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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Brought to you by's global network of reporters and editors, each episode tackles a subject that's worthy of a deep dive—from law firm profit hacks to Supreme Court showdowns to the most promising plays in legal tech. Hosted by editors Leigh Jones and Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

Jan 17, 2020

In this week's Legal Speak podcast from, host Vanessa Blum talks with Curtis Smolar, general counsel of litigation finance startup Legalist. Smolar, an experienced litigator, discusses his transition from a major law firm to a scrappy startup and shares what he’s learned about litigation funding along the way, including how third-party financing can help Big Law attorneys grow their business. This 20-minute episode also explores the role of legal analytics in vetting cases and where human expertise comes in. Legal Speak is brought to you by Econ One, offering economic expertise, consulting and dispute resolution.