UniCourt CTO Prashanth Shenoy Recognized by Asia Law Portal in 30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia

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UniCourt CTO Prashanth Shenoy Recognized by Asia Law Portal in 30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia

The legal innovation community across the globe represents a diverse range of talented individuals focused on solving pain points in the business of law and charting a path forward for the future of law. 

With one of the broadest cross-sections of different legal and regulatory regimes in the world, Asia has an incredibly vibrant culture of legal innovation and cross-border collaboration, making it a key player in shaping the future direction of the legal industry. 

UniCourt’s CTO and Co-Founder, Prashanth Shenoy, is one of those leaders pushing for innovation in the legal industry in Mangalore, India, and we’re excited to share that he has been recognized by Asia Law Portal as one of the 30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2022.

About the Recognition from Asia Law Portal 

Founded in April of 2013, with inspiration from the Inter-Pacific Bar Association annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea, Asia Law Portal was modeled after the World Economic Forum’s blog and social media platforms, and “regularly publishes unique insights by and about Asia’s legal innovators – from lawyers practicing in-house, in private practice or with NewLaw firms, legal marketing and business development professionals, legal technology leaders and startup founders, legal recruiters, law practice management professionals, and law students.” 

Asia Law Portal’s mission is to “continue to seek to add to the understanding of the region’s legal markets — and the opportunity it presents to lawyers, legal services sector professionals and the corporate management teams and entrepreneurs operating or seeking to operate within it.”

To highlight the work of legal innovators across Asia, Asia Law Portal created its annual list of the 30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia. This year’s 8th consecutive annual list showcases “some of the top people to follow in the coming year in legal innovation in-house, in law firms, legal startups, legal services organizations, NewLaw firms, and legal technology companies.” As Asia Law Portal notes, “the breadth of depth of talent from throughout the region’s legal innovation community will provide anyone with an interest in legal innovation much to follow in the coming year.”

Why Prashanth was Recognized

Under Prashanth’s leadership, UniCourt has developed industry leading Legal Data APIs rivaling and outpacing offerings from the largest legacy providers like LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law. Due to his efforts, UniCourt also recently won the American Legal Technology Awards for the Technology category, as well as the LegalTech Breakthrough award for Overall LegalTech Data Solution Provider of the Year.

As one of the key voices within UniCourt advocating for an API-first, Legal Data as a Service (LDaaS) model, Prashanth has pushed the legal innovation envelope further and democratized access to legal data so innovators within legal tech, law firms, NewLaw, in-house legal departments, and others can leverage structured and normalized legal data to build the next generation of legal services and products. 

Beyond Prashanth’s vision for democratizing access to legal data, in his role as Chief Technology Officer and head of UniCourt’s operations in Mangalore, India, Prashanth has grown UniCourt into one of the largest, if not the largest, legal tech companies in all of India. 

Boasting over 200 employees, including 100+ engineers, Prashanth has turned UniCourt’s Dev Center in Mangalore into a premier destination for engineers who want to build a career in legal tech and get the opportunity to learn, investigate, and become better engineers. You can learn more about engineering life at UniCourt in this short video:

The 30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia

1. Edmund Bon Tai Soon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Head of Chambers (Civil) at AmerBON Advocates

2. Kim Chan, Hong Kong SAR – Founder and CEO of DocPro

3. Jennifer Parks, Hong Kong SAR – COO of White & Case Asia-Pacific

4. Santhi Latha, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Dean of the Rajah & Tann Asia (RTA) Academy

5. Rasmeet Charya, Bangalore, India – Chief Innovation Officer of Algo Legal

6. Shashwat Sikka, Pune, Maharashtra, India — Co-Founder, ProVakil 

7. Brian Tang, Hong Kong SAR – Founding Executive Director of the Law, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Lab (LITE Lab) at HKU Faculty of Law and Managing Director of Asia Capital Markets Institute (ACMI).

8. TAY Eu-Yen, Singapore — Of-Counsel at Providence Law Asia LLC 

9. Daryl Chew, Singapore – Chairman of the Board of Directors of Maxwell Chambers and Managing Partner of Shearman & Sterling’s Singapore Office

10. Annie Tang, Hong Kong SAR – Co-Founder of Star Anise Legal

11. Prashanth Shenoy Katpady, Karnataka, India – Co-Founder and CTO of UniCourt

12. Robert Lewis, Beijing, China – Co-Founder of docQbot, Co-Founder of the China Going Global Think-tank (CGGT), and Senior International Consultant at Chance Bridge Partners

13. Anoosha Shaigan, Pakistan — Vice President and Editor of Courting The Law

14. Ngo Nhat Minh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — Founder of BLawyers Vietnam 

15. Bhagyashree Pancholy, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India – Founder or All Remotely and General Counsel at Lano

16. Lim Seok Hui, Singapore – CEO of The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

17. Lorna Chen, Hong Kong SAR – Asia Regional Managing Partner of Shearman & Sterling, Head of Greater China and member of the firm’s Executive Group

18. Naina Pachnanda, Delhi, India – Senior Innovation Specialist at Invest India

19. Shreya Vajpei, New Delhi, India — Practice Development Group at Bharucha & Partners and Prime Mover at ProLawgue

20 Anshul Gupta, Delhi, India – Co-Founder and CEO of MikeLegal

21. Naz Schinder, Bali, Indonesia — Founder and CEO of Schinder Law Firm and Bali International Arbitration and Mediation Centre (BIAMC) 

22. Catherine O’Connell, Tokyo, Japan — Founder of Catherine O’Connell Law

23. Doreen Jaeger-Soong, Hong Kong SAR – Chair and Managing Director of Hughes Castell HK Ltd

24. Mariyam Shunana, Maldives – Managing Partner of Shunana & Co. LLP

25. Shanice Choo, Singapore —  Clifford Chance Legal Innovation Team in Singapore 

26. Khushbakht Shah Jillani, Pakistan — Pakistan High Court Advocate

University of Mandalay law student co-founders of JusWise

27. Sandar Lin, Myanmar — Co-Founder and Head of Legal Research and Product Operations at JusWise

28. Kyaw Moe Aung, Myanmar — Co-Founder and Head of Product Management and Development Department of JusWise

29. Hein Htet Zaw, Myanmar — Co-Founder and Tech Team Leader of JusWise

30. Nan Yadanar Lin, Myanmar — Co-Founder and Director of Human Resource Management and Community Outreach Department of JusWise

Of the many excellent leaders in legal innovation listed in the 30 People to Watch from Asia Law Portal, we want to give a special shout out to Shreya Vajpei of the Practice Development Group at Bharucha & Partners and the “Prime Mover” at ProLawgue. Earlier this year, Shreya conducted a wonderful and far-ranging interview with Prashanth through ProLawgue. We look forward to all the amazing things Shreya will accomplish in 2022 and beyond.

Learn More and Get In Touch With Us

UniCourt is honored to have Prashanth recognized by Asia Law Portal as one of the 30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2022. We’re also excited for some upcoming releases next year with UniCourt’s new Apollo APIs, which would not be possible without Prashanth’s leadership and the great team of engineers, developers, and designers he’s assembled.

If you’re interested in learning more about UniCourt or how you can use Legal Data as a Service, Contact Us and we’ll be in touch.

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