Artificial Intelligence
Chicago, IL


Overall Rank: 69
Category: Artificial Intelligence
Category Rank: 2


  • Top Software Company of 2022


Boasting more than 300,000 users in 50 countries around the world, Chicago-based software developer Relativity is one of the most trusted names in legal and compliance. Using a communication surveillance platform powered by next-generation AI, its platform Relativity Trace is indispensable for maintaining strict internal compliance with regulations related to insider trading and other potentially sensitive behavior. Among the major organizations that rely on Relativity’s software are the U.S. Department of Justice and 199 of The American Lawyer’s AM LAW 200.

For its accomplishments in keeping organizations large and small compliant with all relevant regulatory bodies, Relativity has garnered numerous awards from industry organizations, including nine Cybersecurity Excellence Awards in 2022. It has also been cited as one of the top workplaces in Chicago by The Chicago Tribune ten years in a row. This year, the company announced a new array of product features in its Microsoft Azure-backed eDiscovery platform RelativityOne.

Key Products

  • RelativityOne: a secure cloud solution with integrated AI that manages large volumes of data and quickly identifies key issues during litigation and internal investigations.

  • RelativityOne Government: is a cloud platform built for state and federal agencies that gives them the end-to-end technology they need to tackle the diverse challenges of litigation, investigations, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

  • Relativity aiR: is Relativity’s new suite of fit-for-purpose generative AI solutions that empower users to transform their approach to litigation and investigations.

  • Relativity Legal Hold: secures critical data with preservation in-place and a defensible, repeatable process in the cloud.

  • Relativity Contracts: accelerates users’ decision-making by transforming agreements into actionable, structured data.

  • Relativity Data Breach Response: leverages AI to accelerate human review and minimize human errors.

  • Relativity Personal Information Detect: considers context and document structure to eliminate false positives and provide better results.

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  • Relativity was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

  • Relativity has 350,000+ annual users worldwide.

  • 198 of the Am Law 200 are using Relativity.

  • More than 180 of the Fortune 500 use Relativity.

  • Relativity is installed in 39 countries by more than 200 international customers.

  • Relativity has 1,500+ employees.

Key Executives

Phil Saunders, Chief Executive Officer

Phil joined Relativity as Chief Executive Officer in December 2022. He has more than three decades of operating experience in the technology industry. Phil has significant expertise in sectors germane to Relativity including enterprise SaaS, as CEO of both Cornerstone OnDemand and Saba Software; infrastructure technology, in roles at Oracle and Motorola; and cybersecurity, as an executive at SafeNet and Thales (formerly Gemalto). He is a dynamic leader with an intense focus on the needs of customers, partners, and the ultimate end user experience. Phil served on Cornerstone’s public company Board of Directors while CEO and currently is a Board Director of Vertex, the Nasdaq-listed global leader in tax compliance software solutions. He received his bachelor’s degree from University at Albany, SUNY and his MBA from Seton Hall University.

Chris Brown, Chief Product Officer

Chris Brown is the chief product officer at Relativity. He leads our product and user experience teams and is responsible for the development of Relativity’s product vision, strategy, and product roadmap in collaboration with engineering. Prior to joining Relativity, Chris held CEO and chief product officer roles for fellow Chicago-based companies Kapow Events and Orbitz Worldwide, respectively — where his teams delivered transformative online platforms for global B2C and B2B customers in the corporate events and travel industries. Chris began his career in Austin, Texas where he advanced to leadership positions in software engineering and product management, and earned his initial experience as an entrepreneur. An Illinois native and electrical and computer engineering graduate from the University of Illinois in 1998, Chris has served on the ECE Illinois Alumni Board since 2017.

Keith Carlson, Chief Technology Officer

Keith Carlson is the chief technology officer of Relativity. As head of technology and architecture strategy, Keith oversees the engineering delivery, engineering operations, and production engineering functions. In his career, Keith has been a co-founder, programmer, team lead, principal engineer, and chief technology officer. He most recently spent seven plus years at Amazon Web Services where he developed one of the first cloud fraud prevention and detection organizations and grew it to where it was evaluating ten trillion pieces of data a day. Keith is excited to apply his extensive developer experience to help mature RelativityOne’s SaaS delivery model and expand Relativity’s reach into the unstructured data realm.

To know more about Relativity team visit: Relativity’s Leadership Team


Organizational Insights

Inclusion, Diversity, and Belonging

The company’s goal is simple: Relativity should be a place where differences are celebrated, and everyone feels comfortable being exactly who they are. This starts with the following commitments to their people: 

Relativity is committed to building an inclusive place to work, diverse representation across the company, actively promoting equity of experience and taking accountability. 

Relativity knows IDB leads to happier employees, stronger ideas, and better decisions for their company and their customers. Their approach is focused on four key areas: workforce, workplace, communities and marketplace. 

Community Resource Groups

These voluntary, employee-led groups create a safe and secure place for employees to connect in a more meaningful, personal way

  • AccessAbility

  • Black@Relativity (BRel)

  • RelAsians

  • Rel-L.I.T.

