Visual cognition, artificial intelligence & legal research innovation

How Knomos is using machine learning and data visualization to build a better legal research tool
Visual cognition, artificial intelligence & legal research innovation
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Peter Aprile and Natalie Worsfold interview Adam La France.  Adam is Knomos’ co-founder and CEO.  With support and funding from the Canada Media Fund, MaRS LegalX, and Microsoft Ventures, Knomos is quickly positioning itself as the next generation of legal research and knowledge management.  The group discuss Knomos’ principled and pragmatic approach to its upcoming public offering, the competitive market and what sets them apart, and conclude with what advice Adam has for current and future lawyers navigating their way through the rapidly shifting legal landscape.

Adam La France

Guest

Adam La France

Adam is lawyer and entrepreneur building Knomos, a visual platform for legal research & collaboration (think Google Maps for Law). Knomos focuses on data visualization and collective knowledge management to deliver an unparalleled user experience.

He may be a lawyer by trade but, he is a builder at heart. A graduate of McGill Law and called to the bar in British Columbia and Québec, his six years of legal domain and professional experience covers a range of legal practice, having worked at the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, and as a sole practitioner. This critical insight ensures Knomos’ key features solve systemic problems in the legal industry, and that our platform’s core value is reflected in adoption among key influencers and stakeholders.

Peter Aprile

Host

Peter Aprile, Counter Tax Lawyers

Peter Aprile is a senior lawyer specializing in tax dispute resolution and litigation. His vision as Counter’s founder and his everyday role at the firm are one and the same: to be an agent of change, uncovering opportunities and developing strategies that achieve more than anyone expected. A creative thinker, Peter studies problems from all different angles to find what others have missed. He’s also convinced that he likes winning more than most people.

Different people describe Peter in different ways. At the CRA and the federal Department of Justice, the word relentless comes up quite a lot. Admittedly, so does the word a**hole – but it’s often said with a certain grudging respect, if not affection. Peter’s clients call him a saint. Well, some of them, anyway. His colleagues describe him as empowering and harddriving, but fair. Peter’s friends call him loyal. His wife describes him as a lot to deal with, but worth it. Peter encourages his young daughter and son to call him “The Big Homie,” though with limited success. His mother describes him with the single word mischievous – before going on to complain that he should call more.

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Natalie Worsfold

Host

Natalie Worsfold, Counter Tax Lawyers

Natalie is a tax lawyer who represents individual taxpayers and owner-managed businesses in disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). She also successfully challenges CRA decisions denying taxpayer relief and helps facilitate applications under the Voluntary Disclosures Program.

But what you really need to know about Natalie is that she’s a tax litigator with heart. When she takes a case, it’s not out of technical interest – it’s because she cares. And if she believes the government has got something wrong, she won’t stop until it’s been put right. She’s fierce.

Natalie is the co-architect behind many of Counter’s process workflows, software and data analytics systems, as well as our comprehensive knowledgebase (loving named Hank). And when it comes to preparing cases, she’s Counter’s secret weapon – happiest when elbow-deep in evidence, meticulously building creative solutions to seemingly impossible problems. Because the fact is Natalie sees things that other people don’t.

Natalie’s family and friends describe her as loyal, selfless, understanding and fun. They also mention stubborn. To her Counter colleagues she’s a combination of stellar brainpower and contagious enthusiasm who elevates the game of everyone around her.

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