Neota Nabs High Profile COO; Wins Global Law Firm Freshfields as Client

Legal expert systems company Neota Logic has hired Andrew Shimek, as President and Chief Operating Officer from Epiq. This marks another top level management move among the fast-growing group of legal tech companies.

Also this week, Neota has announced a formal collaboration with UK-based global law firm Freshfields. The step up to formal client follows a year-long period of piloting Neota’s expert system technology inside the 2,800-lawyer firm.

Meanwhile, in relation to the hire, other tech companies have also made senior moves. Recently, leading UK legal AI company, RAVN, made CSO David Lumsden its new CEO. The move by Lumsden, who had also previously been CEO of UK tech company Tikit, is seen as a clear sign the new wave of legal tech companies are growing up and therefore need new kinds of managers as both the companies and the market for advanced legal tech grows.

Andrew Shimek, the new COO of Neota Logic

Shimek has more than 20 years’ experience in the legal technology segment, most recently serving as President of the global eDiscovery division of Epiq DTI, a leading global eDiscovery provider, while also having worked for LexisNexis.

Michael Mills Co-founder of Neota Logic said: ‘Andrew’s leadership will ensure success in our mission to make doing business easier for our clients by leveraging our transformational technology so they can focus on growing their respective portfolios.’

While, Shimek added: ‘Having been at the forefront of digital publishing and eDiscovery, I am thrilled to join Neota, one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence. I am particularly excited to join at a time when artificial intelligence is experiencing explosive growth.’

The question now is which will be the next legal AI company to bring in a big hitter manager to help take the business to the next stage of growth?