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“Legal tech” is the legal industry buzz phrase of 2017. It’s come to embody the future of the profession for attorneys and firm management across a spectrum of practice areas. The practice of law, however, has a decidedly different history than other more entrepreneurial businesses that are being transformed by technology. Legal industry business historically approaches change in moderation, reflecting lawyers’ responsibility to respect historical norms and precedents. But lawyers must also innovate because their clients demand it. Many firms are striving to embrace technology, but most are not there yet. Ron Friedmann, the well known law practice management expert, aptly summed up the challenge when he remarked that legal tech is “much ballyhooed, but it is not enough to fix law firm and client problems.”

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