Speaking with James Pittman, co-founder of Docketwise, fast, intelligent and intuitive immigration software for preparing your immigration forms, at Clio Cloud Conference 2018.

Kevin O’Keefe: Who am I talking with?

James Pittman: I’m James Pittman co-founder at Docketwise

Kevin O’Keefe: And what is Docketwise?

James Pittman: Docketwise is a web-based platform

Speaking with Chris Smith, founder of Your Firm App, which provides lawyers the opportunity to place a uniquely branded app on the App Store and Google Play, at Clio Cloud Conference 2018.

Kevin O’Keefe: Who am I talking with?

Chris Smith: Chris Smith. I’m an attorney in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and a founder of Your Firm App.

Kevin O’Keefe: How long have you practiced law?

Chris Smith: I’ve been practicing for about 14 years now.

Kevin O’Keefe: What type of work do you do?

Chris Smith: Primarily family law, litigation, General Litigation and family law.

Kevin O’Keefe: Always in Oklahoma City?

Chris Smith: Oklahoma City. I’ve also practiced in Dallas, but primarily Oklahoma City.

Kevin O’Keefe: And then how did this idea come along? I mean, it’s not like most people are going to law school ready to start a legal tech company.

Chris Smith: Well, I was one of those guys that kept wanting to see a client-facing application so that we could easily communicate with clients on a native app.

Continue Reading Chris Smith, of Your Firm App, on the Value of Clio and the Growth of Startups in Oklahoma City

Speaking with James Betzold, founder of PrimaFacie, a modern immigration forms and case management tool for immigration lawyers, at Clio Cloud Conference 2018.

Kevin O’Keefe: Who am I talking with?

James Betzold: Hi, I’m a James Betzold, the founder of PrimaFacie.

Kevin O’Keefe: What does PrimaFascie do?

James Betzold: PrimaFascia is the immigration case management system. It syncs with Clio, and autofills forms that you’re going to need for immigration cases, and help overall management of the immigration aspects of the case.

Kevin O’Keefe: And how long have you been doing it?

James Betzold: We launched to the public in 2016, so a couple years.

Kevin O’Keefe: What were you doing before that?

James Betzold: I’m an immigration lawyer.

Kevin O’Keefe: So what gave you the crazy idea that hey, I can start a legal technology-based company?

James Betzold: An over abundance of confidence…

Kevin O’Keefe: Or as Jack or Rian called it, unreasonable optimism, or something like that. Irrational optimism is what they called it.

Continue Reading James Betzold, Founder of PrimaFacie, On How He Was Inspired to “Build Something Better”

Talking with the man of the hour, Jack Newton, co-founder and CEO of Clio, at Clio Cloud Conference 2018.

Kevin O’Keefe: I guess I know who I’m talking to. Who are you?

Jack Newton: I’m Jack Newton, the CEO of Clio.

Kevin O’Keefe: How old is Clio now?

Jack Newton: Clio turned 10 this past Monday, so a really auspicious anniversary for us where we had our 10 year anniversary of launching Clio to the world.

Kevin O’Keefe: The spirit of what I’m doing here is interviewing legal tech founders. You’re a little bit of a larger scale, and a lot of people are here because of you. How did you and Rian Gauvreau come up with the idea to do this thing?

Continue Reading Jack Newton, Co-Founder and CEO of Clio, Reflects on the Company’s Ten Years in Legal Tech

Speaking with Mary Juetten, founder of Traklight, which helps clients identify, manage, and protect valuable intangible assets including IP, at Clio Cloud Conference 2018.

Kevin O’Keefe: Who am I talking with?

Mary Juetten: Hi, I’m Mary Juetten from Traklight.

Kevin O’Keefe: What is Traklight?

Mary Juetten: So Traklight is something that you can use to do a business legal checkup, like, how are you doing? What kind of risks are you facing as a business, whether you’re an inventor with a business idea, all the way up to mid-sized company that doesn’t necessarily have a GC already.

Kevin O’Keefe: You’re also a lawyer.

Mary Juetten: I am a new lawyer.

Kevin O’Keefe: How’d you get the idea for Traklight? Where’d that come from?

Continue Reading Mary Juetten, Founder of Traklight: “Starting a Business is Not For the Faint of Heart”

Speaking with Puneet Tiwari, CEO and co-founder of Evichat, a tool for lawyers to collect, review, and redact IM chat evidence from client mobile devices and social media accounts, at Clio Cloud Conference 2018.

