Blase was born in Germany and England and grew up there. According to his LinkedIn page, he has worked in law firm management and strategy for Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, KermaPartners, Holland & Knight LLP and Thomson Reuters. Since 2016 he has been Senior Advisor for Startups in the Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University. He also serves as an informal and formal advisory board member for a number of startups in Canada, the US and Europe. Bubble is the third to take on his role at OBA.
Blase and his colleagues at OBA will start with three technology tools that have yet to be established, focusing on tools that lawyers use directly for their clients, as opposed to tools used in a law firm’s in-house operations, he says .
A common danger for companies when acquiring legal technical tools is “asking for the perfect and foregoing the good,” says Blase. As a board member for legal tech startups, he has participated in product tests organized by law firms or legal departments looking to acquire a particular technology. One problem is that lawyers create requests for proposals that are too cumbersome, he says.
“That doesn’t help in choosing the right technology,” says Blase. “Because these startups can’t invest that much time in each of these opportunities to sell their software. It’s hard for them … make it easy enough for them to participate in the study in a meaningful way. “
Another problem is that lawyers often rely on technologies that do many things rather than some that do some things well, he says.