Californian law firm, Keesal, Young & Logan (KYL), and legal tech company, Mitratech, have together announced today the formation of a ‘TAP Workflow Automation partnership’ that is aimed at helping clients improve their legal processes.
The partnership has also led to the creation of what KYL is calling the Keesal Propulsion Labs (KPL), which will operate as ‘an extension of their client teams’, and which aims to ‘solve complex legal and business process challenges’ of the corporates they serve. And, Mitratech will play a key part in this consultative service.
This is not the first law firm to create a consultative-style business unit to help clients with technology needs, nor the first to partner with a legal tech company to provide a joint service, but, nevertheless it’s a positive sign of how even more national-size US law firms are embracing legal tech to the point where it adds substantively to their business model. The firm has five offices in Long Beach, San Francisco, Seattle, Anchorage, and Hong Kong.
Jason Parkman, Mitratech CEO, said: ‘This is not just another reseller partnership. KYL has launched a new division of their company by exclusively delivering workflow automation solutions that are built on our platform.’
Justin Hectus, CIO/CISO at KYL, added: ‘The goal of KPL is to break down the walls between solution providers, law firms and clients so they can operate as one unit and transform legal operations into a center of excellence that drives innovation across the entire organization.’
‘By creating cross-ecosystem collaboration, we are uniting people, processes, and compliance, to help mitigate risk and position the legal department as a process improvement engine for the entire enterprise,’ he added.
KPL combines KYL’s legal and business expertise with TAP Workflow Automation to empower legal teams to design and deploy innovative workflows that directly address business needs.
As these processes become more complex, KPL will be there ‘to help guide design and implementation so customers can quickly reap the rewards of increased efficiencies, more consistency and greater cost control’, said the company.
This move with Mitratech and creation of the KPL group follows a project that started in 2017 when NetApp linked with experts from KYL, fellow US law firm MoFo, ALSP Elevate, and Mitratech’s TAP to implement an automated workflow for document collection, replacing some manual processes.
Commenting on that partnership, Connie Brenton, Chief of Staff/Sr. Director of Legal Operations of NetApp and CEO of CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium), said: ‘KPL is our professional services SWAT team, supporting the 40 use cases throughout the enterprise. We have co-created digital workflow solutions using Mitratech’s TAP Workflow Automation platform and we continue to delight our internal clients, together.’