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LegalMation leverages the power of artificial intelligence to transform litigation

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Platform Overview

LegalMation provides a suite of Artificial Intelligence tools to help practicing attorneys and legal professionals automate routine litigation tasks. Unlike existing template generators and form-fillers, LegalMation's ground-breaking AI system is able to dynamically produce responsive pleadings, discovery requests, discovery responses, and related documents that are tailored to the claims, allegations, and requests in the legal document uploaded, incorporating jurisdictional requirements as well as the attorney’s own style, formatting, and response strategy. Developed by a passionate group of award-winning litigators and highly accomplished software developers, LegalMation is focused on liberating litigators to allow them to focus on more valuable tasks in their practice.

Case Studies

Insurance Companies

A national insurance carrier deployed LegalMation to achieve significant time and cost savings on its high-volume, low exposure litigation matters handled in-house.

CORPORATE
IN-HOUSE

Global retail giant integrated LegalMation into its case assignment work flow to lower legal spend, and to obtain more value from its outside counsel.

Large
Law FirmS

Am Law 100 law firm deployed LegalMation across its offices nationwide to achieve higher margins, increase efficiency, and provide more value to its clients.

Small
LAW FIRMS

High caliber small litigation law firm uses LegalMation to handle increased case volume and efficiently manage limited resources.

THE BUZZ

“It will be interesting to see what happens to the billable hour model of legal work when LegalMation becomes the norm.”

Forbes

“It couldn’t be easier.  You drag and drop the complaint and two minutes later you have the results.  And the results are very good.”

The American Lawyer

“The legal A.I. tool everyone in the industry has been waiting for.”



CKO, Am Law 100 Firm

“Attorneys can reduce the time they spend on answers and initial discovery by 60 to 80 percent.”

Corporate Counsel Magazine

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Complaint Analysis tool

Upload Complaint

  • Answer
  • Discovery Requests

The complaint analysis tool is incredibly simple to use, as demonstrated in this short tutorial video: Simply upload the complaint using our web interface, wait 2-3 minutes, then download first drafts of requests for production, interrogatories and answer.

Discovery Analysis tool

Upload Discovery Requests

  • Response Shells
  • Draft Objections

The discovery analysis tool is incredibly simple to use, as demonstrated in this short tutorial video: Simply upload a PDF of that RFP and our SMARTOBJECT system will isolate each question from the document, identify it’s subject matter, and suggest potentially relevant suggestions.

About Us

We are passionate about technology and law.

In an industry where “innovation” is often nothing more than a marketing buzzword, we are taking on the incredible opportunity to fundamentally transform and disrupt “how things have always been done.”

We are award-winning lawyers and technologists who have joined forces to bring our customers – corporate legal departments and law firms alike – the must-have tools to achieve high efficiency and provide unmatched value to their respective clients. We are not just another “legal A.I. tool.” Our platform is fundamentally transforming how lawyers work and deliver value. Unlike other solutions designed to merely assist lawyers do their job, our platform actually produces draft litigation documents ready for review. See for yourself. The real change in our industry that everyone has been waiting for is finally here.

The Team

  • The Team
  • Advisory Board

James M. Lee

Co-Founder & CEO

Thomas Suh

Co-Founder & COO

Enoch Liang

Co-Founder

Timothy Fox

Chief Information Officer

James W. Lee

Chief Technology Officer

Mihui Pak

Vice President, Product

Stephanie Fox

Senior Director, Client Experience

Celso De Melo, Ph.D.

AI Technical Advisor

John Ritchey

Director of Project Management

Tom Kim

Lead Software Developer

Jiwon Hahn, Ph.D.

