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Data Center Post: Behind the Veils and Beyond the Firewalls

Posted on April 11, 2013

April 11, 2013.  Data Center Post published this article:

 
Meaningfully utilizing our social and business networks to gather information could both optimize and monetize our valuable networking resources.  In the course of the day, we often reach out to members of our various networks on various projects.  But work is generally done elsewhere – disconnected from the point of contact – and the value of the network remains largely unseen to one another, behind a veil .... (read more)

LTN: Sloan & Feller Turns to Neulexa to Manage Legal Workflow

Posted on April 09, 2013


April 9, 2013.  Michael Roach of Law Technology News published this article reviewing the adoption of NeuLexa by law firm Sloan & Feller.

 
New York-based law firm Sloan & Feller has implemented Neulexa Corp.'s cloud-based project management and document collaboration software to help manage the firm's legal workflow. Neulexa combines an intuitive project and document management interface with closed circuit social networking tools, explains partner Alan Feller. This helps the firm create... (read more)

Sloan & Feller Deploys NeuLexa as Key Technology to Reimagine Legal Workflow and Supercharge Business Development for Firm

Posted on April 03, 2013

Sloan & Feller Deploys NeuLexa® as Key Technology to Reimagine Legal Workflow and Supercharge Business Development for Firm

Partner deploys cloud platform to “supercharge” practice and create competitive positioning in the marketplace

 

NEW YORK CITY — April 3, 2013– Alan D. Feller, partner of the New York-based multi-disciplinary law firm Sloan & Feller, announces the successful Q4 2012 deployment of the cloud-platform NeuLexa®.  NeuLexa is now one of the key technology tools utilized to significantly improve legal workflow for the firm by reimagining how professionals both assemble and collaborate with geographically dispersed teams of professionals and communicate and collaborate on documents with diversely interested client-bases.  In so doing, NeuLexa intelligently supercharges business development for the firm as well as its long term competitive positioning in the legal marketplace. 

 

Sloan & Feller specializes in elder law, estate planning and business advisement in New York City and surrounding regions.  Cases often require assembling geographically dispersed teams of professionals from many disciplines and the collaboration of many persons on, sometimes, thousands of documents.  Alan Feller was a technology team member of the NYSBA’s Task Force for the Legal Profession in 2011 where he advocated that small firms could realize similar intelligence benefits to those of big law through effective use of technology.

 

Designed from the ground-up by lawyers for the way lawyers not only want to work, but how they work most effectively, NeuLexa rotates legal workflow around people, not data.  NeuLexa achieves this through an intuitive project and document management interface as well as closed circuit social media features which leverage the knowledge base of legal and professional teams as well as increase the frequency and quality of meaningful attorney-client interactions, positively enhancing those relationships.    

 

According to Feller, “As a small firm owner, NeuLexa allows me to think more creatively about my business.  The ability to keep all of my project documents with workflow in one place and being able to combine internal and external professionals so easily is tremendously helpful.  After evaluating my experience implementing NeuLexa in a recent business advisement case and our new Medicaid project configuration, I can see that the NeuLexa platform supercharges my practice.” 

 

CEO of NeuLexa, Chi Eng, remarks, “We’re pleased the law firm Sloan & Feller has met with immediate and positive results with their deployment of NeuLexa.  The technology IQ of clients and professionals has certainly increased now to a tipping point.  We’re proud to deliver NeuLexa into this space, optimizing the most potent features of social networking, document collaboration and project management tools for the new legal workflow.  Forward-thinking attorneys like Alan Feller are pivotal in seeing the benefits of unique platforms like NeuLexa and will be the first to realize the benefits.” 

 

To read the full case study published in Law Journal Newsletters Legal Tech edition, please visit www.neulexa.com/newsroom.  If you are in Chicago at ABA TechShow, come visit them at the ABA TechShow April 4-5, come visit NeuLexa at booth #813.

 

 

About NeuLexa Corp.

