Document Automation That Works

ContractExpress document automation is trusted by the world’s leading law firms and corporations to generate standard legal documents from automated templates, reducing or eliminating the delays, costs, bottlenecks, and risks inherent with manual drafting.

With automated contract drafting, lawyers are freed to work on higher value negotiations, non-standard matters, and realizable matters. The result is a faster, more efficient, more consistent, more compliant legal service. Everyone wins.

Partners and GCs trust ContractExpress because their lawyers are able to quickly and accurately automate and update their legal templates in Word without requiring IT specialists to convert their legal templates into computer programs.


Unlike all other document automation products, ContractExpress understands lawyers’ “square bracket” legal markup notation. There’s no programming notation, no XML markup, no hidden codes or fields, no questionnaire scripting, no use of proprietary editors, and no need to reapply styles to generated documents.

This capability is unique to ContractExpress and protected by twelve granted US patents with more pending. It’s the ContractExpress difference, and the reason why ContractExpress automated drafting is the solution of choice for leading law firms and corporations worldwide. Try it yourself for free for 28 days.

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Generating Documents From Automated Templates

Business and legal users generate documents by filling out a dynamic, web-based form - also called a 'questionnaire' - created automatically from your automated templates.

CE5-1024x552ContractExpress 5 is a mobile-first design. The questionnaire looks great on smartphones and tablets of all sizes. “ContractExpress on a tablet is an excellent example of the productivity improvement that can be achieved with document automation software” - Andy Wishart, Business Integrity’s CTO.

Why Law Firms Use ContractExpress

Law firms use ContractExpress document assembly to win new clients, retain key clients, and increase partner profits:

- as an online marketing tool  to “showcase” firms’ advanced capabilities to win new clients. The most recent example is Cooley GO using ContractExpress 5.

- as a client collaboration tool  to enable their clients to complete an intelligent and interactive online questionnaire on the firm’s web site or sent by email, and have the generated Word document automatically sent to an associate for review.Partners-Illustration-On-White

- as a client portal  to provide their clients with user specific “dashboards” to enter new deal information, roundtrip answers into newer versions, and generate locked PDFs or automatically route to an lawyer for review depending on the client’s answers.

- as a volume document assembly “engine”  in conjunction with data-driven workflow engines to manage volumes of employment claims on behalf of large corporate clients on-shore and at a price that satisfies the client and makes a healthy profit for the partnership.

- as a client document generator  by associates and paralegals to rapidly and accurately create client draft documents for subsequent negotiation by the firm’s lawyers, optionally aided by ContractExpress Drafter. And to generate repetitive “secondary” deal documents such as bondholders’ memos. 

- as an engagement letter generator  to create consistent and compliant engagement letters, ethical wall memos, and other firm administrative documents where speed, consistency, compliance, integration with other systems, and cost reduction are important. 

    Generating a Document in Preview Mode

    Document assembly is sometimes regarded as a “black box”. Questions are answered and documents are generated, with no visibility as to what is happening inside the document. ContractExpress Preview changes this by enabling lawyers to observe changes in the document in real time as they answer the questionnaire.

    Preview enables senior lawyers to confirm that the automated template is behaving as expected. Preview enables junior lawyers to better understand how the options in the questionnaire relate to different clauses in the document. Try Preview yourself with our NDA Test-Drive.

    Featured Case Study: Seyfarth Shaw


    'The benefits are deep, really, including efficiency,
    consistency, quality, transparency, increased
    predictability, and yielding cost savings.'

    Andrew M. Baker, Seyfarth Shaw

    Why Corporations Use ContractExpress

    Corporations across all industries use ContractExpress document automation to:

    • Reduce delays by eliminating the drafting bottleneck in Legal,
    • Reduce costs by improving efficiency and better utilizing lawyers’ time,
    • Reduce risk and improve compliance by standardizing contract language and approvals.

    By combining automated contract drafting with approval work-flows, ContractExpress enables business users to initiate contract requests and receive signature-ready, locked PDFs when their request is complete and compliant. We call this trusted self-service contract creation, or "PDF or Lawyer".

    Business users complete an intuitive, business-oriented online questionnaire. The PDF-or-lawyer approval workflow enforces compliance by only allowing a business user to access a signature-ready and locked PDF version of the agreement when their answers are complete and compliant, as established by Legal. Incomplete or non-compliant requests are automatically routed to the appropriate lawyer for review. Learn more


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      Approval process

      Incomplete, non-compliant, or non-standard answers, including any request by the counterparty for changes or the Word version, are routed with an alerting email to defined legal and/or business approvers. Approvers can view and edit the user’s answers, and approve, reject, or reassign to another approver. Lawyers can access fully styled and versioned Word documents generated from the user’s answers for negotiation with the counterparty’s lawyers.

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      Compliance and Audit

      Every step of the process is logged for audit and management reporting. Executed contracts with the associated high-integrity contract data are exported to a contract management site for searching, alerting, and reporting.

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      Improving client service and law department efficiency

      Law departments use ContractExpress automated drafting for the creation and approval of business development agreements including NDAs, license agreements, sales agreements, and procurement agreements. Business clients receive approved contracts more quickly, while the lawyers are able to focus on non-standard, high value matters.

    Featured case study: Cisco

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    "If the questions are answered in such a way that it does not create the need for an external review, a Cisco account manager can sign up a distribution partner in an hour or less."

    Steve Harmon, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
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    The ContractExpress Difference


    Our intuitive & patented template automation tool, ContractExpress Author, enables lawyers to quickly automate and update even the most complex legal documents without needing programmers. Automation without programmers means automated legal processes you can trust.

    Sign up for a free trial of ContractExpress to automate and run your own contracts, agreements and other legal documents.

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