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The failure of the most innovative law firm & the lessons NewLaw needs to learn

Why Clearspire’s bleeding-edge technology and legal expertise weren’t a commercial success
The failure of the most innovative law firm & the lessons NewLaw needs to learn

Peter Aprile and Natalie Worsfold interview Mark Cohen, co-founder of Clearspire. The group discusses the Clearspire story, why  its bleeding-edge technology and legal expertise weren’t a commercial success, and the lessons NewLaw needs to learn.

Mark Cohen


Mark Cohen, LegalMosaic

Mark Cohen is a global thought leader and doer in the legal business industry. Mark has had a long career as a civil trial lawyer, serving as a decorated Assistant United States Attorney, youngest partner at Finley Kumble, and founder and managing partner at Mark A. Cohen & Associates, a 30-attorney multicity national litigation boutique firm.

Mark was the co-founder of Clearspire, a groundbreaking “two-company model” law firm and legal service provider (you can read about Clearspire in his new book, The Clearspire Story). Mark is now the CEO of LegalMosaic, a repository for his thought leadership and a legal consulting business. He is also the Chair of the Advisory Board and Chief Strategy Officer at Elevate Legal Services, a leading legal business managed services company, and an advisor to Hotshot, a company that provides digital learning to lawyers. He is a regular contributor at Forbes.

Peter Aprile


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


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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