This week brought the eighth annual Startup Alley pitch competition, the opening night event of ABA Techshow at which 15 startups competed for top honors by delivering their pitches live to an audience of Techshow attendees.

Now on my way home from Techshow, I finally have a chance to post the winners. Here were the companies that won the top three spots:

  1. AltFee, a product that helps law firms replace the billable hour with fixed-fee pricing.
  2., an alternative to traditional court reporting that promises “a better way to take testimony.”
  3. Paxton AI, an AI legal assistant.

Congratulations to the winners and to all the startups that competed this year.

Huge thanks to the Techshow planning board for making this all possible, particularly this year’s cochairs Sofia Lingos and Cynthia Thomas, as well as to everyone at the ABA who works on this behind the scenes.

Huge thanks also to Clio and its founder and CEO Jack Newton for sponsoring Startup Alley for the eighth year running.

Last but not least, thanks to ABA President-elect Bill Bay for honoring us with his presence and helping to recognize the winners.

Pictured above: Techshow cochair Sofia Lingos, Clio CEO Jack Newton, AltFee cofounders Digby Leigh and Scott Leigh, Paxton AI cofounder and CEO Tanguy Chau, founder Karl Seelbach, Techshow cochair Cynthia Thomas, me, and ABA President-elect Bill Bay.

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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.