Senior AI Software Developer

Arton Ragsdale

Senior Software Developer

Jenny Phan

Office Manager & HR

Richard Lau

Manager, Production

Alexandra Brell

Client Training and Engagement Lead

Eric Sagata

AI Software Developer

Tsubasa Furukawa

Software Developer

Eric Kim

Software Developer

Andrew Daar

QA Specialist

Sabeen Minhaz

Product Analyst

Heliya Izadpanah

Product Analyst

Matthew Kleiman

Product Analyst

Graham Stinnet

Product Analyst

Sabrena McDonald

Quality Assurance Testing

Pauline Bui

Quality Assurance Testing

Jarell Zablan

Product Specialist

Calvin Berry

Client Training Team

Bethany Huwe

Office Administrator

Jor Law

Strategic Advisor
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John B. Quinn

Founding Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
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Bradley M. Gayton

Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Ford Motor Co.
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Kristin Campbell

Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Hilton Worldwide
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Alan Bryan

Senior Associate General Counsel – Legal Operations and Outside Counsel Management, Walmart Inc.
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Kiran Mallavarapu

Senior Vice President and Manager, Legal Strategic Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance
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Laura Maechtlen

Partner and National Chair of Labor & Employment, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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Edward Estrada

Partner and Chair of Financial Industry Group, Reed Smith LLP
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Piero Bussani

Chief Legal Officer & SVP, Revantage Corporate Services (a Blackstone Real Estate portfolio company)
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Patrick DiDomenico

Chief Knowledge Officer, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
CONNIE BRENTON

Connie Brenton

Founder, Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC); Chief of Staff/Sr. Director of Legal Operations, NetApp
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Amy Wegener

Chief Knowledge Officer, Paul Hastings LLP
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Tariq Abdullah

Senior Director, Legal Operations and Data & Analytics, Walmart Inc.
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Joe Borstein

Managing Director, EY (Ernst & Young Global Limited)
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Zach Abramowitz

Co-Founder & CEO, ReplyAll; Columnist, Above the Law
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Jae Um

Founder & Executive Director, Six Parsecs; Director of Pricing Strategy, Baker McKenzie

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Platform Overview

LegalMation provides a suite of Artificial Intelligence tools to help practicing attorneys and legal professionals automate routine litigation tasks. Unlike existing template generators and form-fillers, LegalMation's ground-breaking AI system is able to dynamically produce responsive pleadings, discovery requests, discovery responses, and related documents that are tailored to the claims, allegations, and requests in the legal document uploaded, incorporating jurisdictional requirements as well as the attorney’s own style, formatting, and response strategy. Developed by a passionate group of award-winning litigators and highly accomplished software developers, LegalMation is focused on liberating litigators to allow them to focus on more valuable tasks in their practice..

LegalMation distinguishes itself from other Artificial Intelligence products in several key aspects.:

  • LegalMation is the first Artificial Intelligence company to focus solely on using AI to automate and enhance litigation tasks.
  • LegalMation uses cutting-edge AI to power its platform and, unlike some other legal tech platforms, LegalMation requires no human involvement to generate its output.
  • LegalMation is not a template generator, form-filler, or other Q&A-driven tool. Rather, our A.I. solutions generate actual work product--caliber drafts of legal documents comparable to that of an attorney or legal professional that only require minor editing and basic review before filing/serving. Drafting these documents from scratch often takes an associate attorney or paralegal an entire day, but our products can produce comparable high-quality drafts in mere minutes.
  • LegalMation’s solutions are ready to use out-of-the-box. You can be up and running on our platform in a matter of minutes.
  • LegalMation’s solutions are fully customizable to your needs. LegalMation can customize the style, content, and strategy behind how its output is created to mirror your current output.
  • LegalMation’s solutions are easy to use and require no computer knowledge besides how to use a mouse and keyboard. Our products are browser-based; there is nothing to download or install. The interface is simple and clean, and designed to be accessible to even the least tech-savvy. As a result, the adoption cost for integrating LegalMation to an existing organization's workflow is very, very low.

Complaint Analysis

Our premier/flagship offering is the Complaint Analysis tool. This tool is capable of reading a complaint, or other lawsuit-initiating document, and producing a complete set of initial responsive documents tailored to the jurisdiction where the action was filed, including answers, requests for production, interrogatories, deposition notices, and other case-initiating documents.  Additionally, we are able to customize the style and content of these documents to make them indistinguishable from those generated by your attorney or firm.

