Baker & Hostetler has created a Digital Assets and Data Management group that will assume equal footing with the firm's five other practices: tax, litigation, business, labor and employment, and intellectual property. The firm already handles data matters for prominent clients including Marriott, Chipotle and Chevron.
E-discovery provider CloudNine has a new product, Collection Manager, to gather email and attachments from Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage files and Office 365 email custodians. CloudNine's Jared Greene says the product was developed to address a pain point cited by customers and also because few competitors can gather such data in a manner that is forensically defensible.
Verbit, which sells a transcription platform powered by artificial intelligence that is used in the law and education industries, has secured $31 million in additional venture capital funding. CEO Tom Livne says one of the company's priorities will be enhancing the product's ability to identify different speakers in a recording, a response to the increasing shortage of court reporters.
Axiom Managed Solutions -- a 2019 spinoff from Axiom, a provider of legal services -- has a new name: Factor. Key investors are staying onboard, and chief strategist Chris DeConti says the company's "average typical resource isn't a junior paralegal sitting far away in an offshore location, it's somebody with six years of experience, sitting in one of our centers, benefiting from technology-enabled process management."
New federal privacy laws are unlikely in 2020, providing more opportunities for legal, tech and operations talent on a contract basis, writes CEO Jared Coseglia of TRU Staffing Partners. His other predictions for the year include a renewed emphasis on customer service and satisfaction.
Microsoft is rolling out a security fix to Windows 10 after the National Security Agency warned of a flaw that hackers could use to spoof legitimate software and run ransomware or other malicious programs on millions of computers. Reporting the vulnerability represents a departure for the NSA from its past strategy of keeping security flaws under wraps to exploit for its own surveillance and intelligence needs.
Digital voice assistants such Alexa and Siri are expected to reach 8 billion users within three years, increasing the security concerns for businesses such as law firms, where sensitive matters are discussed. Brian Schrader of e-discovery provider BIA provides a path to smart adoption, starting with a formal corporate statement.
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada has a tool to help clients set up custom apps -- no coding required -- to tackle business issues such as regulatory compliance and searches for trademarks. The law firm's senior innovation manager, Al Hounsell, says a simple app can be created in a few hours.
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