Norm Thomas, who until earlier this summer was (as director of industry market development for legal & professional services) the public face of Microsoft within the legal industry (that is until Microsoft decided the legal industry was too small to worry about) has joined Litéra, a provider of advanced productivity solutions for legal and professional markets, as vice president of business development.

“We are delighted to welcome Norm Thomas into the Litéra family,” said Deepak Massand, Litéra’s CEO. “Norm’s expertise will help build strategic relationships and plan joint ventures, enabling us to strengthen our relationships throughout the legal and professional services sector, extending the respected Litéra brand into new global markets.”
 
Thomas, a CPA, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from USC and an MBA in Finance from the University of Washington. He joined Microsoft in 1997 and for nearly 15 years was responsible for enterprise business development, creating strategic partnerships and building the systems, tools and training for sales and marketing execution. Prior to that he was a client partner at Cambridge Technology Partners where he specialized in enterprise-scale project management and client development.

• In other Litéra news, Skadden – recently named as one of the 20 most successful firms by The American Lawyer – has joined DLA Piper as the latest super firms to become Litéra customers. Skadden has purchased 4200 seats of Litéra’s flagship product Change-Pro TDC (Total Document Comparison) and Metadact. DLA Piper has opted for several Litéra products including Change-Pro TDC, Change-Pro for PowerPoint, Change-Pro for Excel and Metadact-e.