 

Like all of our products, the Complaint Analysis tool features an easy-to-use, browser-based interface; no software needs to be installed or maintained on your firm’s computer systems and no technical expertise is necessary to use it.  To use the tool, simply upload the document via our web interface and in 2-3 minutes, download your requests for production, interrogatories, answer, and other documents.

The Complaint Analysis tool is designed for use by defense side attorneys in the earliest stages of litigation, usually just after receiving a copy of the initial complaint or other pleading from opposing counsel, and only requires a digital copy (e.g. a PDF) of that initial complaint to use.

How It Works

The Complaint Analysis tool works by using our proprietary Artificial Intelligence system to read and understand the complaint on a sentence-by- sentence basis.  This process enables our system determine the key allegations and relevant causes of action alleged in a legal document at a very granular level, similar to that of an attorney or legal professional but in a fraction of the time.  Using this deep understanding of the complaint, our system is able to draft an answer that addresses the actual allegations of the complaint and discovery requests that are tailored to the allegations in the complaint. 

 


Additionally, for jurisdictions where a party is required to respond to each allegation in a complaint on a paragraph-by-paragraph basis, our system also extracts the necessary information from the complaint and allows the user to quickly respond to each individual paragraph in an automated fashion using our integrated in-browser tool.  By automating this critical, but often tedious task our system can save hours in generating identical work-product.

 

Discovery Analysis

Our Discovery Analysis tool is the first of its kind.  It allows a user to upload a written discovery request (e.g. requests for production, interrogatories, requests for Admissions, etc.) and in 1-2 minutes receive a fully formatted response document (in MS WORD) with all of the requests incorporated into the response.  In addition, our Discovery Analysis tool is capable of analyzing the content of each request to determine if the request is objectionable via our SMARTOBJECT™ system, which will suggest potential targeted objections for each request.  Additionally, like all of our products, our Discovery Analysis tool output is fully customizable to mirror the style and content of your current discovery responses and makes our output indistinguishable from those generated by your attorneys.

Like all of our products, the Discovery Analysis tool features an easy-to-use, browser-based interface; no software needs to be installed or maintained on your firm’s computer systems and no technical expertise is necessary to use it.  To use the tool, simply upload the discovery request via our web interface and in 1-2 minutes, download your response document with objections included.

The Discovery Analysis tool is designed for use by both plaintiff and defense side attorneys in all stages of litigation, and only requires a digital copy (e.g. a PDF) of the discovery request.

How It Works

Our Discovery Analysis tool uses advanced AI and OCR technology to identify the type of discovery uploaded, the style of each request, and to extract each individual request from a discovery document.  With this information, our system is able to process each individual discovery request through our AI system to determine what type of information or document the discovery request is asking for.  Based on this detailed understanding of each discovery request we are able to provide a full range of discovery responses from simple shells that mirror the language and formatting of the request, to responses and incorporate objections based on our analysis of the content of the discovery request.  For example, when presented with a request for medical records, our SMARTOBJECT™ system will incorporate a medical privacy objection in its output (if applicable in your jurisdiction).

Our Discovery Analysis tool automates one of the most tedious and time-consuming tasks of litigation.  Before our tool existed, an attorney or paralegal would have to either copy and paste the discovery requests from a scanned copy of the PDF and correct all the formatting issues, or manually retype the questions. They would then have to read each request, determine the relevant objection, and insert the corresponding text.  Depending on the number of discovery requests in a document this can easily take 1-3 hours of work before even substantively responding to the requests. Our Discovery Analysis tool can perform that 1-3 hours of work in 1-2 minutes.

Insurance COMPANY Case Study

A national insurance carrier achieves significant savings on its high-volume, low exposure litigation matters through its adoption of LegalMation’s Complaint Analysis tool

A national insurance carrier with significant litigation volume across the country for its insureds, was searching for technology, tools, and processes to increase efficiency on its litigation matters to lower its litigation costs. This national insurance carrier partnered with LegalMation to identify an area of litigation where LegalMation could have a significant and immediate impact and decided to deploy LegalMation’s Complaint Analysis tool for all of its third-party motor vehicle tort litigation.

