LawCatch, Inc., developer of the BriefCatch legal editing software, has raised $3.5 million in an oversubscribed seed round.

Lead investor in the round is TIA Ventures, which will take a seat on the LawCatch board. Other participants included RiverPark Ventures, C2 Ventures, and Wilson Sonsini Investments Co.

BriefCatch founder Ross Guberman said that the company will use the investment to:

  • Launch a suite of related products.
  • Launch two first-of-their-kind AI-powered features, including a proprietary Knowledge, Content, and Models Library.
  • Expand the product’s training and development components.
  • Double the size of the company’s team.
  • Create a standard-setting Legal Writing Advisory Board.

Guberman originally developed the product, which runs in Microsoft Word, based on his experience as a legal writing coach through his company Legal Writing Pro. Until now, the company had been entirely bootstrapped and consistently profitable, he told me.

Read about BriefCatch on the LawNext Legal Technology Directory.

Last year, the company rolled out a new-and-improved version 3 that, among other enhancements, made the tool available to Mac users.

BriefCatch 3 includes more than 11,000 legal-specific writing suggestions, and added real-time editing, a rebuilt rules engine, enhanced natural language processing, and other improvements.

Guberman said that BriefCatch has tens of thousands of customers, including several Supreme Court justices, most of the federal circuit courts, large government agencies, and law firms of every size and specialty.

Way back in 2018, I put BriefCatch and two other legal editing programs to the test of editing four opinions authored by Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, whom Slate had pronounced “a terrible writer.”

After BriefCatch 3 came out last year, I tested it against the controversial surreptitiously leaked draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade.

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