• Isabela Bibulovic

Clio – More than meets the eye

Be a part of something powerful

Before you go any further, try painting a mental picture:

Imagine crisp blue skies with birds flying, and right beneath towers an expansive convention centre. Enthusiasts, dressed in their best, are gathering from all over the world. Why are they here? They’re listening to the latest game-changers in their field of interest and cheering them on.

(Don’t forget to beat the devil out of your brush)

If you’re thinking of Comic-Con or the last conference you attended, you wouldn’t be too far off.


Introducing Clio-Con, otherwise known as the Clio Cloud Conference or “the world’s best legal conference”, where the crème de la crème of legal tech and innovation mingles with the upper crust of the legal community.

Clio-Con has been around for 8 years now, and despite a pandemic rudely imposing itself on all our plans, Clio-Con still plans to live up to its promises (virtually).


Clio-Con attendees have the privilege of witnessing, year after year, a stellar lineup of speakers and sessions, all designed to foster legal innovation within legal practice.


However, in order to understand the crux of Clio-Con, you need to get acquainted with Clio...


Clio (based out of Burnaby, BC), is the world's first cloud-based practice management software that centralizes the breadth of information that arises in legal practice, offering two main solutions: Clio Grow and Clio Manage.

Clio Grow is designed to automate and streamline everything that needs to be done prior to starting work on a case, such as conflict checks and other client intake tasks.

Clio Manage centralizes, on a secure platform, all services pertaining to a client; including document management, time tracking, billing, and payments.

Yet, Clio extends way beyond the label of "software", which can only be understood by taking a look at its revolutionary approach.


Clio was conceived in 2008 by two software engineers, Jack Newton and Rian Gauvreau.

They noted how most softwares being used at the time were expensive and difficult to understand, making it evident, that this complexity was only distancing the legal practice from any future where technology would be a part of it. So, they decided to do something about it.

Undoubtedly, it was a major hurdle to enter a market that did not exist, but 12 years later Clio is a global frontrunner in the legal tech industry, setting the standard for all.


Part of this standard is Clio's contribution to professional development. It is an award-winning employer with one of the best company cultures in North America, and in 2018 it was named as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies.


Saad Khan

There’s a certain Canadian in this mix as well. Meet Saad Khan, he serves as Clio’s Enterprise Business Development Representative, and it was Clio’s innovative approach to business and the law that drew him.


Saad says,

“It’s interesting to note that a lot of the people who know of Clio, know us through our thought-leadership and not just the software. The Clio Cloud Conference is the biggest example of that”,

Given Clio’s varied expertise and global network, it was even tapped during an international crisis,

“We worked closely with New York Governor Cuomo’s office to provide pro-bono lawyers free licenses, and launched a $1 million COVID Relief Initiative to help lawyers overcome the challenges this pandemic has presented.”

With a culture of care and excellence reflected in all Clio sets its mind to, it is no wonder Clio-Con has become a staple of the legal tech circuit.

This year’s lineup of speakers is bound to shake you up; with messages from Angela Duckworth (author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Grit), to Ben Crump (civil rights attorney - represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among others).

There is still time to register and reserve your spot for this year’s virtual Clio Cloud Conference from October 13-16, 2020.

You’re in for a treat, as Saad says, "imagine Comic-Con, but for lawyers."


To register for the Clio Cloud Conference, please visit: Clio Cloud Conference

If you would like to know more about Clio and give it a try yourself, go to Clioto set-up a trial or quick-start.


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