Integrating Global Firms Through Knowledge Management

There’s a thoughtful piece on Law.com about how exactly one does manage a multi-jurisdictional practice, particularly where the firm has grown quickly by merger or acquisition: Tech Integrates Firms’ Global Networks

The article points out how technology and systematic knowledge management may help.

At White & Case, a software program alerts a lawyer in New York whether the firm’s Beijing-based attorney already drafted a similar document.

At Reed Smith, lawyers get a chance to meet their worldwide colleagues during “speed networking sessions,” when associates from all locations unite in one place.

At White & Case, a software program that stores millions of documents helps lawyers access work more efficiently and cut down on duplicate work.

Holland & Knight lawyers can dial a five-digit extension to reach their colleagues, whether they’re in Finland, Japan, Venezuela or New York.

Houston-based Fulbright & Jaworski’s intellectual property lawyers rely on “radio frequency tags” — magnetic tags attached to files — to keep track of which lawyer has which documents out.

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