Natalie Knowlton

“By many measures, the access to justice gap is getting worse. It is clear that doing more of what we have always done is not working. Real innovation — both incremental and disruptive — is critical if we are to make demonstrable progress toward the goal of access to justice for all.” – Natalie Knowlton, Innovation Lab Advisory Board


Natalie Anne Knowlton is the Founder of Access to Justice Ventures, empowering entrepreneurs who are developing scalable access to justice solutions. She formerly served as an Advisor on Regulatory Innovation and the Director of Special Projects at IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver. Knowlton has expertise in legal regulatory innovation, access to justice issues, direct-to-consumer legal technology, self-represented litigation, and public trust and confidence in the justice system. She is committed to bringing deep empathy to the court users’ experience and in pursuit of that goal employs legal and empirical research and analysis, facilitates collaboration among stakeholders, and engages in national outreach and advocacy.

Knowlton is a 2023 ABA Journal Legal Rebel and is listed among the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center’s 2022 Women of Legal Tech. She sits on the Justice Technology Association (JTA) Board of Advisors, is a judge for the American Legal Technology Awards (Access to Justice category), and Knowlton co-founded the Denver chapter of Legal Hackers. She is also a limited partner in Overlooked Ventures and LongJump Ventures.

Knowlton received her JD from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and an MA in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a BA in International Affairs.