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HP Names Award-winning Legal Professionals Who Use Technology to Improve Client ServiceNEW YORK CITY, Jan. 27, 2006
HP today announced the winners of the first annual HP Legal Top Technology Producers contest, which recognizes legal professionals who use technology to be more efficient and improve client service.
The company will present the awards on Jan. 30 at the third annual Law Technology News awards dinner in conjunction with the 2006 LEGALTECH® conference and exhibition in New York City.
Contestants competed in two categories: Firm Excellence and Technology Innovation. First- and second-place winners in each category will receive HP technology products valued at up to $10,000 (first place) and $5,000 (second place). A panel of three industry and technology experts judged the entries before selecting the four winners.
First-prize winners were Brian Clayton of Sebaly Shillito + Dyer in Dayton, Ohio, in the Firm Excellence category and Andrew Bluestone of Bluestone Law Firm in New York City in the Technology Innovation category.
Clayton reports that with HP technology such as the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array family, HP Systems Insight Manager, HP Web Jetadmin and ProCurve Networking by HP, his firm has become more efficient and able to stay ahead of the curve with maintenance and fault recovery. In his contest entry, Clayton wrote that the firm fully utilizes the power in HP desktops PCs, notebooks, scanners and printers, allowing his team to quickly develop client data warehouses and also be productive while mobile.
"We quickly realized the competitive advantage technology can give to a small firm with a small budget," said Clayton. "We're able to purchase hardware based on the needs of our clients, manage our hardware expenses through HP's leasing program and reduce our overall hardware maintenance costs."
Bluestone, a solo legal practitioner, uses HP Scanjet scanners to capture his documents, save them to a file server and then easily access them through any one of the networked HP business PCs in his office. Additional HP iPAQ Pocket PCs and notebook PCs allow him to manage tasks away from the office.
"With my virtually paperless office, I can more efficiently manage more than 4 million pages of legal documents," said Bluestone. "This typically would not be an easy process, but HP technology makes it seamless for me, allowing me to save time and thus more efficiently serve my clients."
HP recognizes top technology winners
Technology is essential to the operations and success of many small businesses, and through its Smart Office initiative, HP provides the smart advice, technology and services to simplify business IT. This allows customers to spend less time worrying about technology and more time focused on their core business.
"Technology can absolutely have an effect on a business's ability to compete and meet customer needs," said Lisa Hopkins, manager, vertical marketing - Americas, HP. "HP is committed to helping small businesses gain a competitive edge with proven, reliable, high-quality products and solutions, local and specialized expertise and a simplified experience with technology."
The second-place winner in the Technology Innovation category was Michael McClaflin of Thompson Coburn LLP. McClaflin uses HP multifunction printers to scan documents that are then imported into a custom, firm-wide electronic records system. The system manages the emailing, filing, faxing and other tasks of those documents, saving users considerable time and effort. This system also enables the firm to share documents and protect vital information and is a key technology for the firm's disaster recovery and business continuity program.
The second-place winner in the Firm Excellence category was Al J. Robert Jr. of the Law Office of Al J. Robert Jr., LLC, who started a private practice in Gonzales, La., after Hurricane Katrina led to the loss of his position with a New Orleans law firm. With his HP LaserJet printer, HP Media Center PC and HP All-in-One printer, Robert was able to rebuild his business and serve his clients. Robert now splits his time between New Orleans and Gonzales, and he is able to remotely access client documents between offices with his notebook PC.
New notebook PC keeps legal professionals mobile and productive
During the LEGALTECH conference and exhibition, HP is featuring the new HP Compaq nc6140 Notebook PC - a mobile broadband notebook that allows users to stay connected at broadband speeds without being tied to a wireless hotspot.
With service from Verizon Wireless' Evolution Data Optimized network, the notebook allows customers to connect at broadband speeds to corporate networks, email and the Internet, even while traveling.(1,2)
The notebook features integrated dual-antennas and software to help establish a convenient and reliable wireless connection via Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess network.
More information about the contest winners is available at http://www.hp.com/sbso/solutions/legal/legal_tech_awards_winners06.html.
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(1) High-speed access available within the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess Coverage Area, which is available to more than 150 million people in 180 major metropolitan areas and requires separately purchased service plan.
(2) Speed claims based on Verizon Wireless network tests with 5MB FTP data files, without compression. Actual speeds and coverage may vary.
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