Technology as competitive advantage

November 17th, 2011 by Altman Weil

Two items in the legal press this week highlight law firms’ search for improved efficiency, cost control and collaboration through enhanced technology.  Two firms - one traditional AmLaw100 firm and one out-of-the-box virtual firm – are working on customized technology solutions that caught our attention:

Sutherland Asbill has developed Legal Project Management software in a collaborative pilot project that included their attorneys, business development professionals, practice managers and technology group. 

The team designed a matter-level dashboard that “contains charts that track the status of spend vs. budget for the matter, links to the iManage folders for the matter, a Task Assignment tool, and a Project Schedule tool.  Users also have access to the ‘askSutherland’ knowledge management tool, our docket management system, and other resources.  The project team also can set up a ‘team discussion’ space as well as single repository for any reports required by the client.”

Read it at Law Practice Today

Clearspire, a new virtual law firm that has the benefit of starting from a blank slate without any legacy systems, has built a customized law practice and business management platform called Coral.  Blogger Ron Friedmann describes it:

“Coral is a complete desktop and office environment that encompasses not just document creation / editing and e-mail, but a range of other functions, including real-time communication / collaboration, project management, and financial analysis.

… the firm built Coral from the ground up to meet new client demands for better value, with features to serve clients, lawyers, and the firm’s business managers. Key design goals included ease of use for “non-techie lawyers”, collaboration within the firm and with clients, scalability, and the ability to break substantive legal work into separately priced and managed discrete activities (”chunks”).”

Read it at Prism Legal

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