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Dragon NaturallySpeaking for Legal

Eliminate Legal Transcription Bottlenecks

The old approaches to practising law just won’t cut it anymore — especially when it comes to legal documentation. Traditional reliance on administrative support staff and outside transcription services for creating client communications, briefs, citations, contracts and other legal materials just drags down productivity and eats into profits. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal speech recognition software provides a better way. With Dragon Legal, you can create documents and control your PC by voice — three times faster than typing and with up to 99% accuracy. So you can speed document turnaround, reduce transcription costs and streamline repetitive workflows — without having to change current business processes or existing information systems.

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Helping Legal Professionals Work Smarter and Faster

  • Dictate documents — three times faster than typing — with up to 99% accuracy
  • Speed document turnaround by streamlining your transcription workflow
  • Reduce — or even eliminate — the need to use costly transcription services
  • Reduce reliance on support staff and focus more resources on billable work
  • Improve staff-to-lawyer ratio, take on more clients and outperform the competition
  • Control your computer desktop and applications by voice to get more done in less time
  • Create time-saving macros to automate routine business tasks for additional productivity gains
  • Achieve fast ROI — often in as little as one year.  



Enjoy Unparalleled Speech Recognition Accuracy and Performance
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 11 Professional offers unprecedented speed and accuracy. You can create documents and emails three times faster than typing with up to 99% accuracy. And because Dragon Legal tunes itself to what you say and how you say it, it becomes even more accurate over time.

Dictate Directly Into Your PC or Use a Digital Handheld Recorder
Depending on how and where you work, you can choose your preferred dictation approach. Dictate directly into your PC or use a digital voice recorder. Dragon will automatically transcribe the audio files of your voice when you connect to your PC. Or Dragon will make the transcription files available to support staff for third-party correction and will automatically update your user profile based on those corrections.

Streamline Third-Party Correction
Both the audio and the transcribed text of a digital voice recording can be sent to a transcriptionist for review. An Auto-Transcribe Folder can manage text and synchronised audio flow for third-party review, which streamlines the process of correcting another person’s dictation.

Automate Repetitive Document Creation Tasks
Dragon 11 Legal lets you (or someone on your IT staff) create custom voice commands to instantly build and format templates for contracts or other legal documents or trigger the execution of frequent or multi-step computer tasks. Custom commands can be used to quickly enter frequently used standardised text and images (including formatted paragraphs, bullet points and graphics like scanned signatures), or to automate a sequence of tasks such as saving a document under a client name, printing it  and attaching it to an email.

Dragon Voice Shortcuts Let You Perform Tasks Faster Than Ever
With Dragon Voice Shortcuts for Email and Calendar, you can say, "send email to John Smith and Raphael Sanchez," and Dragon 11 Legal will activate your email programme, create a new email and add the appropriate email addresses. Or to schedule a meeting, you can simply say, "Schedule meeting with John Smith and Raphael Sanchez," and Dragon jump-starts the process by opening a new calendar entry in Outlook and adding the selected contact(s).

Manage Large User Networks
Dragon 11 Legal offers administrative tools to manage large user populations. Organisations with large deployments can centrally manage voice profiles, custom vocabularies and multiple installations. Robust security and configuration options enable administrators to control Dragon usage across the enterprise.


A public defender in Alaska:
"I have used Dragon for more than ten years, and expect I will continue to use it for as long as I use a computer. For me, the most remarkable thing about Dragon is that I seem to use a different part of my brain when I write by speaking, rather than manually and so writing is transformed from a painstaking, study-each-word-three-times-before-you-choose-it to a seamless act of composition, one which flows as naturally as saying something to a friend. There is something about dictating that eliminates the feedback circles between my original thought and my product. This means that my dictated writing is much faster, much fresher and often much more creative. The other reason I couldn't do without Dragon is for creating chronologies of historical fact, because I can use both hands to move from one document to another, and dictate brief notes on the facts at the same time, without moving from document-to-keyboard-to-document. Since the process of creating notes is so effortless and so fast, I tend to record a lot more information about each document than I would if I were writing manually, and so my notes are much more valuable than they would otherwise be. I use Dragon for many other purposes, as well. There's no better way to make a fast, complete and accurate memo of a telephone conversation or a contact. I use it to write long emails, both personal and professional. I use Dragon for drafting legal briefs and memoranda of law as well and find that the pleadings I have written through dictation are livelier and more readable than the others."

A Contract Analyst with the University of California:
"My job involves contract preparation, legal analysis and communicating with a wide variety of people in California and elsewhere. I use Dragon to sketch out ideas, legal analyses and narrative in draft form, mostly. I use it as an aid to thinking; sometimes words and phrases come out as a jumbled pile, but there they are, and I am able to select what is useful and valuable, and move on to the next idea. Sometimes ideas arrive in complete sentences, needing only an occasional snipping and pruning here and there to make a finished product. Other times in the course of a dictation session, the same idea will come out in several different ways, and then I get to choose the most effective way to move forward. I still go through numerous drafts, but the overall quality of the work has measurably improved. My enthusiasm for Dragon is unbounded. In the more than 20 years that I have used computers for writing legal pleadings, briefs and legal memoranda, and written communication of every sort, it is one of the few products I would recommend to anyone. The more I use it, the more I want to perfect my skills. I am not one to whom oral presentation came naturally; but Dragon is helping me with that, too. I still write with pen and ink, and I still type letters, documents and emails, but that has become like driving in stop and go traffic when I would rather be out on the motorway."

