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Daniel Lewis    

Co-founder of Ravel Law

Lawyers spend some 30% of their time (much more if they are junior associates at a big firm) researching prior cases, looking for ways to make their arguments more persuasive. And for decades the estimated $10 billion-a-year legal research market was dominated by two huge players: Westlaw and LexisNexis, neither of which had much incentive to innovate. Enter Daniel Lewis. While in law school at Stanford, Lewis realized that the existing research tools for lawyers were antiquated and ill-suited for the Google-generation. Along with his cofounder, Nik Reed, Lewis raised nearly $10 million in venture capital and launched Ravel, which uses data-visualization and open-source case data to speed and improve the research process. After only two years on the market, the tool is already being used at about half of the nation’s biggest law firms and the top 20 law schools - and has particularly taken off at elite law-schools like Harvard, Yale and Berkeley. “We’ve seen great enthusiasm from the up-and-coming generation of new associates and lawyers -- this helps folks do the kind of lawyering they wanted to do when they joined the law profession to start with.”

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Cofounder, Ravel LawLawyers spend some 30% of their time (much more if they are junior associates at a big firm) researching prior cases, looking for ways to ...

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