-Based Analytics tools and consultation to help you quickly and inexpensively pinpoint key documents and answer fundamental concerns such as did you receive the documents requested, did you ask for the right documents, what do the documents say about issues and which documents will become exhibits. The company also announced enhancements to its Language-Based Analytics dashboard. By tracking key information such as hot custodians, review status by custodian, hot time frames and review progress and acceleration, the dashboard helps counsel monitor review progress, focus your review effort, and prepare for depositions.

Booth 328

World Software has expanded its mobility suite and is proud to announce the all new Worldox iPhone app and Worldox iPad app, version 2. These powerful apps provide access to the feature-rich document management system so you can access your most essential documents and collaborate on the go.

New enterprise tools for document sharing and extranet connectors will also be shown, such as:

Citrix ShareFile communicates directly with Worldox without the need to access the ShareFile web interface. Easily and securely share files with users within or outside of your organization across corporate devices, mobile devices, tablets, laptops, and desktops.
LegalAnywhere enables you to send and replicate files to the extranet from within Worldox (up to 100 at a time). This ultra-secure extranet system conveniently makes confidential information available to clients, outside counsel and other parties to a matter.

Booth 334

With today’s workforce becoming increasingly mobile, organizations must provide their employees with the tools they need to work efficiently while on the move. But for highly regulated industries like legal, maintaining document security is just as important, so getting this balance right is crucial.

Workshare recently announced several updates to its mobile application that will allow users more flexibility when working remotely, all while maintaining topnotch security. Updates include a new annotation feature, improved search and navigation, and file sharing and sync.

In addition to creating a truly enterprise-ready mobile app, Workshare is also catering to the needs of its users by offering a hybrid cloud deployment option for its cloud collaboration suite. This gives legal customers an opportunity to choose data center infrastructure that guarantees control and ownership of their data, giving them peace of mind that their content is behind a private firewall.  Stop by Workshare’s booth at LegalTech, #334 to learn more.

@Legal Discovery, LLC
Booth 1500

@Legal Discovery, LLC, a full service eDiscovery technology provider, announces the latest release of their CasePoint unified eDiscovery software. The new version of CasePoint was developed using HTML5, which makes all the features of the platform operable on all web browsers and nearly every mobile device. In addition, the company released a native iPad app that allows CasePoint documents to be available both online and offline through an easy-to-use touch interface.

Booth 311

LawBase will be showcasing the company’s customizable case management solution at booth #311. LawBase’s strengths include its wide array of integrations with other popular legal software in order to maximize the return on investment for users. LawBase allows law firms, corporate legal departments and government agencies to track a file’s progress, maintain client files within various areas of law, keep complete calendars and schedules, maintain file room management and perform large repetitive tasks with just a few keystrokes.

Lateral Data
Booth 1414

Lateral Data, a Xerox company, will be showcasing the upcoming version of its Viewpoint all-in-one e-discovery platform at LegalTech. The latest enhancements of the software include significant user interface and functionality updates that further streamline the review process for its law firm and corporate end users.

Viewpoint 5.6 includes extensive early case assessment capabilities that allow case teams to gain critical insight into their data early on in the process, eliminating the time and cost of reviewing unnecessary information later on in the process. The software’s integrated Relationship Analyzer tool now includes dynamic visualization tools to help users analyze data faster over very large data sets, such as communications between domains and email addresses, spikes in communications between custodians and communication patterns of interest.

Booth #2012

Actiance to Showcase First Context-Aware, Cloud Archive at LegalTech 2014 – Launched January 27, Alcatraz is a new cloud-based archive for email and other real-time communication channels that reduces the cost of eDiscovery by displaying electronic communications in context. Alcatraz now extends social governance from policy control and real-time content monitoring to legal holds, records retention and disposal, and archiving. With Alcatraz, Actiance aims to reduce the risks and costs associated with today’s real-time communications channels so organizations can truly benefit from using unified communications, collaboration tools, and social media. Actiance is a global leader in communication, collaboration and social media governance for the enterprise.

Here’s a company that won’t be exhibiting but will be doing things around the show:

Orion Law Management Systems, Inc. (, a leading provider of financial and practice management software for law firms, will be announcing iOrion Version 2.0, and also releasing new features including the Expense Reimbursement Manager, and the Orion Productivity Pack for Microsoft Office at LegalTech New York.  iOrion Version 2.0 is a complete financial and practice management mobile application that allows legal professionals to access data from Orion using any recent-model iOS device. Version 2.0 has expanded the application’s capabilities by providing integration with Orion’s newest features, including the Expense Reimbursement Manager.  The release of the new Expense Reimbursement Manager eliminates paper-based, manual tracking systems making submitting and managing reimbursement requests quick and easy.  Orion Productivity Pack is also a new feature to Orion software which improves the continuity between entering time inside the traditional Orion desktop and outside by using Microsoft Office Applications.  Orion will not have a booth at this year’s conference, but they will be onsite to provide web demos and more information about their newest announcements. To meet with Orion please contact Heather Rutt at To learn more information, visit or contact

See you there – or be square?  Or frozen!

~ by CDLB on February 3, 2014.

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