Michael Fiedorowicz: Legal Tech Fellow Spotlight

Why did you want to work at a legal tech startup?

As a law student with a personal and familial background in the tech industry, I was naturally drawn to consider work in the legal tech space. I decided to pursue the interest because of how I perceived legal tech’s impact on the practice of law. I saw legal tech as an exciting, burgeoning space with significant opportunities for innovative work. But it was also clear to me that the best lawyers of the future will have a grasp of these technologies. So, I sought work at Evisort because I wanted to experience what this fast-changing industry is like from the inside of a cutting-edge startup while knowing that, even if I remained on the traditional legal path, this experience would make me a better lawyer.

Did you gain any skills while working with Evisort? How do you want to apply those skills in your future career?

My time with Evisort improved my ability to quickly shift between types of tasks, a hallmark of the startup experience. Fellows are asked to help in a wide variety of ways, often working with individuals from different teams within the company. For instance, I had the opportunity to think creatively and brainstorm about the details of a new product feature; I helped test and track the performance of new AI models, and I was asked to produce both technical and non-technical pieces of writing. Each aspect of the work certainly improved specific skills while the overall experience helped me foster a nimble mentality, one that made me ready to quickly pivot and learn something new as needed.

This sort of mentality will be useful in any career that has a day-to-day variance. Anyone who works closely with companies knows that new problems and issues arise every day. Those who are prepared to handle the accompanying changes in pace and subject matter will have the opportunity to excel.

What did you learn at Evisort that you didn’t learn in law school?

Observing the development process for Evisort’s offerings taught me how legal clients think about their contractual agreements. Whenever I sat in on a call with an Evisort customer or tested a new AI model, I was learning something about what businesses are looking for in their contracts and how they think about the value of those contracts. Not so surprisingly, organizations do not regularly care or worry about many of the terms in a contract. Instead, they often want to be able to find and focus on the terms that have a chance of impacting the business in a clear, material way. Seeing and hearing what customers are concerned with when thinking about their agreements taught me an important lesson about what clients perceive as salient in their contracts.

How did working at Evisort change your perspective on the legal industry?

It affirmed my view that understanding legal technologies will be beneficial for new attorneys of the future. These technologies are rapidly taking hold at major organizations and understanding the most advanced ones, such as Evisort’s, will be part of the operating skillset that attorneys will have to have to practice competitively. This means more than just being familiar with the features that a given platform offers. It includes understanding the technologies as well. For instance, the best lawyers of the future will not only know that Evisort can rapidly identify certain contract terms. Rather, they will have a general understanding of how AI models, which help with such identification, are trained so that they can best tailor what they request from the technology and its producers.

What was your favorite part about working with Evisort?

I enjoyed the variety of work, the company’s exciting growth and upward trajectory, and the people.

What advice do you have for current law students who may be interested in non-legal careers but may be nervous of losing opportunities in big law?

Opportunities such as the Evisort Fellowship are perfect for those in this position. If you are considering a non-legal career but not convinced that you want to abandon the big law path, then it would be good to get as much exposure to alternative options as possible before you have to start making decisions that close doors.

Why did you want to work at a legal tech startup?

As a law student with a personal and familial background in the tech industry, I was naturally drawn to consider work in the legal tech space. I decided to pursue the interest because of how I perceived legal tech’s impact on the practice of law. I saw legal tech as an exciting, burgeoning space with significant opportunities for innovative work. But it was also clear to me that the best lawyers of the future will have a grasp of these technologies. So, I sought work at Evisort because I wanted to experience what this fast-changing industry is like from the inside of a cutting-edge startup while knowing that, even if I remained on the traditional legal path, this experience would make me a better lawyer.

Did you gain any skills while working with Evisort? How do you want to apply those skills in your future career?

My time with Evisort improved my ability to quickly shift between types of tasks, a hallmark of the startup experience. Fellows are asked to help in a wide variety of ways, often working with individuals from different teams within the company. For instance, I had the opportunity to think creatively and brainstorm about the details of a new product feature; I helped test and track the performance of new AI models, and I was asked to produce both technical and non-technical pieces of writing. Each aspect of the work certainly improved specific skills while the overall experience helped me foster a nimble mentality, one that made me ready to quickly pivot and learn something new as needed.

This sort of mentality will be useful in any career that has a day-to-day variance. Anyone who works closely with companies knows that new problems and issues arise every day. Those who are prepared to handle the accompanying changes in pace and subject matter will have the opportunity to excel.

What did you learn at Evisort that you didn’t learn in law school?

Observing the development process for Evisort’s offerings taught me how legal clients think about their contractual agreements. Whenever I sat in on a call with an Evisort customer or tested a new AI model, I was learning something about what businesses are looking for in their contracts and how they think about the value of those contracts. Not so surprisingly, organizations do not regularly care or worry about many of the terms in a contract. Instead, they often want to be able to find and focus on the terms that have a chance of impacting the business in a clear, material way. Seeing and hearing what customers are concerned with when thinking about their agreements taught me an important lesson about what clients perceive as salient in their contracts.

How did working at Evisort change your perspective on the legal industry?

It affirmed my view that understanding legal technologies will be beneficial for new attorneys of the future. These technologies are rapidly taking hold at major organizations and understanding the most advanced ones, such as Evisort’s, will be part of the operating skillset that attorneys will have to have to practice competitively. This means more than just being familiar with the features that a given platform offers. It includes understanding the technologies as well. For instance, the best lawyers of the future will not only know that Evisort can rapidly identify certain contract terms. Rather, they will have a general understanding of how AI models, which help with such identification, are trained so that they can best tailor what they request from the technology and its producers.

What was your favorite part about working with Evisort?

I enjoyed the variety of work, the company’s exciting growth and upward trajectory, and the people.

What advice do you have for current law students who may be interested in non-legal careers but may be nervous of losing opportunities in big law?

Opportunities such as the Evisort Fellowship are perfect for those in this position. If you are considering a non-legal career but not convinced that you want to abandon the big law path, then it would be good to get as much exposure to alternative options as possible before you have to start making decisions that close doors.