LegalMation worked closely with the national insurance carrier to customize the output from its platform to generate documents that mirrored the current output of the national insurance carrier’s attorneys and paralegals.  LegalMation was able to automate the creation of an answer, requests for production of documents, interrogatories, requests for admissions, and deposition notices, all tailored to the facts and allegations of each complaint and almost indistinguishable from those manually created by the insurance company’s attorneys and paralegals.  LegalMation was able to generate this output in 2-3 minutes—a significant time savings over the insurance company’s prior practice for generating this output.

Following a pilot program consisting of processing all of its complaints for a single jurisdiction through LegalMation, the national insurance company made LegalMation an integral part of its workflow for all jurisdictions where LegalMation currently operates. In these jurisdictions, when a new motor vehicle-related lawsuit is served on the insurance company or its insureds, the assigned counsel or paralegal runs the complaint through the LegalMation Complaint Analysis tool, downloads the initial outputs, which are then reviewed by the attorney or paralegal and finalized, all within a few minutes.

Challenge

  • Increasing budgetary pressure to lower legal spend on defense of insureds
  • Obtain more value from staff counsel
  • Reduce legal secretary/paralegal overtime

Solution

  • Deploy LegalMation internally so staff/captive counsel can generate initial response draft documents in minutes

Results

  • Up to 80% time savings on key litigation tasks
  • Reallocation of staff/captive counsel time away from process/volume work to higher value strategic tasks
  • Increased consistency and quality in work product

Corporate In-House Case Study

A leading global retail giant achieves significant savings on legal fees on its high-volume litigation matters using LegalMation’s Complaint Analysis tool.

The Legal Operations group of a leading global retailer with significant litigation volume across the country was searching for technology tools to increase efficiency and consistency on its litigation matters, lower its legal spend, and obtain more value from outside counsel. Working with LegalMation, the retailer identified two litigation areas with large volume where the deployment of LegalMation’s Complaint Analysis tool could have a significant impact: employment and premises liability tort litigation.

The retailer conducted a pilot of LegalMation’s Complaint Analysis tool by asking select outside counsel to run complaints through the LegalMation Complaint Analysis tool and compare the outputs to those generated by the firm’s typical workflow.  LegalMation’s Complaint Analysis tool was able to generate an answer, requests for production and interrogatories that were almost identical to those generated by outside counsel and tailored to the facts and allegations of each.

Today, this global retailer has made LegalMation an integral part of its workflow and case assignment process. When a new lawsuit is served on the retailer in one of the jurisdictions where LegalMation operates, an in-house paralegal runs the complaint through LegalMation’s Complaint Analysis tool and sends the output, consisting of an answer, requests for production, interrogatories, and other jurisdiction or firm-specific output to the selected outside counsel for the matter.  Outside counsel then bills the retailer solely for the time spent reviewing and editing this initial output which generates significant savings for the global retailer.

Challenge

  • Increasing budgetary pressure to lower outside counsel legal fees
  • Obtain more value from hours billed by outside counsel
  • Lack of consistency in work product and quality from outside counsel

Solution

  • Deploy LegalMation internally to generate initial draft responsive documents in minutes
  • Integrate LegalMation into its initial case assignment process

Results

  • Up to 80% savings on outside counsel legal fees on key early stage litigation document drafting.
  • Reallocation of outside counsel time away from process/routine work to higher value strategic tasks.
  • Increased consistency and quality in work product

Large Firm Case Study

An Am Law 100 labor and employment law firm was searching for ways to become more competitive and capture more market share

Handling over 5,000 employment related litigation matters per year across the country, the Am Law 100 law firm (the “Firm”) needed a quantifiable solution to lower its servicing costs and provide more value to its national clients. The Firm engaged in extensive testing of LegalMation’s platform across multiple offices to determine its effectiveness.

