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3 GenAI Use Cases for Corporate In-House Teams

How to leverage EverlawAI Assistant to streamline key workflows and boost efficiency

by Petra Pasternak

Corporate law departments are taking generative AI seriously. Half of Fortune 1000 company legal departments (50%) say they’ve used GenAI for legal matters and nearly a third (28%) have set aside a GenAI budget for investments, according to a 2024 LexisNexis survey.

What’s more, nearly three fourths of corporate legal professionals believe that using GenAI will help lower costs by enabling more work to be done in-house.

For those that are focused on doing more with less, ediscovery is an essential area where the power and speed of GenAI should be leveraged to modernize in-house workflows. EverlawAI Assistant enables corporate law departments to work more efficiently with data sets of varying size and complexity far faster and more efficiently than previously possible. 

Responding to third-party subpoena requests, litigation matters of all sizes, and internal investigations are three areas that are ripe for optimization with new GenAI tools.

Top Ways GenAI Unlocks New Efficiencies

In the digital age, in-house legal teams are called on to work quickly and accurately with complex and overwhelming volumes of data. 

Before generative AI, reviewing and profiling a single document (or a document set) required manual effort that could mean hours or even days of reading, tagging, and annotation with notes or summaries. Add to that any time spent wrestling with writer’s block when preparing narratives and reports.

EverlawAI Assistant boosts review efficiency and speed to insight by leveraging GenAI capability, including through several innovative features. 

Regardless of matter type, legal professionals can now supercharge their productivity through AI-powered:

  • Document-Level Summarization. EverlawAI Assistant helps legal professionals understand the relevance of dense documents faster by creating compact yet thorough summaries, extracting key topics, and answering questions about the document. Reference links to supporting areas within the document help to validate accuracy. Section summaries help legal professionals locate key information embedded in lengthy documents.

  • Batch Summarization. The AI assistant can also kick off a batch summarization for a document set that presents critical information for review at the highest level. Legal professionals can quickly review the results for important documents, interesting insights, missing information, or surprises. 

  • Coding Suggestions. EverlawAI Assistant lets teams automatically categorize documents based on codes for everything from confidentiality and relevance to specific case issues. EverlawAI Assistant learns from previous review decisions to predict how a legal team will evaluate remaining, unreviewed documents and suggests codes for them. 

  • Writing Assistance. AI can work from curated sets of documents to create first drafts of everything from arguments to deposition summaries in minutes, with citations built in. Legal professionals can edit and add to these drafts for a more streamlined writing process.

Each in-house legal team can adapt EverlawAI Assistant to its unique needs and for a variety of use cases, among them subpoenas, litigation, and investigations. 

“With GenAI, it’s not about taking work away from lawyers. It’s about using the tech to surface information and gain insight more quickly,” says Chris Rauen, a senior solutions architect at Everlaw and former practicing attorney. “Whether it's about misconduct, business decisions, or anti-competitive behavior, the ability to leverage technology to find those facts and tell your company's story is what really resonates with in-house counsel.”

Managing Risk and Outside Counsel Expenses with AI

Whether dealing with a single document or an entire document set, in-house professionals need to learn as quickly as possible what’s in the data and determine what’s relevant to the case at hand. With EverlawAI Assistant, extraction of key insights from documents is even easier than before. 

If the work is being handled by outside counsel, the law firm lawyers can spend less time in review and save their in-house clients money on billable time.

Using the batch summarization capability, your team will figure out what is at issue in the case more quickly than with standard tools. Thanks to AI-powered synthesis, rather than reading 200 pages, a lawyer needs to tackle just a two-page summary. With this kind of help extracting key insights, you can get ahead of the fact patterns and understand the risk involved more quickly. That enables your team to make strategic calls – such as whether to settle or dig in for a harder fight – earlier in a matter. 

The document summarization tool is available in the Everlaw ECA environment, supercharging the powerful clustering and search capabilities already available in the platform.

The coding suggestions feature drives further review efficiency and adds a layer of quality control. By making recommendations for why a document should or should not be coded a certain way, the AI assistant provides a second pair of eyes on the work of internal and external counsel. Human and AI can work together to spot discrepancies, nuances, or information the other may have missed. 

"With GenAI, it’s not about taking work away from lawyers. It’s about using the tech to surface information and gain insight more quickly."

Both in-house teams and their outside counsel can leverage Everlaw’s AI writing assistant to jump start a first draft of summaries, timelines, outlines, and case memos. By streamlining work product preparation, the writing assistant further maximizes the value law firm attorneys provide and helps control outside counsel costs.

These tools get your legal team to critical detail and starter narratives at a fraction of the time it takes without GenAI, so you can manage risk more proactively and spend on outside counsel more wisely.

Faster Insights in Subpoena Response and Investigations 

Leanly staffed in-house teams typically handle third-party subpoena requests and internal investigations internally. EverlawAI Assistant helps them get more done in less time. 

Features like document and batch summarizations and coding suggestions help legal professionals see what’s in a data set as soon as it is retrieved and determine what’s relevant. 

If a paralegal can manage a subpoena response in four hours instead of 12 using AI batch summaries to determine responsiveness, that paralegal can handle more subpoenas in a year – or focus on other important work. 

To facilitate identification of potential misconduct during an internal investigation, GenAI will provide an analysis of various sentiments contained within an uploaded document set. This gives in-house professionals insight into the attitudes of different parties and the underlying tone of their communications.

The writing assistant gets the first draft of an investigations report started based on curated documents that can be ready in minutes. In-house professionals can then edit the draft as needed with additional insight or detail, or with expanded reasoning. 

For organizations with just a handful of in-house lawyers and a few paralegals or HR professionals, it’s crucial to move quickly without getting overwhelmed by the sheer scale of data that can be involved in even routine matters. 

Document and batch summarizations, coding suggestions, and writing assistance all enable these teams to show how they’re driving efficiencies to get more done without extra resources. 

Explore How EverlawAI Assistant Can Modernize Your Workflows

Artificial intelligence is opening whole new horizons in the legal profession.

With EverlawAI Assistant’s advanced document and narrative insight capabilities, legal professionals will get to the heart of a matter more quickly and be able to articulate it more effectively. Its ability to rapidly summarize complex information with links to the most relevant documents will enable lawyers to understand cases early and set strategy from the onset. 

By speeding up key steps in the discovery process, the hybrid AI-human approach promises to help in-house legal teams streamline workflows, better manage the company’s risk profile, and reduce outside counsel expenses. 

Those who start testing the power of generative AI in their daily work today are building a foundation for the transformation of their work in the long run.

EverlawAI Assistant features are available in beta for select customers. Sign up today.