Skadden selects NetDocuments in major Am Law 100 win

In a major win for NetDocuments, prestigious Am Law 100 firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has selected its cloud-based document management system to support 1,700 lawyers across 21 offices. According to our records, Skadden previously used OpenText.

As part of a competitive selection process, the firm assembled a cross-functional committee, comprising lawyers and staff that focused on UI/UX, security, administration, change and transition, innovation, and system migration, among other functions. In a statement out today (5 December), NetDocuments says: “The committee members, who, in moving to a DMS reflected distinct priorities and goals, unanimously agreed that NetDocuments was the preferred cloud platform with a proven track record.”

Peter Lesser, chief information officer at Skadden said:“The new technology we equip our users with must be flexible and intuitive while seamlessly integrating with our internally developed platforms and applications – all while addressing the various and specific needs of our practice groups. NetDocuments achieves just that, and has an impressive track record of innovation that will provide our firm with a future-proof solution.”

As part of Skadden’s due diligence, the firm is said to have spent considerable time meeting with NetDocuments’ product teams, UI/UX engineers, and other leaders to properly assess the cloud platform.

“In selecting technology, in large part it comes down to the people we’ll be working with moving forward. That’s what makes a change successful,” said Harris Tilevitz, chief technology officer at Skadden. “Throughout our meetings and conversations, we had a comfort level with the NetDocuments team. And this sentiment was echoed by existing NetDocuments customers that we engaged with as part of our due diligence process.”

This win follows on the heels of the announcement in September that Am Law 100 law firm Ballard Spahr has selected NetDocuments as its cloud-based document management system following a selection process led by CIO Robert Holloway and external legal IT consultancy eSentio Technologies. In an announcement in May this year, NetDocuments quoted the CIOs of customers including Sidley Austin, Danish firm Njord, and UK litigation firm Stewarts in their success story updates.