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Marcus Harjani

Corporate Counsel

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Proven strategic advisor to technology companies building world-class products

About:

Marcus is currently Corporate Counsel at Adswerve, Inc., a marketing and analytics solutions provider. He has several years of experience drafting and negotiating critical strategic agreements, managing corporate governance, advising on regulatory matters, maintaining IP protection, and supporting internal teams with world-class product development.

In addition to his legal work, Marcus also serves a member of the board of directors for Business Impact NW, a non-profit supporting underserved entrepreneurs with access to classes, capital, and coaching in the northwest.

Marcus has been an evangelist of legal industry technology for over a decade. A strong believer in the power of technology, Marcus has spoken to newly admitted lawyers about the future of the legal industry, and has written about technology increasing access to legal services.

He began his legal career by developing self-help products for individuals without access to legal services and AI tools for non-profit providers of legal services. On any given day, roughly 80% of individuals in need of legal services don't have access to a lawyer. By automating tasks, aggregating and analyzing data, and predicting the need for legal services, Marcus worked on houston.ai to make a dent in this very important problem.

Marcus also consulted on retail food and beverage industry strategy, analyzing and implementing technology-based process improvements to increase profitability. Prior to consulting Marcus worked on the legal and business affairs of a technology incubator in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, the largest and leading high-technology research science park in North America. Marcus has also worked in corporate finance where he assisted acquisition efforts for a digital media holding company.

Prior to counseling entrepreneurs, Marcus worked on some of the greatest challenges facing the underrepresented. Marcus worked with California Rural Legal Assistance to provide eviction defense for low-income individuals and conduct fair-housing policy research for large proposed real estate development projects. In Port-au-Prince, he contributed to alleviating human rights abuses of displaced individuals by supporting rule of law and constitutional protection efforts with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti. He spent several years with Habitat for Humanity where he aided with housing construction in Oakland, post-Katrina New Orleans, and rural Ghana. Marcus also worked with the International Rescue Committee to relocate conflict refugees to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Marcus completed a BA from the University of California, at Berkeley in Philosophy, a JD from the University of San Francisco, and an LLM from Duke Law School.

Marcus is also a proficient software developer.

Licenses:
California State Bar License

Washington State Bar License

 

Articles:

"The Dawn of a New Era: Increasing Access to Justice (and more)" (2016): Medium