E069: Legal.io connecting Lawyers and Increasing access to justice for millions of people with Tony Lai
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“If we were confined to just working the way we had always been, on individual cases and trying to keep information to ourselves, people weren’t going to be able to appreciate the value that we as lawyers can bring.” – Tony Lai
Tony Lai is the co-founder of LawGives. Founded by an international team of lawyers, engineers and designers, the company combines experience at major international law firms with Silicon Valley technology. Previously, Tony was a lawyer at Herbert Smith LLP, practicing law in their London and Hong Kong offices, advising companies, public sector bodies and charities working in the technology, communications and media industries across Europe, Asia and Africa. LawGives is changing this week into legal.io and is focused on helpng lawyers to boost their businesses through community, sharing and building better relationships. In today’s show, Jacob talks to Tony about his new project and has a very special offer for Enchanting Lawyer Listeners.
“Going forward, the future of real, successful legal practices will be those lawyers who know how to build and maintain relationships.” – Tony Lai Play Podcast
The nature of law practise is changing. Increasingly, success is found through building sustainable relationships through trust. Having experience in a number of aspects of the legal profession, Tony Lai knows this only too well, and this is why he is launching his new project – legal.io, a Silicon Valley based company with a mission to help lawyers use technology to achieve their full potential. Today Jacob chats to Tony about legal.io, the value of customer service and the future of legal technology.
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In this interview you’ll learn
- 03’10” – What is legal.io, and its benefits
- 09’50” – What tool Tony believes that is missing for attorneys right now
- 12’35” – Tony’s views on customer service
- 15’35” – The past and future of legal technology
- 18’30” – Tony’s advice for starting attorneys and more experienced attorneys
- 24’40” – legal.io’s special offer for Enchanting Lawyer listeners
- 26’32” – Tony’s last piece of advice
Written Podcast Transcription:
Introduction: Welcome to the Enchanting Lawyer Podcast. The show that walks you step by step to improving strategies you can use today to grow your business. We show you how being kind, useful and, of course, enchanting will bring you more clients and build a thriving community. Now here’s your host from sunny San Diego, Jacob Sapochnick.
Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Jacob Sapochnick – enchantinglawyer.com. This is a show where we interview the most inspiring entrepreneurs and business people from all over the world who inspire us to do our job better. We bring it to you via this podcast.
Today I’m doing something totally different. Last time I recorded a show live – the first time we had a live show at my office – but today I’m actually on the road. I’m here in San Francisco at the headquarters of Legal.io, a very innovative new company in the legal tech field. I’m sitting here today with Tony Lai, the CEO of the company, and we’re doing this show live.
We’re going to do more of these live interviews over the next few months and I just want to bring some new and innovative information to our listeners about new technology that can help you pretty much transform your practices and how we practice law.
So, Tony, I’m very excited to be at your place. Thank you for hosting me and we’re going to start the show. How are you today?
Tony: Jacob, I’m fantastic. And actually it’s really great to have you here talking to some of my team as well because, frankly, listening to the way that you set up your practice, listening to the, frankly, “unconventional ways” in which you’ve gone out and created something in your image, something that you feel passionate about but also that you feel passionate about sharing. That sentiment, the way that you think about how you set up your practice, is something that really inspires my team as well to do the things that they’re doing. So, thank you for coming here.
So, just a little bit about Tony. So, Tony is an attorney turned educator/entrepreneur working to build systems that support community, innovation, engagement, and sharing. Tony is the co-founder of Legal.io which I’m very excited to learn more about. It’s a Silicon Valley-based company with a mission to help lawyers use technology to achieve their full potential.
Tony is also the staff team at StartX – the Stanford Startup Accelerator. Helping Stanford’s most passionate, innovative, and talented founders develop as entrepreneurs through experiential education. And he’s also affiliated with CodeX, the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics and was on the teaching team for the joint Harvard/Stanford class, Ideas for Better Internet. I can tell you that I met so many smart and innovative people here in this building. It’s amazing.
So, Tony, I’m excited about the fact that you are an attorney. You’re not practicing right now but you understand what we go through to become attorneys. In my mind, as lawyers, we learn the basics of law, we learn how to be a good attorney, we learn a lot of things that keep us confined in our platform. And I think what you’re doing, and what we discussed before, is breaking away from that and trying to innovate.
So, I wanted to ask you, first of all, tell us a bit what is Legal.io and why did you start it and what are you guys doing here?…
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