Colin Rule: Co-Founder & COO, Modria

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Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be in the legal business?

I first got trained in dispute resolution in college in the late 1980s. I ran the campus mediation program and did my thesis on collegiate dispute resolution. Then I got a job at the National Institute of Dispute Resolution in DC after graduation. I’ve been in dispute resolution ever since.

What do you do for a living right now?

I am co-founder and COO of an ODR provider in Silicon Valley called Modria.

What has been your greatest triumph and your greatest success in the legal services field and what did you learn from each?

I am most proud of winning the Mary Parker Follett award from the Association of Conflict Resolution. Many of my heroes have won that award, and it was extremely meaningful for me to be put in their company. As to success, I think launching Modria and proving that the ODR business model is sustainable have been extremely satisfying for me – but we’re not done yet.

Do you think the legal industry is headed in the right direction, the wrong direction – or which direction?

I think technology is going to disrupt the law, and the law isn’t ready for it. Many people think they can resist the influence of technology, but I think they’re wrong. Those who try to resist will end up extremely frustrated. For those who embrace the power of technology, there will be a lot of exciting opportunities to expand access and improve quality.