AJ Shankar


My first exposure to legal technology was as a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. A law firm with a Berkeley office needed a technical expert, and I fit the bill. For a few years, I moonlighted as a technical consultant, working closely with a partner at the firm. I saw firsthand the issues faced by lawyers — massive quantities of data, tight timelines and budgets, hard technical problems — and I was hooked.

To address these challenges, I co-founded Everlaw in 2011 with a law firm partner, who was excited to pair his expertise in litigation with my expertise in technology. I wrote code in the bedroom of my North Berkeley apartment. When I hired our first employee, Joel, he set up shop in my dining room. Since then, the company has grown significantly.