The science of legal services is being explored in Orrick’s San Francisco office, as the firm announced the formation of Orrick Labs in November. The Lab is staffed with an in-house team of technologists focused on accelerating the development of leading-edge and innovative legal service solutions. Its technologists will partner with the firm’s lawyers on customized solutions that enhance client service quality, security and efficiency.

“Clients worldwide are asking us how we are addressing innovation and value, and Orrick Labs is a key part of the answer,” said Orrick Chairman and CEO Mitch Zuklie said in a news release.

“With a dedicated team collaborating with our lawyers, our goal is to innovate where optimal solutions are not available in the market.”

The Orrick Labs team is led by Technology Architect Jackson Ratcliffe, who is renown in the legaltech space and has deployed technology for law firms, financial institutions and universities.

“We are at a true turning point in legal technology. With the convergence of cloud-based services, advances in data security and artificial intelligence, we can create truly innovative solutions that leverage computing resources no firm has had before,” Jackson said. “Orrick has a tremendous record of innovation, and I’m excited to work with the Orrick team to develop custom solutions that reflect a real understanding of clients’ needs and how lawyers practice today.

The Orrick Labs team worked together on a consulting basis to deliver the Orrick TCG Dashboard, a portal that enables the Orrick team and the firm’s tech company clients to easily access each client’s comprehensive corporate legal information and to collaborate. Launched in 2016, TCG Dashboard is already in use with more than 800 of the firm’s tech clients globally. The firm plans to expand the TCG Dashboard concept to other practice groups and clients. Orrick Labs is also looking at other areas where the firm can be more efficient, improve quality and reduce human error, such as document categorization, drafting, transaction automation, contract review and complex legal queries.

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