Fennemore Craig, one of the largest law firms in the Southwest, has created a paperless workflow process using the Apple iPad. Gone are the reams of paper, notebooks and filing cabinets containing complex pleadings, motions mediation memorandums and contracts.
Fennemore Craig’s use of the iPad as a paperless workflow tool is changing the dynamic of the typical attorney’s day. This caught the attention of Apple, which is now profiling the firm in a new short film featuring attorney James Goodnow on Apple’s website.
“It used to be a complicated process to modify documents. Now, with the iPad integrated into our practice, I can do it in just a few minutes anywhere at any time,” explains Goodnow, a Fennemore Craig Shareholder and Partner. He adds, “I’ll grab the document from my inbox, then use Quickoffice to track changes, edit and make comments before sharing it with colleagues, opposing counsel or the judge.”
This is not the first time Apple has taken notice of Fennemore Craig’s immersion of Apple’s technology into the law firm’s practice. Last year, Goodnow and one of his partners, Marc Lamber, were featured in a case study created by Apple. The case study focused on how Fennemore Craig has changed the way it interacts with clients using the iPad.
Lamber and Goodnow, who focus on catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, provide iPads to clients creating instant “red phone” access to the Fennemore Craig legal team. The iPads enable clients to provide key information as it happens such as photos, video logs and signed release forms. It’s instant access to information for clients to receive and provide information and a lifeline that helps level the playing field against those with limited resources.
In courtroom situations, Lamber and Goodnow can link their iPads to multimedia systems, bringing exhibits and presentations to life on individual screens for juries, opposing counsel and the judge.