High-quality legal talent. Cloud-based technology. InCloudCounsel offers a solution to negotiate and manage routine legal work to help companies streamline processes, free up resources, and save money.

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InCloudCounsel provides a scalable, end-to-end solution that other options simply can't match.

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Highly Experienced Talent

Our network of top-tier attorneys and team of account managers are highly specialized in specific legal contract types and consistently deliver dependable, high-quality work.

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Game-Changing Technology

Our proprietary cloud-based platform makes your processes more organized and efficient, and it allows quicker access to executed agreements. Robust business and legal data creates insightful reporting about trending terms and obligations in your agreements.

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Cost-Effective Pricing

Over 70% average client cost savings through a flat-fee, per-document pricing structure.

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Traditional Law Firm

  • Expensive
  • Junior-level attention
  • No process to manage workflow
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In-House Legal Team

  • Routine work is time-consuming
  • Focus is removed from more important activities

We excel in the routine.

We're experts in:
Asset management/
corporate services
Investment banking
services
Real estate
services
Document
abstracting services
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Joinders
  • Non-reliance Letters
  • Vendor Contracts
  • Credit Agreement Abstracts
  • Purchase Agreement Abstracts
  • Co-Investment Reviews
  • Diligence Document Reviews
  • Sell-side Confidentiality Agreements
  • Engagement Letters
  • Diligence Document Abstracts
  • Credit Agreement Abstracts
  • Purchase Agreement Schedules
  • Lease Abstracts
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Vendor Contracts
  • Access Agreements
  • Franchise Documents
  • SNDAs
  • Estoppels
  • Engagement Letters
  • Product Diligence
  • Purchase Agreement Abstracts
  • Mortgage Loan Agreement Abstracts

We offer world-class document abstracting solutions for all legal documents, including those that attorneys on the InCloudCounsel network did not negotiate

  • Account Manager prepares a customized scorecard, allowing the terms of any legal document to be captured as data
  • Specialized attorneys perform the abstracting work, aided by our proprietary Abstract Intelligence technology
  • Abstract Intelligence creates clickable links below each scorecard term
  • Scorecard data is used to create interactive reports, providing insights into agreement trends over time, making negotiations more effective
Asset management/
corporate services
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Joinders
  • Non-reliance Letters
  • Vendor Contracts
  • Credit Agreement Abstracts
  • Purchase Agreement Abstracts
  • Co-Investment Reviews
  • Diligence Document Reviews
Investment banking
services
  • Sell-side Confidentiality Agreements
  • Engagement Letters
  • Diligence Document Abstracts
  • Credit Agreement Abstracts
  • Purchase Agreement Schedules
Real estate
services
  • Lease Abstracts
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Vendor Contracts
  • Access Agreements
  • Franchise Documents
  • SNDAs
  • Estoppels
  • Engagement Letters
  • Product Diligence
  • Purchase Agreement Abstracts
  • Mortgage Loan Agreement Abstracts
Document
abstracting services
We offer world-class document abstracting solutions for all legal documents, including those that attorneys on the InCloudCounsel network did not negotiate
  1. Account Manager prepares a customized scorecard, allowing the terms of any legal document to be captured as data
  2. Specialized attorneys perform the abstracting work, aided by our proprietary Abstract Intelligence technology
  3. Abstract Intelligence creates clickable links below each scorecard term
  4. Scorecard data is used to create interactive reports, providing insights into agreement trends over time, making negotiations more effective
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Our clients are some of the world's leading companies:

Patrick Kassen

Former General Counsel
We previously had a traditional law firm handling our everyday legal documents, but InCloudCounsel offered us a far more compelling solution to service our NDAs, Joinders, NRLs, and Vendor Contracts, which has resulted in an over 70% cost savings. We highly recommend InCloudCounsel to anyone considering using their services. They're the real deal.

