SmartLaw + Evolution of Technology

Listening to Rob MacAdam’s recent Bloomberg Law presentation on SmartLaw, I was reminded about the evolution of legal technology as it relates to my own legal career. When I first started at a large firm based in the Midwest in 2001 as a litigator, I was handed a Dictaphone.

My fellow first-year associates and I were expected to leverage the tape recorders for drafting briefs, memos, and client correspondence. Once a tape was handed off to my assistant for transcription, I would mark up and revise the documents (usually in WordPerfect) until they were ready for partner review.

From the Dictaphone days, I transitioned into the BlackBerry era where I learned to furiously type with my thumbs. Attorneys were now easily accessible 24-7 and on weekends and holidays in order to provide the best service to their clients.

For the last several years, most lawyers (myself included) have firmly resided in an email sandbox on their iPads or laptops, and our inbox and email folders are overflowing.

So, where are we now in utilizing legal technology to improve efficiency and client engagement?

I believe the answer lies in SmartLaw. The principal tenant of SmartLaw is simple: attorneys must become “smarter” in how they deliver services and engage with clients through the intelligent use of legal technology.

Like my old Dictaphone from 2001, providing legal services to clients through email also is proving to be inefficient. In 2018 and beyond, I expect that innovative attorneys will continue to utilize flexible collaboration platforms to optimize productivity and promote client engagement. SmartLaw is here.

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Larry Oleksa

Industry Advisor at HighQ
Larry offers a practical perspective on how innovative technology solutions can optimize the delivery of legal services and enhance client relationships. His experience includes serving as the General Counsel of an emerging global network security software company located in Overland Park, Kansas. Larry also held the position of Senior Counsel at Garmin International and spent several years at the Chicago office of Perkins Coie where he represented the firm's technology clients.