NEW YORK- Jan. 25, 2006- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network -ALM’s Law Technology News(R), the legal profession’s leading technology publication, today announced the law firm and in-house law department winners in its third annual Law Technology News Awards program. The awards recognize the best technology use – and users – in the legal profession. Winners in the four law firm categories are: Matt Kesner, Chief Technology Officer, Fenwick & West LLP; Kirkland & Ellis LLP/Jeffer, Magels, Butler & Marmaro LLP; Rodney A. Satterwhite, Partner and Chief Counsel/Knowledge Management, McGuireWoods LLP; and Janine P. Sylvas, IT Director, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC. Winner of the in-house law department award is Libby Throughton, Legal IT Manager, Home Depot. These winners, plus vendor winners in 11 technology categories, will be honored at an awards dinner on January 30 at the New York Hilton.
Law Technology News will make $5,000 donations on behalf of the winners of the program to the Mississippi Center for Justice and New Orleans Legal Assistance. Both organizations provide free legal aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Matt Kesner, Chief Technology Officer, Fenwick & West, received this year’s “Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm” award. Kenser and his practice support team created the firm’s innovative “FIND” (File Identification Narrowed by Definition) technology which permits small groups working independently to review documents in easy to-use Web-based environments, from anywhere in the world. The cost-efficient technology significantly reduces the amount of data that lawyers must review in e-discovery and improves the accuracy of the review process.
Co-counsel Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Jeffer, Magels, Butler & Marmaro LLP, were named winners of the “Most Innovative Use of Technology During a Trial” category, for their joint work in Michelson v. Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Inc., a major case that required integration of multiple courtroom technologies, as well as massive pretrial technological preparation.
Rodney A. Satterwhite, Partner and Chief Counsel/Knowledge Management, McGuireWoods LLP, was selected as this year’s “Champion of Technology.” A former information technology consultant, he was cited as a “true visionary who utilizes technology to provide more effective service to the firm’s clients”, while ensuring that new technologies bring real benefits to the day-to-day work of the firm’s lawyers.
The judges selected Janine P. Sylvas, IT Director, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC, as the recipient of this year’s “IT Director” award. Sylvas was recognized for her efforts in creating an emergency alternative office in Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina forced her firm to leave New Orleans. Her epic difficulties – and successes – continued for weeks, as she coped with events that included the looting and vandalization of the firm’s home office.
Libby Throughton, Legal IT Manager, Home Depot was chosen by the judges as the winner of the “Most Innovative Use of Technology by an In-House Legal Department” award. Her legal IT team developed a secure “TeamConnect” matter management system, improving the quality and frequency of the department’s communication with its outside counsel.
The judges also noted the extraordinary efforts of two additional technologists in assisting their New Orleans-based firms in Hurricane Katrina and Rita recovery efforts: Kenneth J. Orgeron, Chief Information Officer, Jones Walker and James Zeller, formerly of Chaffee McCall.
Law firm nominations were solicited throughout the year from the magazine’s 40,000 subscribers, and through the publication’s Web site. The recipients were selected by an independent panel of three jurors, all members of LTN’s Editorial Advisory Board: Andrew Z. Adkins III, director of the Legal Technology Institute at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Fredric Lederer, professor of law and director of the Courtroom 21 Project at the College of William and Mary, and David Whelan, director of the Cincinnati Law Library Association.
Additional information on the awards and winners will be available in the March issue of Law Technology News and on the magazine’s Web site at www.lawtechologynews.com.
In 2005, LTN was named as a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award finalist for best subject-related series for its articles on electronic data discovery. In addition, the magazine was recognized as an award winner in competitions conducted by Trade, Association and Business Publications International and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. LTN was named “Favorite Legal Technology Print Publication” by Technolawyer.
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