About Me

Deeply passionate about the intersection of law and technology. Most in my element when I get to work on challenging problems with smart people. On a mission to encode legal access worldwide. If this is a passion, mission or interest you share, please feel free to contact me.

Projects

Legal.io - Decentralized Legal Services Delivery Platform.
BlockoPolo - An Ethereum Blockchain Explorer.
Stanford Tech Index - A curated list of companies changing the way legal is done.
In Legal Terms - An instantly searchable version of Black Law Dictionary (2nd Ed).

Experience

Founder and President

2012 - Present
Legal.io, San Francisco

Founded and recruited a team for a legal technology company developing a decentralized platform for legal services delivery. Lead the development of the platform along with strategic plans, partnerships, outreach to investors and philanthropic foundations.

CodeX Fellow

2012 - Present
CodeX (Stanford Center for Legal Informatics)

Conduct research in relation to legal informatics and the development of innovative technologies and tools to reduce transaction costs within the legal system. Coordinate the development of the legal technology community around CodeX, working with entrepreneurs, industry partners and academics working in the field.

In-House Counsel

2011 - 2012
SurveyMonkey, Palo Alto

Provided research and guidance on international and US legal matters, including privacy, intellectual property and commercial issues. Reviewing and drafting commercial agreements, and mapping and improving existing legal processes through automation.

Worked on the restructuring of the national and international operations of the company with business stakeholders, internal and external counsel.

Teaching Assistant

2011 - 2012
Stanford University, Stanford

Assisted with the development of curriculum and the teaching of the first Legal Technology and informatics course taught at Stanford Law School.

Attorney, Member of the Bar

2008 - 2010
DLA Piper, Brussels

Advised national, multi-national and governmental organizations on data protection, telecom law, electronic payment, intellectual property issues, gambling legislation, online commerce, consumer protection and NATO procurement rules. Drafted and negotiated a wide range of commercial agreements for clients, such as general conditions, privacy policies, software licensing and development contracts, IT outsourcing contracts, service contracts, etc.

Worked on studies commissioned by the European Commission (DG Information Society, DG Health and Consumers and DG Research) involving a wide variety of legal instruments related to the information society. Performed extensive research on net neutrality, cybercrime and privacy issues, and drafted policymaking recommendations.

Publications

Tomorrow’s Lawyers: Online Delivery of Legal Services
Pieter Gunst, Tony Lai
American Bar Association Law Practice Management & Technology Vol. 34, No 2.1. (2013)
Liability of Online Intermediaries (Aansprakelijkheid van Dienstverleners)
Van Eecke, P., De Bruyn, J., De Munter, M., De Vulder, K., Dierick, A., Fierens, A., Gobbin, J., Gunst, P., Neyt, R., Truyens, M., Verbrugge, E., Vervaet, D., Wagner, K.
Law and Electronic Trade (Recht en Elektronische Handel), Larcier (2011)

Awards

Fastcase 50

July 2018
FastCase

The annual Fastcase 50 award recognizes the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.

Forbes 30 Under 30

January 2015
Forbes Magazine

Selected as one of 30 of the best and boldest young leaders, entrepreneurs, creators and thinkers in the Law and Policy category of the annual Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Shuttleworth Grantee

November 2012
Shuttleworth Foundation

Received a personal grant from the Shuttleworth Foundation in support of the execution of innovative ideas that have the potential to lead to systemic social change.

BAEF Fellow

September 2010
Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)

Received a full merit-based scholarship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation to pursue studies in the field of law at Stanford University.

Skills & Proficiency

Legal Technology

Entrepreneurship

Being helpful

HTML5 & CSS

Ruby on Rails

Making Waffles

Javascript

Solidity

Injustice