Using LegalMation’s Complaint Analysis tool, the Firm was able to reduce the attorney time spent preparing answers, affirmative defenses, and initial written discovery (requests for production, interrogatories, and other jurisdiction-specific requests) from an average of 6-8 hours per matter, to less than 1 hour (including review time by an attorney). The Firm tested LegalMation’s tools across multiple types of employment cases across various jurisdictions and concluded that the resulting draft documents were not only produced incredibly fast, but were also consistent in quality.

Today, the Firm is able to offer more competitive proposals for its volume matters, which in turn allows it to obtain additional work from national clients.

Challenge

  • Downward price pressure in high-volume, lower-exposure matters
  • Making Alternative Fee Arrangements more competitive and yet more profitable
  • Differentiate from competitors during marketing pitches
  • Lack of work product consistency from associates/paralegals

Solution

  • Integrate LegalMation into volume litigation matters in the Firm’s busiest offices

Results

  • Up to 80% time savings on key litigation tasks
  • Higher profit margins on volume matters, particularly those on AFAs
  • More distinctive marketing
  • Higher levels of associate satisfaction

SMALL LAW Firm Case Study

A high-caliber general litigation boutique reduced paralegal and associate time and money expended on key early litigation tasks by 75%+

A general litigation boutique with around 40 attorneys needed to cut costs in order to stay competitive in a very crowded local market and also sought to minimize reliance on support staff.

Using LegalMation’s platform, the boutique law firm was able to reduce the attorney (and paralegal) time spent preparing answers, initial discovery (requests for production and interrogatories), and discovery responses, including objections, from several hours per matter, to less than 1 hour (including review time by a supervising attorney). The boutique firm tested LegalMation’s Complaint Analysis tool and Discovery Analysis tool across multiple practice areas and concluded that the resulting draft documents were not only produced incredibly fast but also with consistency and quality similar to its own junior attorneys and paralegals. In particular, the boutique law frim, which did not have the luxury of a large support staff, found LegalMation’s Discovery Request tool particularly helpful in dealing with burdensome discovery requests served on its clients.

Today, the boutique law firm is able to offer more competitive proposals for its matters and through the efficiency gained by LegalMation’s platform compete against national law firms with more resources.

Challenge

  • Downward price pressure due to a crowded local market
  • Limited associate/paralegal resources to handle routine drafting tasks
  • Compete against national law firms with more resources
  • Differentiate from competitors during marketing pitches
  • Lack of work product consistency from associates/paralegals

Solution

  • Deploy LegalMation’s Complaint Analysis tool to generate initial draft responsive pleadings, and the Discovery Analysis tool to quickly generate shells and responsive objections throughout the life of a case

Results

  • 70-85% time savings on key litigation tasks
  • Higher profit margins on volume matters, particularly those on AFAs
  • More distinctive marketing
  • Higher levels of associate satisfaction
  • Reduced staff overtime
 
James M. Lee
Co-Founder & CEO

James M. Lee is co-founder and CEO of LegalMation. He is a founding partner of LTL Attorneys LLP, a nationally recognized litigation boutique. As an experienced litigator, he has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts. He has been recognized as a top business litigator by various legal publications including the National Law Journal. James has served as lead counsel to a number of Fortune and multinational clients including Wal-Mart, Thomson Reuters, Symantec, and VIZIO. He was formerly associated with litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel before co-founding LTL Attorneys. He is a frequent and noted speaker and commentator in the field of AI and innovations in the field of law. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, and his B.S. from the University of Southern California. At LegalMation, James serves as the key driver of the Company’s vision and strategy.

