Take the Plunge Out of Biglaw With Us—We’re Hiring a Chief of Staff!

You crave change. You would like to build products, and be part of growing an enterprise. Often you like your job, but think you could be better in a business role. You’ve been thinking about finding a job at a company for years, but wouldn’t like to throw your legal skills away.

I’ve been there. I liked a lot about being a corporate associate at Weil—the people, mostly intellectually challenging work, steady and good pay, support—but it wasn’t right for me forever. Eventually I quit and cofounded DiligenceEngine, which partially automates contract review work I used to do and supervise. After a lot of hard development work, we see users of our software do more accurate contract review in 20–60% less time. Our system is selling well enough to pay a quickly expanding number of employees out of our revenue.

This is where you come in. We’re growing our team, and think someone with Biglaw corporate law experience could be a great fit as our Chief of Staff.

Here are some of the things you might do if you join us:

  • Help recruit, hire, and on-board new team members.
  • Help market our product: work with our marketing team to create content, including product descriptions, blog posts, tweets, videos, public speaking, and even more creative things.
  • Help sell our product: research and contact prospects, help the sales team with follow up, and then get customers set up with access after they buy.
  • Interface with customers and prospective customers. Provide some customer support (including sometimes at odd hours).
  • Interface with our tech team to help improve our product: help our tech team build out and test new features.
  • Help teach our system to find new information, and work with other experienced lawyers on our team who focus on teaching our system.
  • Do some of our own legal work (mostly contracts, employment, and IP).
  • Whatever else comes up.

Here are things that make this an outstanding job, for the right person:

  • Immediately see the impact of your efforts.
  • Get on the job training in machine learning technology, web tech, and design from people who are good at these things.
  • Actively participate in how technology affects the future practice of corporate law.
  • Make connections in the legal community, including general counsel, law firm partners, and leaders in legal technology.
  • Join a tech company as a technical expert—rare for a lawyer, but possible since we specialize in automating part of your old job.
  • Be part of a strong team with prior Biglaw experience.
  • Care about your job.

Since many of our customers are leading law firms, we would prefer to hire someone for this role who has been a corporate lawyer at a good firm, with experience doing and supervising due diligence. Ideally you live in Toronto or NYC. You’re personable, a good writer, like challenges and can explain complex ideas to non-experts. Most important, you like getting things done and work well autonomously—we have enough to do without supervising you. You’re pleasant to work with, a team player who has respect for and is respected by colleagues.

How to Apply

Send an email to jobs@diligenceengine.com with “Chief of Staff” in the subject line, including a resume, an explanation of why you would be a good addition to our team, and your compensation expectations. Since we care about your being a good writer, a relevant writing sample wouldn’t hurt, but is not required. We’re also open to more creative applications. DiligenceEngine welcomes diverse candidates.

DiligenceEngine Featured in The ABA Journal

Victor Li did a nice piece on us in the November edition of the ABA Journal. It includes description of what our automated contract review system does, a user story, as well as comments from another vendor who apparently plans to launch a rival contract provision extraction system. News to us.

Regarding new entrants into the contract review software market, we expect to see more companies getting in to this market (see, e.g., this August 2013 post I did noting other entrants, or Ryan McClead recently noting that he has “seen no fewer than 5 contract review applications in the last few months that promise to reduce processing time and increase accuracy by large percentages”). There is a lot of contract review work done, and it should be done much better than it is. That said, it’s hard to get contract review software right. Our still-growing Contract Review Software Buyer’s Guide has a lot more details. We welcome other companies that will help push contract provision extraction technology along.

Anyways, I enjoyed the ABA Journal article—check it out!

Technology rewires the drafting and reviewing of contracts

We’re Hiring More!: Senior Linux Sysadmin

DiligenceEngine Inc. is a Toronto-based startup using machine learning to automate review of complex documents by professionals. We’re looking for a systems administrator to help us manage our growing infrastructure. Our team is small, pragmatic, and inquisitive; we love learning new technologies and balance adoption with good analysis. We prefer to hire in the Toronto area, but are open to remote work in a time zone within North America.

