Hi, we’re Legal Adjacency!
We help legal and business teams thrive throughbetter outcomes.
Led by Marty Finestone, Legal Adjacency is a legal boutique specializing in simplifying legal documents and legal operations.
We do this by using legal expertise and law adjacent methods to simplify and solve the challenges that matter most to our clients.
What We Do
In practice, we do three things:
1. Design clear, engaging, useable, and easy to negotiate plain language contracts.
2. Develop strategies, processes, and tools for our clients to simplify and improve their legal functions.
3. Run sprints, workshops, and other facilitated activities to help our clients untangle and address problems in new and human-centered ways.
Many of our clients operate in technology, education, manufacturing, and government. We work teams of all sizes from in-house legal, finance, procurement, and contract management teams. Sometimes we work with several of those departments together. We love when that happens.
The common thread between our clients is a desire to do something different to do legal better. We help you realize your better.
Some of the Problems We’ve Solved
“Our contracts are too long and too technical for our sales team to use effectively.”
“How do we speed up the negotiation process?”
“Policies are often not followed, documents, and best-practice templates go unused.”
“We don’t have the bandwidth to make sure our templates are in plain language.”
“We want to make the internal client’s interactions with legal more effective and enjoyable.”
“We need to understand which KPI’s we should be measuring.”
“We need to do a better job in promoting the team’s contributions and value to the company.”
“We need to cut our external legal spend, but do that in a way that doesn’t compromise our relationships with those firms.”
“We need to communicate through the business unit’s preferred channel. How do we make that an easy transition for us?”
“We want people to be use self-help tools.”
“We need to better manage risk by simplifying compliance forms and processes.”
“Law firms X and Y do great work, but we often are surprised or feel nickel and dimed by their bills.”
“We need help with the implementation and change management of our new matter management system.”
We are lawyers, designers, and doers obsessed with looking for new and better solutions to problems.
We are passionate about transforming the challenges faced by legal and business teams into opportunities for designing better outcomes.
Our approach is intensely focused on understanding you and your needs and delivering practical and viable solutions that best fit your circumstances. We do this using a combination of legal expertise, strategy, creative thinking, evidence-based practice, user-centered design, information design, technology, and legal project management.
We Believe In
Making you a success. We will support you every step of the way – from strategic advice to implementation.
Taking things off your plate, and not giving you lots of homework.
Our work must be cost effective, easy to implement, and practical.
Using evidence, not assumptions to inform decisions and deliver value.
Supporting people to work smarter, not harder.
Improvement comes through empathy and human understanding.
Contracts being written so they reflect an organization’s brand and values.
Clear, engaging, useable, and understandable legal documents leading to fewer disputes and increased compliance.
Knowing that doing something differently does not automatically make that thing better. Better comes through choosing the right kind of different.
Appreciating that technology is not always the answer.
The needs and interests of the users being at the center of everything we do.