One of my favorite things about the legal tech community is the people, and in particular, the consultants. This is a little different than what we usually cover, but recently a few long-time industry leaders have had some exciting news so we thought we'd pass it on...
When I first started in the industry in 1999, one of the first consultants I heard about was Andy Adkins. After more than two decades as a dedicated legal technology consultant, Andy “retired” in June 2010 as the President of the Legal Technology Institute at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Andy was going to continue to do a little consulting, but try not to stay too busy. We should have known that wouldn't last! A couple of weeks ago, Andy became the new CIO of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, a firm with about 210 attorneys and 600+ users. On top of that, he and his wife Becky have bought a new house and moved from Gainesville, FL to Bridgeport, WV - as he says moving from two seasons in Florida (green and brown) to four seasons.
Matt Homann is a legal innovation consultant, the Founder of LexThink, my co-producer on the Ignite Law events, the award winning blogger of the [non]billable hour, and the most talented, creative meeting facilitator I know or have worked with. Within the last two weeks, he's also added Husband to that list and married Jessica Prince (now Homann). For the last week, they have been making their way around Alaska, Vancouver and Seattle on their honeymoon and now are heading back to St. Louis to move into a new home. I originally met Jessica when she accompanied Matt on a trip to meet with us in Atlanta when Matt and I were first planning Ignite Law 2010. After an hour, we could tell she was perfect for Matt. Congratulations to you both!
As I mentioned above, Andy was one of two consultants I first heard about and met when I started in legal in 1999 - the other was Ross Kodner. Ross is the President of MicroLaw, a legal technology consultancy, which is celebrating it's 26th anniversary this year, and presents on legal technology at conferences all over the world. In 2003, I began co-producing the Annual Consultants and Technologists Dinner with Ross. We produced the event, which became known as "The Dinner", each year in Chicago bringing together a group of legal industry leaders for networking and industry awards. Well, now Ross has announced another event - his engagement to his high school sweetheart, Lisa. Next they will be setting the date - congratulations!