About Us

On a mission to create space for learning through mistakes

Praktio uniquely brings together experience and expertise in transactional law and experiential teaching, with a software platform tailor-made for producing interactive digital training around documents.

Founded in 2014 by a Michigan Law professor looking for a better way for clinic students to learn the language of contracts, Praktio is an innovative provider of modern training—practical, interactive, self-paced, online—for reading, writing, and otherwise working with documents in realistic, professional contexts (for example, reviewing, drafting, and negotiating contracts).

Praktio training incorporates best practices from learning science (such as frameworks, realistic application, spaced repetition, deliberate practice, and immediate feedback). Praktio uses real-world documents annotated to draw out lessons and interactive exercises that put the learner in realistic scenarios where they complete realistic activities, with immediate feedback every step of the way.

Now, law firms use Praktio to train their lawyers and staff with digital training that is practical, interactive, self-paced, and online. And increasingly, individual lawyers, legal staff, and business people (procurement, sales, contract managers, etc.) are doing the same.

Our Team

Prior Experience

Clinical Assistant Professor

Univ. of Michigan Law

Lecturer in Law

Univ. of Chicago Law

Associate

Sidley Austin

Education

 J.D., Yale Law

B.A., Univ. of Michigan

Michael Bloom

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Michael has spent the past decade curating spaces for students and professionals to make mistakes—and learn from them.

Before leaving to run Praktio full time, Michael was the founding director of the Transactional Lab & Clinic, an experiential program at the University of Michigan Law School, through which students worked on transactional matters, under faculty supervision, for large, mature organizations around the world (e.g., Pepsi, Aon, NPR) and small, local organizations around the Law School.

At Michigan Law, Michael also taught other contracts, business, and transactional law classes. Among other activities, Michael served as Chair of the AALS Section on Technology, Law, and Legal Education for 2018 and as Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Teaching Methods for 2018.

Prior to joining the Michigan Law faculty, Michael was a Lecturer in Law and the Executive Director of the Corporate Lab Transactional Clinic, which he co-founded, at the University of Chicago Law School. In addition to practicing transactional law in a clinical setting, he practiced at Sidley Austin, with a focus on technology transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

Michael is the co-author of two books on contracts from a transactional perspective: Contracts and Commercial Transactions and Contracts: A Transactional Approach, both published by Aspen.

Michael earned his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as a Teaching Fellow and helped launch a community development bank as part of the Community Development Financial Institutions Clinic. He earned his B.A. "with highest distinction" from the University of Michigan, where he studied American history and was a Dean's Merit Scholar and a member of the Bentley Society.

Prior Experience

Senior Software Engineer

Bosch North America

Senior Software Engineer

Infor

Education

B.S., Univ. of Michigan

Sean Naemi

Chief Technology Officer

Sean has been developing full-stack, enterprise-level software on a variety of platforms, code bases, and languages for over ten years.

Before joining Praktio, Sean was a Senior Software Engineer at Bosch North America. As part of an agile team at Bosch, Sean worked on all sorts of projects, with a focus on developing financial and budgeting applications.

Prior to that, Sean was a Senior Software Engineer at Infor, where he was a member of the team responsible for building their enterprise resource planning solutions.

Sean earned his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

Prior Experience

Communications Manager

Fair Food Network

Graphic Design Artist

University of Michigan

Education

M.S., Univ. of Michigan School of Natural Resources

B.A., Kalamazoo College

Kari Paine

Director of Design and Media

Kari brings eight years of expertise in digital and print strategy for cause-based organizations.

Kari has worked with a variety of organizations, with a special focus on the areas of policy, sustainability, and racial equity, to craft communications strategy that advances their missions.

Previously, Kari was a Communications Manager at Fair Food Network. In this role, she drove marketing and design strategy for a national network of nonprofits administering healthy food incentive programs to low-income populations.

Kari earned her B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Kalamazoo College and her M.S. in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Michigan.

Advisory Boards

Law Firm Professional Development

Amy Auth

Director of Legal Education

Cooley

Larry Brown

Senior Learning & Development Manager

Atrium

Christina Mitchell

Attorney Development & Retention Manager

Nixon

Jennifer Pangione

Assistant Director, Attorney Development & Training

Skadden

Sally Raggio

Manager, Professional Development

Wilson Sonsini

Clarice Wahba

Senior Manager, Professional Development

Stroock

Law Firm Attorneys

Andrew Alvarez

Associate

Skadden

Danielle Bass

Partner

Honigman

Melanie Gertz

Associate

Gibson Dunn

Ryan Jackson

Partner

Kirkland

Rosa Parmose

Associate

Cleary

Ryan Samii

Associate

Paul Hastings

Kelly Smercina

Associate

Cravath

Monica Steinberg

Associate

Mayer