Fastcase Announces 2018 “Fastcase 50” Honorees

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The Award Honors 50 Innovators, Visionaries, and Leaders in Law

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The Fastcase 50 illuminates "entrepreneurs and visionaries who are catapulting law and legal technology into a new era".

Legal publisher Fastcase today announced the company’s annual list of “Fastcase 50” honorees. Selected from online nominations, the award recognizes the year’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law. Many of the 2018 honorees are pioneers in the areas of access to justice, artificial intelligence, and visualization tools for legal data.

View the 2018 winners at

Since the inaugural awards in 2011, the Fastcase 50 has illuminated entrepreneurs and visionaries who are catapulting law and legal technology into a new era. The Fastcase 50 class of 2018 represents a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, policymakers, law librarians, bar association executives, and innovators from all walks of life.

“The Fastcase 50 Award season is exciting for us each year, as we get to honor a collection of smart, driven innovators with a passion to improve our profession,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. “It’s fun for our team each year to draw inspiration from our heroes, many of whom are doing terrific, unsung work at the frontiers of law.”

This is the eighth class of Fastcase 50 honorees, and for the eighth consecutive year, the company received a record number of nominees. Fastcase is happy to introduce the Fastcase 50 Class of 2018. “This year’s class makes 400 honorees,” Walters said, “and if you’d like to see who has done some of the most important work in law, we have compiled all 400 biographies by year on our website. This group is a constant source of inspiration for us.” You can find a list of all past honorees at, and a Twitter list of posts by honorees at

Congratulations to the 2018 Class of Fastcase 50 recipients:

  • Shruti Ajitsaria, Counsel and Head of Fuse, Allen & Overy
  • Kenton Brice, Director of Technology Innovation, The University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • John Browning, Shareholder, Passman & Jones; Adjunct Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law; Adjunct Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
  • Femi Cadmus, Director, J. Michael Goodson Law Library at Duke Law School; Vice-President, American Association of Law Librarians
  • Adam Camras, CEO, LAWgical and Legal Talk Network
  • Veronica Canton, Partner, Impowerus; Law Student Division President, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
  • Gabriela Cubeiro, Co-Founder and Director, CASEpeer
  • Patrick DiDomenico, Chief Knowledge Officer, Ogletree Deakins
  • Eric Falkenberry, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Darren Fancher, Co-Founder and CEO, CASEpeer
  • Andrea Ferster, Attorney, Law Office of Andrea Ferster; Past President, District of Columbia Bar; Steering Committee, DC Refers
  • Erin Gerstenzang, Criminal Defense Attorney, EHG Law Firm
  • Lori Gonzalez, President, The RayNa Corporation
  • John Grant, Founder, The Agile Attorney
  • Dazza Greenwood, Founder,; Lecturer and Visiting Research Scientist, MIT
  • Ivy Grey, Author of American Legal Style for PerfectIt, Intelligent Editing; Senior Attorney, Griffin Hamersky LLP
  • Jack Grow, President and CEO,
  • Pieter Gunst, Co-Founder and COO,
  • Kate Hagan, Executive Director, American Association of Law Librarians
  • Jim Harbaugh, Head Football Coach, University of Michigan
  • Shawnna Hoffman, Co-Founder and Global Co-Leader, IBM Watson Legal Practice
  • Claudia Johnson, LawHelp Interactive Program Manager, Pro Bono Net
  • Lisa Joy, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Westworld
  • Neal Katyal, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Brian Kuhn, Co-Founder and Global Co-Leader, IBM Watson Legal Practice
  • Patricia Lee, Special Assistant for Diversity and Bar Relations, State Bar of California (retired); Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Center, American Bar Association
  • Saskia Mehlhorn, Director of Knowledge Management & Library Services, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • John Nay, Co-Founder and CEO, Skopos Labs
  • Cian O’Sullivan, Top Dog and Founder, Beagle
  • Amanda Ostrowitz, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, CannaRegs
  • Patrick Palace, Owner, Palace Law; Past President, Washington State Bar Association; Owner, Sunken Cellars Winery
  • Jeff Pfeifer, Vice President of Product Management, LexisNexis
  • Amy Porter, Founder & CEO, LawPay
  • Jonathan Pyle, Creator, DocAssemble; Contract Performance Officer, Philadelphia Legal Assistance
  • Daniel Reilly, Co-Founder & CEO, Legably
  • Katelyn Ringrose, Founder, Impowerus
  • Daniel Rodriguez, Chair, ABA Center for Innovation; Immediate Past Dean, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Laura Safdie, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Casetext
  • Aileen Schultz, Co-Founder, Global Legal Hackathon; Director of Network Intelligence, Integra Ledger
  • Sam Stoddard, Co-Founder and CEO, SimpleCitizen
  • Michelle Suskauer, President, The Florida Bar; Partner, Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A.
  • Joseph Tiano, Jr., Founder and CEO, Legal Decoder
  • Mark Torchiana, CEO, Courtroom Insight
  • Darryl Towell, CEO, Docket Navigator
  • Wilson Tsu, Founder & CEO, LearnLeo
  • Jae Um, Founder and Executive Director, Six Parsecs
  • Amy Wan, Founder and CEO, Bootstrap Legal; Founder, Legal Hackers LA
  • Jeff Ward, Director, Duke Law Center on Law & Technology
  • Ken White, Partner, Brown White & Osborne

Fastcase 50 recipients will be celebrated during the 2018 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting July 14-17 in Baltimore, Maryland.

To view profiles of each of the winners and to learn more about the Fastcase 50 award, visit For the Twitter list of posts by honorees from all classes, visit

Fastcase, known for pioneering mind-blowing tools in the legal information market, will share new Fastcase 7 additions, new tools in Docket Alarm, integrations, and updates at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting July 14-17 in Baltimore, Maryland.

About Fastcase
As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase, or visit

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