After 20 years as a litigator, Anne Post left the full-time practice of law behind her to join legal tech company Xakia Technologies.
She said the Australian company — whose North American operations are based in Kansas City — was an opportunity too good to pass up.
“I thought it was an innovative, exciting product,” she said.
The company, whose name is pronounced zah-kia, offers a solution to in-house legal teams looking to corral all of their legal matters in one place. The company’s name is derived from the Arabic word sakia, a water wheel of efficient flow.
“The idea being, we keep information flowing efficiently through the legal team,” Post said.
After graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1997, she joined the business litigation team at Shughart, Thomson & Kilroy in Kansas City.
From 2001 to 2002, she worked at Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman in civil litigation. She went on to open her own litigation boutique, The Post Law Firm, in 2002.
In 2017, Post left the full-time practice of law to join Xakia Technologies as its senior vice president. Post was the company’s first North American hire.
While she loved her cases, she said she disliked the administrative hassles that accompanied them, such as workflow management, budgeting and reporting.
She is passionate about using legal tech innovations to empower lawyers to focus on what they do best — practice law. Xakia is a reflection of that interest. Post said Xakia’s software was developed in response to the needs of in-house attorneys.
In surveying the needs of attorneys, Xakia’s founder, Jodie Baker — a tech entrepreneur who lived in Kansas City for two years before returning to her native Australia in 2012 — found that in-house attorneys routinely lamented the lack of information about what their teams were doing.
As a result, the key components of Xakia are visibility and automated reporting, Post said. She added that the system was designed by lawyers, for lawyers, to be intuitive and easy to use.
“A major challenge for lawyers, especially in-house teams, is that they don’t have time,” she said. “The last thing that they have is time to sit down and learn some complex piece of technology that is supposedly going to make their life easier.”
Xakia’s dashboard gets to the heart of the company’s interest in creating visibility. The dashboard allows general counsel to have an overview of all of the legal team’s pending matters.
A particularly powerful aspect of Xakia’s software is its ability to collect data that can be turned into a variety of reports. The program has the potential to generate 17 different types of reports, from executive summaries to charts.
Without that data or graphic representation, it can be hard for in-house teams to show their companies all of the work they do, Post said.
“The idea is to start taking the legal work from just words and putting it into pretty pictures, which is what the rest of the divisions in the companies are providing from a reporting standpoint,” she said.
The software is cloud-based, and companies pay a subscription per attorney to access it. Since Xakia’s North American launch in 2017, the company already has acquired more than 50 corporate clients across three continents.
In Missouri, its clients include the general counsel for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and BlueScope North America, an Australia-based company that designs, manufactures and erects metal buildings.