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Wilson Sonsini’s Tech Arm Automates Return-to-Work Guidance

May 12, 2020, 12:41 PM

Wilson Sonsini’s legal technology arm, SixFifty, is selling an automated questionnaire and policy generation tool to help companies navigate the treacherous legal path to reopening their workplaces amidst the threat of Covid-19. The tool is another display of SixFifty’s leading position in the Big Law legal automation space.

Legal Dangers: “This is a dangerous and unprecedented situation for human resources departments. It’s the most dangerous situation from a medical and legal point of view that any of us have seen in our lifetime,” said SixFifty president Kimball Parker.

Automation Mission: It’s the third virus-related automation tool SixFifty has released and the first that is not a pro bono project. The tool starts at $9,500, which Parker said could be about one-fifth the cost for a traditional lawyer to draft the policies. Roy Strom reports.

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