Thomas Suh
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Thomas Suh is co-founder and COO of LegalMation. He brings a unique combination of legal and business experience to the Company. Most recently, he served as the managing partner of LTL Attorneys LLP, a nationally recognized litigation boutique based in California. Thomas co-founded several technology-leveraging companies including a business process outsourcing service focused on providing back office support to accounting firms. He also served as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte where he provided strategic consulting services to multinational companies. In the early 2000s, Thomas served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of DestinationRx (now DRX and part of Connecture, NASDAQ: CNXR). During the same time period, Thomas also served as a Project Director at an early-stage venture capital firm and technology incubator, where he helped launch numerous “dot-com” startups in various industries. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. At LegalMation, Thomas is charged with primary operational responsibility.

Enoch Liang
Co-Founder

Enoch H. Liang is a co-founder of LegalMation and a founding partner of LTL Attorneys LLP.  Prior to founding LTL, Enoch served as an IP litigator at Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office. He is an experienced IP attorney, and has litigated all facets of IP disputes (including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and idea theft claims). Enoch has served clients across numerous industries including in technology, retail, cosmetics, automotive, and entertainment, in cases venued in California, Delaware, Texas, New York, as well as in China and Hong Kong. Enoch is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected to the “Super Lawyers” list by Thomson Reuters multiple times, both in Southern and in Northern California. Most recently, he was named to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers List for 2018. In 2016, the World Trademark Review named Enoch as a “Recommended Expert” in trademark litigation. Also in 2016, the BTI Consulting Group honored Enoch as a “Client Service All-Star,” one of only 30 IP attorneys nationwide in the entire report. American Law Media and Martindale-Hubbell also rated Enoch as a “2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law.” He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, and his B.A. from The Ohio State University.

Timothy Fox
Chief Information Officer

Tim Fox is primarily responsible for developing the Company’s solutions/outputs. Tim’s background as an experienced litigation attorney and network administrator, provide him the skills to bridge legal work with technology. Tim is an experienced attorney who has handled various types of business disputes, including cases involving patents, trademarks and copyrights, software defects, consumer technologies, trade secrets, and product liability. Tim was selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2016 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters. Prior to law school, Tim served as a Network Administrator for Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, where he provided IT support for the southwest region. He received his J.D. from the University of Southern California, and his B.S. in Computer Information Systems, from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

James W. Lee
Chief Technology Officer

James W. (JW) Lee is CTO of LegalMation. He directs strategic technology initiatives and leads the company’s product development team. With over 20 years of experience in software development and enterprise information technology, he has held numerous leadership roles within a variety of technical domains ranging from machine learning imaging solutions to online AI assistants to massively scalable media platforms. Formerly as CTO of Fishermen Labs he helped the digital agency earn the ranking of the 4th fastest growing private company from the Los Angeles Business Bureau by delivering software solutions for companies such as Walmart, Sony, and the United Nations. JW has also served as CTO of Building Safety Solutions where he led the development of emergency preparedness and incident response systems for signature corporate properties such as the One World Trade Center in New York and the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. He also served as Director of Engineering at Kirus, Inc, where he led the development of a global reverse supply chain system. Other notable roles include system architect at Versura, the first reverse auction web portal for educational loans. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and has completed graduate work at the University of Minnesota.

Mihui Pak
Vice President, Product

Mihui Pak is Vice President, Product for LegalMation. As a former litigator at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Mihui worked on a variety of cases including insurance, antitrust, corporate, eminent domain, and criminal matters. She also practiced in the Corporate Investigations and White Collar Group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. She started as a summer associate at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP. Mihui also clerked for two federal judges: the Honorable Rya W. Zobel in the District of Massachusetts and the Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman in the Eastern District of Louisiana. As an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School, she developed and taught an advanced legal writing seminar. Mihui received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard University.

Stephanie Fox
senior director, client experience

Stephanie E. Fox is Senior Director, Client Experience. In this role, Stephanie engages and develops new clients as well as ensures existing clients’ success. Stephanie brings with her over 25 years’ experience in the legal industry including 15 years with Thomson Reuters, most recently as Director, Customer Proposition Strategy.  Prior to that, she practiced law as a medical defense attorney in New Jersey.  Stephanie holds a B.A. in English, Master’s in Library and Information Science, and a J.D. all from Rutgers University.

