Like most law firms, Seyfarth Shaw was always looking for opportunities to improve its efficiency and better support the work of its trial lawyers.
“When I arrived at Seyfarth in 2005, most of the litigators used Microsoft Word on an ad-hoc basis to track details of a case or create case chronologies,” recalls Annette Tyman, a partner in Seyfarth’s Chicago office. “We’d sort through various facts and issues in depositions, and then input that information into Word so we could begin to construct a case roadmap.”
In 2006 Tyman was introduced to CaseMap® case analysis software and realized this product creates an entirely new way of doing things for litigators.
“While we were already doing things like fact assessment and issue management, we were now able to do so in a more efficient manner with a tool like CaseMap,” said Tyman.
And that was only the beginning.
Today the firm uses CaseMap as a “powerful repository for all of our firm’s knowledge about an individual matter in litigation.” It helps litigators to see the “big picture” in a case while revealing vital links in case information that might otherwise go undiscovered using just legal pads, Post Its® and various PC notes or records.
By using these industry-leading, innovative and integrated technology solutions, the firm is able to:
• Save time by organizing the facts and issues of a case in a more efficient manner
• Make critical connections faster and share them with the entire team
• Drive greater efficiency and cost-savings by utilizing integrated, innovative technologies
• Expedite training and software adoption across all office locations of the firm
• Create compelling, polished presentations with unprecedented ease and speed.
The benefits from using the CaseMap suite were so clear and immediate that the firm took the software on the road to expand Seyfarth’s use of the powerful tool, and to ensure all of their litigators could use CaseMap effectively and to their fullest advantage.
“As soon as we show them actual examples of how their partners in other offices have used the software in their cases, most of them adopt CaseMap for their own future matters,” says Lori Chavez, Director of the Litigation Information Management Office.
To hear more about Seyfarth’s experience with CaseMap Suite—and to learn how you can apply these best practices in your firm— read the free, full-text Seyfarth Shaw case study.