Fastcase Announces 2013 “Fastcase 50” Award Winners

Legal Publishing Company Recognizes the Top 50 Innovators, Visionaries, and Leaders in Law

Washington, DC (July 11, 2012) – Legal publisher Fastcase today published the company’s annual list of “Fastcase 50” award recipients. The “Fastcase 50” award recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law. View the 2013 winners at

A record number of nominations were submitted for the peer-nominated accolade this year. Several industry leaders, law firm managers, legal technology influencers, law school professors, and entrepreneurs around the world recommended a field of remarkable candidates for the 2013 Fastcase 50 award.

“This is a notable moment for legal tech and the impact these individuals are making on the shifting legal landscape,” said Phil Rosenthal, President of Fastcase. “Each year we take a moment to shine a well-deserved spotlight on some of the heroes, innovators, risk-takers, and individuals who dare to think big and take action on those interesting ideas. Along with the record number of nominees this year, we’re witnessing a rise in the boundary-pushers for big data, open government, and legal information.”

Congratulations to the following Fastcase 50 award recipients:

Raj Abhyanker, CEO, LegalForce
Stephen Allen, Head of Global Legal Services Transformation, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Tom Barnett, Executive Director, State Bar of South Dakota
Josh Becker, CEO, LexMachina
Bob Berring, Jr., Author, Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley
Josh Blackman, Assistant Professor, South Texas College of Law
Paulette Brown, Partner at Edwards Wildman, and Uncontested Nominee for President of the ABA
Matthew Burnett, Director, Immigration Advocates Network
Cindy Chick, Global Manager of Library Systems, Latham & Watkins LLP
Aviva Cuyler, Founder & CEO, JD Supra
Elizabeth Dobbins, UVA Law Class of 2013, Marine Corps JAG
Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Policy, Facebook
Anne Ellis, Senior Director of Librarian Relations, Thomson Reuters Legal
Bart Epstein, General Counsel & Chief Strategy Officer,
Ron Friedmann, Consultant, Fireman & Co.
Sara Frug, Associate Director, Legal Information Institute (LII), Cornell Law School
Richard Granat, Founder & CEO, The Granat Group
Itai Gurari, CEO & Co-Founder, Judicata
Marci Harris, CEO, POPVOX
Mark Harris, CEO & Founder, Axiom Law
Allan Head, Executive Director, North Carolina Bar Association
William (Bill) Henderson, Professor of Law and Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Terry Hill, Director of Programs, The Florida Bar
Ken Hirsh, Director of Law Library and /information Technology, Professor of Practice, University of Cincinnati College of Law
Phil Hoare, Vice President & CIO, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Tim Hwang, Founder & Human Partner, Robot, Robot & Hwang LLP
Daniel Martin Katz, Co-Founder & Co-Director, ReInvent Law; Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan State University
Renee Newman Knake, Co-Founder & Co-Director, ReInvent Law; Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan State University
Colin LaChance, President & CEO, Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Steve Lastres, Director of Library & Knowledge Management, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Carole Levitt, President & Founder, Internet for Lawyers
Daniel Lewis, CEO & Co-Founder, Ravel Law
Adriana Linares, President & Founder, LawTech Partners
Bruce MacEwen, President, Adam Smith, Esq
Kevin Marmion, President, William S. Hein & Company
Kingsley Martin, President & CEO, KMStandards, LLC
Eric Mill, Software Developer, Sunlight Foundation
Charley Moore, Founder & Executive Chairman, Rocket Lawyer
Sharon Nelson, President, Virginia State Bar and President, Sensei Enterprises
Dwight Opperman (in memoriam), Former CEO, West Publishing Co.
Jennifer Pahlka, Founder & Executive Director, Code for America
John Phelps, CEO, State Bar of Arizona
Deb Quintel, Director of Curriculum Development & General Counsel, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
Nik Reed, Co-Founder, Ravel Law
Bess Reynolds, Technical Services Manager of the Library & Knowledge Management Department, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Mark Rosch, Independent Author & Consultant
Jim Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation
Joshua Tauberer, Founder,
Tracy Thompson-Przylucki, Executive Director, NELLCO
Grant Vergottini, Co-Founder, Xcential, LLC

Fastcase 50 recipients will be celebrated during the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting July 12-16 in Seattle, Washington.

To view profiles of each of the winners and to learn more about the Fastcase 50 award, visit

About Fastcase
As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 500,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase, or visit


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