Lawyers Meets Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is infiltrating the legal industry with the help of Dentons LLP, IBM, and ROSS Intelligence.

Technology has been steadily impacting the legal industry.  In today’s business world, lawyers are as reliant on their computers and technology as anyone.  As a result, finding ways to use different technologies to better serve the legal industry and allow lawyers to complete their work on time is a major concern.
A recent partnership between Dentons LLP and IBM is an example of one of the ways that technology is helping to innovate the legal industry.
Dentons LLP, a global law firm, has partnered with IBM to invest in a legal startup called ROSS Intelligence.  ROSS Intelligence specializes in creating new technologies for the legal industry.  Their new legal advisory application is currently being tested at Dentons LLP.[1]
This application, referred to as “Siri for Lawyers”, helps to streamline the process of legal research thereby reducing time and money for the lawyer.[2]  Lawyers are able to ask ROSS legal questions and through IBM’s Watson computer, which the application is built on, ROSS is able to sift through legal text documents and data to find the relevant information. [3]
Similar to asking Siri to look up the definition of “existentialism” or “what is 24 multiplied by 46?” ROSS is used by lawyers to find particular pieces of legal information quickly which can be used to help them progress in their work and legal cases.
The implications of ROSS in the legal industry is profound.  It has the ability to do a level of research work normally done by associates in a law firm.  Rest assured, however, that ROSS does not threaten anyone’s job security.  At this time, ROSS’s function is separate from human-related tasks.  It is not an artificial intelligence (AI) set to replace human work so much as tool that lawyers and associates can use to obtain information quickly.
The legal industry’s interest in technology tools has been growing steadily over the years as lawyers look for ways to increase their work productivity.  With Dentons LLP currently testing ROSS Intelligence’s Siri-like application, it will be interesting to see what the future relationship will be between technology and the legal industry and how big of a role technology will play in the future of law.
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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[1] Gray, Jeff.  (2015 August 9).  U of T students’ artificially intelligent robot signs with Dentons law firm.  The Globe and Mail.  (Retrieved from
[2] Gray, Jeff.  (2015 August 9).  U of T students’ artificially intelligent robot signs with Dentons law firm.  The Globe and Mail.  (Retrieved from
[3] ROSS Intelligence.  Your Brand New Super Intelligent Attorney.  Retrieved from


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