Law Firm AI Strategies and Efforts - 2023 Overview

DataPlus AI
April 15, 2024
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As law firms disclose their financial performance for 2023, we are sharing an AI strategy report that complements the firms' disclosures to provide you with a comprehensive view of their strategies.

This list has been gathered by DataPlus and the sources include news reports, public announcements by law firms and vendors via press releases, news publications, and social media.

Based on DataPlus’ research, more firms are likely to be on this list, but many have opted for working with Generative AI vendors under Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Addleshaw Goddard – The firm has selected CoCounsel, Spellbook, Microsoft Copilot, and its own AGPT platform after running Generative AI trials. The firm also launched “A-GPT” to make LLMs accessible to their workforce. The firm has been up-skilling dozens of junior lawyers to become legal engineers.

 A&L Goodbody - Announced a partnership with Harvey AI.

‍AL Tamimi & Co – The UAE-based firm has signed up for a partnership with Harvey AI.

Allen & Overy –Established a partnership with Harvey AI, a startup building large language models for the practice of law. The firm created an AI contract negotiation tool (ContractMatrix), as the firm pushes forward with cutting-edge technology.

Ashurst – The firm conducted a trial which involved 411staff across 23 Ashurst offices in 15 countries. The trial showed time savings of 80 per cent on reviewing articles of association, 60 per cent on company research reports and 45 per cent on creating client briefings.

Baker & McKenzie - Has implemented Reinvent’s AI-powered analytics from SparkBeyond.

Bryan Cave - The firm established a partnership with proptech firm Orbital Witness at the end of last year to use Orbital Copilot, a legal AI assistant built for property diligence for commercial lease reporting.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney - The firm announced that BTI Consulting Group has recognized the firm in its inaugural "Leading Edge Law Firms" 2024 report.

Clayton Utz – The Australian law firm that has taken steps towards integrating artificial intelligence into its daily operations. The firm has added AI tools like Lexis AI.

Clifford Chance – The firm has incorporated the use of AI software Kira. The firm is also innovating with generative AI and Copilot for Microsoft 365.

Clyde & Co. – The firm has created clydeco.ai, which is the vehicle through which the firm develops ways to extract value from its data to improve its legal services and the way the firm delivers them.

CMS - German business law firm CMS and AI startup Xayn are developing Noxtua - a Legal AI co-pilot that specializes in legal text.

Crowell & Moring - The firm is experimenting with legal-adjacent use cases in the government affairs group by taking a congressional hearing on financial services and created a draft client alert from that transcript.

Dechert – The firm has incorporated the use of AI software Kira. The firm unveiled DechertMind, a tool that looks and functions like ChatGPT, where users can ask questions about anything and receive answers.

Dentons - Is set to launch a proprietary version of ChatGPT called "fleetAI." This tool includes a chatbot based on OpenAI'sGPT-4 Large Language Model that will enable the firm's lawyers to conduct legal research, generate legal content, and identify relevant legal arguments. fleetAI is the first firm-wide, private and secure Generative AI playground, with 65% adoption in 6 weeks.

Deloitte Legal - The BigFour professional services firm created a legal generative AI center of excellence to build tools for internal and client use.

DLA Piper – Uses CoCounsel from Casetext to perform legal research, contract analysis, and document review. The firm announced that they were selected as a founding member of the US AI Safety Institute Consortium (AISIC). The firm has also partnered with C3 to create a programme which reduces by 80% the time it takes for a due diligence exercise.

EY Law – The firm has spent $1.4bn to build EY.ai, which combines a proprietary large language model, (EYQ).

Faegre Drinker – The firm’s wholly owned subsidiary, Tritura made up of data scientists who understand the inner workings of AI technologies, provide strategic advice and provide an interdisciplinary approach, to help clients understand the risks related to automated decision-making, respond to emerging laws and regulations, keep up with best practices, and leverage the value of AI and algorithms in a safe, legal, and ethical manner.

Fenwick & West – The firm rolled out two new artificial intelligence programs to make the corporate M&A and litigation services even more efficient and effective. The firm has been named a "leading edgelaw firm" among the "best of the best" in generative AI, according to a new report from the BTI Consulting Group.

Fisher Phillips - The firm acquired Blue Pencil Box, a legal technology startup that specializes in drafting and analyzing restrictive covenants.

Foley & Lardner - Has been actively involved in AI and has launched Foley Equipped, an AI-assisted contract review tool that quickly identifies and prioritizes missing and important provisions in routine agreements.

Freshfields – The firm has collaborated with AI partners such as Kira Systems, Leverton, and Neota Logic to integrate AI into its processes. Freshfields hired Gil Perez as Global Chief Innovation Officer.

Frontier Law Center - Frontier Law Center, a Los Angeles-based firm, is breaking new ground by forming a strategic alliance with legal tech company Eve, marking a significant shift towards the creation of the world's inaugural AI-native law firm.

GHOWS LLC - The Singaporean firm is using Gen AI to quickly retrieve information from judgments to settled cases and to get help with administrative tasks like billing expenses.

Gleiss Lutz - The firm has established a strategic partnership with Harvey AI.

Goodwin – Has partnered with AI software vendor, Kira to enhance due diligence workflows.

Gowling WLG – The firm uses Alexi, the AI that empowers litigators to learn the law faster, easier and more accurately.

Gunderson Dettmer - Launched ChatGD, marking its debut as a proprietary internal tool using generative AI technology.

Gunster - The 250-lawyer firm based in Florida, is experimenting with products from LexisNexis and Westlaw.

Hanson Bridgett - The firm formally established an AI Task Force to research and adopt AI tools to serve client needs and continue their innovation pursuit.

