Clearspire holds a special place in the evolution of the legal industry. It is remembered as a transformative legal delivery company as well as “the next big thing” that failed to achieve its potential disruptive impact. I explore Clearspire’s intellectual triumph and financial failure. Many pundits say we were “ahead of our time,” but that’s only part of the story. We had ample opportunity to achieve intellectual and economic success but failed to sell customers what they wanted to buy from us.
My reasons for sharing the Clearspire story are professional and personal. Our vision is important from a historical and contemporary perspective. Our model is as relevant now—perhaps more so– as when we launched Clearspire almost a decade ago and separated the practice of law from the delivery of legal services. The marketplace is ripe for Clearspire 2.0, and I might get another turn at bat. And as Yogi said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”