Ron Friedmann over at his Prism Legal Blog has posted an updated list of big law firms delivering online legal services. Neota Logic sponsored the updated list and most likely provides the technology that facilitates the online delivery process for some of the listed firms. (I am a fan of Neota Logic and have been sharing how it works and its potential with the law students I teach.)
I share some of Ron’s thoughts about the direction that online services are heading at least in the Big Law arena. It’s difficult to see how the changes affecting the legal profession in the UK under the Legal Services Act with its encouragement of alternative business structures is not going to eventually trickle over to the US. In the process that will encourage technology companies and innovative law firms to adapt to alternative forms of legal service delivery, including online and those that rely on decision-making and document assembly and automation systems.
It’s also interesting to see that financial services are the primary online service for most of these firms. I would hope that as the technology becomes more affordable to customize, firms will see the potential in adding other practice areas. They might consider adding those services in practice areas that are transactions-based and delivered online to supplement other unbundled or full-service offerings that are delivered traditionally. If you are keeping track of the development of online delivery, Ron’s post is a good resource.