GreenLine Legal—A New Service for Automated Document Analysis

You might want to check out GreenLine Legal, a new service for automated document analysis. Here’s what it says it does:

GreenLine automatically recognizes and categorizes legal provisions in contracts. Use it to pull out the desired provisions from a group of contracts, compare agreements with even significant textual differences and better track what you’ve agreed to in the past.

As such, it’s comparable to kiiac, which I’ve mentioned periodically on this blog. It’s still in development; in due course it will be available on a monthly subscription.

Currently I don’t have any need for automated document analysis, so I’m not the best person to kicks GreenLine’s tires. Instead, go here for a review by Ron Phillips for the Wisconsin Law Journal.

But I did exchange emails with Ehren Brav, the founder, and I asked him what he meant by saying that Greenline “currently supports” certain kinds of contracts. Here’s his response:

If you specify a contract type of a set of uploaded agreements, GreenLine categorizes the provisions in each agreement based on that selection and you’re able to say, for example, “Pull out all the indemnification language from these three agreements and compare it.” If you leave the contract type unspecified, GreenLine simply matches each provision with the most textually similar provisions in the other agreements—there’s no categorization of the results. Thus you obtain both more accurate and more useful information by specifying the contract type. We’re expanding the list of contracts GreenLine supports, but we also wanted all attorneys to be able to use the product regardless of whether we currently support the particular agreement types they use.

If you give GreenLine a try, please post a comment letting readers know what you think.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.