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What Are The Benefits AI Brings To The Legal Industry? 12 Experts Share Their Insights

  • 29 September 2019
  • Sam Mire

There are significant challenges to address before we see the run-of-the-mill law firm relying on AI-powered systems. But once that day comes — and even before — we will see the benefits of AI investment in the legal space emerge. These industry insiders outlined the best-case scenarios for AI in the legal space. Here's what they said:

1. Richard Mabey, co-founder and CEO of Juro

“It can give lawyers their lives back. Nobody spends all that time and money on law school to spend their days combing through emails and PDFs. If AI can do the heavy lifting when it comes to process work, lawyers can get back to adding real value and being the genuine strategic business advisers they trained to be in the first place.

The wider point is that bluntly, AI gives you data. Legal teams are crying out to become data-driven, so they can make better decisions. Adopting AI helps them to make that world a reality.”


2. David Alain Bloch, CEO & Co-Founder of Legartis

“With our six user promises, we give the legal industry the answer to this question: Automated contract management can save you time and money to improve decision-making, identify revenue opportunities and risk positions, reduce contract error and simplify knowledge sharing. Legartis' mission is to provide an AI-based SaaS solution that strengthens legal understanding by helping professionals review, analyze, amend and manage legal documents throughout their lifecycle.”


3. Kenneth A. Grady, Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at Michigan State University College of Law

AI has successfully reduced the burden on lawyers of clients of repetitive, high volume, low critical analysis work. Before AI, lawyers were tasked with reviewing large volumes (thousands to millions) of documents, extracting those documents relevant to the matter, and in certain cases finding specific clause(s) in the documents. It would take teams of lawyers, all highly trained and compensated, weeks to months to accomplish these tasks. Mistakes were made as attention flagged, and legal matters delayed until the process was completed. AI has successfully reduced the human component and improved quality.”


4. Thomas J. Hamilton, LL.B., B.C.L., VP, Strategy and  Operations at Ross Intelligence

“It's hard to give just one. I would say the top 3 would definitely be 1) predictability 2) better client service 3) higher quality work.

At the end of the day, AI changes the legal profession just like other waves of technology innovation did in the past (e-mail, personal computing, typewriters, dictaphones, etc.) – it frees up more of an attorney's time to focus on the complex knowledge work by speeding up less complex parts of their workflow without sacrificing quality or accuracy.”


5. Cat Casey, Chief Innovation Officer at DISCO

“Reducing time to evidence or insight for practitioners is the largest benefit of AI solutions across all legal applications. Lawyers today are facing rapidly increasing volumes and varieties of data. In order to effectively advocate, practitioners need a way to quickly extract relevant information from the growing data swamp — the disparate and opaque data sets across a variety of platforms.

Solutions like CAL enable practitioners to garner insights even in massive multi-terabyte heterogeneous data sets with a fraction of the time and cost of traditional unaided human review. This reduction of time allows attorneys to focus more on case development and strategy.”


6. Avi Brudner, Chief Operating Officer at Blue J Legal

“At the end of the day, law is a professional services industry: lawyers want to provide the best possible service to their clients. Clients have certain demands around cost and quality of service and lawyers naturally want to be able to meet those demands. AI is able to help lawyers work more efficiently and effectively, leading to higher quality of service in less time, and resulting in happy clients.”

 


7. Katherine Pawlak, Partner at Wasserman, Bryan, Landry & Honold and Rasmussen College Paralegal Instructor

“The biggest benefit AI brings to the law is the ability to quickly and effectively complete lengthy or difficult tasks. AI can quickly conduct research and mine through data in a fraction of the time it would take a lawyer to perform the same tasks. That savings in time translates directly into monetary savings, which can assist in client relations. Further, time lawyers would typically spend performing these tasks can then be spent in other ways on legal work or client relationship development.”


8. Eric Podlogar, IP Market Lead at ktMINE

“In the short term, AI will become another tool enabling those in the legal industry to distinguish their services. Look for the use of AI to continue to grow and eventually get to a place where if you aren’t using it, then you will not be as competitive within the legal space as you need to be. Also, innovations will not occur in isolation: Other technologies (blockchain, virtual assistants, quantum computing and others) will have an impact on how AI evolves.”


9. Noory Bechor, co-founder and CEO of LawGeex

“AI has the power to offload much of the more mundane tasks that take up a lot of lawyers’ time. Whether it’s sifting through documents to find the right case, extracting data for due diligence, or reviewing routine contracts, AI can augment lawyers and make them much more efficient. This frees lawyers up to focus on more impactful work, scale with the business while maintaining costs without sacrificing quality and consistency.”


10. Stewart J. Guss, Attorney At Law

As the technology of legal AI continues to improve in terms of power and sophistication, we can only expect faster and more precise results and outcomes of its use. Much like AI in the medical, or other professional industries, AI won’t replace lawyers, but will make them more efficient and more well informed. Some bemoan the loss of support staff and jobs in the legal industry as AI technology continues to improve, but early indications are that for every lower-paying legal job eliminated, another higher paid more sophisticated job is created. The net effect of AI in the law is not expected to be a reduction in legal jobs over time, but rather, the creation of a legal staff that is able to complete greater amounts of work, more accurately and more effectively, without concurrent increases in staffing requirements.”


11. Nicole Black, Lawyer, Author, Journalist and Legal Technology Evangelist at MyCase

“AI software offers value since there are tools already available that have the potential to save law firms time and money. This is because AI technologies hold the promise of automating the tedious aspects of practicing law, allowing you to focus on more interesting, high-level analytical tasks.”


12. Benjamin Alarie, CEO of Blue J Legal

Ben AlarieAt the end of the day, the law is a professional services industry: lawyers want to provide the best possible service to their clients. Clients have certain demands around cost and quality of service and lawyers naturally want to be able to meet those demands. AI is able to help lawyers work more efficiently and effectively, leading to a higher quality of service in less time, and resulting in happy clients.”

About Sam Mire

Sam is a Market Research Analyst at Disruptor Daily. He's a trained journalist with experience in the field of disruptive technology. He’s versed in the impact that blockchain technology is having on industries of today, from healthcare to cannabis. He’s written extensively on the individuals and companies shaping the future of tech, working directly with many of them to advance their vision. Sam is known for writing work that brings value to industry professionals and the generally curious – as well as an occasional smile to the face.

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