Co-founder 而且 COO of PacerPro, 安娜McGrane ’10 builds networks for innovation

In 2014, 作为一家法律技术初创公司的联合创始人, PacerPro, 安娜McGrane ’10 wanted to better underst而且 the new company’s intended market, 大型律师事务所. 她在乐鱼app找到了一个重要的资源 雅各布森法律和商业领导力课程. “当我刚开始的时候, I was trying to get my head around what it meant to be a legal tech company within Big 法律,McGrane说, 谁曾是雅各布森学者. “所以我和他谈了谈 海伦(斯科特) 而且 杰瑞(罗森菲尔德), 来自雅各布森项目, 而且 they just connected me with so many resources,她说, noting that a connection from NYU Stern helped her to underst而且 how law firms work as a corporate structure 而且 a business model. “Something that as an associate, you never think about,她补充道.

安娜McGrane
安娜McGrane

Today McGrane is co-founder 而且 chief operating officer at PacerPro, a workflow automation platform that integrates publicly available federal court data into knowledge systems used in many Big 法律 firms. 据该公司称, its technology is used at an enterprise level in just under 50 percent of the Am 法律 100, the highest-grossing Big 法律 firms in the United States. 与此同时, McGrane has helped grow the NYU 法律 networks that originally helped her, 共同创立了乐鱼app & 科技集团, 它把教职员工聚集在一起, 校友, 学生, 而且 other leading voices in the law 而且 technology space.

A sense of connection was part of her decision to attend NYU 法律 in the first place, she says. “I had gone through the application process 而且 was trying to decide between schools…so I reached out to a friend who was an 1L. [She said:] ‘What’s really different about NYU is the community—I’d choose the school 10,000多次,’”McGrane说. 她是对的. It’s one of the most collaborative, innovative environments I’ve ever been in.”

乐鱼app, 麦克格雷恩参与了雅各布森计划, 在一家非营利性家庭法机构工作, 他是《乐鱼app》的编辑 纽约大学环境法杂志. She was also enrolled in NYU 法律’s joint LLM program with Peking University School of 法律. 毕业后, she took a position as a corporate 而且 capital markets associate in Herbert Smith Freehills’s Moscow office.

Her path to PacerPro began when her brother Gavin, 加州诉讼律师, 会在晚上打电话, talking about a tech start-up he was working on that would optimize public access to court electronic records (溜蹄) technology. 溜蹄, an electronic system that digitizes access to case 而且 docket information in the United States, has a wealth of information—“essentially every federal court filing since 2005,McGrane说. “But the interface 而且 a paywall prevent users from easy access 而且 inhibit many of the types of analytics that would be st而且ard fare in other verticals,她说. PacerPro旨在解决这些挑战. While McGrane was visiting her family on holiday in 2014, her brother asked her to help run a sales booth at an industry conference.

“我从来不是个技术人员, 但当我在大会上与用户交谈时, 而且 understood how transformative they found this service—well, 我就是不能离开,McGrane说. She joined first as a vice president of sales, cold calling 而且 running demos. As the company grew, she took on the role of COO.

Her experience at PacerPro led McGrane to help found NYU 法律 & 2018年的科技. Co-founded by Christian Lang ’10, the group hosts talks, Q&As, 而且 other networking events that connect 学生, 校友, 纽约大学教授, 而且 members of the legal technology space to share expertise 而且 build support.

“This is a such a new space—而且 it’s changing so rapidly 而且 impacting all of us—firms, 客户, 非营利组织, 甚至乐鱼app下载的机构,她解释道. “On the vendor side, we have to stay focused on sales. But you know that these technologies are doing a lot more than cutting costs—they have profound normative 而且 practical implications, 而且 the rate of change is accelerating exponentially. I mean, you just have to look at healthtech 而且 fintech to underst而且 the scale of the opportunity. There needed to be a space where people could think about these bigger questions - 而且 NYU, 有这么多不同的专家, 而且 a history of combining academia 而且 business leadership, 看起来很合适.” McGrane 而且 Lang are currently working with NYU 法律’s Engelberg Center on Innovation 法律 & Policy on issues raised by the challenges of networking remotely during the COVID-19 p而且emic.

“Anna is a dynamic leader in the technology space,阿德里安·戴维斯在01年说, chief attorney development 而且 knowledge officer at Latham & Watkins, who first connected with McGrane when his firm began using PacerPro. 他后来参加了纽约大学的法律课程 & 麦克格雷恩主持的技术讨论会. “She’s an entrepreneur 而且 she’s also a thought leader. She is concerned with what legal technology portends about the future 而且 what issues that impact society as a whole,他说. “I think we are all looking forward to what she will do next.”

“PacerPro has another five or ten years of growth. 还有很多工作要做.McGrane谈到她未来的计划时说. “But eventually, I want to work on environmental issues. I wanted the JD because I saw it as a tool that would help me solve problems, 对我来说, environmental issues are some of the most important facing us as a society.”

“每次你成功的时候, you get a little bit of a louder voice for the next issue you take on,她补充道, “而且 I’m excited to look out 而且 decide what that next thing will be.”

2021年9月29日发布. 2022年8月4日更新.