Daniel Linna

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Daniel W. Linna Jr. is a Visiting Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Dan is also an affiliated faculty member at CodeX – The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics.

Dan’s teaching and research focus on innovation and technology, including computational law, artificial intelligence, data analytics, leadership, operations, and innovation frameworks. At Northwestern, Dan has taught Artificial Intelligence and Legal Reasoning, Law of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Assessing Artificial Intelligence and Computational Technologies, and the Innovation Lab, an interdisciplinary class with computer science faculty and students.

Dan joined Northwestern from Michigan State University College of Law, where he was a Professor of Law in Residence and the founder and Director of LegalRnD – The Center for Legal Services Innovation. At Michigan State, Dan taught Quantitative Analysis for Lawyers, Litigation {Data, Theory, Practice, & Process}, Entrepreneurial Lawyering, and Lawyer Ethics and Regulation in a Technology-Driven World. Dan has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where he has taught Negotiation and Legal Technology & Innovation: Legal-Service Delivery in the 21st Century.

Dan began his legal career with a one-year judicial clerkship for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James L. Ryan. After his clerkship, he joined Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, an Am Law 200 firm headquartered in Detroit. Dan was a litigator and member of Honigman’s Automotive and Manufacturing; e-Discovery and Information Management; Commercial Transactions; and Social, Mobile, and Emerging Media groups. In 2013, Dan was elected equity partner.

Dan received his BA from the University of Michigan, received a second BA and an MA in public policy and administration from Michigan State University, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

Before law school, Dan was an information technology manager, developer, and consultant. His work included computerizing and automating business processes, developing dynamic, data-driven websites, and building enterprise information systems.

Dan is a co-founder of the Chicago Legal Innovation & Technology meetup group. He was named to the 2015 Fastcase 50 as a person who has charted a new course for the delivery of legal services. In 2018, he was named an American Bar Association “Legal Rebel” and also inducted as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management. He is Vice Chair of the Legal Analytics Committee of the ABA Business Law Section. Dan is also a co-founder and co-director of the Institute for the Future of Law Practice.

My Sessions

AI Transforming Legal Services: What’s Here, What’s Hype, and Preparing for What’s Coming

Grand Ballroom EF

This session focuses on developing a functional understanding of AI and analytics tools, while also evaluating the capabilities and limitations of AI technologies. It delves into transforming legal services through a comprehensive approach that integrates people, processes, data, and technology for innovation and AI adoption.