Daniel Martin Katz is a Professor of Law @ Illinois Tech – Chicago Kent College and the Director of The Law Lab @ Illinois Tech. He is also the Academic Director of the Bucerius Center for Legal Technology & Data Science. His research interests include legal informatics, big data and the law, quantitative finance, lawyer regulation, quantitative modeling of litigation and jurisprudence, law & entrepreneurship, computational legal studies, economics of the legal profession, positive legal theory, technology aided access to justice, legal complexity and the overall impact of information technology, analytics and automation on the market for legal services.
Professor Katz has published or forthcoming work in a wide variety of academic outlets, including Science, Plos One, Scientific Reports, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Journal of Statistical Physics, Frontiers in Physics, Physica A, Proceedings of the ACL and Artificial Intelligence & Law. In addition, his work has been published in legal journals including Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, Emory Law Journal, Virginia Tax Review, Iowa Law Review, Illinois Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, Journal of Law & Politics, and Journal of Legal Education. Professor Katz is currently working on two book projects including an edited volume entitled Legal Informatics (Cambridge University Press – 2021) and a book on technology + innovation in law. Professor Katz has an Erdős Number = 4.
Dan has been named both an ABA Journal Legal Rebel and a member of the Fastcase 50 – an award which “recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” He is an Editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford University Press) and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence & Law (Springer Scientific). He is also an avid blogger and his posts can be found at ComputationalLegalStudies.com.
Professor Katz is actively involved in the rapidly growing legal technology industry. He is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of LexPredict (a legal technology and analytics company that was acquired by Elevate in 2018). He also serves as a formal and informal advisor to a number of legal tech startups. In addition, he is a member of the advisory board of NextLaw Labs – a global collaborative innovation ecosystem organized with Dentons (the world’s largest law firm).
Professor Katz received his Ph.D. in political science and public policy with a focus on complex adaptive systems from the University of Michigan. He graduated with a Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and simultaneously obtained a Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. During his graduate studies, he was a fellow in Empirical Legal Studies at the University of Michigan Law School and a National Science Foundation IGERT fellow at the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems.
His work has been highlighted in a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BBC Radio, Wired, Vox, National Public Radio, Slate Magazine, Huffington Post, 538, Bloomberg Businessweek, ABA Journal, Law Technology News and The American Lawyer.