Tony Lai is an Entrepreneurial Fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX) and a co-founder of Legal.io, working on applied research and innovation in the design of legal service delivery systems, with a focus on ecosystem engineering to support trusted exchange and value flow.
Tony holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Modern History from Oxford University, completed law school in England, then gained 10,000 hours experience at an international law firm advising on commercial, corporate and regulatory matters for the technology, communications and media industries in Europe, Asia and Africa.
At Stanford, Tony gained his Master of Laws as part of the Law Science and Technology Program. Given the freedom to design an interdisciplinary course, Tony learnt from leading social entrepreneurs at the Urban Studies department and spent six months working with a team of graduate students at Stanford’s d.school to reinvent the museum experience. Since graduating, Tony has been on the teaching team for the joint Harvard/Stanford class, Ideas for a Better Internet and helped research & design the first Legal Technology and Informatics course to be taught at Stanford Law School.
Tony was on the founding team of StartX, the top-tier, Stanford-affiliated startup accelerator, where he continues to advise on legal and social innovation support. He is on the board of directors for Shareable, the leading media outlet for the sharing economy, and regularly hosts modern nomads from around the world at The Embassy Network, a future-oriented co-living community, in San Francisco.