Caitlin Melchior

Associate General Counsel
Oak Hill Capital has been a satisfied InCloudCounsel customer since 2014. The InCloudCounsel team automated our NDA process, thereby freeing up thousands of hours that our lean in-house team has used to focus on new investments and M&A activity.

Anthony Donofrio

Managing Director
InCloudCounsel quickly streamlined our investment process by servicing our credit reviews at a 90% cost savings over our last arrangement. For anyone looking for a solution to contract review or diligence support, go with InCloudCounsel. They consistently deliver high-quality results.
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Insights

November 15 2018

The Case for Freelance Corporate Attorneys

In the legal profession, traditional law firms are usually associated with cream-of-the-crop attorneys and a flawless end product for their legal services—and rightfully so. Some of the most talented attorneys commit to a Big Law career and go on to be extremely successful, reaping financial and professional benefits with many even making partner at their firms.

Producing the quality and quantity of work expected by a traditional law firm requires a significant commitment that can force attorneys to sacrifice aspects of their personal lives to allow for more time in the office. But those demands, which often entail an intense workload and stringent hours, aren’t the right fit for those who cannot or do not want to make such sacrifices.

In the past, the accommodation of personal goals outside of work meant that some top-tier corporate law talent would have to pursue alternative outlets to continue practicing corporate law, which would often mean having to work with less sophisticated clients. InCloudCounsel provides freelance corporate attorneys the opportunity to achieve the flexible work arrangement they desire, while still practicing law for some of the world’s leading companies.

On the client side, working with freelance corporate attorneys offers its own benefits. Aided by cloud-based technology, large companies have access to an ever-increasing pool of highly experienced, specialist attorneys that can deliver a cost-effective, high-quality solution for negotiating and managing their routine legal work.

Benefits for attorneys

The legal industry is evolving and making space for a greater breadth of work arrangements. Freelance legal work opportunities provide corporate attorneys with several important benefits.

For one, freelance legal work enables flexible work hours and geographic independence. Instead of working under the constraints established by an employer, freelance attorneys practice law from their own home base and on their own schedule. Because freelance attorneys are not limited to working in major cities for access to the best clients, they can move closer to family or relocate to areas with a lower cost of living.

Freelance legal work also offers the ability to pursue other passions. With a flexible workload and schedule that works best for them, attorneys benefit from the ability to focus on other important aspects of their lives. For these talented professionals, having flexibility with corporate legal work means having enough time to commit to other passions or interests, whether that be spending more time with family, founding a startup, or traveling the world.

Benefits for companies

Large companies that use freelance corporate attorneys are able to address pain points in their existing legal document processes, especially when it comes to routine legal work. Previously, companies would only have two options for handling their routine legal work—outsourcing it to a traditional law firm or handing it to internal resources. Neither option is ideal.

When the work is handled by a traditional law firm it gets completed by junior, generalist attorneys who are less experienced and don’t possess specialist knowledge by document type. This often results in slower turnaround times and potentially less than ideal quality of outputs, on top of being billed against the firm’s standard hourly rate card. When the work is handled by internal resources it takes precious time away from the core aspects of people’s jobs. In some cases, the individuals who are assigned the work may not possess a formal legal education.

Using freelance corporate attorneys as part of a legal technology solution can eliminate these pain points. InCloudCounsel offers an ideal solution for negotiating and managing routine legal work by combining a virtual network of highly experienced, specialist attorneys with best-in-class, cloud-based technology. The result is a uniquely efficient and high-quality solution that helps companies save time, free up internal resources, and substantially reduce legal costs.

Looking ahead

The traditional career path for corporate lawyers has remained unchanged for many years, with few options available to attorneys interested in pursuing opportunities outside of the traditional law firm environment. As the gig economy continues to gain traction in the legal industry, both attorneys and corporations can expect to see more corporate lawyers going the freelance route, giving them the freedom to build the practices they want in order to live the lives they want to lead.

If you’re a highly experienced corporate attorney ready to achieve this freedom for you and your practice then apply to opportunities in our attorney network today.

