Top 200 Ranking Follows CIO 100 Award Earlier This Year Chicago…

Top 200 Ranking Follows CIO 100 Award Earlier This Year

Chicago – LAWFUEL – Law Technology News – Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that the firm is ranked in the top 200 on the annual InformationWeek 500 list of the nation’s most innovative information technology (IT) organizations. The ranking is the second honor received by the firm in 2006 for its pioneering IT initiatives and follows its receipt of the CIO 100 award earlier this year.

Foley, which is the only law firm named to the list, earned the InformationWeek 500 ranking because of its ability to provide world-class collaboration tools and unique IT applications through its proprietary extranet technology, FOLEY:ClientSuite (FCS), which allows the firm’s clients to better manage their legal departments. In effect, the firm provides an outsourcing capability to its clients by building custom technology applications that solve a specific management problem.

“Foley has made significant investments in leading-edge technology, which has differentiated us from our competition,” said Doug Caddell, the firm’s chief information officer. “Our clients recognize that our technology tools add significant value to our legal service offerings.”
FCS allows clients to track and manage matters, and acts as a repository for case files and other information. Built using industry leading technologies, FCS allows clients instant access to information on any legal matter they have with Foley through a secured extranet Web site and adapts in real-time to the types of cases they are viewing. By granting access to invaluable knowledge, this collaborative approach enables Foley attorneys to better and more quickly respond to clients’ needs.

More information on FCS can be found by accessing this link.
The firm also has created a unique, full-time position within its IT organization called a Technology Consultant. This individual combines technology and consulting skills that enable the firm’s clients and prospective clients to effectively utilize its technology services.
For the past 18 years, InformationWeek has identified and honored the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual rankings. The list is unique among corporate rankings because it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

To be ranked on this year’s list, candidates were asked to complete an application that examined key IT strategies. The application included a quantitative analysis of tech initiatives and priorities, and a qualitative assessment using essay responses. Participants were asked to complete two essays, one on overall technology innovation and the other on one of six technology categories. The responses to all parts of the survey were evaluated, weighted and combined into a total score, which is the basis for the ranking. The selection criteria are determined by the magazine’s editors.

The 2006 InformationWeek 500 organizations were revealed at a gala awards ceremony held during the InformationWeek 500 Conference in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

Foley & Lardner LLP provides the full range of corporate legal counsel. Our attorneys understand today’s most complex business issues, including corporate governance, securities enforcement, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property counseling and litigation, outsourcing and information technology, labor and employment, and tax. The firm offers total solutions in the automotive, emerging technologies, energy, entertainment and media, financial services, food, golf and resort services, insurance, health care, life sciences, nanotechnology, and sports industries.

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