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This page contains our press resources. Included are four sections: Launch Day Press Release, Images and Video, Our Mission, and Launch Day Blog Post. For examples of prior coverage, check us out at: Law.com, Law360, the American Bar Association, the New Zealand Law SocietyLawSites, American Entrepreneurship, Inverse, BerkeleysideMedium, and TechStartups.

Launch Day Press Release

Today Attorney IO, LLC is announcing the release of legal artificial intelligence (AI) that will change the practice of law forever.  Spearheaded by chief executive officer Alexander Stern, the company hopes to democratize the practice of law so that even the smallest firms can compete with the largest.

Alexander Stern

“IO” is a computer science term meaning “input” and “output.”  Attorney IO allows any attorney to easily input legal documents for processing by its sophisticated AI.  The AI then outputs a selection of stunningly relevant legal cases.  The company provides access to firms of all sizes at https://www.attorneyio.com and offers special deals to educational institutions and other socially important organizations.

“We live in polarizing times,” Stern said.  “The gap between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of the country continues to grow.  It is essential for the public’s faith in our rule of law to promote not just access to the courts, but also access to real justice.”

Stern, an attorney himself, earned his Doctor of Law from UC Berkeley School of Law.  He also studied under faculty from UC Berkeley’s School of Information.  While at UC Berkeley he was taught the importance of delivering quality access to justice to a wide variety of people.  By harmonizing modern technological innovations with legal practice, Attorney IO aims to revitalize a practice currently dominated by the parties that can afford the priciest firms.  The company offers free and low cost options to pro bono attorneys.

Lawyers of all skill levels can simply click on their legal documents to upload them to the AI.  Then, the AI compares them to millions of cases.  This process is analogous to a human legal researcher spending many lifetimes in law school in search of the cases most relevant to the submitted document.

Attorney IO was built around the idea that courts do not automatically favor rich parties or expensive law firms.  Instead, these parties can scale up their legal research and case strategy by adding more and more human lawyers.  While two attorneys might not uncover a highly important case, a third attorney just might.

However, ordinary small businesses and individuals cannot be expected to pay the exorbitant costs associated with a fully exhaustive trial on a complex issue.  Attorney IO seeks to level the playing field by surfacing the important cases through inexpensive AI rather than high-priced human counsel.

The company is also sensitive to concerns of job loss in the legal community.  Automation has swept the globe and created efficiencies in everything from automatic checkout machines to AI surgeons.  The addition of legal AI, however, will not deprive lawyers of their days in court.  Human lawyers will continue to be of great service to their communities by making the final judgments on which arguments to ultimately make on behalf of their clients.  “The rewarding part of lawyering, such as negotiating with opposing counsel and presenting oral arguments, will be dominated by humans for many years to come,” Stern said.

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Our Mission

Attorney IO, LLC was founded on the premise that legal AI can finally fulfill the guarantee that everybody deserves access to true justice.  We are targeting underserved areas of the legal community such as public defenders and small firms dedicated to civil rights and social justice.  The goal is to empower David to beat Goliath.

Attorney IO is legal AI for the #MeToo era.  The first generation of legal AI focused primarily on helping the biggest firms represent huge corporations and the 1%.  People like Harvey Weinstein hire some of the richest lawyers such as David Boies to obscure abuses.  Many of these lawyers then boast about using an army of AI and human lawyers to stomp on victims and ensure they don’t get a fair day in court.  We want to finally empower the people most in need of justice.

The largest corporations and most expensive firms have the ability to add so many attorneys to a case that the merits get buried underneath technicalities and paperwork.  Attorney IO’s legal AI can analyze the documents that these big firms send and come up with possible counterarguments.  It can also uncover missing cases in draft briefs before they are filed with the court.

Often the best attorneys are also the busiest.  For example, a public defender with dozens and dozens of cases might be an extraordinary lawyer.  However, without adequate time to prepare there will often be arguments that fall through the cracks.  That’s where Attorney IO steps in.

The most important legal issues of our time typically involve massive entities against ordinary people.  Common examples include the marginalized employee who was discriminated against at a big corporation, the victim of a massive oil spill, the poor criminal defendant who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and someone who was sexually harassed.  All of these examples have a familiar pattern: wealthy parties who can add tons of attorneys to a case going up against someone much less powerful than them.

Attorney IO turns that dynamic on its head.  By analyzing submitted documents and comparing them to literally millions of other cases, the AI can do the work of dozens of attorneys.  Our justice system relies on two sides making the best arguments available to their clients.  Only then can a court determine which side deserves to succeed.  Our legal AI supercharges even the busiest solo practitioner by uncovering patterns that might have otherwise stayed hidden.   By revealing these patterns to the small and large parties alike, we hope to level the playing field so that fairness and justice wins in the end.

Attorney IO offers free or low cost subscriptions to various attorneys fighting for socially beneficial causes.  Attorneys who regularly accept pro bono, civil rights, discrimination, and indigent defense work are encouraged to apply.  Universities and other nonprofits are also welcome to apply.

Launch Day Blog Post

Attorney IO, LLC is a legal technology company dedicated to empowering attorneys to do amazing work on behalf of their clients in a fraction of the time.  Technology has brought tremendous efficiencies to many economic sectors.  However, attorneys have often expressed skepticism that the practice of law would benefit from such advances.  We hope to shatter those barriers by providing a artificially intelligent legal research service that is as easy to use as sending an email.

Our flagship artificial intelligence (AI) offering is a low-cost opportunity for attorneys to get a second pair of eyes on their work product.  In our case, those eyes are artificial.  Historically, a party to a matter could often dramatically increase the odds of success by “scaling up” their legal team.  By adding more lawyers to a case, you increase the likelihood of finding the theory, argument, or judicial case that may ultimately sway the court your way.

Our AI has the capacity to compare your legal documents (such as memos, briefs, or opinions) to a vast array of other cases.  When you submit a document with its own legal cases to the AI, it compares the “DNA” of your submission to these millions of legal cases in our collection.

Attorneys and other interested parties can try our legal AI for $5 for the first 5 days.  Additionally, we are proud to accept applications for free or reduced cost subscriptions for pro bono or similar use.  We suggest uploading a wide assortment of the types of files you typically work with.  Further, we are only in the beginning of this phase of the practice of law through automation.  The state of legal AI will continue to evolve in time.  Attorney IO will be periodically releasing changes to this website to promote greater access to the courts and substantial justice.  It is our hope to democratize our judicial system and promote victories based on the merits of a case instead of which side can put the greatest number of talented attorneys to work on a matter.

Further, this blog has a broad focus.  We intend to cover various important topics pertaining to the law, AI, and society.  We also have an internal mantra: law is the destination, politics is the journey.  Laws generally only come into existence after passing through the gauntlet of the political process.  Accordingly, we will discuss matters of importance to politics as well.

Attorney IO is a customer-centric company.  Legal professionals are used to putting their clients above themselves.  We want to facilitate that mission however we can.  Together, we hope to improve access to justice for everyone.