This article showcases our top picks for the best San Francisco based Legal Tech companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Legal Tech industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top San Francisco Legal Tech Companies
Ironclad is the digital contracting platform that in-house legal teams rely upon to unlock the power of their contracts data. By streamlining contract workflows, from creation and approvals to compliance and insights, Ironclad frees legal to be the strategic advisors they’re meant to be.
The platform is used by modern General Counsels and their teams at companies like Dropbox, AppDynamics, and Fitbit to unlock the power of their contracts data. Ironclad focuses on transforming contract processes for legal, sales, and operations teams by automating workflows and approvals.
They automate every part of contracting, unlocking critical data that propel a business forward. The company was named one of the 20 Rising Stars as part of the Forbes 2019 Cloud 100 list, the definitive list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world.
The company is backed by investors like Accel, Sequoia, Y Combinator, and Emergence Capital. Ironclad was founded in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, California, United States..
Checkr is a startup that provides either online access or an API that returns automatically generated background checks. Checkr uses the same data sources as traditional background check companies, but can usually turn it around a lot more quickly than traditional providers.
Through Checkr’s advanced background check technology, companies can better understand the dynamics of the changing workforce, bring transparency and fairness to their hiring, and ultimately build a better future for workers. Checkr was founded on 2014 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California and Denver, Colorado..
Casetext is a widely used A.I. legal research technology, has been adopted across the legal market from the largest Am Law 100 law firms to solo practices.
Its award-winning technology offers both conventional search functionality and its CARA A.I. powered contextual search, focuses on the context of a research to help find on-point authorities faster.
Founded by a team of former litigators from top law firms, as well as Ph.D. data scientists and leading A.I.
engineers, Casetext helps legal researchers find the best cases, faster, including many that they would otherwise miss. Casetext was founded on 2013 and is based in San Francisco, California..
Logikcull is an instant discovery for modern legal teams. Its secure, cloud-based solution helps law firms and organizations of all sizes solve the expensive, complex, and risky challenges associated with eDiscovery.
Based in San Francisco, Logikcull is a provider of legal intelligence solutions. Its secure cloud-based platform is trusted by hundreds of leading organizations, including the US Government, Fortune 500 and Am Law 200, who use it to efficiently solve the complex data challenges associated with electronic discovery, internal investigations, subpoena response, FOIA, claims processing and more.
Founded in 2004 by CEO Andy Wilson and CTO Sheng Yang, it is dedicated to building powerfully simple software that its customers can use from anywhere on any device at any time, with minimal training.. .
UpCounsel operates an online marketplace for businesses to find and hire legal help based on their preferences in the United States. Its marketplace allows the users to access lawyers for legal need.
UpCounsel provides services in the areas of agreements, business formation, patents, trademarks, immigration, general counsel, labor and employment, and securities and finance. It serves legal departments, executives, HR departments, and startups.
Mason Blake and Matthew Faustman founded UpCounsel in 2011. It has its headquarters in San Francisco in California..
LawGives connects clients with lawyers based on their preferences and needs, and offers them with free information and free consultations. It offers free guides and flat fee services for startup, business, immigration, intellectual property, employment, family, trusts and estate, eviction defense, and property law needs.
The firm’s trusted circle of lawyers are screened lawyers, in a wide variety of practice areas and geographies, who provide fixed fee and custom legal services packages. LawGives membership is free to clients and the trusted circle of lawyers pays an annual subscription to power the LawGives community platform.
Its community also gives back, by supporting pro bono services and partnering with established legal services organizations. LawGives was launched in 2011 and is operated from Palo Alto, California..
One of the core purposes of legal tech products is to shrink the time and effort needed for early case management and trial preparation. To achieve that goal, DataNovo has created the first AI- and machine learning-based system that offers three core features: (1) licensing; (2) AI-driven prior art searches; and (3) patent analytics.
For licensing, with a single key stroke, DataNovo’s Software-as-a-Service platform allows any individual or corporate entity to identify potential infringers and associated infringing products to every U.S. patent, and helps patent owners advance monetization efforts and secure licensing opportunities.
For AI-driven prior art searches, with a single patent number (instead of keywords), DataNovo offers users the best prior art against that patent instantaneously. Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, DataNovo aims to reduce search speed, improve result accuracy, and minimize cost.
Companies interested in patent landscape can also use DataNovo’s patented platform to check if their new product may infringe on any existing patent. For patent analytics, which are suited for patent owners or business competitors who are looking to gather, analyze, and assess patent validity strength before pursuing or defending patent lawsuits, advancing licensing deals, or structuring M&A transactions, DataNovo’s business intelligence helps facilitate real-world settlement, licensing, and purchase negotiations.
With DataNovo, companies are able to obtain stronger, more defensible patents, challenge frivolous lawsuits, assess critical licensing or infringing intelligence, and make informed business and strategic decisions throughout the companies’ life cycles.. .
Anduin brings transparency and trust to private market transactions and board actions to help all parties better understand and execute fair outcomes. The workflow platform creates efficiencies for a number of processes such as due diligence, milestone reporting, auditing, and deal negotiation.
By saving everybody time and preventing mistakes, Anduin is the trusted source of information about transactions which all parties can understand and rely on.. .
Attorneys.org is changing the way people find legal help. We’re building the leading online marketplace for legal services.
Our attorney directory is the only one where every law firm is linked to its lawyers, and every lawyer to their law firm. Browse local results with firms and attorneys for 100+ practice areas across every state and city nationwide.
Review detailed attorney and law firm profiles and read reviews from past clients.. .
