My friend, John Rossman, is an attorney at Moss & Barnett where he is one of the country’s leading bankruptcy attorneys. A few months back, I sent him an article explaining how another law firm specializing in bankruptcy law had just “hired” the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney. Ironically, the machine was named “Ross” and, at the time, I quipped it was coming after his job.
Now, I don’t believe artificial intelligence will put all lawyers out of work in the future. I am, however, of the opinion that those attorneys and law firms that don’t embrace artificial intelligence and use it to improve the overall quality of their work will be at risk.
In this sense, the winners of the future won’t be those who try to “race against the machine” but rather those who race with the machine. In other words, John Rossman (the man) and Ross (the machine) will combine to deliver the best legal service in the future.
Interested in other thoughts on the future of law or legal services? Check out this older post.