Trying to make sense of the state court trial system in the United States, two words: Good Luck. Meet Nicole Clark, co-founder and CEO at Trellis, a comprehensive AI-powered state court research and analytics platform built by litigators for litigators. Trellis boasts some of the country’s largest law firms as customers: Ogletree; Seyfarth; Dentons; Fisher Phillips; and Kirkland & Ellis to name a few.
Nicole founded Trellis because she was frustrated that she had to send one-off emails internally and externally to receive anecdotes about judges and attorneys. The anecdotes were relaying objectively true, verifiable, ostensibly public information: what happened in a casse. And while the public’s confidence in the American judicial system rests on transparency, the reality is technology has outpaced day-to-day operations in state courts. And that latency indirectly erodes public confidence.
Enter Nicole, her co-founder Alon Shwartz, and Trellis: a product designed to equip others with information so trust can be restored in the foundational principles of the American judicial system. If information is power, Trellis empowers. Let’s explore what’s empowering to Nicole and how empowerment has shown up in her life. Welcome to the human lawyer podcast, Nicole.