Upstock’s platform is Equity Management as a Service. Upstock offers a one-size-fits-most framework to organize a team, increase the runway, and distribute equity, all for a low monthly fee.
A key element of Upstock’s core product is a dynamic performance based equity dashboard similar to dashboard’s used by Facebook and Google. Upstock’s system empowers founders to maximize motivation among stakeholders by aligning the entire team financially with the long term success of the company.
The system also includes automatically-updated best-practices in each regulatory environment. The legal documents also help companies avoid taxation problems that are currently produced by stock-options and RSU plans.
Upstock is available in limited beta and will lunch publicly in 2019.. .
Code for America
Code for America is a national nonprofit that believes government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. They organize a network of people who build technology to further local governments’ priorities of creating healthy, prosperous, and safe communities.
Their goal is government services that are simple, effective, and easy to use, for everyone.. .
Lexplique believes in connecting lawyers and businesses with clients across the globe. We think that understanding foreign legal and economic systems has been far more complex than it should be.
Our goal, indeed our raison d’être, is to change that. We envision a world without time zones or language constraints.
That’s why we are working with businesses and lawyers from Tokyo to Paris, Montréal to San Francisco, to launch truly global products and services. Lexplique advocates for the international practice of law, and is using technology to take lawyers and businesses to places they never thought possible.
Understanding international law should not be complex. We’re here to prove it..
Nefelex is the all-in-one platform for law firms. We are the operating system for lawyers.
We offer a cases manager, file manager, contract generator, invoices and budgets, collaborative work, task manager, calendar etc, and much more that we will be adding! We are also the most complete legal management platform that exists and the easiest to use! For individual attorneys and small law firms. .
Widr redefines how to browse the web. Instead of getting millions of results for a few keywords, we give an answer to your precise requests.
For now, Widr is focusing on the Legal Market. Widr offers many tools specifically designed for lawyers and connects people across Europe and the United States according to their needs and requests with a guaranteed 90% success rate.
A wide range of productivity tools are included, in particular : referencing on our search engine; online agenda with management of appointments in real-time; videoconferencing system without prior installation; a website with front-page visibility on Google and Google Maps; a lawyer network; plenty of advantages and discounts offered by Widr’s partners (Docusign, Vistaprint, Legal Pilot, Google G Suite, Office 365 etc.). Thanks to its services, Widr allows lawyers, whatever their specialty, to optimize the performance of their firm by reducing the secretarial work and increasing their visibility on Internet.
Once registered, an attorney uses it two times a day.. .
Digitory Legal is an automated budgeting and resource management platform for law firms and legal departments. It has a user-stage product a pricing prediction and management tool for litigators.
Using historical data and industry trends, it helps customers understand what legal matters cost and why. Digitory Legal was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, USA..
Open Door Legal
Open Door Legal introduces the first system of universal access to legal help. The company is a group of lawyers, paralegals, communication professionals, counselors, social workers, administrators, recruiters, and more passionate about justice.
Open Door Legal aims to scale into a city-wide agency, make San Francisco the first city in the country with universal access to civil representation, become a model for national replication. It was founded in 2013 by Adrian Tirtanadi and Virginia Taylor.
Open Door Legal based in San Francisco, California.. .
Bluetree Legal Connect
Bluetree Legal Connect connects people seeking legal counsel with attorneys in an area. The company helps facilitate the connection between people in need of legal services and attorneys that match the personal preferences and legal needs.
The company’s goal is to help attorneys grow and manage law practice, while delivering consumers an efficient way to find, schedule, and consult with an attorney. Bluetree Legal Connect was founded on 2013 and is based in San Francisco, California..
Lynx Workflow captures all the fleeting moments of a workday like notes, documents, insights, and organizes it for the future. Lynx Workflow builds fact-management SaaS tools for highly skilled professionals, initially litigators and investigators, who deal with massive volumes of information.
The tool eliminates the duplicative busy work that accompanies intense information management. Lynx Workflow was founded on 2012 and is based in San Francisco, California..
Briefmine is a database of legal briefs powered by natural-language search that offers a technologically advanced platform for conducting. It focuses on legal briefs like documents submitted to the courts, which elucidate the main argument a lawyer will make through a given case.
The company intends offers functionality of connecting legal briefs with opinions to enable lawyers to identify successful pieces of prior litigation, and uncover insight into how cases were won. This information will help attorneys construct arguments deeply relevant to the current projects at an affordable price.
Briefmine was founded on 2012 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Bend Law Group
Bend Law Group, PC is a law firm that helps small business owners and startups launch their companies and serves as their outside general counsel so that they can focus on successfully running their businesses. The firm is focused on helping entrepreneurs implement practical legal steps to achieve their business goals.
From launching startups to facilitating the purchase or sale of businesses, it serves as an outsourced general counsel to entrepreneurs who seek opportunities to add value to their business ventures. Bend Law Group, PC was founded in December 2010 and is based in San Francisco, California..
VoiLaw is a mobile application that provides a guide to the laws of the 50 states in an easy-to-understand and concise format. VoiLaw will present the laws that people confront on a daily basis in a single place, paying special attention to the accuracy of the information and to UX/UI design.
It summarizes relevant laws, and if the customer wants additional information, the app directs the customer to other resources and, if the customer wants, refers customers to lawyers. While some of our competitors’ business models center around connecting consumers with lawyers, we want to provide the information directly to the consumer so they don’t have to talk to a lawyer if they don’t need to.
Initially, the focus will be on travelers, but will expand both geographically to other countries and to different areas of the law. As VoiLaw expands to other areas of law, such as landlord-tenant law, we will include additional features, such as a diagnostic tool similar to WebMD’s symptom checker..
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