AmLaw 100 firm Duane Morris LLP Implements the Verdatum Digital Dictation System

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Verdatum DDS deployment enables Duane Morris to strengthen competitive advantage

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 16, 2004 – Duane Morris LLP, among the 100 largest law firms in the United States, has implemented the Verdatum Digital Dictation System (DDS) to provide a digital dictation and workflow solution to its organization of approximately 550 lawyers in 20 offices. Verdatum with full Interwoven/iManage Worksite integration was the solution chosen by Duane Morris for the implementation.

Duane Morris recognizes that the ability to support its attorneys through document management extends to the dictation process, and with Verdatum as the only digital dictation system that provides true integration with its document management system, Interwoven/iManage Worksite, the choice was easy. “The ability to manage dictation centrally, no matter where it’s been generated, simplifies our workflow. Allowing our attorneys to upload dictation from anywhere over the internet directly into our DMS provides a level of support previously unheard of,” said John Sroka, Chief Information Officer of Duane Morris. “We recognize that managing dictation this way is a natural extension of document management and the future of the document production process, and we’re happy to have a software partner in Verdatum which places us at the forefront of it.”

Duane Morris attorneys will benefit as dictation is now instantly transmitted to the typist over the network, whether it is accessed at the desktop or over the internet. Attorneys instantly know where dictation is and what stage of production it’s in. The work is now managed by viewing all outstanding dictation from any manager’s desktop, no matter where it’s being produced, and can be reassigned by managers to anywhere in the organization with just a click. All dictation is backed up and never subject to loss or destruction.

“Verdatum manages dictation, which is the last business process in law firms that is not on the network,” said John Methfessel, President and CEO of Verdatum. “Duane Morris’ implementation of Verdatum for Interwoven confirms that those law firms wishing to take advantage of technology to better support the needs of their clients and lawyers will next look to digital dictation to enhance their business processes. Verdatum is thrilled to have received validation from a firm such as Duane Morris, which is truly on the leading edge of legal technology.”

About Verdatum

Verdatum produces digital dictation systems (DDS) designed to replace analog (tape-based) dictation so that dictation may be tracked and managed on the network just as documents are. Verdatum solutions either tightly integrate with Interwoven’s document management system or operate as a stand-alone solution with the integrated document tracking system. The company’s Verdatum/Interwoven integrated product is robust and scaleable, supporting up to 999 Interwoven databases per install. The company is headquartered in New York, NY and has customers in the US and Australia. To learn more, visit the company’s website @

About Duane Morris

Duane Morris LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States, is a full-service firm of approximately 550 lawyers. In addition, Duane Morris affiliates have approximately 50 professionals engaged in ancillary service businesses. The firm represents clients across the nation and around the world through a combination of 20 offices and a relationship with an international network of independent law firms.

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