Hinshaw & Culbertson - The Am Law firm with roughly 450lawyers, is known to be testing several AI products.

Hogan Lovells - The firm is working with AI Engage Hub. AI Engage Hub serves as a central resource for all AI-related content and providing an interactive map that offers current updates to AI regulatory frameworks across the globe. The firm also launched its refined and customized chatbot CRAIG.

Holding Redlich - Australian firm trialling Lexis+ AI for the drafting of legal documents and emails.

Holland & Knight – The firm is building an application that will let lawyers review and modify credit agreements.

Husch Blackwell - The firm used prompt engineering to generate more than 100 biographies for associates to be published internally. The firm has also been utilizing AI software Kira.

Jackson Lewis - Recently ran an AI training session for lawyers.

King & Wood Mallesons - The firm has established a working group to identify use cases to increase efficiencies using AI technology, such as Copilot for Microsoft 365.

Kirkland & Ellis - The firm has beta tested CoCounselby Casetext.

Lander & Rodgers - The firm has automated several legal tasks and launched an AI Lab, which will develop customized tools and integrate them into workflows and business processes.

Linklaters - Is piloting a series of generative AI tools for its lawyers, and according to insiders at Linklaters, ‘It feels like a tech company’. The firm launched “Laila”, a GenAI chatbot which now handles 2600+queries/day.

Maddocks - The first Australian law firm to adopt legal AI assistant CoCounsel Core by Thomson Reuters.

Maples and Calder - From the Maples Group is expanding its collaboration with Harvey AI to enhance its services for the benefit of clients.

McCarthy Tetrault - The firm has integrated Generative AI into its operations, launching pilot projects for AI programs aimed at enhancing productivity.

Macfarlanes – The firm has partnered with Harvey AI after testing the technology in the summer of 2023.

McGuireWoods - The firm utilizes CoCounsel by Casetext. This partnership allows McGuireWoods to harness the latest AI technology to address critical business challenges and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of its legal services.

MinterEllison - Australia’s biggest law firm has begun using an in-house advice generator, in the most widespread expansion yet of the technology in the nation’s legal system.

Mishcon de Reya – The firm has been experimenting with ChatGPT and how its lawyers can use the product.

Morgan Lewis - The firm and Thomson Reuters have entered into a partnership to collaborate on new AI–driven legal products. Through the partnership, Morgan Lewis will provide feedback to help shape the products created by Thomson Reuters.

Nixon Peabody - Performed a firm wide pilot of Harvey which was made available to all timekeepers.

Orrick – Also subscribed to CoCounsel from Casetext to perform legal research, contract analysis, and document review. The firm is also piloting the use of Clearbrief, an AI-based Microsoft Word plug-in that suggests improvements as lawyers write briefs. The firm began offering their rising attorneys billable hours credit for work on innovation projects to get comfortable with AI.

Perez-Llorca - The firm became the first Spanish law firm to adopt Leya, a Swedish generative AI assistant, earlier this month.

Pillsbury - It has also expanded its relationship with AI-powered eDiscovery provider Reveal, showcasing its engagement with AI technologies in the legal discovery process.

Polsinelli - The firm has launched an AI tool for patent application, called Polsinelli Patent CAD, which is a patent-approved AI software tool for visually creating patent applications based on method or apparatus claims.

PwC Legal Business Solutions - Following its partnership with Harvey AI, PwC announced that it is building a proprietary model with OpenAI to collect legislative data from around 90 countries using Harvey’s platforms o that the firm can offer a legal knowledge subscription service to clients.

Rajah & Tann - The firm has rolled out generative AI tools, including Copilot for Microsoft 365, to help employees streamline tasks such as meeting minutes; action items lists; contract clause drafting; “horizon scanning” of regulatory frameworks; and generating client reports on legal developments.

Reed Smith - The firm is looking to automate commodity low-rate work. The firm began offering their rising attorneys billable hours credit for work on innovation projects to get comfortable with AI.

Shearman & Sterling –The firm uses a wide variety of AI tools for different use cases — one of the firm's go-to tools for deals due diligence is Kira.

Sheppard Mullin – The firm has partnered with Text IQ, showcasing the firm's commitment to leveraging AI technologies in its legal practice.

Skadden - The firm has beta tested CoCounsel by Casetext.

Slaughter and May – The firm opened applications for the fourth round of the firm’s flagship legal tech programme, Collaborate. The programme is open to all types of legal tech products at all stages of development, but applications from products with a generative AI focus are encouraged.

Sullivan & Cromwell - The firm has set up a lab at its offices to support the development and training of AI technology, leading to the creation of products that will be marketed to law firms. One such product, AIDA, is already in use at Sullivan & Cromwell and provides a fast and comprehensive method for document review. The next product in development is a deposition assistant, followed by an AI litigation assistant.

Traverse Smith - The firm launched Etatonna, a contract labelling tool, which has been developed in-house by the firm's Legal Technology team. In addition, the firm launched TS-Bot, a GPT platform for lawyers and business services to experiment with AI. TS also launched Analyse, an accuracy checker.

Troutman Pepper - The firm has developed proprietary AI tools, including a chatbot named Athena, which provides a fast and comprehensive method for document review, and a GPT-powered AI assistant, which allows the firm to more efficiently and proactively support its attorneys' and clients' needs.

Womble Bond Dickinson - Is using generative AI software tools for brainstorming ideas and drafting documents. One such tool is Legal, which helps law firms and other businesses “safely explore . . . and implement” generative AI technologies.

White & Case – The firm noted its lawyers use AI to assist with document review for litigation e-discovery. The company uses tools such as Brainspace and Relativity.

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