Celso De Melo, Ph.D.
Technical Advisor

Celso de Melo serves as a consultant to LegalMation’s technical team. Celso earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Southern California with a focus on artificial intelligence techniques (e.g., machine learning).

John Ritchey
Director of Project management

John Ritchey is Director of Project Management at Legalmation.  He leads the Project Management and Quality Assurance groups. His experience in maturing startups from idea to fruition and improving operations in some of the world’s largest companies will ensure that as Legalmation grows, the organization will have the capacity to scale with it. In a management consulting capacity, he has served clients on 5 continents, including 6 US states, in 3 languages and saved them over $200 million. He received an MBA from UC Irvine and Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Tom Kim
Lead software developer

Thomas (Tom) Kim is a lead software developer for LegalMation. He has over 20 years of experience in software development working at startups to Fortune 500 companies. He has developed and led teams working on various platforms and applications, including printing systems, desktop and web applications. Tom received his B.S. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

Jiwon Hahn
Senior AI software developer

Jiwon Hahn is a senior software developer focused on AI technology at LegalMation. She has 15+ years of experience in software development and UX/UI products. Formerly at Thales, Jiwon was a UX Product Owner, leading the GUI development of in-flight entertainment systems and successfully delivered to 10+ airlines, including Hong Kong Airlines and Oman Air.  At Raytheon, Jiwon was a Product Owner of a military command and control system, leading three different teams. She worked on innovation projects as well as a multi-year $650M international program. As a developer, she developed iOS/Android applications including Chat, Voice over IP, and GPS tracking. Jiwon has submitted two patents, received Thales Innovation Award and Raytheon Technical Honor.  She received her M.S./Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from University of California, Irvine, and her B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Ewha Womans University.

Arton Ragsdale
Senior software developer

Arton Ragsdale helps guide our software development team through the continued expansion and growth of our platform. With over 15 years of experience building a wide range of software, he enjoys making complex systems easy to use and exploring new technology. He strives to develop robust, flexible, efficient and maintainable systems. Arton has worked with large multinational corporations and startups, building everything from design systems and UI/UX specifications to websites, mobile applications and backend systems. He was previously Head of Mobile Development at Fishermen Labs and has worked for many years as a Software Development and Design Consultant. Arton received his B.F.A. in Fine Art and Design from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Jenny Phan
Office Manager

Jenny serves as LegalMation’s office manager.  She has primary responsibility for customer billing, accounts payable, human resources, and overall office management duties.

Richard Lau
Manager, Production

Richard Lau is instrumental in the continued development and production of LegalMation’s content and products.

While attending Cornell Law School, Richard served as a Production Editor/Content Developer for James Publishing where he edited legal practice handbooks on a variety of legal subject matters.

Alexandra Brell
Client Training & ENgagement lead

Alexandra Brell is the Client Training & Engagement Lead at LegalMation.  Prior to LegalMation, Alexandra worked as a law clerk, serving multiple independent law offices in southern California as well as briefly serving as a law clerk for the District Attorney’s office in Los Angeles County.   She earned her J.D. from Glendale University College of Law and a B.A. in journalism from California State University, Northridge. 

Eric Sagata
AI Software developer

Eric Sagata is one of the initial software engineers to join LegalMation’s team. He has contributed to the development and maintenance of LegalMation’s platform. Eric previously worked in the field of print and broadcast journalism transitioning into software development. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in American Studies with an emphasis on Journalism and Technology.

 

Tsubasa Furukawa
Software developer

Tsubasa Furukawa is a software developer at LegalMation. As a member of the engineering team, he helps develop the company’s core products on both the frontend and backend. Prior to LegalMation, Tsubasa worked with JW at Fishermen Labs and developed software solutions for clients in various industries. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Eric Kim
Software developer

Eric Kim is a software developer at LegalMation. He received his B.S. in Computer Science, from the California State University of Long Beach, where he focused on full stack web development. Prior to LegalMation, Eric served as a software & system integrator for Thales Avionics (Irvine), where he specialized in managing, integrating, and testing different software/system components

Andrew Daar
QA Specialist

Andrew Daar is the Quality Assurance Specialist for Legalmation.  Prior to Legalmation, Andrew worked as a judicial clerk for the Illinois Appellate Court and as an analyst at West Hollywood City Hall.  He brings the experience of his legal background to the development team. This allows him to test the Legalmation software from the perspective of our clients.  Andrew earned his J.D. from DePaul University, where he served as an editor of the Journal of Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property, and his B.A. in Sociology, with a focus on business and legal applications, from the University of Michigan.

