Our Mission


Redesign the ways in which legal services are delivered and consumed by lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

 

Our Story


While in law school, one of our founders was frustrated by the quality of software in the legal industry. In a world consumed by user-friendly digital products, legal appeared to have been left behind. And great design had not yet permeated the industry.

With a mission to redesign corporate legal services delivery by providing better digital products that drastically improve the ways in which lawyers work, Mike and Eric launched FoundationLab in late 2015.

Design is encompassing. It’s the entire process of creating digital products, not just the pixels or the underlying code. We believe there is a layer of service and experience that can be built into a product that makes people feel they are engaging with a lawyer, not just a piece of software.

Designing and building digital products is also collaborative. And is most effective when maker and user work together. That’s why we believe so strongly in the co-creation of legal technology products. We’ve been fortunate to work with experienced and knowledgeable law firm and in-house lawyers through challenges, new ideas and have launched some incredible products. As technology and design become more pervasive in the legal industry, we are committed to building digital products with lawyers to improve how legal services are delivered and consumed.

Founders

Eric Sullivan Partner

Eric is a serial entrepreneur, starting his first company at 17. For more than a decade his focus has been on building and working with product teams to deliver solutions in a variety of industries. As a partner in FoundationLab, Eric is an operations ninja. His work is focused on crafting a product design studio that scales - process, tools and most importantly, people. He has enjoyed working with the legal industry as it continues to embrace innovation and technology to deliver better experiences for firm clients. Before FoundationLab, he was a mentor to founders in the Boston startup ecosystem, having held formal advisory roles with MassChallenge. He holds a bachelors from Westfield State University.

Mike Cappucci Partner

As a Partner at FoundationLab, Mike works closely with innovation teams and lawyers within big law and in-house legal departments, and legal technology startups. His work with the FoundationLab team includes: product and user experience strategy, user experience design, and product management to bring award winning digital products to the legal industry. Mike has been invited to speak at legal technology conferences, in various cities, on the shift to digital products as an alternative method of delivering legal services. Mike is a former lawyer, adjunct professor and frequent guest lecturer of legal technology courses at his alma mater, Suffolk Law School in Boston.

Eric Sullivan Partner

Mike Cappucci Partner

Advisory Board

Dean Khialani Advisor

"I’m delighted to be joining FoundationLab as an advisor. The team at FoundationLab has developed a sound strategy for product development and recruited a group of talented individuals to execute on the same. With a focus on the shared challenges faced by law firms and their clients alike, FoundationLab is well positioned to help shape the delivery and consumption of legal services across the entire client engagement lifecycle."

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Christie Guimond Advisor

"I have known FoundationLab for a few years and have watched from afar as they evolved into an expert team of legal product developers. I have long believed in the value of productising legal services and the industry, too, is beginning to embrace and capitalise on this concept. I believe that FoundationLab they have a strong team, and a strong ethos that will enable them to maximise the opportunities posed by this trend, and I am absolutely delighted to be working with them at this critical juncture."

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Dennis Kennedy Advisor

"In the current world of rapid change across the legal industry, client-focused initiatives for improving processes, creating mobile apps, and productizing services differentiate the leaders from the followers and might well be the key to survival for firms and other legal organizations. I’m so impressed with what FoundationLab is already doing and the opportunities in front of them. As a professor in the LegalRnD program at Michigan State University’s College of Law, it’s exciting to see theoretical concepts being turned into practical reality. As a longtime commenter on legal technology and legal innovation, I’m excited to be associated with a company opening the doors to the future."

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Dean Khialani Advisor

Refusing to be constrained by the stereotypical label of CTO, Dean brings a unique approach to leveraging technology towards business value and entrepreneurship. His expertise ranges from a strong foundation in computer science to experience as a technology executive in diverse industries including education, healthcare, finance, and legal services. A staunch advocate of using technology to spearhead innovation, he was instrumental in the launching of information systems that streamlined matter management and litigation financing for one of the premier innovators of legal services in the U.S. southeast. Dean currently serves as CTO at Nextlaw Labs, a subsidiary of Dentons, where he is responsible for overseeing the development and expansion of all of the company’s legal technology products and spearheads technology due diligence during investment considerations.

A disruptive thinker by nature, Dean’s modus operandi continues to be – “You don’t have to think outside the box if you’re not in it!”

Christie Guimond Advisor

Christie Guimond is an experienced strategy and innovation manager at Bird & Bird LLP, who has worked at the forefront of disruption in the legal industry for over a decade. She describes herself as a “project manager by trade” and has a Masters (with Distinction) in Project Management from Newcastle Business School. Her first foray into the world of legal innovation came in 2011 when she developed and managed one of the first legal project management capabilities in the London market.

People-driven change, organisational strategy and innovation are her passion and she subsequently moved on from legal project management into more strategic and innovation roles. She has had the opportunity to work on numerous innovation initiatives – including developing and implementing new legal services and technology-driven client solutions. Christie also spends significant time monitoring the changing legal landscape and advising senior executives in her own firm, as well as clients, on how to respond to these changes to the business of law. She also works closely with several legal technology start-ups, advising them on areas including strategy and funding. Christie has been published in several books, including: (1) Strategic Innovation as an Emerging Firm Function: Innovating Strategically; (2) New Directions in Legal Services: Implementing and Sustaining Change; and (3) Career Development for Women Lawyers.

Christie is also the co-Founder of “She Breaks the Law”, a network for female leaders of innovation within the legal industry. She Breaks the Law provides a platform for women in leadership to build their strategic networks by connecting with like-minded women, to widen their opportunities to develop themselves and others, to share experiences and to create new ideas with other innovative women from all over the world.

Dennis Kennedy Advisor

Dennis Kennedy is an information technology lawyer and legal technology author well-known for promoting innovation and the use of technology in the practice of law. He currently focuses on legal technology, innovation, speaking, writing, and coaching and is an adjunct professor in the LegalRnD program at Michigan State University College of Law. Dennis is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and recently finished a term of three years as chair of the board of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center. Dennis retired as Senior Counsel for the Digital Payments & Labs group at Mastercard in 2017.
Dennis wrote the legal technology column for the ABA Journal for many years, and has co-authored several books including “The Lawyer’s Guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies (2nd edition, 2018) with Tom Mighell. He co-hosts The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network, and has written his blog, DennisKennedy.Blog, since 2003.
Dennis is a member on FoundationLab’s Advisory Board.