About Nextlaw Ventures

The business of law has not benefitted from technology like other professional services industries.

We’re changing that.

We are a globally active early stage venture investor that focuses exclusively on legal technology. Our current portfolio consists of ten innovative legal tech companies located in the U.S. and abroad. Please check them out.

Our role is to help grow the companies we invest in by tapping into the resources of our team, our investors and our global network.  If a legal tech company wants to work with a global law firm, or a one man shop, or focus on almost any legal jurisdiction in the world, or explore almost any legal practice area imaginable….we make that happen for them. If the portfolio company is focused on the corporate client side of the law, we have access to thousands of clients through our network.

Our business model is unique, and our ability to help our legal technology companies grow is unmatched.

Our Team

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    Dan Jansen

    CEO and Managing Director

    About Dan Jansen

    Dan Jansen is the CEO and Managing Director of Nextlaw Ventures. He has a rare combination of entrepreneurial and professional services experience. As a serial entrepreneur Dan has helped to conceive, fund, grow and/or sell disruptive businesses in many diverse sectors, including legal, social media, financial services, and online recruiting. His most recent venture, as CEO of Nextlaw Labs, is a global innovation platform transforming the legal profession that was sponsored and funded by Dentons. He also has almost twenty years of professional services experience including roles leading the Global Media Practice for the Boston Consulting Group and with Arthur Young & Company advising startups.

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    John Fernandez

    Managing Director

    About John Fernandez

    With more than 13 years of executive experience, John has earned a reputation as a strategic thinker and creative problem solver. As Global Chief Innovation Officer and Partner at Dentons, John works closely with the Firm’s lawyers and professionals to identify and deploy client service solutions that fully capitalize on the Firm’s diverse legal expertise, industry thought leadership, global footprint and entrepreneurial spirit. Prior to joining the Firm, he served as President Barack Obama’s Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development.  During his tenure, he launched new coordinated federal initiatives to accelerate innovation-based growth strategies, including the “i6 Challenge” and the “Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.

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    Joe Andrew

    Senior Advisor

    About Joe Andrew

    Joe Andrew is the Global Chairman of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. An accomplished and highly regarded corporate lawyer, Joe may be best known for his role as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 1999 to 2001. Central to Joe’s work has been his vision for the law firm of the future, which includes Dentons’ growth, integration and reinvention. Joe is an entrepreneur, a published author, a frequent speaker on political and demographic trends, a board member of several nonprofit organizations and a member of various progressive policy organizations. He is the founder of a socially responsible mutual fund, a biotech consulting firm, a cleantech company and numerous nonprofit organizations. His spy novel, The Disciples, was published by Simon and Schuster, as was his most recent book on progressive investing and economic trends, The Blue Way.

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    Elliott Portnoy

    Senior Advisor

    About Elliott Portnoy

    Elliott Portnoy is the Global CEO of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. Elliott is responsible for management of the global Firm and its unwavering commitment to integrated client service across 158 offices in 66 countries. Under Elliott’s leadership, Dentons is experiencing a period of exceptional growth and success.

    Prior to the formation of Dentons, Elliott served as the youngest chairman of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, which later became SNR Denton, one of the legacy firms that combined to create Dentons. Elliott has been recognized as a prominent public policy lawyer by multiple publications and organizations, including successive editions of Chambers USA, most recently as a “Top Washington Lawyer.” He has also been called “inspiring” and a “dynamic and ambitious go-getter” by the Washington Business Journal, and cited as one of the top lobbyists in the nation by Washingtonian magazine. In addition, he has received multiple awards from nonprofit organizations for his community service and pro bono contributions


We partner with the legal industry’s most innovative players to create an advantage for our portfolio companies.

Dentons, the global law firm, is our lead investor, providing invaluable input from end-users and leveraging subject matter expert lawyers into our due diligence and company support processes.

We are interested in building relationships with a wide swath of companies, people and other stakeholders focused on disrupting the legal profession in any part of the world.

Nextlaw Global Referral Network

The Nextlaw Global Referral Network (NLGRN) has over 500 member law firms around the world, ranging from one-person shops up to small and mid-sized firms. NLGRN is another laboratory where we can source expertise and test our portfolio companies’ solutions.


We partnered with Seedcamp, the first round fund for ambitious founders, to co-sponsor a global callout to early stage legal tech startups. We selected two promising young companies, Clause and Libryo, which received training, mentorship and investment from both Nextlaw Labs and Seedcamp. We hope to continue this program and are developing similar partnerships around the world to find the best legal tech companies.

Legal Geek

Legal Geek is a community of legal tech startups focused on providing online resources, thought leadership, social gatherings and events. Nextlaw Ventures partnered with Legal Geek in an unprecedented European road trip to scout high potential legal tech startups and provided travel grants for 20 founders selected from the road trip to attend the Legal Geek Conference in London in Oct 2017. We are exploring future collaborations like this successful initial partnership, including new geographies.


Our goal is to invest in promising companies with great management teams that have killer solutions that will fundamentally change the practice of law around the world.

Although we have both virtual and physical locations scattered throughout the world, our primary locations are in California and Colorado.

  • If you are a Legal Technology Startup looking for investment, please fill out our Investment Application.
  • If you are a Business Accelerator or potential Business Partner seeking increased access to legal tech opportunities, or have a legal tech company to introduce, please email us at contact@nextlawventures.vc.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Address

1530 Page Mill Road
Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1125

Contact Details

P: +1 650-798-3650
F: +1 650-798-0310
E: contact@nextlawventures.vc