Interested in learning more about how InCloudCounsel’s scalable, end-to-end solution can help your company save time, free up resources, and significantly reduce legal costs? Request a live demo today.

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October 25 2018

Unleashing the Potential of AI and Human Teams in the Legal Space

We’re hearing a lot of talk in the tech world about how artificial intelligence (AI) will change the way we work. Inevitably, conversations broach the possibility that AI will displace humans in the workplace. Some even estimate that automation and AI will replace as many as 800 million jobs over the next 13 years.

But most of the conversations taking place around AI don’t take into account the potential of AI and humans working together. It’s worth noting because this pairing is already reshaping the way we approach common tasks across the business world, including within the legal industry.

How can humans and AI work together?

For certain tasks, the marriage of people and AI can accomplish more than either humans or machines are able to accomplish separately. Rather than replacing living, breathing workers, embracing both means recognizing that AI and humans complement each other in ways that go far beyond the processes most organizations currently rely on to achieve their goals.

Nearly all industries recognize that artificial intelligence is coming and will be a part of how they do their work. While the extent to which specific industries and even organizations will rely on AI varies, there’s a growing consensus that people will continue to remain an important part of the equation.

To understand humans’ evolving role, we need to remember that AI and humans offer different skill sets to the organization. While it’s possible to apply AI to certain tasks, others are difficult or impossible to apply it to. These tasks require human intervention simply because humans are better at accomplishing them. This is especially true for specialized tasks and processes that fall beyond the parameters of AI technology.

Salesforce recently offered a good example of how the AI-human relationship plays out in the real world. Over the past few decades, the U.S. Postal Service automated 99 percent of its processes. But while that seems like a lot (and it is), 1 percent of postal processes still require humans to accurately sort the mail. With more than 500 million pieces of mail passing through USPS’ doors each day, that means 5 million mailed items a day would be undeliverable without human employees.

Embracing the union of manpower and AI power works in a similar way. While AI dramatically improves the organization’s ability to handle routine tasks, humans continue to play a vital role in achieving key objectives. In many cases, AI improves our ability to achieve those objectives accurately and efficiently.

AI-human teams change the game in legal tech

Legal tech is an ideal candidate for the teaming up of humans and AI. Why? Because a significant percentage of legal work involves routine tasks that still demand the attention of specialized attorneys.

Consider NDAs. Most large companies negotiate these routine legal documents at the onset of a significant transaction. These documents need to be completed quickly and effectively, and an experienced, specialized attorney as well as AI each have an appropriate role in that process. But in a typical scenario, the company turns to internal resources or a Big Law firm for assistance—both of which can be costly in their own right.

For years, standard procedure for abstracting documents has involved humans taking the whole process on themselves—a process which has functioned just fine. But InCloudCounsel’s document abstracting process for routine legal work combines highly experienced, specialist attorneys and AI to deliver an even more efficient process and higher quality end result.

While InCloudCounsel attorneys handle the negotiating of an agreement, they are assisted by AI when abstracting the key terms of an agreement onto an easy to reference summary called a “scorecard.” AI helps verify the accuracy of the key terms by checking them against the provisions in the actual contract, reducing the risk for human error. The attorney saves time by harnessing AI to efficiently deliver a highly accurate product. As a result, clients can count on improved efficiency, accuracy and overall higher quality of output.

AI is already changing legal tech in important ways. But more often than not, we’ll find that the best use of the technology involves the winning combination of AI with the specialized expertise of actual attorneys.

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October 5 2018

Solving the Routine Legal Work Challenge

For large companies, high-volume but necessary recurring legal documents—such as NDAs, vendor contracts and other simple agreements—present a unique issue.

When negotiating multi-billion dollar transactions, completing routine agreements may not be the highest priority for busy in-house legal teams. But while in-house attorneys need to stay focused on more complex tasks, high-volume documents still have to be handled quickly and expertly.