Genevieve Martin:
"In 2006, I was unable to write or type due to surgery on my writing hand. I began using Dragon every day to write briefs, prepare emails and write letters and memoranda. During that time, I could not even have my secretary prepare items I had dictated because I could not write to correct and revise the drafts. Although my secretary was a bit nervous when she first saw me using Dragon, she has learned that it would never be a replacement for her valuable assistance; rather, it would be the extra "right hand" I needed. While my hand healed completely, I have continued to use Dragon regularly, both professionally and personally. It has revolutionised my written work and has continued to be my extra "right hand."

G. Berkin:
"When I have an important oral argument in court, I prepare it the same way I would actually make it in court, i.e. composing by speaking using memory and notes. I usually say it multiple times to build fluidity and to help remember what I've said. However, every version I say has differences from every other one. Some are turns of phrase I like; some are re-phrasings and some are whole new points or whole new ways of making an existing point. In the past, I've recorded the versions so that if there are things I particularly like in various versions I have them again. Theoretically. In some instances, particularly if my speech is lengthy it is very time-consuming to locate a particular bit unless I know that it is right near the beginning or the end. I've often find it to be more trouble than it's worth. Enter the Dragon. I can capture the versions on paper. Since I can speed-read, but I can't speed-listen, I can visually scan for whatever I'm looking for in a fraction of the time it would take to listen. I will sometimes find things I didn't remember saying but end up using. Also, I can use a document comparison programme to underline changes from one version to another and pick up subtle changes, which would not be very feasible without Dragon's terrific accuracy. An added benefit is that it is much easier to judge the quality of the oral presentation by reading it than by listening to it, and in particular to be sure I've "connected all the dots" of my arguments. Finally, reading the speech is an additional memory aid. I hope this can help others (except opposing counsel) enjoy the many efficiencies of Dragon."

Matthew Simone:
"I think back to the time when I happened to be browsing through an electronics store and came across Dragon back in 1997. I have used Dragon exclusively since that time. Never had it become more important than that day in February 2007 when I was diagnosed with leukaemia. I am a solo practitioner and for the most part not all that techno-savvy and use the two finger method of typing. You can start to see my problem. I was struggling to juggle my career and health issues. To make matters worse, I immune suppressed, which limited my ability to be in contact with people, even my own staff. This is where Dragon NaturallySpeaking came to the rescue. With the help of Dragon I was able to communicate with staff and clients, create drafts of legal documents and in general be productive again without concern for my limitations. It was an intricate part in helping me to who go through what I have come to call the "process", professionally and personally. Sometimes words cannot express the gratefulness one has for something as simple as a word recognition programme and other technology to a person like me."

"A trip to the accident and emergency department confirmed my fears. I had broken my right wrist and was looking at surgery and weeks before I could use it again. Returning to my office the next day, I fretted about how I could complete my brief due in less than a week. Another lawyer in the office uses Dragon and suggested I try it. I purchased the wireless 10 version and was amazed at how simple it was to set up, even with my right arm in a splint. I started to use it immediately with relatively few errors and few problems with voice recognition. I was able to dictate my brief and compete it on time! For the next few weeks as my arm healed and I went into physical therapy, I did not lose a single day of work (or a single billable hour) due to my inability to use my hand. I still use my Dragon and find it saves me a tremendous amount of time. The wireless headset allows me to move about my office pulling documents from files and books from shelves all the while dictating."

Tom Koenig:
"As a lawyer, Dragon has been an invaluable tool for writing briefs, arguments and various correspondence. Recently I have been assigned to a task requiring hours of tedious data and text entry into a programme that generates a legal document for filing. I have made extensive use of Dragon to more efficiently complete this task, often without the use of the keyboard at all. Last March, I had my first skiing accident, which resulted in my left arm being broken near the wrist. This of course made typing a problem, but when I returned from my ski trip I was able to step right back into my assignment without much difficulty by doing most of the data entry using Dragon and my mouse. No matter how fast I may have been able to type before, I would not have been able to match my pre-injury speed and efficiency if it had not been for Dragon NaturallySpeaking."


  • Legal: Before and After
    This short video depicts the frustrations faced by a typical law firm and identifies the productivity benefits offered by speech recognition, resulting in increased billable hours.
  • User Testimonial – Dragon in a Law Firm
    This short video clip explains how one customer uses Dragon as his “assistant” to increase his productivity at a law firm.

White papers

  • Eliminate Legal Transcription Bottlenecks with Speech Recognition
    The time and cost involved in documenting case and client information, contracts, briefs and other legal materials is staggering. Traditional reliance on administrative support staff and outside transcription services drags down productivity and eats into profits. This white paper examines how speech recognition can be used to speed document creation, eliminate document development bottlenecks and increase efficiency/profitability.
  • Dragon Solutions: Transcription Workflow
    With its tedious and time-consuming dictate-transcribe-review-edit cycle, this outdated approach to document creation takes a heavy toll on firm efficiency, productivity and profitability. This paper outlines the Auto-Transcribe Folder Agent (ATFA) feature of Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal. The ATFA manages text and synchronised audio flow across an enterprise network to streamline the process of third-party review and correction.
  • Dragon Solutions: Enterprise Profile Management
    This white paper details the Dragon “Roaming User” feature which dramatically simplifies administration and profile management for enterprise desktop dictation deployments. The convenient enterprise profile management capabilities delivered by the Roaming User feature address many of the challenges faced by system administrators responsible for managing enterprise desktop dictation deployments.
  • Dragon Solutions: Using a Digital Voice Recorder
    This paper explains how Dragon enables field professionals to dictate notes, reports and other documents into a portable digital voice recorder for automatic transcription when they connect to a PC back at their home or office.
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I have used Dragon NaturallySpeaking since 1995 and now almost all of my written legal work is ac­complished through voice dictation instead of typing. It is a great product that has saved me an incalculable amount of time. 
-Joseph Fields
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