79 episodes

Technically Legal is a podcast about legal tech, legal innovation and the impact of tech on the law and legal industry.

In each episode we interview an innovator in the legal industry. Guests discuss how technology is changing the practice of law and how they are implementing legal technology and innovation into their legal departments and law firms.

The podcast is hosted by Chad Main, an attorney and founder of Percipient, a tech-enabled legal services provider. Chad launched Percipient on the belief that when technology is leveraged correctly, it makes legal teams more effective.

Technically Legal - A Legal Technology and Innovation Podcast Percipient - Chad Main

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    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings

Technically Legal is a podcast about legal tech, legal innovation and the impact of tech on the law and legal industry.

In each episode we interview an innovator in the legal industry. Guests discuss how technology is changing the practice of law and how they are implementing legal technology and innovation into their legal departments and law firms.

The podcast is hosted by Chad Main, an attorney and founder of Percipient, a tech-enabled legal services provider. Chad launched Percipient on the belief that when technology is leveraged correctly, it makes legal teams more effective.

    Building a Litigation Finance Program at BigLaw Based on Project Management Principles (Angela Floessel, MoFo)

    Building a Litigation Finance Program at BigLaw Based on Project Management Principles (Angela Floessel, MoFo)

    Angela Floessel, Global Director of Pricing and Legal Project Management at Morrison Foerster, discusses the litigation finance program she helped set up permitting MoFo to take good cases it might not otherwise take, secure good results for clients it might not otherwise help and help grow the firm’s bottom line while doing it.
    Before moving to legal, Angela spent most of her career in finance. But in 2015, she took her business skills to the legal world. First to Baker Mckenzie and ultimately landed at Morrison Foerster.
    Among other responsibilities, Angela was hired to build out MoFo’s pricing and practice management teams, but while doing that, her business background helped her spot another opportunity at the firm to develop–a litigation funding program.
    Working with other lawyers at her firm, they developed a structured litigation funding program, with a due diligence protocol and a legal funding committee that vets good cases for which they can enlist the help of litigation funders.
    As Angela also explains, to ensure the program is a success, its foundation relies on project management processes. The firm’s project management team is involved in the cases every step of the way to make sure they identify the right opportunities, staff the cases correctly and stay on budget.

    • 33 min
    Crypto Lawyer Nelson Rosario on the Legal, Regulatory and Political Implications of Blockchain Technology

    Crypto Lawyer Nelson Rosario on the Legal, Regulatory and Political Implications of Blockchain Technology

    Crypto lawyer Nelson Rosario discuses the legal, regulatory and political landscape of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.
    We also get an update from TurnSignl CEO Jazz Hampton about his company’s progress since he was last on the show.
    Nelson started out as an intellectual property lawyer but caught the crypto bug in law school. His boutique law firm Rosario Tech Law, focuses on servicing crypto and emerging technology companies that are working to change in the way we all interact with each other and deal with privacy and power.
    Although IP is still a significant part of his practice, Nelson’s firm provides those companies with strategic counseling, general outside services and assistance with privacy issues.
    Before he went to law school he was an election official in Florida and worked to streamline voter registration rolls and how his county processed absentee ballots.
    Nelson discusses the potential impact blockchain technology may or may not have on elections, the political and regulatory ramifications of the recent U.S. sanctions against crypto “mixer” Tornado Cash and how blockchain technology might change certain areas of the law.

    • 43 min
    Neil Irwin On Successful (Legal) Careers in the Modern Economy (Replay)

    Neil Irwin On Successful (Legal) Careers in the Modern Economy (Replay)

