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Curtis Smolar, Legalist Jason Doiy / The Recorder

Litigation finance startup Legalist made a splash in the industry last year when it claimed it could estimate the likelihood of a case succeeding using a cutting-edge algorithm, no lawyers involved. It was quintessential Silicon Valley: just couple of young Harvard dropouts with some business savvy and software know-how.

Ben Hancock

Ben Hancock is a San Francisco-based reporter covering litigation, technology, finance, and the future of law. He can be reached via email at bhancock@alm.com or on Twitter: @benghancock

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