Aderant joins forces with Fireman & Co to launch Handshake ConnectX 

Aderant has joined forces with Fireman & Co – now part of Epiq – to create pre-designed intranet portals for law firms that it says can be deployed in weeks versus months.  

Fireman & Company has a market leading intranets practice and has worked with Aderant many times before in delivering lawyer-centric Handshake intranets, including at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, which in the last 18 months launched NMConnect across its 26 offices.  

Aderant says that Handshake ConnectX is a next-level extension of its ‘out-of-the-box’ Handshake Connect intranet solution. It can also be leveraged as an add-on enhancement for current Handshake customers or as a full replacement of a firm’s legacy intranet.     

“Fireman & Company designs are the gold standard when it comes to creating customised legal portals, and we are thrilled to collaborate with them to produce Handshake ConnectX,” said Aderant’s president and CEO Chris Cartrett.

“Many law firms want intranets built their way, but they don’t have the resources to build expensive, fully customised portals. Handshake ConnectX combines Aderant’s proven Handshake technology with Fireman’s substantial knowledge of law firms and client relationships. We are excited for the speed and cost benefits this brings to the legal market.”  

Fireman was acquired by Epiq in March 2022. Managing director Tom Baldwin said: “Fireman & Company has designed more than 30 Handshake implementations for our law firm client base, and partnering with Aderant to create the new Handshake ConnectX offering was the logical next step in both our businesses. 

“Access to information has always been the key to firm success, but the go-forward hybrid work environment requires focus on how to optimise the way lawyers and business professionals service clients and collaborate. We recognise the growing need for an intranet offering that allows firms to take advantage of our best practices, where they don’t have the resources for a fully custom solution. Handshake ConnectX is the best of both worlds – designed by Fireman, powered by Handshake.”  

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