Chicago’s SmithAmundsen Installs Verdatum Digital Dictation Workflow

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Firm “Pre-Plumbs” for Future Document Management System Integration by Installing the Verdatum Digital Dictation Workflow Solution; Replaces Competitor's System with Verdatum During Pilot

the Verdatum system is outstanding, but more than that, their support team is responsive and attuned to our needs

Verdatum, the leading provider of legal-centric digital dictation and transcription workflow solutions, announced today that Chicago’s SmithAmundsen LLC, a litigation firm of over 125 attorneys, has completed its rollout of the only digital dictation system on the market that integrates with leading document management systems (DMS).

Prior to installing the Verdatum Digital Dictation system, SmithAmundsen, like many firms, handled dictation with tape technology. Continuing with the firm’s technology-forward and cost-savings focus, they embarked on a search for a digital dictation workflow solution.

Initially, the firm installed and tested a competitor’s dictation solution. After meeting Verdatum at Legal Tech 2009 in New York, SmithAmundsen decided to install a Verdatum system on a test basis. Their overwhelmingly positive experience with the product, most notably its ability to integrate tightly with document management systems, resulted in SmithAmundsen selecting Verdatum over the competitor.

According to CIO Randall Kalik, “the Verdatum system is outstanding, but more than that, their support team is responsive and attuned to our needs”, continues Kalik, “Verdatum’s CTO, Michael Fitzpatrick and staff were able to modify the system on the fly to satisfy attorney requirements and specific software design requests. We are also very pleased with the caliber of their sales team, particularly Julie Ortega. Julie has a deep understanding of the legal market and other firms would do well to work with her.”

“Any attorney familiar with defense litigation in the U.S. is familiar with SmithAmundsen,” said John Methfessel, President and CEO of Verdatum. “Their attorneys enjoy a stellar reputation, and we’re proud to be partnering with the firm to help it lead the legal industry in the way it delivers value and service to its clients. Since our founding in 2004, we have unequivocally stated that, unlike our generic digital dictation counterparts, Verdatum is dedicated to the legal industry, and the unique needs of lawyers and law firms. Without our law firm focus, we never would have developed legal-centric features such as simultaneous dictation and transcription of the same document, the ability to split a lengthy recording into multiple parts so portions can be assigned to multiple typists, the ability to cut and paste and embed legal research, photos and technical diagrams right into the dictation as well as our tight integration to leading document management systems. Our customers see that as a critical component of the solution we provide. Lawyers deserve a system made for them, not doctors and hospitals, and we intend to work with SmithAmundsen and the rest of our clients to continue to offer the kinds of solutions that make sense for the way North American lawyers work.”

About Verdatum:
Verdatum's portfolio of proven legal-centric digital dictation workflow and mobility solutions enables law firms and legal departments of all sizes to improve financial performance, improve operational efficiency, and accelerate document turnaround time.

Verdatum was awarded the very first Law Technology News (LTN) Gold Award in the Digital Dictation System category (2008) in part due to Verdatum's ability to integrate directly with document management and document tracking systems. Verdatum's solutions are designed to replace tape-based and standalone digital dictation systems as well as improve on the workflow of generic digital voice recorder products. Verdatum is the only legal-exclusive digital dictation workflow company in the world, and the only such company with all operations and support based in North America.

Verdatum is headquartered in New York, NY and serves law firms in the United States and Canada. Its management has over 50 years combined experience in legal practice, law firm management and law firm IT administration. The company counts as its customers law firms ranging in size from 5 attorneys to over 600 attorneys, including law firms in the AmLaw and Global 100. To learn more, please visit the company's website at

About SmithAmundsen:
SmithAmundsen is a 125+ lawyer firm headquartered in Chicago, IL with offices located St. Charles, IL; Rockford, IL; Woodstock, IL and Milwaukee, WI. SmithAmundsen is a firm of savvy, corporate litigators with the ability to try complex tort, contract, property, and commercial claims. Our experience in the courtroom makes us well suited to provide clients with risk management solutions that often reduce or eliminate litigation entirely. However, when trial is the required or desired means to resolve a dispute, our clients benefit from our reputation for successful outcomes in court. To learn more, please visit the firm’s Web site at


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