Engineered from the ground-up for the global-mobile legal environment, NeuLexa uniquely combines an enterprise-grade document collaboration platform with project management features, transactional capabilities and team building social tools which leverage the legal team knowledge base.  Built upon its proprietary, patent-pending algorithm designed by NeuLexa CEO Chi Eng--a practicing IP attorney, former AT&T Bell Labs engineer, and former general counsel--NeuLexa brings geographically dispersed teams an analytical and collaborative secure environment which encompasses project initiation in the RFP management module through the matter lifecycle with project management features, milestones and transactional capabilities. NeuLexa employs military-grade encryption of data, messages and files during transit and in storage. For more information visit www.neulexa.com and follow them on Twitter @NeuLexa.

                                                                                                                                 

 

Contact:

Patricia Ann Hale

Proxy Public Relations, LLC

347.384.2993

patricia@proxypr.com

Technology and Other People-Driven Endeavors

Posted on April 03, 2013

Originally published in the April 2013 Volume 29 Number 12 Issue of Legal Tech Newsletter and is reprinted here with permission.

NeuLexa Demonstrates Intelligent Law Firm Business Development at ABA TechShow 2013, Apr. 4-5

Posted on April 02, 2013

NeuLexa Demonstrates Intelligent Law Firm Business Development at ABA TechShow

Cloud platform showcasing at booth #813 leverages client relationships and professional teams through powerful project management, team and social networking features

 

NEW YORK CITY — April 2, 2013– NeuLexa CEO Chi Eng, Esq. announces the firm will demonstrate how to intelligently leverage law firm business development with the NeuLexa platform April 4-5, booth #813 at ABA TechShow, hosted this week at the Chicago Hilton.

 

NeuLexa is a highly secure, cloud-deployed project and team management platform for the lifecycle of any legal matter. The NeuLexa platform assists firms to maximize business development opportunities of collegial and client channels, deliver high value legal work product and implement powerful social networking features, enhancing client relationships.  NeuLexa will demonstrate how these robust features work in layered and unified concert at ABA TechShow.

 

The challenge for all attorneys, in-house or outside counsel, is to deliver value to clients at reasonable costs.  Designed from the ground-up for legal professionals, Neulexa is uniquely poised to deliver on these goals by enabling attorneys to:

               

    •   • Assemble value optimized, geographically dispersed teams of professionals and creating a secure space for collaboration.

  •   • Leverage knowledge base of legal teams to improve legal work product.

  •   • Provide attorney-client stickiness through effective collaboration and interest group modules.

  •   • Keep costs down and minimize risk through the project management module.

  •   • Streamline attorney-client and legal team communications and collaborations. 

  •   • Leverage closed, social networking features to provide stickiness and deliver value-add for clients and outsourced professionals.

  •   • Capture cost-efficiencies with e-commerce transaction features.

 

CEO of NeuLexa, Chi Eng, remarks, “The paradigm has shifted and so, too, the mandate for all law firms and attorneys.  It is clear that the new challenges are the permanent ones:  high-quality legal product and added-value for the clients.  NeuLexa powerfully answers the call to reimagine legal workflow and business development, and capture efficiencies across the lifecycle of any matter.  We’re pleased that attorneys adopting NeuLexa are realizing these results and look forward to demonstrating how the features work at ABA TechShow.”

 

For more information about ABA TechShow, click here.

 

About NeuLexa Corp.


Engineered from the ground-up for the global-mobile legal environment, NeuLexa uniquely combines an enterprise-grade document collaboration platform with project management features, transactional capabilities and team building social tools which leverage the legal team knowledge base.  Built upon its proprietary, patent-pending algorithm designed by NeuLexa CEO Chi Eng--a practicing IP attorney, former AT&T Bell Labs engineer, and former general counsel--NeuLexa brings geographically dispersed teams an analytical and collaborative secure environment which encompasses project initiation in the RFP management module through the matter lifecycle with project management features, milestones and transactional capabilities. NeuLexa employs military-grade encryption of data, messages and files during transit and in storage. For more information visit www.neulexa.com and follow them on Twitter @NeuLexa.

