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Jonathan Udoka
Attorney

“I’m able to use ROSS as though it were a first-year associate doing top flight legal research.”

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About

Jonathan runs a small firm in Stillwater, Oklahoma focused on representing local entrepreneurs in transactions and business litigation, among other practice areas.

Goals

Build a new type of legal platform to support enrepreneurs.

Approach

Leverage technology to provide clients with a flat monthly fee.

A new firm model built on new technology

ROSS fits perfectly into Jonathan’s plans to build a subscription fee platform that will allow him to deliver advice to local entrepreneurs for a predictable monthly fee. “Efficiency is key when you’re developing a fixed fee model,” Jonathan reports. “ROSS is the only legal research tool I use. I’m able to use ROSS as though it were a first-year associate doing top flight legal research. That allows me to provide clients with unlimited research for a flat monthly fee. The model simply doesn’t work without support from cutting-edge tools like ROSS.”

Improving traditional attorney client relationships.

“What intrigues me is the potential for changing the traditional relationship between lawyers and clients. I want to use technology to be more transparent and open. One great way to do that is to get out of the hourly fee mindset. The billable hour too often leaves the client feeling that inefficiency benefits the lawyer. It can weaken relationships over time. I want to move in the opposite direction.”

“I’m not a tall-building lawyer doing endless research. ROSS lets me deliver value as a trusted advisor on my client’s executive team. That’s how I want to practice law.”

Jonathan illustrates the point with a quick example of how he recently used ROSS to assist a client with a matter outside his core business concentration. “A parent wanted to terminate a guardianship. Family law situations always involve uncertainty and sometimes a bit of anxiety for the client. Your job as a lawyer is to deliver a good result, but it’s also to help the client understand how the court will come to a decision. ROSS was great for that. I was quickly able to find some cases that clearly laid out the standard that was going to govern the client’s petition.”

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“I’m able to use ROSS as though it were a first-year associate doing top flight legal research.”

Using technology to build community.

“You obviously can’t guarantee what’s going to happen in any case, but whether you’re advising an entrepreneur in a transaction or a parent in a family law matter, you can give the client confidence that she fully understands how the law should work in her situation.”

Jonathan’s interest in technology isn’t limited to building his law practice. He uses his active Twitter account to build and strengthen communities in Stillwater. “I work with a lot of young professionals in Stillwater through Rotary and other organizations. I’m always looking for ways to help people work together, whether its entrepreneurs, people developing technology on the Oklahoma State campus or local activists improving the city. Technology isn’t an end in itself, it provides tools to bring people together and leverage their strengths.”

Other Case Studies

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“I had a colleague doing research, and he’d tell me about issues he had. I’d say ‘well, did you use ROSS?’ He would then log in while I was standing there, we would ask his question and ROSS would return answers that were clearer than anything he returned by using traditional legal research methods.”
Matt Blaine
Davison, Eastman, Muñoz & Paone
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"ROSS makes it easier to stop shooting in the dark and start collecting cases that are firing in your direction. So something that used to take me three hours in Westlaw I might be able to do in an hour and a half with ROSS."
Dremain Moore
Associate at Thompson Coburn
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“Legal research was intimidating and time consuming, and it required a lot of forethought before even getting started. With ROSS, it’s a simple, intuitive process that allows me to use plain language in searches and pinpoint what I’m looking for … People should just try it out; I think they’ll love it.”
Renate Walker
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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“Researching a new area of law, the relevant cases were all within the first page of results of my first search on ROSS. ROSS found the cases instantly rather than the hours it took on Westlaw.”
Andy Ball
Davison Eastman Muñoz Paone
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