Legal editing software company BriefCatch has expanded its management team with the hiring of three legal technology veterans to key positions.

The hires follow the company’s raise last year of $3.5 million in an oversubscribed seed round.

At the time of the raise, founder and CEO Ross Guberman said the company would use the funds to expand its team, launch new products, and develop AI-powered features.

Making good on that promise, the company is today announcing the hires of Lydia Flocchini as chief marketing officer, Darren Schleicher as chief sales officer, and Kyle Bahr as product manager of AI and 0ther new products.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Lydia, Darren, and Kyle to our team, Guberman said in a statement announcing the hires. “They are legal tech rockstars and exceptional leaders who bring deep expertise, insight, and experience responding to the needs of legal organizations.”

Lydia Flocchini

Joining BriefCatch as chief marketing officer, Flocchini is an industry veteran with 30 years of leadership experience at Thomson Reuters, Lex Machina, Logikcull, and, most recently, SurePoint Technologies, where she was chief marketing officer.

Named to ILTA’s Influential Women in Legal Tech in 2023, she was also last year elected a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and in 2021 was a winner of Demand Gen Report’s B2B Innovator Awards.

At BriefCatch, she will be responsible for building and scaling the company’s go-to-market activities, overseeing everything from branding, messaging, and product marketing to revenue operations, sales enablement, and community.

“I’m excited to join one of the leading teams in human-centered and responsible AI and to partner with customers relying on BriefCatch to ensure the highest professional standards and deliver their best work,” said Flocchini.

Darren Schleicher

Schleicher comes to BriefCatch as chief sales officer after having served 10 years as direct of sales and sales strategy at Lex Machina. He will lead the sales team and be responsible for driving revenue growth and expanding market awareness.

Earlier in his career, he was with Thomson Reuters, where he was enterprise sales executive responsible for large law firms and Fortune 500 corporations. He has also held senior sales roles at several other companies.

“Writing is a lawyer’s stock in trade, said Schleicher. “Helping legal professionals enhance this core skill is incredibly rewarding. This could be helping an associate go from good to great, a partner going from great to winning, or a judge drafting a groundbreaking opinion. I look forward to bringing BriefCatch to lawyers striving for top client service and profitability.”

Kyle Bahr

Bahr joins BriefCatch in the role of product manager of AI and new products. He was most recently founder and CEO of the consulting firm Sea Change Legal Ops, where he assisted clients in developing tech-forward strategies and responsibly harnessing generative AI.

Previously, he was senior counsel at WESCO Distribution on its Global Legal Operations Committee. Earlier, he was a litigator at White & Case and Reed Smith, and law clerk to a federal district judge.

In his new role, he will lead the launch of a suite of AI-enabled products to help legal professionals communicate more effectively.

“As a former litigator, I understand the challenge of producing high-quality work under tight deadlines,” Bahr said. “I’m thrilled to expand BriefCatch into new areas, responsibly harnessing AI to help legal professionals excel.”

An Active Year

BriefCatch is legal editing software that works within Microsoft Word and provides more than 11,000 legal-specific writing suggestions. Since raising its seed round last year, the company expanded the product to also work in Outlook, and it launched a new product, ClientCatch, that automates the creation of client alerts.

The company also launched a legal writing advisory panel of 35 judges, advocates, and academics, “each handpicked for their legal writing savvy.” It also added David Lat, legal commentator and author of the newsletter Original Jurisdiction, to its board of directors.

BriefCatch was a finalist this year in the ABA Techshow Startup Alley competition that I oversee.

Way back in 2018, I tested BriefCatch and two other legal editing programs by having them edit four opinions authored by Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, whom Slate had pronounced “a terrible writer.”

After BriefCatch 3 came out in 2022, I tested it against the controversial surreptitiously leaked draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade.

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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.