Aderant's annual Momentum user conference got off to a flying start at San Diego on Monday evening with barn-storming presentations by the company's CEO Mike Kohlsdorf and senior VP sales & marketing Don Howren. There will be a full report in the May issue of Legal Technology Insider but in the meantime… some visual aids.

The theme for the conference this year, which is taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel, is Momentum Rocks 08 – with plenty of rock music themed sessions and events. This included the annual Bridge Awards (given out to firms that Aderant has had an exceptionally close working relationship over the past 12 months) which saw the winners being presented with platinum discs – an imaginative change from the boring perspex blobs usually doled out at awards ceremonies. And, talking of imaginative, full marks to Aderant too for picking the venue. Perhaps some UK suppliers might like to take note and consider treating their users to an interesting location, rather than the beige chain hotels located by a motorway roundabout that seems to be the norm.

The pictures show the Aderant publicity for the event and representatives of the firms that won this year's Bridge Awards, along with their discs. The winning firms were: Herbert Smith, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, Ford & Harrison, Troutman Sanders and Rendigs Fry Kiely & Dennis. The awards concluded with a reception sponsored by FloSuite.