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Philosophy/Religion alumnus creates law firm powered by technology

May 12, 2020
by Jayda Barnes, ‘20

Born and raised in Florida, Jesse Unruh graduated from Flagler in 2004 with a degree in Philosophy and Religion. He then earned his master’s in philosophy from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. In 2011, he graduated second in his class from Florida State University College of Law.

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As a lawyer, Unruh worked on lawsuits in Miami, including complex business litigation. He decided to put his law experience to good use. With his longtime friend, Kyle Harris, who is a former Apple engineer, Unruh started www.Jet.Law, a firm meant to improve efficiency of the legal system. After working together for a year, they pitched their idea to Y Combinator, a startup accelerator that fosters business growth and development by investing in companies and providing a platform on which to pitch to investors.

Among 11,000 applicants, Unruh and Harris were chosen to be part of the roughly 200 companies in the winter 2019 batch. The pair road-tripped from Orlando to San Francisco in three days to begin Y Combinator’s three-month “batch” where they worked to develop their business model.

While in Silicon Valley, Unruh’s vision for Jet.Law evolved. It began as a legal tech startup for criminal law cases and became an employment law firm. Headquartered in Orlando, Jet.Law is the marriage of a law firm and a technology company. With Unruh as the law firm owner and Harris as the head of engineering, Jet.Law defends companies in employment disputes such as FLSA or ADA cases. Jet.Law uses data-driven analysis of previous lawsuits to provide clients unique insights into their own case. Through technology, they are able to predict the workload of a case and offer flat fees, rather than billing by the hour.

“We’re trying to provide a better and more user-friendly experience,” said Unruh.

He believes Orlando will give Jet.Law a good environment to start the framework for the business, with the goal of rapid expansion to a nationwide market in the future.

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