LegalWeek and LegalTech usher in second machine age

LegalWeek, the expanded version of LegalTech begins this coming Tuesday, January 31st at the New York Hilton in Midtown. Leading the charge of session speakers will be Andrew McAfee, Visionary Futurist & Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and NY Times Best Selling Author of “The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies”.  Mr. McAffee will explore the anticipated technological disruption on business structures and employment. He will discuss leadership in this new, ever-changing environment. Here’s hoping he relates it to the legal profession.  Other sessions during LegalWeek cover the march of the Millennials who will make up 75% of the legal workforce by 2026. “eDiscovery, the Cloud & Beyond” will cover strategies, technologies, and workflows surrounding eDiscovery and the Cloud. And some of the top minds in Legal will present the view of where the future is heading in regard to the battle for talent, global expansion, increasing cost pressures and prioritization of in-house vs outsourced legal services.

Every year LexTekReport offers a preview as to the exhibitors at LegalTech East Coast:

Booth #100

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Microsoft’s flagship store in NYC, LexisNexis will unveil Lexis® for Microsoft Office 365®, a redesigned, cloud-based version of the award-winning Lexis® for Microsoft Office® productivity software and legal drafting and review solution. The company will also announce and showcase the integration of several products and technologies to meet the needs to today’s data-driven attorneys.

Lexis for Microsoft Office enables users to conduct research, draft, share, review and store documents – all directly within the Word and Outlook applications they use every day. Working closely with Microsoft, LexisNexis created a new, cloud-based version of Lexis for Microsoft Office 365 that is accessible anywhere, anytime, on any device directly within Microsoft Word online. The new offering enables users to:

  • Securely conduct legal research, draft documents and share with colleagues within a single Word document – whether they on the road, in the courthouse, at the office or at home.
  • Expanded document portability and accessibility, as the only legal drafting solution to operate on a PC, a Mac® computer, and a wide range of mobile devices.
  • Receive automatic software updates of both Office 365 and the Lexis for Microsoft Office add-in – eliminating the need for IT Departments to host Microsoft Office and manage complicated software update schedules.

Moving to the cloud allows LexisNexis to be more agile, and enables them to bring new products, features, updates and innovations to market faster.

In addition, over the past several years, LexisNexis has begun to integrate its legal research and other solutions to create an increasingly connected platform that enables users to find what they need – seamlessly quickly and precisely. At Legaltech, LexisNexis will demonstrate several recent product/technology integrations that focus on combining practice advice with broad legal research capabilities, and infusing legal research with powerful analytics capabilities that enable attorneys to make strategic, data-driven decisions, anticipate behaviors and illuminate probable case outcomes.

Booth #311

LawBase will be at Legaltech New York 2017 and will be showcasing its partnership with LegalShift to bring the award-winning legal project management (LPM) framework, BakerManage® into its signature offering. The company will be showing this innovative LPM toolset in booth #311 and in the company’s Product Demonstration Suite.

This latest enhancement offers clients an LPM methodology that has been implemented across thousands of legal matters and is proven to achieve significant cost savings and efficiencies for legal teams and their clients. The LPM software is available as an integrated component of LawBase or as a stand-alone product.

LawBase is a powerful and configurable case and matter management solution, known for incredible flexibility without sacrificing functionality. LawBase’s strengths include its wide array of integrations with other popular legal software that 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 the law, keep complete calendars and schedules, maintain file room management and perform large repetitive tasks with just a few keystrokes, saving time and money.

Paper Software
Booth #1414

Paper Software is the developer of Turner for Mac and Contract Tools for Windows PCs, both powerful applications for creating and analyzing contracts. The company will be showcasing both products in booth 1414 at Legaltech New York.

Specifically, the company will be showing recent updates to both applications. The latest version of Contract Tools makes finding important information within contracts simpler than ever before. Now, important information is highlighted right within the document view that users are accustomed to seeing in Word. Potential contract drafting problems are visible at a glance. Text that you can use for navigation (a Contract Tools-exclusive feature since its release last year) becomes highlighted with a click. When using Contract Tools’ enhanced search features, search results are immediately highlighted.

The latest version of Turner adds support for the Touch Bar on Apple’s new MacBook Pro computers. The Touch Bar offers a revolutionary way to work with the keyboard by giving users controls that change depending on what they do. When using Turner to work with contracts, the Touch Bar can show controls for editing provisions, looking up defined terms, adding comments, and much more.

