Legal Tech Thoughts

Today, my associate, Molly Barker Gilligan, Esquire, and I made our annual pilgrimage to Legal Tech, the mammoth legal technology trade show in New York. What a difference year makes.

Crowds – last year they were relatively sparse, today the aisles were filled with people.

Liveliness – last year the attendees seemed quiet and reluctant to engage the vendors, today, was the opposite.

It’s clearly a sign that, at least for some in the legal industry, the times are changing. What also remains a shock is how many e-discovery vendors there are, and how they can all possibly stay in business, and thrive.

For us, at Integrated Technology Services, LLC, it was an opportunity to meet with our many partners (including Legal Files, Payne (Metadata  Assistant), Time Matters, Sanction, Concordance, and Summation, to name a few), and to discuss the progress of my upcoming book, The Lawyer’s Guide to CaseMap, which is expected to be published this summer by the American Bar Association. Of course, it was great seeing the many support and sales people from LexisNexis CaseSoft.

But mostly, the show is about taking the temperature of legal technology, which clearly is hot and alive. Attendees we spoke with were upbeat about the future and seemed to think the worst is past. We’ll have to see. But certainly, Legal Tech 2010 was a success for Molly and me, and we look forward to the 2011 edition.

About Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel authors the Technology column in The Philadelphia Lawyer, quarterly magazine of the Philadelphia Bar Association; he also authors the Technology column in Trial Magazine, the official publication of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)). Dan is a nationally-known writer and lecturer about technology in law offices and in litigation. Sensing the need for a firm to address the technology needs of attorneys, Dan opened Integrated Technology Services, LLC, which focuses exclusively upon ways for lawyers and legal support staff to handle cases more efficiently. An attorney since 1984, Dan serves in many technology-related positions. He is Vice-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association Law Practice Management Division and co-chairs its Practice Technology Committe. A solo practitioner, Dan chaired the Computer Committee at Anapol Schwartz in Philadelphia. Dan is also a certified Trainer for LiveNote and certified to support and train Time Matters, CaseMap, TimeMap and LegalFiles.
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