Max Paterson has joined Bryter as its new US managing director, responsible for growing its relationships within the private practice sector across North America.
Based in New York City, Paterson joins Bryter after six years as the chief customer officer at Neota Logic, a long-established provider of legal low-code software.
Bryter already has north of 10 members of staff in North America and its US law firm customers include Paul Hastings, McDermott Will & Emery and Cooley LLP.
Speaking to Legal IT Insider, Bryter’s co-founder and CEO Michael Grupp said: “Bryter has always been seen as a European company in the US and this hire is core to us no longer being seen as an outsider. We have known Max from the other side for many years and I’m happy and excited that he wants to join us. We’re five years old and at Bryter he’ll have more opportunities; we’re publishing two new products in the next weeks and months that will give him a lot to work with.
“What‘s important is that Max is a builder who understands what we build and the community around that.”
Bryter has offices in the US, London and Frankfurt. The ambition is that Paterson’s role will expand so that he is ultimately responsible for law firms across the globe.
Grupp said: “The strategy behind this hire falls into three parts: one to grow the number of firms that we work with in the Am Law 200; two to strengthen our ties with the law firms we’re working with, who may have Bryter but have not started to roll it out to its full potential; and three to build the team to support Max.
“This hire really says a lot about the role of the engineer. Five or ten years ago people were selling software to anyone in a law firm and today you equip a team of professional people, almost a community who know and work with low-code and no-code technology. Max is focused on that community of builders in law.”
Over the course of his legal tech career, Paterson has been an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School, won the inaugural Global Legal Hackathon, and was named an International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) young professional to watch.
Paterson said in a statement: “As someone who has focused their career on aligning product-fit with customer value, Bryter has some of the most compelling tools pushing the forefront of legal services transformation.
“With the continued rise of no-code development and AI, I’m thrilled to join BRYTER at a time when law firms are embracing these new technologies and complementing their traditional services with products.”