The legal tech space has become explosive. Investors are pouring millions into legal innovation as founders excitedly plan to disrupt the legal space. Some attorneys are thrilled about the thought of new technology to better their practice while others are skeptical about the need for disruption — or even using the term disruption.

In any case, legal startups are big and getting bigger.


How Big is the Legal Startup Market?

According to AngelList, there are roughly 350 companies in the U.S. tagged in legal. If you break those down to legal startups, there are 101 listed. Josh Kubicki reported that legal startup funding is at an estimated $77 million year to date with the prediction that it will be much higher than the $458 million invested in 2013.

How Many Will Succeed?

David Perla, legal tech entrepreneur and investor, explains that, realistically, “a significant majority will fail.” When they do, people will say it is “evidence that the legal market is stuck in the dark ages, that it’s not ripe for disruption, that there’s no innovative … but the vast majority of startups in every industry do fail.” Watch the rest of this fascinating interview with Perla by Lee Pacchia:

Before we look at the startups moving to change the legal space, let’s talk about the legal startup recipe.

What is a Startup?

Paul Graham says, “A startup is a business designed to scale dramatically.” His essay “Startup = Growth” explains that a startup does not have to have venture funding or an exit to be considered a startup. The only essential thing is growth.

Eric Ries explains, “A startup is a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.”

While Steve Blank, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Stanford and Berkley among other institutions, describes a startup as such: “A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.”


Next: the 2014 list of legal startups.

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14 responses to “Legal Tech Startups in 2014”

  1. Mark says:

    Great info Janine. I’m going to jump on a few of these that I haven’t seen before. Intake is one particular area that’s ripe for innovation, or just basic automation. Thanks.

  2. I guess TrademarkNow (Helsinki/NYC, 2012, live, and @TrademarkNow ) should be on your list as well…

  3. Thanks Anna! Added to the spreadsheet.

  4. The StoryTelling BeanCounter says:

    Great article. Didn’t see ActionStep on the list. Really excited to see legal startups focusing on specific niche areas with the legal industry. Wonder how many are looking to start an ecosystem to integrated with other related online apps in the legal space.

  5. Leslie Meagley says:

    Janine, Great article. Thanks for pulling all the info together. Here’s another one to add to your list. MetaJure smart document management system.

  6. Micah Springut says:

    Great article. But while is a legal recruiting startup, we are not for law students. is for associates at top law firms looking to lateral.

  7. Ivan Rasic says:

    Thanks Janine for the great list. I believe @LegalTrek too fits the bill :) Best! Ivan

  8. Harry Singh says:

    Thank you Janine for the great article! Best Harry @Lawcus

  9. Sarah Quirk says:

    Thanks so much Janine for this article. Great compilation of expert opinion and data. eBrevia (Stamford, CT, 2011, live, is another startup in the contract analytics space. We’re commercializing machine learning tech from Columbia University.

  10. Jay Guiliano says:

    Here you go Janine – in the niche/IP space (Arlington, VA), we’re concentrating on making sense of patents –

  11. Michelle says:

    Another one to add to your Attorney Outsourcing list is Attorneys in Motion @attysinmotion / Attorneys in Motion provides outsourcing to Attorneys throughout all 50 states.

  12. Benjamin Raetz says:

    In terms of lawyer marketplace and free expert advice is an excellent choice for anything IP and innovation-related. They have launched in August and are operating in the United States and other jurisdictions. Given that their directory now includes almost 400 professionals (quickly rising, last I checked) they should have definitely been listed in the article.

  13. Great list and graphics Janine – still very relevant article! would fit in the Case Management – Litigation section. organizes case facts and transforms them into work product. Founded in 2013 in San Francisco, launched in July 2014 and growing fast. With me, a female CEO/cofounder, might our entrance inch up the female founder percentage up to 15%?

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