How lawyers and law firms operate in a Big Data world

Most observers agree that big data is likely to have more effect on the practice rather than the business of law

Big data has sparked a revolution in how corporate America conducts research, identifies customers, advertises itself, and pursues profits. But just as big data has enormous implications for corporate clients, it has equally important consequences for the business and practice of law — business of law, meaning how firms are structured, managed and financed, and practice of law, meaning how attorneys perform legal work on behalf of clients.

Compared to other modern professional services organizations, law firms generate very little actual data. In addition to providing great fodder for lawyer jokes, this fact means that law firms are unlikely to use internally produced big data to drive client outreach or management strategy.

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David J. Walton

Dave Walton is an experienced litigator with a detailed, hands-on understanding of technology and e-discovery issues. He is vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor &...

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