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I’m a Toronto-based lawyer and a technology entrepreneur. I’m also the founder of two companies: My Legal Briefcase and Simply Small Claims, which are online legal websites that provides automated legal documents and useful answers to common legal questions. I also act as an advisor to i5 Capital.

Some of you probably first saw my blogs in ITBusiness back in June of 2011. Since that time, my blog has covered issues regarding both technology and the law and startups.

Going forward into 2013, you can expect to see similar types of posts to those I wrote late last year, such as commentary on recent cases in the news, including the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung, which I covered in my post “Steve Jobs’ ‘last dying breath’ echoes too loudly for Android”, the Nortel acquittal, which shows challenges of prosecuting corporate fraud, or the Instagram debacle, which shows that the user agreement process needs fixing.

I see myself as an engineer first and lawyer second. I’m a graduate from University of Waterloo and Stanford University in Electrical Engineering. I have over 5 years of experience in industry as a computer chip designer, before making the transition to law. I have a law degree from the University of Toronto.  My volunteer work includes sitting on the board of wonderful non-profit organizations such as Griffin Centre and Adventure Place who do important work in the area of children mental health issues.

Accessibility and affordability of legal services and specifically in developing technology solutions to solve these issues are my main area of interest and over the next few weeks, I hope to bring you some of my thoughts and experiences in these areas.

Hopefully, the pieces I write will help you understand the legal issues affecting the technology industry and startup space and how they might impact your business.

I find that my mixture of experience in engineering, law and as a tech entrepreneur gives me a different perspective than most on these issues.

You can expect me to continue putting a spotlight on startup issues relating to funding, similar to my recent post “Tax credits not the answer to innovation blast-off” and also on patenting issues facing startups.

My next post will take a look at online defamation in Canada, by looking at a recent UK Case involving Google.

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Monica Goyal
Monica Goyal
Monica Goyal, Entrepreneur, Lawyer and Innovator is the founder of Aluvion, a legal solutions company offering technology, paralegal and lawyer-driven solutions with a special focus on the quality, cost, and accessibility of legal services for both businesses and individuals. Monica began her career working as an engineer in R&D for companies like Toshiba, Nortel and Nokia while earning her Masters of Engineering at Stanford. Monica's history conditioned her to solve problems in a efficient and tech-savvy manner, an approach she brings with her to legal solutions. Monica currently sits on the Canadian Bar Association's Futures Initiative, and will be teaching a course on Legal Technology at York University’s Osgoode Hall. She was recently named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech in the Journal of the American Bar Association.

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