Fastcase Announces 2019 “Fastcase 50” Award Winners

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Honors 50 Innovators, Visionaries, and Leaders in Law

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The Fastcase 50 is one of our team’s favorite events every year....These honorees are journalists, lawyers, information professionals, pioneers, and entrepreneurs who inspire us. We’re happy to share the light of their work as a beacon for all of us.” Ed Walters, Fastcase CEO

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.

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Each year since the inaugural awards in 2011, the Fastcase 50 has applauded the most fascinating trailblazers and architects of the future of law and legal technology. The award recognizes pioneering people who have made important contributions to the legal profession, for practitioners and the public. The honorees for the Fastcase 50 Class of 2019 represent a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, law librarians, bar association leaders, and people who are passionate about reforming and automating the law.

The Fastcase 50 is one of our team’s favorite events every year, and our ninth class is one of our strongest,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. “These honorees are journalists, lawyers, information professionals, pioneers, and entrepreneurs who inspire us. We’re happy to share the light of their work as a beacon for all of us.”

This is the ninth class of Fastcase 50 honorees, and for a ninth consecutive year, the company received a record number of nominees. Fastcase is happy to introduce the Fastcase 50 Class of 2019.

Congratulations to the following Fastcase 50 award recipients:

Anette Aav, Director, IT Law Programme, University of Tartu
Charlotte Alexander, Director, Legal Analytics Lab; Associate Professor, Georgia State University
Jason Barnwell, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft
Raymond Bayley, CEO and Co-Founder, Novus Law LLC
Kim Bennett, Founder, K Bennett Law
Jess Birken, Founder, Birken Law Office
Michael Bommarito, CEO and Co-Founder, LexPredict; Adjunct Professor of Law, Michigan State University; Head of Research, ReInventLaw Laboratory
Brenda Castello, Executive Director and CFO, New Mexico Compilation Commission
Jack Cushman, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society; Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Michael Dreeben, Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice (retired)
Marlene Gebauer, Global Director of Strategic Legal Insights, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Anusia Gillespie, U.S. Director of Innovation, Eversheds Sutherland
Gillian Hadfield, Professor of Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law; Author, Rules For a Flat World
Brad Heath, D.C. Justice and Investigations Editor, USA Today
Seamus Hughes, Program on Extremism Deputy Director, George Washington University
Darla Jackson, Research and Electronic Resources Librarian, The University of Oklahoma College of Law
Sukesh Kamra, National Director, Knowledge Management, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
Catherine Krow, Founder and CEO, Digitory Legal
Marie Kulbeth, COO and General Counsel, SixFifty
Christian Lang, Head of Strategy, Reynen Court; Founder, NY Legal Tech Meetup
Marc Lauritsen, Founder and President, Capstone Practice Systems
James Lee, Co-Founder and CEO, LegalMation; Founding Partner, LTL Attorneys LLP
Erin Levine, Founder and CEO, Hello Divorce
Tiffany Li, Resident Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Jason Lockhart, Partner, McAngus Goudelock & Courie (MGC)
Mike Maschke, CEO, Sensi Enterprises, Inc.
Tony Mauro, Supreme Court Correspondent, ALM’s Supreme Court Brief
Dorna Moini, Founder and CEO, Documate
Cat Moon, Director of Innovation Design and Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt Law School
Ian Nelson, Co-Founder, Hotshot Legal
Craig Newton, Co-Director, Cornell Legal Information Institute
Jonah Paransky, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions
Keith Porcaro, Co-Founder, Digital Public; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Seth Price, Founder, BluShark Digital; Founding Partner, Price Benowitz LLP
Jayne Reardon, Executive Director, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika Rickard, Senior Officer, Civil Legal System Modernization, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Heather Rosing, President, California Lawyers Association; CFO and Shareholder, Klinedinst PC
Jim Shelar, Former Chief Law Librarian, Arnold & Porter (In Memoriam)
Janine Sickmeyer, CEO and Founder, NextChapter
George Simons, Co-Founder, Lawble; Founder, SoloSuit; Co-Organizer, Global Legal Hackathon
Scott Sipe, Associate Publisher, Carolina Academic Press
Ed Sohn, Managing Director, EY
Alyza Tarmohamed, Senior Director, LegalVIEW Bill Analyzer, Wolters Kluwer
Jason Tashea, Legal Affairs Journalist, ABA Journal; Founder and Director, Justice Codes; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
Roberta Tepper, Lawyer Assistance Programs Director, State Bar of Arizona
Renee Thompson, Mediator, Upchurch Watson White & Max; Executive Committee Member and Incoming Chair of the Board Technology Committee, The Florida Bar
Shawn Tuma, Partner, Spencer Fane
Anand Upadhye, Attorney and Vice President of Business Development, Casetext
Susan Williams, Reporter of Decisions, Arkansas Supreme Court
Miguel Willis, Founder, Access To Justice Fellows; Presidential Innovation Fellow, Law School Admission Council

Fastcase 50 recipients will be celebrated during the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting July 13-16 in Washington, D.C.

To view profiles of each of the winners and to learn more about the Fastcase 50 award, visit

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 900,000 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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