Yerra Solutions
Booth #525

Yerra will be at Legaltech New York 2017 in booth #525 showcasing how e-discovery can be brought in-house with a trusted partner who will manage everything from the people to the technology needed for large-scale, global e-discovery functions all while advising on the best processes for individual situations.
Yerra serves the operational and technology needs of in-house legal, eDiscovery and intellectual property organizations. The company’s offerings include consulting, managed services and technology solutions that drive operational efficiency and improved outcomes. Yerra is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland with offices in the UK, US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Poland so they are able to bring in local e-discovery experts across the globe.

Booth # 1401

FRONTEO is a global technology and services company specializing in big data, artificial intelligence, information governance, managed review and litigation consulting for the eDiscovery market. Legaltech highlights include:
•    The new FRONTEO ROI Analyzer, an automated tool that helps law firms and corporations develop effective business plans and budgets for eDiscovery projects
•    FRONTEO Managed Review & Staffing services
•    eDiscovery & Managed Services
•    FRONTEO TRUST BI Portal, a self-service dashboard providing eDiscovery teams with project status, details, analytics and performance tracking
•    FRONTEO Forensic Collections and Advisory Services

FRONTEO will sponsor a Legaltech session, January 31st from 1:15pm – 2:15pm:
Business Analytics: Data Driven Decision Making in eDiscovery
This panel will discuss how business data analytics apply to the e-discovery world: what kind of data is valuable, the costs and challenges associated with effective data capture and analysis, and what can be accomplished when you use analytics to drive business process in internally- and externally- focused service organizations.
Daryl Shetterly, Director, Orrick Analytics, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Cat Casey, Director, Global Practice Services, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Richard Dilgren, Vice President, Data Science & Analytics, FRONTEO

Booth 513

NetDocuments to depute Dropbox-like file synch, MS Office integration on iOS device, enhanced Search and security-as-a-service and governance upgrades

NetDocuments (nd), the leading cloud-based document and email management (DMS) provider for law firms and corporate legal departments will be unveiling several new product enhancements at Legaltech 2017 including: ndSync™, a secure Dropbox-like file synchronization and share application for improved usability and offline working; native Microsoft Office integration on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) that connects Microsoft Office apps directly to NetDocuments for seamless opening and saving of documents; and two key searching enhancements to provide intelligent personalized search as well as advanced entity extraction.  In addition to the new product enhancements, NetDocuments will announce several initiatives addressing key aspects of security, compliance, encryption, and infrastructure facing law firms and corporations. These include the achievement of SOC 2+ certification of the NetDocuments platform; end-to-end application-layer search index encryption and cryptography; and next-generation erasure coding data storage infrastructure for improved data security and high availability. Theses major advancements, all a first for any legal DMS solution, reinforce NetDocuments’ commitment to continually leading the legal industry through a world-class security platform, accessed and leveraged by all of NetDocuments’ global customers. Visit NetDocuments at booth 513.

Legal Workspace
Booth #509

Legal Workspace, a leading provider of cloud-based work environments designed specifically for law firms, now offers consultative services for law firms that focus on overcoming common business challenges. The services, led by legal applications expert Lisa Zurcher, will help law firms simplify complex tasks around time, billing and accounting, document management and practice management to save time and money and introduce more efficiency. The offering will include strategic planning, technology selection, implementation and training.

Zurcher joined the company in November. Before Legal Workspace, she founded legal consulting firm Systematized Office Solutions, LLC in 2004. The consulting firm worked hand-in-hand with law firms to identify business pain points and create process road maps to correct them. She has several legal technology certifications including Time Matters Advanced, PCLaw Advanced and Rocket Matter CCP.

Legal Workspace counts many leading legal technology companies as partners and provides hosting and certified support for Amicus Attorney, ProLaw, Needles, Time Matters, Worldox, QuickBooks, LawBase, Timeslips, PCLaw, Tabs3 and more.

Booth # – 1517

Salladore recently announced the availability of two-tiered advanced analytics in its workflow technology to give law firms and legal departments access to actionable, real-time business intelligence at the individual attorney level for partners and senior attorneys and at the practice group, department and office level for management and general counsel. At the individual attorney level, partners and senior-level attorneys will have access to advanced analytics to track individual associate performance using objective data. At the practice group, department or office level, Salladore’s advanced analytics compiles in real time ongoing performance data for each business unit at the law firm or legal department.

