As a member of the inaugural 2011 class of Fastcase 50 honorees, I am pleased to report that Fastcase today announced its 2013 group of Fastcase 50 honorees. This year’s group is a diverse list of legal innovators that ranges from Dwight Opperman, the recently deceased former CEO of West Publishing, to Tim Hwang, founder of a Silicon Valley law firm that lists two robots as partners.

The Fastcase 50 award is intended to recognize 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.

Following is the complete list of this year’s honorees. You can read profiles of the honorees at

  • Raj Abhyanker, CEO, LegalForce.
  • Stephen Allan, Head of Global Legal Services Transformation, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Tom Barnett, Executive Director, State Bar of South Dakota.
  • Josh Becker, CEO, LexMachina.
  • Bob Berring, Jr., Author, Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley.
  • Josh Blackman, Assistant Professor, South Texas College of Law.
  • Paulette Brown, Partner at Edwards Wildman, and Uncontested Nominee for President of the ABA.
  • Matthew Burnett, Director, Immigration Advocates Network.
  • Cindy Chick, Global Manager of Library Systems, Latham & Watkins LLP.
  • Aviva Cuyler, Founder & CEO, JD Supra.
  • Elizabeth Dobbins, UVA Law Class of 2013, Marine Corps JAG.
  • Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Policy, Facebook.
  • Anne Ellis, Senior Director of Librarian Relations, Thomson Reuters Legal.
  • Bart Epstein, General Counsel & Chief Strategy Officer,
  • Ron Friedmann, Consultant, Fireman & Co.
  • Sara Frug, Associate Director, Legal Information Institute (LII), Cornell Law School.
  • Richard Granat, Founder & CEO, The Granat Group.
  • Itai Gurari, CEO & Co-Founder, Judicata.
  • Marci Harris, CEO, POPVOX.
  • Mark Harris, CEO & Founder, Axiom Law.
  • Allan Head, Executive Director, North Carolina Bar Association.
  • William (Bill) Henderson, Professor of Law and Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession, Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
  • Terry Hill, Director of Programs, The Florida Bar.
  • Ken Hirsh, Director of Law Library and /information Technology, Professor of Practice, University of Cincinnati College of Law.
  • Phil Hoare, Vice President & CIO, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
  • Tim Hwang, Founder & Human Partner, Robot, Robot & Hwang LLP.
  • Daniel Martin Katz, Co-Founder & Co-Director, ReInvent Law; Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan State University.
  • Renee Newman Knake, Co-Founder & Co-Director, ReInvent Law; Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan State University.
  • Colin LaChance, President & CEO, Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII).
  • Steve Lastres, Director of Library & Knowledge Management, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
  • Carole Levitt, President & Founder, Internet for Lawyers.
  • Daniel Lewis, CEO & Co-Founder, Ravel Law.
  • Adriana Linares, President & Founder, LawTech Partners.
  • Bruce MacEwen, President, Adam Smith, Esq.
  • Kevin Marmion, President, William S. Hein & Company.
  • Kingsley Martin, President & CEO, KMStandards, LLC.
  • Eric Mill, Software Developer, Sunlight Foundation.
  • Charley Moore, Founder & Executive Chairman, Rocket Lawyer.
  • Sharon Nelson, President, Virginia State Bar and President, Sensei Enterprises.
  • Dwight Opperman (in memoriam), Former CEO, West Publishing Co.
  • Jennifer Pahlka, Founder & Executive Director, Code for America.
  • John Phelps, CEO, State Bar of Arizona.
  • Deb Quintel, Director of Curriculum Development & General Counsel, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI).
  • Nik Reed, Co-Founder, Ravel Law.
  • Bess Reynolds, Technical Services Manager of the Library & Knowledge Management Department, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
  • Mark Rosch, Independent Author & Consultant.
  • Jim Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation.
  • Joshua Tauberer, Founder,
  • Tracy Thompson-Przylucki, Executive Director, NELLCO.
  • Grant Vergottini, Co-Founder, Xcential, LLC.

Congratulations to all.

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Bob is a lawyer, veteran legal journalist, and award-winning blogger and podcaster. In 2011, he was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50, honoring “the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Earlier in his career, he was editor-in-chief of several legal publications, including The National Law Journal, and editorial director of ALM’s Litigation Services Division.