                                                                                                                                 

Contact:

Patricia Ann Hale

Proxy Public Relations, LLC

347.384.2993

patricia@proxypr.com

What's New From LegalTech New York 2013

Posted on February 06, 2013

New products and services were unveiled at the New York LegalTech show hosted by New York Hilton in January 2013.  See report by Mr. Sean Doherty of Law Technology News.

Among numerous notable mentions, it was reported:

Attorney Chi Eng, CEO of NeuLexa, launched the eponymous legal workflow software with project and document management tools at LegalTech. Eng said NeuLexa is designed by "lawyers for lawyers" who want to improve legal work product quality, bolster existing client relations, assemble geographically dispersed legal teams, and improve cost efficiency.
 

NeuLexa aims to accomplish its mission by offering an on-demand computing and storage environment via Amazon's cloud infrastructure, which will grow and contract according to your needs. The cloud-based software focuses its legal workflow around people, not data. The startup has an intuitive project and document management interface with internal social media features that leverage the skills and knowledge base of the participating members of legal teams. Project team and client collaboration is conducted within a highly secure Amazon compute environment that employs military-grade encryption of data, messages, and files in transit and at rest in storage. NeuLexa offers a free trial.

Time for Firms to Open Up the Doors to Greater Productivity

Posted on January 23, 2013

The below article was published in Legal IT Professionals on Jan. 23, 2013. 

Title:  Time for Firms to Open Up the Doors to Greater Productivity:  Social Networking Tools Increase Attorney Productivity, Work Product Quality and Client Relations


By: Chi Eng, Esq.
 

Social networking is more than just another communications medium.  It has become the primary means of sharing knowledge and information for increasing numbers of individuals and organizations.  Traditionally, businesses and law firms, especially, have been more concerned with the potential risks of adopting social network models into their workflows than with the profit-impacting benefits of social networking tools on their organizations.  Deploying and adopting a social network based work flow system would enable a law firm to increase productivity and enhance the quality of the work product of its attorneys, and at the same time, increase client satisfaction.  It is a system that complements or otherwise extends the social dynamics of a law firm, encouraging constructive competition among its service professionals and increasing transparency of its workflow to the clients. In the long run, greater client satisfaction will increase law firm revenues, and in our new legal era, that is everything. 


How, then, can these powerful networking tools be leveraged in a large organization such as a law firm with thousands of professionals and clients—securely?  A large law firm, for instance, has all the concomitant characteristics of a social network structure:  groups of social influencers and followers, web of different professional and social associations, and project teams formed for specific client projects.  The sum total of their interactions, i.e., communications and work product, constitute proprietary Big Data of the organization, from which the law firm can leverage and monetize. 


There is an answer:  Closed circuit social networks in which the law firm’s staff and clients are invited to and participate in a social network managed and controlled by the law firm. 


This closed circuit social network can be implemented on the law firm’s own servers, or preferably, in the cloud.  Cloud based platforms, when properly configured, are preferable for this application because they are readily accessible from around the globe and are scalable depending on data usage and the number of users on the platform.  In regards to security, the cloud has grown increasingly sophisticated.  Law firms IT departments, and their attorneys can now rely in part on cloud infrastructure experts to configure and update the fire walls and security policies of the cloud servers and databases.  Cloud vendors such as Amazon have achieved military-grade compliance with the various security protocols such as SOC 1/SSAE16/ISAW 3402, FISMA Moderate, PCI DSS Level 1, ISO 27001 US International Traffic in Arms Regulations, FIPS, and other compliance initiatives, e.g. HIPAA. 