Kevin O’Keefe: Who am I talking with?

Puneet Tiwari: I’m Puneet Tiwari, CEO and co-founder of Evichat

Kevin O’Keefe: And what does Evichat do?

Puneet Tiwari: Evichat helps attorneys collect evidence from their clients’ mobile devices and Internet cloud accounts.

Kevin O’Keefe: So it’s not collecting the evidence via mobile devices, it’s collecting the evidence that’s on the mobile device?

Continue Reading Puneet Tiwari, CEO of Evichat: “Execution is Everything”

Chatting with Matthew Volm, CEO and Founder of Tali,a hands-free time-tracking tool, at Clio Cloud Conference 2018.

Kevin O’Keefe: Who am I talking with?

Matt Volm: I am Matt Volm, CEO and co-founder of Tali.

Kevin O’Keefe: Thanks so much for coming on the LexBlog series on legal tech founders. What gave you the idea to start this company? What were you doing at that time before you started it?

Matt Volm: At the time I was working in corporate finance for a healthcare company, but my wife is an attorney and so one night I saw her at our kitchen table with a pile of post-it notes and she was spending hours entering the information on the post-it notes and the info on the post-it notes was her billable time and so she was spending hours on this incredibly painful manual task and I randomly throughout the idea of, hey, what if you could use Alexa to get that job done? She would just track and log your time for you, and my wife thought it was not a bad idea, and that’s ultimately where where the idea came from.

Continue Reading Matthew Volm, CEO of Tali, on Founding His Company

Talking with Ishan Girdhar, CEO of Privva, a vendor risk management company, at ILTACON 2018. 

Kevin O’Keefe: Who am I talking with?

Ishan Girdhar: Hi, my name is Ishan Girdhar, and I’m the founder and CEO of Privva.

Kevin O’Keefe: What does Privva do?

Ishan Girdhar: Privva really helps manage the security assessment process throughout the entire value chain in the legal industry. So, clients are asking law firms a lot of security assessment questionnaires, how they’re protecting that data. So we help them respond to those assessments. And then we also help law firms do security evaluation reviews of all the third party vendors. So all the vendors in this room today, you know, they may touch networks, they may touch data and so we just want to make sure that they have the right measures in place for whether it’s security policies, procedures, architecture, to protect that data.

Continue Reading Ishan Girdhar, CEO of Privva: “It’s All Relationships”

Speaking with Michael Chasin, the CEO of Lexicata, on his journey from Uber driver to legal tech CEO, at ILTACON 2018. 

Kevin O’Keefe: I am with Michael Chasin, and you’re the founder of what?

Michael Chasin: Lexicata.

Kevin O’Keefe: And what is Lexicata?

Michael Chasin: So Lexicata is essentially a CRM and client intake software built for small to medium-sized law firms.

Kevin O’Keefe: And how’d you get that idea?

Michael Chasin: So a bunch of pivots – there’s been a few pivots. Long story short, my business partner, Aaron and I were in law school and we were trying to come up with an idea for a business and we basically realized that it’s a lot harder to come up and find lawyers than we realized, and we were in law school at the time, so we said if we’re struggling to find a lawyer, we need to figure out a way to find a lawyer.

Continue Reading Michael Chacin, CEO of Lexicata, on His Journey from Uber Driver to Legal Tech Founder

Talking with Tom Martin, CEO and Founder of LawDroid, a bot automation company striving to promote “Justice Everywhere,” at ILTACON 2018. 

Kevin O’Keefe: Who am I talking with?

Tom Martin: So my name is Tom Martin from Vancouver.

Kevin O’Keefe: And what do you do, Tom?

Tom Martin: So I have a legal tech company called LawDroid.

Kevin O’Keefe: What does law droid do? And droid is d-r-o-i-d like in droid, obviously.

Tom Martin: Like R2D2. Yeah. So what LawDroid does, it’s a legal AI company that’s dedicated to helping lawyers and law firms automate their office.

Kevin O’Keefe: So what does that mean? Like, I’m a lawyer, what does it do for me that is a result of that?

Continue Reading Tom Martin, CEO of LawDroid, Says “Now is the Time” to Jump Into Legal Tech