    We talk to New York Times Senior Economics Correspondent Neil Irwin about his book, How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World: The Definitive Guide to Adapting and Succeeding in High-Performance Careers.
    To write the book, Neil interviewed successful employees with companies in various industries–from Microsoft to a company running popular New York City eateries.  He wanted to understand what made these people successful in the modern economy. An economy driven by automation, “gig” jobs and dominated by “winner take all” companies (companies that dominate an industry like Google, Facebook and Walmart).
    Neil figured out that the most successful professionals are “glue people.” People who can communicate across varying job types and roles. Glue people are effective communicators because they are flexible, held varying types of positions in their career and understand the economics of their company.
    What does this have to do with legal tech and legal innovation? Quite a bit.
    The legal industry is not immune to economic changes affecting other industries. Technology and automation are changing the way lawyers work. To be a successful lawyer nowadays, it takes exposure and skills outside traditional lawyering (like understanding project management and being tech savvy–or, being a “unicorn lawyer”).
    In his book, Neil ultimately concludes that for people with the right mindset, economic changes impacting the modern career path are positive. Those that are flexible, willing to make the effort to stay ahead of industry trends and take time to understand what really drives business to their companies and firms are poised to succeed.
    Technically Legal is hosted by Chad Main, an attorney and the founder of Percipient, a tech-enabled alternative legal services provider.

    • 29 min
    Replay: Using Legal Tech to Scale a Legal Department - Mel Scott (Megaport)

    Replay: Using Legal Tech to Scale a Legal Department - Mel Scott (Megaport)

    Using legal tech to scale a corporate legal department is the topic du jour in Episode 45. The guest: Mel Scott, Senior Legal Counsel for Megaport, a global technology company offering scalable point to point connectivity for public and private cloud connections. Mel is also the host of a great podcast called Counsel about in-house lawyer life.
    Mel talks about her journey from law firm lawyer to an in-house role. She also talks about her experience scaling Megaport's legal department not only with specific legal technology (contract management app Ironclad) but by starting with technology the company was already using. In this case, Slack and Jira (issue and project tracking software).
    Technically Legal is hosted by Chad Main, an attorney and the founder of Percipient, a tech-enabled alternative legal services provider.

    • 32 min
    How to Improve Legal Operations With Data Driven Decision Making Alex Kelly (Brightflag COO)

    How to Improve Legal Operations With Data Driven Decision Making Alex Kelly (Brightflag COO)

    Brightflag COO Alex Kelly discusses the AI powered legal operations platform he co-founded that helps legal teams get a handle on legal spend and gain insight into their legal operations as a whole.
    By collecting information from legal bills and other sources, Brightflag provides analytics about how legal work is being resourced which can then be used to inform procurement decisions, help determine which legal service providers to add to panels and help create legal pricing models.
    It is interesting that Alex ended up cofounding Brightflag because he never worked in-house and instead spent seven years in private practice at one of Ireland’s premier law firms representing financial institutions.
    But, that Alex is a lawyer turned entrepreneur is not surprising. Both his father and stepmom are lawyers and his mother’s family founded one of Ireland’s preeminent bespoke carpet manufacturing companies.

    • 28 min
    Daniel Linna on Legal Education and Legal Tech Adoption (Northwestern University)

    Daniel Linna on Legal Education and Legal Tech Adoption (Northwestern University)

    Daniel Linna, Senior Lecturer & Director of Law and Technology Initiatives at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & McCormick School of Engineering visits the podcast to talk legal education, artificial intelligence and intersection of computer science and law.
    Professor Linna teaches classes at both Northwestern’s law school and engineering school that relate to tech and law including a couple on artificial intelligence. Dan is also heads up the University’s Legal Innovation Lab.
    Dan also does a fair bit of research including his most recent project that is testing conversational AI that tenants can use in disputes with landlords.
    Prior to Northwestern Dan held positions at both the University of Michigan and Michigan State. Before he was a professor Dan practiced law at a large law firm.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Lillian Steuben ,

Love this podcast- a must for any legal tech

Stumbled upon this podcast and it is a treasure. As a KM manager at a firm, previous law librarian, this podcast is engaging, relevant, and makes me nod my head while also giving me perspective on what is going on in the legal realm outside my organization. Def worth listening to if you have any sort of interest in legal tech!

Epl858696 ,

Great content

Engaging conversations on legal tech.

crawmacdad ,

Top legal tech podcast

Chad Main provides a unqiue window into the legal tech world by asking engaging questions to interesting people who are breaking new ground in the profession. I can see why it made the ABA Journal 2018 Web 100.

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