Primary skills we are looking for:

  • 5+ years experience in linux systems administration
  • strong knowledge of system security
  • proficiency with scripting for automating tasks (we use Python and a bit of Bash)
  • proficiency with PostgreSQL administration
  • knowledge of managing clusters with automation tools (e.g. ansible, salt, puppet)
  • knowledge of vmware

Skills that are nice to have:

  • maintaining a highly available PostgreSQL installation
  • experience with highly available systems in general
  • familiarity with Docker
  • building distributable virtual machines

Responsibilities:

  • required to be on-call at times
  • building, maintaining, and monitoring computing systems
  • supporting our own infrastructure
  • supporting self-hosted virtual machines at client sites

This position starts as soon as possible. It is in addition to the Clojure DevOps Engineer position we recently posted—we’re really growing!

To apply, send an email to jobs@diligenceengine.com with your resume. Please put your name and “Senior Linux Sysadmin” in the subject line.

We’re Hiring for a Clojure DevOps Engineer!

DiligenceEngine Inc. is a Toronto-based startup using machine learning to automate review of complex documents by professionals. We’re looking for a DevOps engineer to help us manage and automate our technology stack. Our team is small, pragmatic, and inquisitive; we love learning new technologies and balance adoption with good analysis. We prefer to hire in the Toronto area, but also welcome remote work in a time zone within North America.

Primary skills we are looking for:

  • proficiency with scripting for automating tasks (we use Python and a bit of Bash)
  • proficiency in Linux systems administration
  • knowledge of system security
  • proficiency with PostgreSQL administration
  • knowledge of managing clusters and highly available systems, especially PostgreSQL

Skills that are nice to have:

  • some Clojure experience
  • familiarity with Docker
  • building distributable virtual machines

Responsibilities:

  • approximately 50% systems administration and 50% development
  • required to be on-call at some times
  • maintaining and extending cluster manager software
  • automating build and deployment processes
  • automating testing processes

Don’t worry if you are only experimenting with Clojure or other nice to have skills: we’re happy to help you learn. Development tasks vary depending on your strengths and interests. Everything from working with our clustering software to the web service is an option. We are really interested in someone who sees an opportunity to automate something, helps us work out the kinks, and takes the initiative and does it.

This position starts as soon as possible.

To apply, send an email to jobs@diligenceengine.com with your resume and links to previous work. Please put your name and “Clojure DevOps” in the subject line.

Audio/Slides of Noah’s Talk at ILTA14 Online

iltaIn late August, I spoke at ILTA14 with Ryan McCleadMichael Mills (Neota Logic), Stuart Barr (HighQ), and Joshua Lennon (Clio). Our “Do Robot Lawyers Dream of Billable Seconds” session has gotten a lot of attention and enthusiastic feedback. My co-presenters have all put extensive, worth-reading blog posts out with details of their talks.

Thanks to Ryan, you can now listen to the audio of our presentation while seeing the slides at their correct time. I recommend accessing this video via Ryan’s blog post below (since you can also read attendee speaker evaluations there, e.g., “Can’t emphasize enough how superb this session was. Excellent and well-informed panel with excellent moderator…”, “Fantastic! Best session at ILTA!!”), but I have also embedded the video here. My talk starts 24 minutes in.

I really enjoyed this presentation, and you might find it worth watching if you are interested in different views in the future of law practice.

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DiligenceEngine in Above the Law

Ever since I was in Biglaw, I’ve regularly checked Above the Law. As a longtime reader, it was a lot of fun being featured in there, in conversation with Zach Abramowitz of ReplyAll. Even better, the story wasn’t about me doing something embarrassing or treating our employees poorly! Our discussion covers what’s wrong with how most firms do diligence now, why we built DiligenceEngine, some differentiators between our offering and others, and more. Check it out!

DiligenceEngine on Above the Law