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His New Business Venture Will Revolutionize Court Appearances

Brother Massel ’94 is Taking a New DirectionBrother Morris Massel ’94 was prepared for a great career thanks to his days at Penn and leadership opportunities provided by Alpha Chi Rho. Below, he shares how Phi Phi Club has influenced his life, as well as an update about his newest business venture.

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Q: Why did you join AXP?

A: The reason I joined the fraternity was rather simple—I enjoyed spending time with the guys. The guys in my class and the senior (and then later junior) members of the house were each interesting individuals, who came from different backgrounds than my own. Yet, as different and diverse as we were, we all experienced our college years together, sharing the fun, the hardships and some ups and downs. I still remember fondly many late night conversations with other brothers and some of the fun we had. Those stories never die.

Q: Are you still in touch with some brothers? What does it mean to have them in your life?

A: Many of the guys were extremely bright and hardworking. Needless to say, they have gone onto interesting and successful careers, whether in government, law, business or medicine. Over the years, I’ve stayed in touch with a number of the guys. Social media has made staying up on each other’s lives very easy. What’s noteworthy is that during post-college high and low moments, other brothers still are highly supportive. I continue to feel lucky to count them as my friends.

Q: How has your membership in AXP influenced your life and career?

A: During my college years, AXP gave me the opportunity to grow as a leader. When I was a sophomore, Mike Alfano (’93) and John Hawkins (’93), both one year ahead of me, decided that our house needed to take a leadership role in the IFC. I was chosen to be one of the brothers to seek out opportunities. With their guidance and support, I was fortunate to become a VP and then the President of the Interfraternity Council from my sophomore through senior years. In those capacities, I developed negotiation, consensus building and leadership skills. Today I’m still in touch with many of the people I worked with in the IFC.

Brother Massel ’94 is Taking a New DirectionAbout His New Business Venture, CourtSolutions

After seventeen years of practicing law at two of the world’s premier law firms, I’m following my passion and dream: using technology creatively to improve the practice of law. The proposition? When lawyers need to go to court, they can appear in person or, if the court allows it, dial in. Telephonic court appearances currently use operator-hosted teleconferencing, an inefficient approach (so 1980s!) that is disliked by everyone. Judges hate it because they have no control over participants on the call. Lawyers dislike it because they can’t be effective. Changing how lawyers go to and interact with courts is my new pursuit and the mission of our company, CourtSolutions.

CourtSolutions has developed an interactive web-based system that allows lawyers to seamlessly make telephonic appearances. Judges enjoy a graphic user interface that shows them who is on the call and lets them control participation. Everyone on the call knows who is speaking and who wants to speak.

CourtSolutions is working already with bankruptcy courts in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois and Virginia. We are about to launch in Delaware and other jurisdictions. The reception has been unbelievable. Judges love the control and information we give them. Lawyers love how easy it is to make reservations and interact with the courts. The market potential for CourtSolutions is large because it is far broader than just bankruptcy courts.

Accessing the courts can be expensive and difficult. Step-by-step, we plan to lower the expense and introduce efficiencies. The CourtSolutions telephonic appearance platform is only the beginning. We will use technology to improve access to the courts, introduce smart efficiencies into the system and reduce the friction for appearances.

For me, this is an incredible opportunity. As the President of CourtSolutions, my passion for creative problem-solving will help make what’s possible real in the courts. It’s time to take the leap. 

Several people have asked how they can help us be successful. If you know any judges, clerks or court personnel to whom you can introduce us, we would be very appreciative. All we need is a warm introduction. We’ll make you look great. Also, CourtSolutions is hiring. We are looking for lawyers with connections to and an understanding of the courts for business development positions. We are also looking for remote customer service assistance. If you know anyone who might be interested, ask them to drop us a note at jobs at Court-Solutions.com.

Want to connect with Morris? Email him at mmassel@court-solutions.com.