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08/04/06

Godfrey & Kahn implements latest technology


In line with the trend of law firms going high-tech, Wisconsin-based law firm Godfrey & Kahn has successfully implemented BigHand3, a digital dictation workflow system, across its offices. The law firm is the first corporate law firm in United States to implement this voice productivity tool which will be accessible to 350 attorneys and assistants across five offices. The latest technology tool is expected to improve the efficiency and productivity of staff by enabling the immediate processing of dictation into documents.

Currently the law firm is using the software in Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, Waukesha, and Washington, DC, offices and in future, it has plans to add BigHand3 to its Shanghai, China office as well. The law firm offers services in different practice areas including business practice, business litigation, employment, industry-specific and regulatory affairs, and technology and intellectual property.

Globally, the BigHand technology is used by more than 400 law firms. BigHand is the leading creator and service provider of digital dictation workflow.

DLA Piper initiates global pro bono measures
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary's pro bono efforts will soon become a reality with the first meeting of its project called New Perimeters scheduled for next season. Lawyer.com reports that eight partners from Europe, Asia, and U.S. will comprise the international corporate and social responsibility committee and will work towards identifying projects to adopt.

The law firm is actively engaged in pro bono initiatives wherein a committee manages firm wide efforts, act as liaisons with nonprofit organizations, and ensure necessary mentoring, training. In 2003, the law firm added a group of attorneys from the former Hill & Barlow in Boston, a firm with a rich tradition of pro bono and public service. Thereafter, in January 2004, the firm joined forces with San Francisco-based Steinhart & Falconer, a top Bay Area law firm with a century-long history of community service and pro bono work.

Ashurst consolidates presence in Middle East
Former Middle East general counsel of the energy giant, International Power, David Wadham joined the U.S.-based law firm Ashurst's Dubai office in April. The move has helped the firm grow roots in the area since it has facilitated a strong and growing relationship with the energy company, as reported on thelawyer.com.

Wadham has secured numerous counseling projects from International Power and been also assured of access to office space throughout the Middle East, including in the markets of Abu Dhabi and Qatar.

Ashurst provides legal services in areas of corporate, M&A, IPOs, energy, transport and infrastructure, finance, real estate, litigation and arbitration, regulatory, commercial, and tax.

Greenberg Traurig widens technology, media & telecommunications practice
Daniel Schloss has rejoined Greenberg Traurig, LLP and is expected to widen the firm's Technology, Media & Telecommunications, and Intellectual Property practice group in New York. He has previous eight years experience with the firm and left to head the new marketing office of the City of New York as the first IP licensing counsel. As such, he is credited with developing the City's first centrally managed trademark licensing program and facilitated numerous corporate sponsorship agreements for major events in New York City. As Of Counsel with Greenberg, he will continue to utilize his expertise in all aspects of intellectual property and technology from a commercial perspective.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP, is a full-service law firm and has strength of 1,600 attorneys and governmental affairs professionals across U.S., Europe, and Asia. Based on the number of attorneys in the firm, The American Lawyer has ranked the firm seventh among the U.S. Am Law 100.

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