Best of breed social network tools should allow the users to organize themselves in public or private groups.  Each group will have an area for discussion and a virtual library for storing documents.  Public groups would permit anyone in the closed community to join while private groups can only be joined with the group owner’s permission.  Private groups are tantamount to closed-door meetings.  On the other hand, public groups are more free-wheeling, to the extent allowed by the group moderator, and may be used for bond-building purposes or for general interest discussions around topics such as intellectual property law development, cross-border litigation, and securities law. 

These groups will increase the quality of the work product of the lawyers as they will be pressured to demonstrate to their colleagues their breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise of their chosen fields of law.  Healthy competition among the lawyers will benefit the law firm as a whole.  The closed private groups can be used for confidential discussions, information gathering and document collection by client and professional teams for purposes such as possible M&A transactions or litigation materials protected by a court protective order.  Once inside these closed private groups, the invited clients and professionals can freely and confidentially discuss and share documents.  All comments are recorded and ownership of documents is indicated so that everyone is on the same page.  


Once the preliminary discussions are completed, a private group can open a project room where budget and milestones can be negotiated or set up as goals. The client and professional team workflow is then constructed around these agreed or specified milestones.  Project related discussions and documents can then be shared by the project members.  There can no longer be any excuse of lost emails or misfiled documents on a PC or that someone was left out of the loop.  In this project room, every project team member sees the same discussions, documents, and milestones.  There will not be any spam mails, messages from different projects cluttering the project discussions because non-invited members (or spam mailers) cannot access the message or document areas.


Once the social network platform is adopted and used by the law firm staff and clients, data in the form of discussions and documents would be available for mining by the law firm.  The documents and discussions are in fact the Big Data that the firm can leverage, analyze and repurpose. 


The law firm would not incur significant implementation cost if the platform is deployed in the cloud.  For example, the cost of storage at Amazon is less than $0.01 per GB per month and the unit cost goes down further for higher data storage.  Thus, for example, for 40 TB usage per month, the monthly cost at $0.01 per GB per month is $0.01/GB/month x 40,000 GB = $400/month or $4800/year.  This is well above the requirements for, say, a mix of 200 small cases of 25 GB each and 25 large cases of 200 GB each for a total of 10 TB.  It has been reported that an in-house system that can accommodate this amount of data can cost more than $300,000 for upfront purchase cost[1]. 


With the Amazon cloud, there would be monthly expenses for renting server and database instances.  Depending upon the desired redundancies, a configuration comprising four Linux-based large reserved instances (medium utilization) costs $4,000 upfront for a 3 year term, and at $0.076 per hour per instance (i.e., about $220 per month for 4 servers per month of continuous running).  For an extra large multi-AZ reserved RDS instance, the upfront cost is $4000 for a 3 year term, and at $0.440 per hour per RDS instance (i.e. about $317 per month of continuous running).   The multi-AZ feature includes a standard redundant database stored in a different location.  These cloud usage costs do not come close to the annual operating cost of an in-house system.  Of course, the above example is for illustrative purpose and is not meant to be an exhaustive price comparison between cloud and in-house implementation.


It’s time for law firms to pivot workflow around people and processes—and be fit for success in the new legal era.  Deploying and adopting a social network based work flow system enables firms to increase productivity and quality of the work product of its attorneys, and at the same time, increase client satisfaction.  It is a system that complements and extends the social dynamics of a law firm and the necessary and evolving relationship between firms and the clients they want to retain.

 

About Chi Eng, Esq.

 

Chi Eng is a practicing IP attorney, former AT&T Bell Labs engineer, former general counsel of a public company, Arbinet Corporation, and CEO of NeuLexa (www.neulexa.com).  NeuLexa uniquely combines an enterprise-grade document collaboration platform with project management features, transactional capabilities and team building social tools which leverage the legal team knowledge base.  NeuLexa will be launched at LegalTech in New York City, January 29th-31st.


[1] Cloud vs. Appliance: Comparing the Total Cost for E-Discovery, John Tredennick, Esq., Legal IT Professionals, 15 January 2013.

 

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