  • RelMIND

  • Relativity Pride

  • RelVets

  • Relativity Women of the Workplace (RelWoW)

Hybrid Work Philosophy 

Our people are central to our success and to our customers’ success. Our hybrid workplace combines the advantages of remote work with opportunities for in-person connection and collaboration. We’re committed to providing our people with a rewarding experience and we see this flexibility as the key to a happy, productive, and diverse workplace.

Perks and Benefits

Relativity offers employees a variety of perks and benefits including hybrid workplace arrangements, IT and home office stipends, unlimited time off, two company-wide breaks per year, comprehensive health insurance plans, telehealth medicine, wellness benefits, long-term incentive program and more. 

Board Members

Andrew Sieja, Founder and Executive Chairman

Andrew Sieja is the founder and executive chairman of Relativity. As Relativity embarks on a multi-year transformation into a cloud-based SaaS company, Andrew is committed to offering a great product, providing relentless customer support, and ensuring that team members love working at Relativity. Andrew also started Relativity Gives, a community outreach program that has invested nearly $2 million in education and technology causes in Chicago, London, and Kraków. A computer programmer by trade, Andrew loves technology and worked as a technologist for a variety of multi-national companies and consulting firms prior to starting Relativity.

Tim P. Flynn, Chairman, Retired, KPMG International

Tim joins the Relativity team as an accomplished executive leader after more than 32 years with KPMG —a global network of professional firms, with 189,000 people providing audit, tax and, advisory services in 152 countries. He was Chairman of KPMG International from 2007 until 2011. In this role, he led the global executive team responsible for the management and operations, and chaired the global board responsible for the strategy, oversight, and governance of the global network. During his career with KPMG, Tim held several senior leadership positions, including Chairman and CEO of KPMG LLP, the U.S. and largest member firm of KPMG International, Global Vice Chair Audit and Advisory Services, and Global Vice Chair of Human Resources for KPMG International. He brings significant directorship experience, including current service on the boards of Walmart Stores Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Co., Alcoa Corporation, and United Healthcare Group. He also previously served as a Trustee of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and as a member of the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council. Tim earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he currently serves on the school’s Board of Trustees.

Mark Gillett, Managing Director and Head of Value Creation, Silver Lake

Mark is a Managing Director and Head of Value Creation at Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing. Mark originally joined Silver Lake in 2009 to lead the value creation efforts of Silver Lake in Europe. He rejoined the firm in his current role in 2013 following a period serving as Chief Development and Chief Operating Officer of Skype Global S.à.r.l, a former portfolio company, and as a Corporate Vice President of Microsoft. At Skype and then at Microsoft, Gillett drove acceleration of Skype’s growth strategy and led its integration following Microsoft’s acquisition of the business. While at Microsoft, Mark also oversaw the broader growth of Microsoft’s enterprise and consumer communications, cloud, software and services portfolio.

To know more about their Board Members, visit: Relativity’s Board


  • Silver Lake: In 2021, Relativity received a strategic growth investment from Silver Lake.

  • Iconiq Capital: Relativity received a $125 million minority investment from Iconiq Capital in 2015.

Key Milestones

  • November 2023: LegalTech Breakthrough awarded RelativityOne as the Overall LegalTech Solution of the Year.

  • September 2023: Relativity unveiled Relativity aiR for Review, powered by the newest generative AI technology, and announced the launch of Relativity Personal Information Detect and Relativity Data Breach Response.

  • April 2023: Relativity won the Security Software Innovator award in the Microsoft Security Excellence Awards 2023.

  • August 2022: Relativity acquired Heretik, a contract review company.

  • January 2021: Relativity acquired VerQu, a data management software company, and Text IQ, a leader in applying AI to identify sensitive data.

  • 2020: Relativity launches two new social impact programs: Relativity Fellows and Justice for Change.

News and Press Releases

  • January 31, 2024: Survey: General Counsel Expect Significant Increase in Technology Investments and Artificial Intelligence Adoption (Read).

  • January 29, 2024: Relativity Announces Expansions to Relativity aiR, its Suite of Generative AI Solutions, at Legalweek 2024 (Read).

  • January 22, 2024: Relativity Announces its Third Annual AI Visionaries List (Read).

  • January 10, 2024: Relativity Appoints Steve Couling as Chief Sales Officer (Read).

  • November 16, 2024:LegalTech Breakthrough Names RelativityOne Overall LegalTech Solution of the Year (Read).


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Corporate Responsibility

Truth, transparency, and compassion are fundamental components of Relativity’s business. As a large global company, Relativity has the means to make a big impact – and leave the world better than they found it. 

Every day, they work to build a more inclusive and equitable workforce. To close the technology divide and support the people and communities who need them most. To better protect and preserve the planet. 

Building a workplace for everyone

Their efforts start with their people, and they want to do right by them. The first step is creating an inclusive and diverse workplace where everyone belongs.

Leveling the playing field through technology

As leaders in their space, Relativity is in a unique position to make technology more accessible and ethical. They have developed two programs to ensure the right technology is in the right hands.

Empowering our communities

Being a global company means being responsible for the communities in which Relativity’s teams live and work. Their social impact programs are designed to get technology, education, and resources into the hands of the people who need it most.

Creating a more sustainable future

With big data comes big responsibility. Relativity is committed to running their business in an ethical and environmentally conscious manner.