Allegory Founder and CEO Alma Asay sat down with Bob Ambrogi of Law Technology Now on the Legal Talk Network to discuss litigation management applications and why law firms can no longer afford to litigate without the right software for analyzing and accessing evidence.
"You may just be talking about 10,000 documents, but at that stage, you don't just need to know that those are relevant to the case, you actually need to know those documents inside and out."
Using the wrong tools
Asay recounted one harrowing story of trying to track evidence the old fashioned way - using Excel - when she was a litigator at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. The team created massive spreadsheets digesting all of their key evidence, with coded columns to enable useful sorting, and then added links to over 5,000 documents on the shared drive - only to have all of the links break when they re-sorted the columns.
After that, she looked - but could not find - a tool designed for lawyers to successfully connect evidence and other key litigation information, so she set out to build one.
Even the tools on the market for "case analysis," Asay explained, are limited in scope, require exhausting setup, and often assume that you know your facts at the outset - which Asay believes is a fundamental misunderstanding of how litigators work.
Building a litigator's dream tool
When designing Allegory, she wanted to build a tool that was not only easy to use, but would standardize best practices for connecting the entire case and enable litigation teams to build their case as they go.
"If Casemap is a rotary phone and Allegory is a smartphone, then they occupy the same space but [are] totally different tools."
Learn more about how Allegory fits into the world of legal technology and Asay's entrepreneurial journey by listening to the full podcast embedded below, or here on The Legal Talk Network.