Salladore was designed by attorneys for attorneys. The software allows attorneys to check availability of other attorneys and find the right resources for a project – whether the attorneys work down the hall or across the country. The software allows attorneys to find associates with specific skills, gives them instant access to workloads and lets them assign tasks and manage follow-up. Salladore also offers law firm or department managers analytics on efficiency and productivity, giving them data to offer feedback and make informed decisions.

Edge Legal Marketing
Sky Suite 6

Edge Legal Marketing, a Minneapolis-based marketing and public relations firm serving the needs of entities in the legal industry, announces its 20-year anniversary. The award-winning agency began as a PR boutique, expanding to become a full-service marketing firm. Edge offers consultation and support from strategy development through tactical execution for companies targeting legal and accounting professionals as well as accounting and law firms.

Founded in 1997 as LegalVoice, the agency quickly became a leading provider of PR services and gradually added an array of marketing support. Legal industry veteran and then-LegalVoice president Amy Juers purchased the firm in 2007 and rebranded to better convey what the agency had become: a cutting-edge provider of both PR and marketing services.

Edge Marketing has an impressive client list and extensive relationships with industry media, associations, consultants and analysts and is routinely recognized for its expertise and professionalism in both the PR and marketing industries as well as the verticals it serves. The agency also partners annually with premier trade events to provide The Edge Room, a modern version of the traditional trade show press room to conveniently connect conference exhibitors and qualified members of the media.

Lex Machina
Booth #100

Lex Machina, a LexisNexis company, will be unveiling two new ‘apps’ that enhance the functionality and usability of its award-winning and industry leading analytics platform, Legal Analytics. These unique apps instantly provide customized, data-driven answers to critical legal questions at the click of a mouse, and deliver critical litigation information to help attorneys make strategic decisions, win more cases and close more business. The two new apps are:

  • Damages Explorer: delivers the first-of-its-kind ability to search, discover, and compare individual damages awarded for any patent, copyright, trademark, securities or antitrust case since 2009.
  • Parties Comparator: allows lawyers to compare parties by different criteria, such as litigation volume, performance, resolution and outcomes.

Booth # 2104

Leading managed services provider UnitedLex will be hosting three educational panels on Wednesday, Feb. 1, featuring GCs from AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, Bank of America, Chubb, HSBC,, Mass. Mutual Life Insurance, T-Mobile and others. The panels will cover a range of topics, including: the evolution of the legal department; achieving cost predictability in eDiscovery; and ways that legal departments can realize their full business potential


In addition, senior UnitedLex executives will be on hand to discuss issues and trends they are seeing in the marketplace:

  • For Corporate Counsel: Regulatory hurdles and & litigation challenges facing In-house legal; cost mitigation for litigation and for legal management; the changing GC Role.  (Available on hand: Nancy Jessen, SVP, Legal Business Solutions)
  • For Cybersecurity experts: Changing DOJ requirements for Security, regulatory/businesses/legal requirements related to Data Management Act, Insider threats and privacy, etc.  (Available on hand: Jason Straight, Chief Privacy Officer/SVP – Cyber Risk Solutions)

In other legal technology news…

On Monday, January 30th, DocsCorp, a global leader in PDF software and workflows, announces the release of pdfDocs 4.4, a major update to its PDF management software which is relied upon by hundreds of thousands of users in legal, accounting and government organizations across the globe. pdfDocs 4.4 offers important changes including improvements to DMS integration, dynamic XFA PDF forms handling, and streamlined interaction with Microsoft’s Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.

pdfDocs 4.4 enhancement highlights include:

  • Increased DMS integration – substantial improvements for users of iManage, NetDocuments, SharePoint, and OpenText Content Server. UK customers will appreciate the new built-in support for Laserform documents.
  • Ability to make annotations permanent
  • Improved management of Dynamic XFA Forms
  • Hyperlinks and bookmarks retained from Excel and PowerPoint
  • Right-click on attachment, ‘Open in pdfDocs’ in Outlook
  • Improvements to the Binder feature

– DG

~ by CDLB on January 27, 2017.

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