Routine legal work can be outsourced to a traditional law firm. However, doing so often comes with a high price tag and generalist, junior-level attorneys negotiating the agreements. For many years, companies simply didn’t have access to an ideal solution to handle this type of work.

Enter InCloudCounsel in 2014

When Troy Pospisil, Ben Levi, and Lane Lillquist came together to form InCloudCounsel, they wanted to solve this unmet need in the marketplace. Their solution was simple: Offer companies a better way to effectively negotiate and manage their routine legal work by combining a virtual network of highly experienced attorneys with best-in-class cloud-based technology.

This solution would help companies to free up in-house resources and drive down legal costs while yielding higher quality work, all while incorporating technology that would drive process efficiencies, increase organization and transparency, and provide a new level of insight through document and legal data management and analytics.

The founders’ unique backgrounds (in finance, law, and tech, respectively) have allowed them to build a company that redefines how organizations can effectively handle their high-volume legal work. In fact, InCloudCounsel is already working with some of the world’s leading companies. This is how it all came together.

Lessons from the business side

Founder and CEO Troy Pospisil started his career in the consulting field, eventually moving into private equity investing. In both fields, he experienced firsthand the inefficiencies that high-volume legal work could create for a large organization.

While working at a private equity firm, one of Troy's responsibilities was to negotiate NDAs, which took some of his focus away from his primary job responsibilities of evaluating investment opportunities. He also realized that there was no good system in place to track document workflow, which created the potential risk that two different deal teams could be negotiating the same NDA. There was similarly no quick way for Troy to check which NDAs were in place or to easily see previously negotiated terms. So, while he didn’t possess any formal legal education, Troy handled the work but recognized that an experienced legal professional would be far better suited to efficiently negotiate the agreements. However, Troy also understood that his in-house legal team wasn’t structured in a way that would afford them the bandwidth to negotiate and manage thousands of routine contract negotiations per year and that outsourcing the negotiation of NDAs to a traditional law firm was not a cost-effective solution. There was no good way for his firm to do the work, and so it became one of his responsibilities.

Lessons from the Big Law side

Truth be told, Big Law firms aren’t ideally suited for handling simple contracts either. Ben Levi, co-founder and COO at InCloudCounsel, started out as a fresh-faced Harvard Law School graduate in Kirkland & Ellis’ Chicago headquarters, where he immediately encountered high-volume work.

While Big Law firms handle routine work for some of their clients, it doesn’t fall within their core business offerings. They exist to advise companies on significant matters, which is why they tend to place generalist, junior-level attorneys on routine contract negotiations.

Consequently, turnaround time for routine legal work is often less than ideal—a product of less-experienced attorneys handling the work, and the fact that it’s low priority work for such highly utilized Big Law attorneys. In addition to long lead times, clients often experience sticker shock after being invoiced for the work, which is billed at the firm’s standard rates.

As for the attorney side of the equation, during his time in Big Law, Ben also realized that there wasn't a good way for top corporate attorneys to practice high-quality law outside of a Big Law firm. It was this observation that created a passion for finding a new solution for great attorneys who didn't want their lives to revolve around their work.

Carving out a new solution for routine legal work

Troy and Ben joined forces to offer InCloudCounsel’s end-to-end solution for negotiating and managing routine legal work. Shortly after, they teamed up with Lane Lillquist, who joined the company as CTO and became the company’s third co-founder. With his deep software engineering background, Lane helped InCloudCounsel build a proprietary software platform designed to maximize document organization, efficiency, and insight, further bolstering its ability to help large companies save both time and money.

The InCloudCounsel founding team set out to find a way to better deliver a subset of legal services for both clients and attorneys. In so doing, they created a platform that affords its attorneys the flexibility to work part-time from anywhere and the freedom to build a practice that makes sense for the lives that they want to lead. All while helping hundreds of companies around the world streamline their routine legal processes, saving them valuable time and money. With this two-fold challenge that the legal industry and its clients have experienced for years finally addressed with an ideal solution, both sides are free to tackle routine legal work more efficiently than ever before.

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