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Date : 01-23-2007

Leading law firms opt to use Riverbed Technology's Steelhead appliances


Law firms Pepper Hamilton, LLP, and Loeb & Loeb have recently installed the Steelhead wide-area data services (WDS) appliances developed by Riverbed Technology, Inc. The solution optimizes wide area network (WAN) performance and allows law firms to better manage their bandwidth. It also increases reporting speed between firm offices and provides for centralized email and document management. Deploying this technology solution has helped the law firms to improve network performance, provided them with greater security, and enabled them to respond more quickly to problems. A leading wide-area data services (WDS) solutions provider, Riverbed Technology focuses on facilitating efficient application performance over wide area networks.

Catalyst CR crowned top EDD system


Law Technology News readers have selected Catalyst Repository Systems' Catalyst CR as the best electronic data discovery system. CR 6.0 (Grid Edition), the first grid-based litigation support and document review platform, backed by its FAST InStream search technology, provides sub-second response times in complex searches involving 15 million documents (according to audited benchmark tests). The system's incredible speed enables users to achieve high levels of productivity when reviewing, producing, and reusing electronic documents and related metadata.

Leading IP law firm signs on to "Start! with the CEO"


Premier intellectual property law firm Brinks, Hofer, Gilson & Lione has announced that it is the first law firm in the metropolitan Chicago area to have signed on to "Start! with the CEO." Initiated by the American Heart Association, the national walking and nutrition program enables local companies to reduce healthcare costs, increase productivity, and enhance the quality of life of the U.S. workforce. President of Brinks Hofer Gary M. Ropski and other Chicago-area CEOs will participate in the program. Committed to employee wellness, Brinks Hofer provides healthy lunch and vending machine snack choices, has a free workout facility for employees, and promotes employee participation in fitness events such as walks and marathons.

Second Annual Paralegal Managers' Institute


In a press release, leading integrated media company ALM announced that it has scheduled the Second Annual Paralegal Managers' Institute for February 26, 2007, in Washington, DC, and March 8, 2007, in Los Angeles, CA. The event will provide paralegal managers from law firms and in-house legal departments with a platform for the exchange of ideas with their peers, attorneys, litigation support professionals, and human resource executives; it will also provide an opportunity to develop improved understanding of and strategies for effectively managing the e-discovery process. Approaches to motivating and rewarding today's paralegal workforce will be emphasized during discussions. ALM, which owns The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Real Estate Forum, LegalTech, Insight Information, GlobeSt.com, and Law.com, was formed by U.S. Equity Partners, LP, and focuses on the legal and business communities.

YoungWilliams hires two paralegals


Jackson, MS-based YoungWilliams, PA, has recruited two paralegals to work in its business opportunities group. Sarah O'Neal, who earned her paralegal certification from Texas A&M University, will primarily work on commercial and finance transactions. Hope Eilders, who has a bachelor's degree in paralegal studies from the University of Mississippi, will concentrate on oil and gas, real estate, and estate administration. Founded in 1962, YoungWilliams serves a diversified clientele that includes individuals as well as family businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

Gust Rosenfeld adds associate


Law firm Gust Rosenfeld, PLC, has appointed Magdalena Osborn as an associate in its Tucson office. Osborn will primarily work on civil litigation matters, including complex contracts, healthcare, labor and employment, insurance defense, and personal injury issues. She previously interned with an in-house counsel at an applications service provider in Denver and with the Colorado Springs district attorney. A full-service law firm, Gust Rosenfeld serves Fortune 100 corporations and public entities as well as individuals.

Bingham McCutchen bolsters its land use practice in California


The land use and development practice group of international law firm Bingham McCutchen, LLP, has expanded with the addition of Partner Geoffrey K. Willis and his team of four lawyers who have moved to Bingham from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP. The four attorneys joining Bingham along with Willis are Counsel Douglas Wance, Of Counsel David Hunt, and Associates David Collins and Jessica Duncan. The move broadens Bingham's existing land use and development practice in California, which has residential, industrial, commercial, and public-agency clients.

Lead prosecutor in Apple's stock options backdating case joins law firm


Christopher J. Steskal, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco, is leaving his post to join law firm Fenwick & West. Steskal was the lead prosecutor for a federal taskforce investigating stock option backdating at Apple, Inc., among other companies. His exit comes after the resignation of his boss, United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan. With offices in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Fenwick & West has 250 attorneys and specializes in providing counsel to technology and life sciences clients.

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