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Winston & Strawn LLP
Partner and Technology Committee Chair
Practice focus: Mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance.
Laptop or desktop: Both. Laptop at the office; laptop or desktop at home.
Wired or wireless: Wired in the office and in the home office; wireless when working outside my office and when traveling.
Browser: Internet Explorer 7 (beta 2).
E-mail: Outlook 2003.
Search engine: Google, LexisNexis, 10KWizard for SEC filings and agreement precedents.
Antivirus: TrendMicro in the office; McAfee at home.
Backups: Enterprise backup for Outlook and Hummingbird DM; Windows XP backup utility for local documents and settings.
Security on the road: Citrix SSL VPN with RSA key generator.
Remote access: Citrix SSL VPN.
Cell phone or PDA: BlackBerry 8700.
Substantive tools: Calendaring: Outlook and BlackBerry; Group tools: Hummingbird DM, WebEx for online conferencing; Document management software: Hummingbird DM; Presentation software: PowerPoint; Client relationship management: InterAction.
Who do you call when you need help or repairs? Our firm's help desk.
Your greatest technology challenge? Identifying and deploying within our firm discrete technology tools that are truly useful for delivering great service to our clients. One size does not fit all professionals in a large firm, so the challenge is to get the right toolset in the hands of each lawyer, legal assistant and staff member. As a member of our technology committee, I spend a fair amount of time trying to get this right.
Pet technology peeve: I'm constantly reminded that while we live in the Internet age, in many ways we're still at the nascent stages of computer technology. Crashes, bugs and interoperability issues remain a fact of life.
Embarrassing technology secret: Sometimes I look at the metadata and track changes histories in draft documents I receive from other firms. It's amazing what some people leave in their documents.
Working philosophy when it comes to technology: Legal technology isn't an end—it's a means to deliver better client service. A great technology infrastructure is meaningless unless it supports tools that actually improve attorney productivity. So I always look for tools that will help us work more efficiently. Technology is no substitute for good lawyering, but it can make good lawyers better.