Artificial intelligence (AI) has witnessed remarkable growth, ushering in a transformative era for businesses and industries around the globe. Both private and public sector entities are rapidly progressing in the creation, development, deployment, and utilization of AI systems, technologies and capabilities, giving rise to unprecedented legal challenges and new ethical questions. Hanson Bridgett has remained at the forefront of this rapid evolution, consistently providing clients with comprehensive insights, research, and counsel to navigate this emerging and ever-evolving legal landscape.
In March of 2023, we formally established an AI Task Force to leverage AI tools to efficiently serve client needs and continue our pursuit of innovative legal strategies for our clients.
Leveraging AI Tools
Our task force is working to harness the rapidly expanding real-world applications of AI. We have long used machine learning, but as AI products proliferate in the legal practice, AI will be increasingly critical to solving problems and providing solutions that benefit clients. Hanson Bridgett has met with several vendors and is actively working to partner with highly qualified teams to invest in the future of legal AI. While some firms and corporations have begun using AI tools, we are taking a deliberate approach to ensure that our partnerships and investments of resources are of the outstanding quality our clients expect. We recognize that AI will change client expectations about the quality and efficiency of attorney work product, and we continue to be proactive in the face of this new technology.
Advising Our Clients
Our task force also assembles a highly skilled, interdisciplinary team of lawyers to provide thought leadership on the legal challenges presented by AI and to help our clients manage and mitigate the risks as they adopt new AI technologies. Our cross-sectional team includes professionals from various practice areas, encompassing the following:
- Intellectual Property
- Privacy, Data Security and Governance
- Product Liability & Torts
- Labor & Employment
- Business Litigation
- Ethics and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance)
Our proactive establishment of the AI task force marks a pivotal commitment to navigating the complex intersection of AI and the legal landscape. By assembling a proficient, cross-disciplinary team, we are not only positioned to harness the benefits of AI but to effectively guide clients through associated legal intricacies. Our strategic approach, characterized by thorough research, tactical partnerships, and a commitment to exceptional quality, reflects a dedication to meeting evolving client expectations in an era where AI is reshaping the standards of legal practice. This approach ensures that we remain at the forefront of the transformative AI landscape, providing clients with innovative solutions and effectively managing risks associated with this rapidly evolving technology.
We welcome media inquiries and opportunities for interviews, Q&A sessions, and collaborative discussions to share insights from our AI task force, showcasing our commitment to transparency, knowledge-sharing, and contributing to the broader dialogue on the intersection of AI and the legal profession.
News & Resources
The recordings of this 2024 Labor & Employment Update seminar took place in San Francisco on Wednesday, July 24, 2024. The presentation slides and full videos from the individual sessions are available below.
Rob McFarlane, Batya Forsyth, and Jenny Dao of Hanson Bridgett discuss the Executive Order issued on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of AI on October 30, 2023.
The basic principle behind these rules is that WGA Members may not meet or negotiate with a struck company; or provide writing services for, or sell or option literary material to, a struck company.
Partner, Robert McFarlane, discusses the widely used AI advances and alternately looks into the obstacles AI creators face.
Hanson Bridgett attorneys, Robert McFarlane and Rosanna Gan, write that patentees need to be cautious in their intellectual property strategies regarding AI-generated subject matter until Congress amends or the Supreme Court interprets the patent statutes with respect to AI.
Robert McFarlane and Rosanna Gan of Hanson Bridgett discuss the fascination and science fiction stories of artificial intelligence over the decades.