Robot Lawyer Battles Human Regulators

Correction: This article misstated that the State Bar of California’s Closing the Justice Gap Working Group was still in operation. It was dissolved after the state bar’s annual fee-licensing bill, signed into law on Sept. 18, directed the agency to halt its work on proposals to allow nonlawyers to practice law.


Life moves pretty fast for artificial intelligence start-up DoNotPay. On Jan. 8, CEO Joshua Browder announced the company would pay $1 million to any attorney who would allow the company’s “robot lawyer” to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. The bold offer initiated a wave of skepticism and intrigue across the legal community.

On Jan. 25, Browder—revealing threats of a jail sentence from State Bar officials—announced the company had ditched all plans of deploying its cybernetic barrister. The CEO says they will now focus on their core mission of helping consumers with issues like bank fees and unwanted subscriptions. While all this may have come as a shock to Browder and his team at DoNotPay, the discourse over AI’s place in the legal profession has been ongoing for years.

Notwithstanding the deep complexities involved in the AI’s backend, its user application is straightforward. DoNotPay’s program would have “argued” by having the attorney parrot statements provided by the AI in real-time through a pair of wireless earbuds connected to the attorney’s cellphone. Ostensibly, the program would simultaneously be listening and responding (through the lawyer) to questions and comments from the justices.

The Supreme Court was not the first place Browder sought to test DoNotPay’s AI. The initial real-world experiment was to take place on Feb. 22 in a California traffic court which is what sparked the backlash from state bar officials across the country. Although Browder will not say who specifically sent letters or threatened a

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‘Robot lawyer’ faces lawsuit for practicing without license

(NewsNation) — The world’s first “robot lawyer” is facing a new lawsuit for practicing without a license.

The app called “DoNotPay” uses artificial intelligence (AI) and claims it can “fight corporations, beat bureaucracy and sue anyone at the press of a button.”

Joshua Browder, a 2018 Thiel fellow, invented DoNotPay. He said he started the company by accident.

The Chicago-based law firm Edelson PC stated in a proposed class action that DoNotPay “is not actually a robot, a lawyer, nor a law firm.”

Edelson filed the case on behalf of California resident Jonathan Faridian, who said he used DoNotPay to draft demand letters, a small claims court filing and LLC operating agreements and got “substandard and poorly done” results.

Browder responded to the claims via Twitter, saying they have “no merit” and that Faridian has “had dozens of successful consumer rights cases with DoNotPay.”

Browder also said Edelson founder Jay Edelson inspired him “to start DoNotPay.”

“Bad news! Jay Edelson, America’s richest class action lawyer, is suing my startup @DoNotPay in California. Mr Edelson, who has made billions suing companies, is attacking us for “unauthorized practice of law” and seeking a court order ending any A.I. product,” Browder tweeted.

Edelson responded in an email that Browder and DoNotPay are trying to “distract from their misconduct in any way possible” and that “the problem for them is that DoNotPay has scammed so many people.”

The promise of generative artificial intelligence tools for applications such as legal work has gained steam with the rise of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other AI “chatbots” in recent months. DoNotPay generated buzz earlier this year when Browder said on Twitter the company had plans to use an AI chatbot to advise

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‘Robot lawyer’ DoNotPay is being sued by a law firm because it ‘does not have a law degree’

DoNotPay founder Josh Browder

DoNotPay founder and CEO Joshua Browder said that the lawsuit has “no merit.”Stephen Lam

  • DoNotPay, which uses AI to provide legal services, is facing a proposed class action lawsuit.

  • The complaint claims that DoNotPay has been practicing law poorly and lacks a license.

  • DoNotPay CEO Joshua Browder pledged to fight the lawsuit that he said had “no merit.”

DoNotPay, which describes itself as “the world’s first robot lawyer,” has been accused of practicing law without a license.

It’s facing a proposed class action lawsuit filed by Chicago-based law firm Edelson on March 3 and published Thursday on the website of the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of San Francisco.

The complaint argues: “Unfortunately for its customers, DoNotPay is not actually a robot, a lawyer, nor a law firm. DoNotPay does not have a law degree, is not barred in any jurisdiction, and is not supervised by any lawyer.”

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jonathan Faridian, who said he’d used DoNotPay to draft various legal documents including demand letters, a small claims court filing, and a job discrimination complaint.

Per the complaint, Faridian believed he’d purchased legal documents “from a lawyer that was competent to provide them,” but got “substandard” results.

DoNotPay claims to use artificial intelligence to help customers handle an array of legal services without needing to hire a lawyer. It was founded in 2015 as an app to help customers fight parking tickets, but has since expanded its services. DoNotPay’s website claims that it can help customers fight corporations, beat bureaucracy, find hidden money, and “sue anyone.”

DoNotPay told Insider: “DoNotPay respectfully denies the false allegations.” It added: “We will defend ourselves vigorously.”

Joshua Browder, the CEO of DoNotPay, said on Twitter that the claims had “no

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