Ansel Halliburton is a lawyer and founder of Halliburton Legal, which specializes in startup law and intellectual property.
Ansel started programming at age ten, and began his career as a startup programmer during college. Shortly before the dot-com crash, he presented his work on the floor of the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, and later worked with a global team on an award-winning web application.
Eventually, Ansel realized that he liked to write prose more than code, and began to transition into the legal field. After working as a paralegal in intellectual property litigation, Ansel became the second employee of the Stanford IP Litigation Clearinghouse (since spun out as Lex Machina), where he found himself building software again. There, he wrote specialized web crawlers and a rules engine that powered the world's most comprehensive database of patent litigation. He also met with lawyers and judges, managed analysts, and traveled to Wisconsin in the middle of the winter to obtain key court records that were not available electronically.
Ansel still codes, mainly in Python. Ansel was on the founding team of the Berkeley Political Review, and, during law school, he presented an academic paper on maritime piracy and international law at a graduate symposium at UC Davis.CrunchBase profile →
Latest from Ansel Halliburton
Today, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission’s final rules allowing general solicitation went into effect. In the fundraising context, general solicitation means publicly advertising the fact that you’re raising money. Previously, this was a big no-no. Read More
YC-Backed Casetext Takes a New Angle on Value Added Legal Research With Wikipedia-Style User Annotations
Why do law firms spend, collectively, billions of dollars on commercial legal research databases, when what they are looking up is law — which is in the public domain? How are these databases able to erect these enormously profitable paywalls? The answer is that they provide more than just the raw text of the law. They provide search tools and additional, value-added content on top of… Read More
SimpleLegal’s system ingests invoices and parses each line item into its database. Natural language processing systems figure out who billed what and for how long — and then that data is run through a machine learning system that flags outliers. Read More
Judicata Raises $5.8M Second Round to Build Out Advanced Legal Research Systems; Keith Rabois Joins Board
Judicata, a legal research startup based in San Francisco, has closed its second round of financing, a $5.8M round led by Khosla Ventures. Keith Rabois, a former PayPal and Square executive who recently joined Khosla Ventures, will take a seat on Judicata’s board. Read More
By now, you have probably heard about the Liberator, a 3D printed plastic gun designed, assembled, and test-fired by Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed. Is it legal? Read More
It’s no secret that most lawyers are not on the cutting edge of technology. And while the internet has been great for many businesses, it’s buried lawyers in an avalanche of digital data they are ill equipped to manage. This has driven the growth of an entire “eDiscovery” industry, with software and services vendors of all sizes, from mom-and-pop shops to publicly… Read More
Digital activist Aaron Swartz took his own life on January 11. Swartz was facing federal hacking charges after being arrested for downloading millions of articles from JSTOR from MIT’s network in excess of his access. Since Swartz’s suicide, activists, scholars, and legislators have been at work on reforms to the law under which he was prosecuted—the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Read More
Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Newark, NJ, a jury convicted Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer for his role in a 2010 exploit that caused an AT&T account maintenance website to leak 114,000 email addresses of iPad owners. Auernheimer was convicted on both counts for which he was charged. Read More