Sabeen Minhaz
Product Analyst

Sabeen Faheem Minhaz is a Product Support Analyst at LegalMation. She previously served as the owner of The Law Office of Sabeen Faheem PLLC and as an Assistant District Attorney for Dallas County. She received her J.D. and B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Southern Methodist University. At LegalMation, Sabeen works on product development and efficiency. 

Heliya Izadpanah
Product Analyst

As a Junior Product Analyst, Heliya supports the development of LegalMation’s solutions/outputs.  With a diverse background of experiences, she has worked in research, public policy, environmental services, and healthcare, prior to joining LegalMation.  She earned her B.S. in Society & Environment at the University of California, Berkeley.

Matthew Kleiman
Product Analyst

Matthew is a member of LegalMation’s Product Team and a member of the California State Bar.  Prior to joining LegalMation, Matthew worked in commercial real estate investment brokerage specializing in national retail properties.  Some of his other work experience includes the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He received his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and a degree in Business Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Graham Stinnett
Product analyst

As a member of LegalMation’s Product team, Graham supports the development of LegalMation’s solutions/outputs.  Graham’s background in trial/jury consulting and freelance web development provides him with the foundation to contribute towards advancing LegalMation’s products and mission. He is a former Trustee Scholar at the University of Southern California, where he received his B.A. in Philosophy, Politics & Law.

Sabrena McDonald
Quality Assurance Testing

Sabrena is a Quality Assurance and Testing Specialist for Legalmation. Prior to working for Legalmation. Sabrena spent two years working in the non-profit field. She earned her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton and her J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.

Pauline Bui
Testing & quality assurance

Pauline is a testing and quality assurance specialist with LegalMation. Prior to LegalMation. she worked in a family law office as well as the OCDA.  She received her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and her B.A. from The Ohio State University.

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Calvin Berry
client training team

As a member of the Client Training Team, Calvin manages all training assets for LegalMation, including user guides and tutorial videos. Prior to LegalMation, he worked as a copywriter for the LA-based design brand Poketo. He received his B.A. in English from Gordon College.

Bethany Huwe
Office Administrator

Bethany graduated with a B.A. in Communications from Gordon College in 2012 and moved out to Los Angeles shortly after, where she assisted a television director for several years and then managed the front of house and back office of an up-and-coming brunch spot in the heart of Echo Park.  As an Office Administrator at LegalMation, she applies her technical and organizational skills to assist with the work of various departments and keep our office running smoothly.

Jor Law
Strategic Advisor

An entrepreneur who has successfully built and exited his own startup, Jor combines his experience as a corporate/securities attorney, tech investor, startup founder, and product manager to bring additional depth to management teams.  As an attorney, he was most well-known for his expertise in alternative finance, including EB-5, venture capital, crowdfunding, and initial coin offerings (ICOs) or security token offerings (STOs).  Under his leadership, his law firm grew to be the dominant firm in EB-5 finance and a major contender in other areas.  As co-founder of VerifyInvestor.com, he grew the business to become the world’s most used accredited investor verification service and obtained a successful exit under 5 years.  He helped lead Network Optix’s seed round and guided them to become the 7th fastest growing software company in 2016 according to Inc. 5000.  Jor was a pioneer in building out the ecosystem for digitizing and trading securities on the blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies; his clients in the space are now recognized as leaders in their respective niches and include Prime Trust, tZERO, and Polymath.  Jor received his BA in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and his JD from Columbia University, School of Law.

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