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Monica Goyal is a Toronto-based lawyer and a softwarenology entrepreneur who founded My Legal Briefcase, a legal software company. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo (as a Dean’s List Scholar), Monica attended Stanford University where she earned her Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. It was at Stanford that she acted as a research assistant to Mark Levoy and Mark Horowitz and worked on the Stanford Multi-Camera Array. She also holds a law degree from the University of Toronto.
Monica has extensive industry experience as an electrical engineer. She was employed in both the United States and Canada in research and development with several major telecommunications and semiconductor companies. After the completion of her law degree, she worked with a top Canadian IP firm.
Monica’s volunteer work with organizations such as Griffin Centre, Adventure Place, Downtown Legal Services, and Pro Bono Law Canada has given her insight into the accessibility and affordability of legal needs for the marginalized. Currently, Monica is both Board Member and Vice-Chair of Griffin Centre, a multi-service, mental-health agency that provides flexible and accessible services to youth, adults and their families. She developed My Legal Briefcase to empower individuals going to court.
Monica acts as an adviser to Fleet Street Law Chambers and First Capital Legal Services Inc, in the areas of technology law, litigation, and intellectual property.
Sharing her vast knowledge of legal issues and technology, Monica has been a keynote speaker at several conferences and major events, including the New and Emerging Legal Infrastructures Conference (NELIC), LawTechCamp and DemoCamp in Halifax.
A regular blogger, Monica writes for Law Times, IT Business Blog Canada, and her own blog, My Legal Briefcase. Monica has also been featured in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Lawyers Weekly, LawTimes, and Mississauga News.
Technology Innovation Management Review (Published December 2011) – Software Patents: Current Challenges and Future Solutions
Law Times (Published January 2012) – Bits and Bytes: Top 5 tech trends for lawyers in 2012
Articles include: Honda, small claims and social media, Legal issues to think about for 2012,
Why do startups hate agreements?, There are more losers than winners with software patents, New fraud scheme targets lawyers, Please don’t cancel the digital media tax credit, Two online legal services that are changing the game, Look who’s leading the way in low-cost broadband access, Online dispute resolution saves firms time and money