Welcome to the Legal Techo Chamber Power Rankings – Round Four
September was (largely–congrats Ironclad, Legalist, etc.) a month to catch our collective breath. But just because the big news days were limited this past month, doesn’t mean the powerful lost their mojo. Which means we don’t get to skip our monthly #legaltech power rankings.
At this point, you hopefully know the drill (and, if not, see lists 1-3).
Here are our October rankings of the 25 most powerful players in #legaltech. Enjoy!
|1||+7||Ed Walters||Fastcase||The Dumbledore of #legaltech is on a roll. In September, Fastcase announced its 3rd acquisition in 20 months. The deal brings Ohio-based NextChapter into the Fastcase fold, with founder Janine Sickmeyer taking on the role of Director of Practice Workflow at Fastcase. The NextChapter acquihire builds on the 2014 acquisition of Collier TopForm & File from LexisNexis and signals an extension of the research platform into cross-practice form-automation. This and other signals -- like the company’s close relationships with Clio and Reynen Court -- suggest that Walters is, as always, a step ahead of everyone else in reading the tea leaves of where the industry is headed. Plus, Walters continues to advocate for broader access to free legal research. For being on the right side of life, Walters tops our October power rankings.|
|3||-1||Cornelius Grossman||EY Law|
|4||New||Andrew Sieja||Relativity||After a brief break from these rankings over a very news-filled September, Sieja makes a splashy return to the #4 spot. After a relatively quiet month, the Techo Chamber is looking forward to a splashy reveal or two at the upcoming RelativityFest -- and we’re taking a moment to give a nod to one of the few people who’s managed to build a billion dollar business in legal tech. Especially amidst the noise and hype machine running fast and furious in the space, Relativity keeps on keeping on, with nearly full market penetration across the AmLaw 200 and active partnerships with some of the earliest (and newest) ALSPs reaching the majority of the Fortune 100. The newer generation of legal tech founders could afford to take a lesson or two from Sieja.|
|5||0||Joy Heath Rush||ILTA|
|6||-5||Avaneesh Marwaha||Litera Microsystems|
|12||+1||Irish McIntyre||Thomson Reuters|
|13||-1||Jae Um||Baker McKenzie|
|16||New||Jason Boehmig||Ironclad||Legal startup funding news slowed a bit in September, but the headliner raise goes to Ironclad. One of a handful of wunderkind startups pulling serious money from heavy hitters in Silicon Valley -- with an investor roll that includes Y Combinator, Greylock and Sequoia -- Ironclad has been one to watch from the get go. We like Ironclad for the rare ability to focus on a market segment, and even though contract management has been the always-elusive siren song that has sunk many a well-funded effort, we like Ironclad’s focus on workflow and integrations. Congrats on the Series C -- don’t spend it all in one place.|
|17||0||Andy Klein||Reynen Court|
|18||-4||David Cambria||Baker McKenzie|
|19||New||Katie DeBord||Bryan Cave|
|21||-1||Bill Henderson||IU Law|
|25||-3||Jeff Marple||Liberty Mutual|
|Fun While It Lasted...|
|Dropped||Shruti Ajisaria||Allen & Overy|
|Dropped||Dan Katz||LexPredict (Elevate)|