Lawyers and Innovation: Waiting for Einstein

Vol. 23 No. 2

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Martin F. Smith is a founding director of MetaJure, Inc., a legal technology company based in Seattle, WA, and a co-founder of Attenex, one of the first e-discovery businesses. For 25 years, Mr. Smith practiced with Preston Gates & Ellis (now KL Gates), where he founded the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group.

Eighty-Five Percent

The current unmet need for legal services in the United States is pegged at a staggering 85 percent. It is a number so large it is no surprise that “the need for innovation in the delivery of legal services” is trumpeted everywhere we look – in blogs, articles, books, conferences, and in specially appointed task forces. It is also a primary focus of American Bar Association President William C. Hubbard:

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