eDiscovery Leaders Live: Josh Blandi
Josh Blandi is the CEO and co-founder of UniCourt, a SaaS offering using machine learning to disrupt the way court records are organized, accessed and used. UniCourt provides Legal Data as a Service (LDaaS) via its APIs to AmLaw 50 firms and Fortune 500 businesses for accessing normalized court data for business development and intelligence, analytics, machine learning models, process automation, background checks, investigations and underwriting.
Josh talks about using AI to normalize data, gaining competitive intelligence from data, and how law firms are adapting to the growing availability of outside sources of data.
- [02:08] UniCourt’s history and what UniCourt offers.
- [03:43] Aggregating court data.
- [06:12] How much data they deal with, where they get it from, and what they do with it.
- [08:02] Focusing on standardization to clean up greatly varying court data.
- [10:42] Addressing the lack of metadata in court documents and poor quality of OCR content.
- [12:14] The power of APIs to tap into court content and tie that to law firm content.
- [17:38] Creative uses by law firms and ALSPs of UniCourt’s APIs and content.
- [19:12] Uses by other types of organization such as insurance companies, for due diligence and compliance, and by news and media.
- [20:55] Challenges and opportunities for Big Law and eDiscovery.
- [23:10] UniCourt’s success with machine learning: “It’s much more accurate than the humans would be.”
- [27:17] The future of their APIs.
- [28:06] Working with organizations like SALI.
- [30:00] What’s coming next from UniCourt.
Key Quotes by Josh Blandi
- “A hundred courts here, a hundred courts there, now you’re at a thousand, now you’re at a couple thousand, pretty soon you’re making a significant dent in it.”
- “As a company we are really a public records company. We just happen to be very focused on court records, but we also collect all the bar data across the United States…, we collect secretary of state data…., aggregated data sets, publicly traded data sets.”
- “What we are trying to zero in on, through our APIs, is being able to get people the ability to access this information, merge it with their internal data sets, and that’s when you can really derive some real intelligence and value from it.”
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