Legaler, the secure online meeting tool used by over 7,000 firms across more than 100 countries, is pleased to announce that Simon Boehme is joining as Vice President of Partnerships as the company’s expansion in the United States continues. Simon joins Legaler with wide-ranging experience in all corners of the Legal Tech space, having been a founder, mediator, and advisor.
As a founder of both Disputly and Magnify, Simon is passionate about using technology to expand access to justice and legal services, making him a perfect fit for the company’s mission of empowering everyone to be able to use the law. His on-the-ground experience as a mediator with a wide-reaching network as well as a member of the State Bar of California’s Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) Task Force will be invaluable to this, and to helping Legaler address the needs of legal practitioners and clients. Never has this been more urgent than now, with the impending economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis pushing our already widening justice gap to crisis. To accelerate our response to this, Simon will be helping to build Legaler Aid, Legaler’s non-profit arm which provides disadvantaged and vulnerable communities with a virtual pro bono legal clinic. Long-term, our goal of using blockchain to radically change the incentives of the legal industry will no doubt be informed by Simon’s work with the Accord Project’s working group, which dealt with smart contracts and blockchain solutions to the law.
Simon also brings with him a wealth of knowledge in the government and public relations space, informed by a Bachelors of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Masters in Mediation and Conflict Intervention. He most recently served as Head of Operations and Chief of Staff, Trust & Safety at Lime. Before this, Simon served in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee for Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), having been appointed to the role by the Obama Administration.
Simon joins in a period of growth, both of Legaler and the Legal Tech industry at large. “The pandemic has accelerated the legal industry’s transition from analogue processes to digital technology and there’s no better evidence of this than the adoption of video conferencing,” said Legaler CEO and Co-Founder Stevie Ghiassi. “This has seen Legaler grow rapidly in education, courts, and especially online dispute resolution, an area which Simon has established himself as an industry thought leader.” Welcome, Simon!