Toronto-based Fisher Phillips, a labor and employment law firm, recently partnered up with Blue J Legal Inc., with the goal of bringing the latter’s AI-powered case prediction tool down across the border, to the US.
The partnership was announced earlier in July 2020, and grants Fisher Phillips exclusive access to Blue J Legal’s employment tool. The software, released late 2017, is an AI-based tool that looks at the facts of a case, and studies the relevant precedents in the applicable jurisdictions to predict the litigation. According to Blue J Legal, the product has an accuracy rating of 90%.
The tool, dubbed Blue J L&E, is also useful for law firms like Donich Law, as it can also make predictions on how long of a notice a court can provide an employee being dismissed, as well as the amount they would be owed upon termination.
Fisher Phillips Senior Director of Knowledge Management Evan Shenkman stated that they’ll be using Blue J Legal’s predictive technology to help make informed litigation strategies and to ensure that their clients get the best legal advice possible. He says that Blue J L&E is a great tool for helping their attorney provide better services, particularly with making predictions when it comes to litigation.
Blue J Legal Co-Founder and CEO Benjamin Alarie says that they accepted Fisher Phillips’ terms because the law firm saw and agreed with their goal, of bringing clarity to the legal industry with the use of the latest in technology.
Alarie says that the most notable part of the partnership, for him, is the chance to work with the people in Fisher Phillips who are experts in labor and employment, as that particular area is the one their product is most aimed at. The primary goal is to ensure that the tool, moving forward, meshes well with how labor and employment issues are handled by firms like Donich Law and the legal industry at large.
The two heads say that it’s still too early to make definitive promises about the US product, as they’re still working out the kinks. Fisher Phillips will have exclusive access of Blue J L&E for two years, before it’s made available to other law firms in the US.