The Growing Legal Tech Market Place

If you’re interested in learning more about the emerging legal tech market place then you might want to take a look at tech.law.stanford.edu. Robert Ambrogi wrote about this resource in May just before it was introduced at the CodeX FutureLaw Conference. He referred to it then as a “curated list of 450 companies changing the way legal is done.” Today tech.law.stanford.edu includes 558 companies in its directory, that’s over 100 new start ups in about a month and a half. An impressive growth rate …

The site organizes things under a handful of broad categories: Document Automation; Practice Management; Legal Research; Legal Education; Online Dispute Resolution; E-Discovery; and, Analytics. So if you’re looking for a service or want to see who your competition is it’s a good place to start. A number of keyword tags are also provided which means you can zoom in on things like “access to justice,” “incorporation” or “machine learning.”

Clicking on a particular service, for example, the Ontario Small Claims Wizard, brings up a page indicating when the company was founded, its current status, a link to their website and a list of related companies. You can also suggest a site if you know of one that has yet to be included. And if you’re interested in the code that drives this website it’s open source and available on Peter Gunst’s* Github site. Nice!

So far it’s a little light on Canadian content so if you know of a Canadian legal tech start up or want your own service listed then submit your information for consideration.

 


* CodeX Fellow and Co-Founder of Legal.io.

Comments

  1. Great article Tim! You should check out Paper. I met the founders at a tech event in Vancouver. They are working on extremely disruptive technology.

    Their angle is that, like MS DOS, legal documents are a brutal interface for non-lawyers, so why not create a more intuitive interface for the entire legal structure of businesses.

    The website is: https://get-paper.com/

  2. Tim – The growth in the number of startups on the list from 450 to 558 in a month and a half shouldn’t be interpreted as the growth rate in startups. Many of the additions were startups that already existed but were added to the list over time. I’ve been maintaining my own list of startups (http://www.lawsitesblog.com/legal-tech-startups) and I’ve come to realize that the hardest part is just becoming aware of some of these companies. My list has also grown quite a bit since I launched it in April, but most of the additions haven’t been new companies, but rather companies that I’d missed in originally compiling the list.

  3. Thanks Greg sounds interesting … disruptive and intuitive is a great combination!

  4. Yes, good point Bob. It will be nice to see these expressed on a timeline, something you mentioned was in the development pipeline for the tech.law.stanford.edu/ site.

  5. Addison Cameron-Huff

    Around six months ago I tried to put together a list of all of the Toronto-based legal tech startups: https://www.cameronhuff.com/blog/toronto-legaltech-startups/. I identified about 30 startups plus 11 more established businesses.

    The two main hubs in Toronto are the Ryerson LIZ: http://www.legalinnovationzone.ca/startups/ and the MaRS LegalX cluster: https://www.marsdd.com/our-sectors/information-and-communications-technology/legalx-cluster/ (although it seems they no longer list the companies).

    Since writing that blog post I received a number of emails from legal tech businesses outside of Toronto. There are at least a few in KW, Ottawa and Vancouver. I’d love to see someone put together a Canadian list and they’re welcome to use my list as a starting point.

  6. Thanks Addison. Very useful information!

  7. Like the rise in the number of legal apps, startups are an obvious symptom of bigger problems.

    A recent article points out that “… focusing on technological solutions to the access-to-justice crisis risks letting policy-makers and the legal community off the hook.” JENA MCGILL, Better access to justice in Canada? There’s an app for that http://bit.ly/2a250Q5

    BTW – My latest slaw item touches on some of the history of legal IT in Toronto: http://bit.ly/29RBbmH