Brendon is a Documater who has copious experience in multiple fields of law, and with building complicated document automation systems. He is a flexible and creative document automation developer who has helped state bars; law firms; listed and unlisted companies; and various other entities and industries to help realize custom, bespoke document automation systems.
My name is Brendon Peter de Beer. I have a LL.B from North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. I currently live in Klerksdorp, South Africa - but I grew up in the Dubai, United Arab Emirates with a multicultural background. I speak English and Afrikaans, and I am currently learning Setswana.
I’m an attorney, legal document automation specialist, AWS consultant, and backend developer. I previously worked for several years at Docugility, a document automation consultancy spanning across 3 continents.
I have expertise in multiple document automation programs (including legacy heavy-code platforms), so I have a thorough understanding of the document automation process and the software landscape.
Overall, I have 4 years of experience in document automation and law.
During my time as a document automation specialist, I specialized in database integrations for document automation systems. This allowed me to integrate my projects directly into our client's existing infrastructure.
I have copious experience automating U.S. legal documents, and I have specific experience in the legal systems of the following states: Iowa, Arizona, California, New York.
When I’m not busy with document automation, I dabble in Privacy and Data Protection law as well as backend web development.
I’ve worked on multiple large scale projects using a variety of document automation systems; examples of systems I’ve played a key role in developing are:
I also have experience developing document automation systems with MySQL or PostGres implementations using custom, complicated SQL statements to compliment the document automation process.
I have experience in the following areas of law building various forms, letters, contracts, and integrated systems:
I prefer a simple, thorough approach with an eye on finding the most efficient method to exceed our client’s goal and the method that best fits their budget. I focus on frequent, good communication and I try my best to keep ensure my clients understand their automation set fully.
I generally follow the following approach when on-boarding a client to develop a system:
Document automation is a multifaceted discipline that requires not only technical (and sometimes coding) skills, but also a fair degree of legal skill. You need an eye for detail, a love for efficiency, diligence, flexibility, and a creative mindset that can find solutions to problems that are new and unique. I also believe a Document Automation Specialist should be able to communicate well and understand what their client is looking for at the end of the day.
If I had to choose one point as to what the most important quality of a document automation specialist is for me, it’s flexibility.
My personal proudest moment is when I summited Kilimanjaro with my mom. We climbed Kilimanjaro in my final year of high school to raise funds for kids with cancer. It was an arduous climb, and tedious. But the view and the sense of achievement of having known that I was making a difference in the lives of people with a terrible illness made it all worth it in the end.
My proudest moment in my career was being admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. I’m the first attorney my family has ever had, so it was a very good achievement for me and my family and a great achievement as a stepping stone in my career.
I love running, swimming, reading classic novels, taking care of my jungle of house plants, and taking care of my Siamese Fighting Fish, Conrad.
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