MENLO PARK, CA, February 24, 2015 – Lex Machina, pioneer of Legal Analytics®, announced today that Ralph Baxter has joined the company’s Board of Directors. A pioneer in law firm management and a bold legal industry innovator, Baxter will help guide Lex Machina’s accelerated growth as the company continues innovating to enable companies and law firms to craft successful legal strategies, win cases, and close business.
Baxter served as Chairman and CEO of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from 1990 through March 2013. He led Orrick’s transformation from a domestic firm with California origins to become one of the most prominent global firms, with more than 1,100 lawyers across 25 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Baxter is one of the legal world’s most sought-after speakers on topics relating to how technology, the economy, and client demands are reshaping the business of law.
“We’re honored that Ralph Baxter, whom I’ve known and respected for many years, is joining our board to help shape the vision and direction of Lex Machina at a time of tremendous growth for the company,” said Josh Becker, CEO. “We’re confident that his original thinking and unparalleled business expertise will prove a perfect fit for Lex Machina’s needs now and in the days ahead. Lex Machina is profoundly changing how companies and law firms compete in the business and practice of law, and there’s no one better suited to help us succeed than Ralph.”
Baxter has repeatedly been recognized for his forward-thinking leadership. During his tenure at Orrick, he was named one of the “Top 50 Big Law Innovators in the Last 50 Years” by The American Lawyer, twice named one of Law360’s “Most Innovative Managing Partners,” recognized as one of America’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers” by The National Law Journal, and Orrick was highlighted in the Financial Times' report on the "Most Innovative US Law Firms.”
“I’m delighted to join Lex Machina’s Board of Directors during a pivotal time in the evolution of legal technology and of the legal industry more broadly,” said Baxter. “Lex Machina’s cutting-edge technology has already had a significant impact on the way law is practiced, and has barely scratched the surface of what is possible. The company’s potential is enormous, and I’m looking forward to doing all I can to see it come to fruition.”
Baxter is the founder of the prestigious Law Firm Leaders Forum. Currently in its 20th year, the annual gathering brings law firm leaders together to examine the critical issues facing the legal profession. He also serves on the advisory boards of Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession, Stanford’s Center on the Legal Profession, and Georgetown’s Center for the Study of the Legal Profession.
Baxter joins current Board of Directors members Josh Becker, CEO of Lex Machina; Mark Lemley, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School; John Hamel, General Partner at Cue Ball Capital; Roy Martin, President and CEO of WELM Ventures; Robert Siegel General Partner at XSeed Capital; and Jeff Thermond, Venture Partner at XSeed Capital.
About Lex Machina
Lex Machina provides Legal Analytics, a new category of legal technology that profoundly changes how companies and law firms compete in the business and practice of law. Delivered as Software-as a-Service, Lex Machina creates structured data sets covering districts, judges, law firms, lawyers, parties, and patents, out of millions of pages of legal information. Legal Analytics allows law firms and companies, for the first time ever, to predict the behaviors and outcomes that different legal strategies will produce, enabling them to win cases and close business.
Lex Machina is used by companies such as Microsoft, Google, and eBay, and law firms like Wilson Sonsini, Fish & Richardson, and Fenwick & West. The company was created by experts at Stanford’s Law School and Computer Science Department. In 2014, Lex Machina was named one of the “Best New Legal Services” by readers of The Recorder, American Lawyer Media’s San Francisco newspaper.