Ladies in authorized engineering: Leila Banijamali
The Legal Technology Resource Center’s Women of Legal Tech initiative aims to promote diversity and celebrate women in legal technology. This initiative started in 2015 with a list of innovators and leaders in legal technology. With this year’s additions, this list now includes 132 talented and influential women leaders. Every Wednesday we will introduce a woman from our class from 2021. This week we have Leila Banijamali!
Leila Banijamali is Co-Founder and CEO of Symbium Corp. Find her on Twitter @symbiumhq.
What are three points that describe you?
2. Problem solver
3. Ground breaker
How is teleworking / quarantine going for you?
Fortunately, the whole team takes care of each other. We work hard, share a lot and try to have fun doing it. I like the transition back to remote-first. That’s how I ran my law firm a few years ago.
How did you get into legal engineering?
My legal technology business started out representing technology companies as an outside advisor and decided to automate both the business formation process and the legal documents my law firm offered as a service to accelerated growth technology companies. I booted a site called Startup Documents. The site was a hit with the founders. These efforts caught the attention of some people at Stanford’s CodeX, where I applied for (and received) a scholarship, and that’s how I eventually met my co-founders at Symbium.
What projects have you been focusing on lately?
Streamlining the regulatory aspects of zone codes in residential construction.
Is there a legal technical resource that really helped you when you started in the field?
Yes! Google and Wikipedia. I look for high quality, reliable content and I love to retreat multiple levels on topics that I want to learn about.
What do you see as the most important emerging technology right now, legal or not?
Anything that enables the public to take action.
What advice would you give other women interested in getting into legal technology?
Get involved and take the initiative. First, focus on the breadth (not the depth) of the experiences and connections, then dive deeper and find a niche-within-niche area of focus that you can own.
Greet another legal engineering woman who you admire or have learned from!
Catherine Krow from Digitory Legal and Olga Mack from Parley Pro. These are two women who are incredibly hardworking, focused, and determined. They are mothers too, which means that if they can raise children and run / grow businesses at the same time, they can do anything!