The 4 best technologies to add to your legal department's toolbox

Of all the tools out there, these are the ones experts agree add the most efficiency

Technology has infiltrated nearly every part of the modern world, and legal departments are no exception. At this point, the question for attorneys isn’t whether to use technology, but rather what kinds of software and systems are the most valuable.

To help in-house counsel choose from the plethora of technologies available, InsideCounsel asked several experts for input on the tech tools that are essential to their organizations. In this slideshow we feature the technologies that will help lawyers function more efficiently, whether their task is as simple as remotely accessing email, or as complex as managing a large litigation.


Matter Management

A good matter management system is a versatile and important tool for many companies. And although it will likely be most useful for companies involved in regular litigation, Rebecca Thorkildsen, a senior director at HBR Consulting, says that the technology is scalable for just about any law department.


Around the early 90s, when e-billing systems were first coming into prominence, they mostly served as a tool to whittle down the stacks of paper dominating attorneys’ desks and to more accurately audit invoices.

E-discovery Software

Digital data makes discovery infinitely more complicated. Luckily, where technology is the problem, it can also be the solution.

Companies of any size should strongly consider adopting a legal hold system that can automate the preservation and destruction of documents, making it easier to prove in court that your company has a uniform policy. When litigation strikes, the software can issue a hold and track compliance.


In this day and age, companies have a plethora of software and devices to choose from, but legal departments shouldn’t forget about the basics, namely technology that facilitates connectivity and collaboration.

That could be as simple as investing in quality videoconferencing software to better communicate with clients and out-of-office colleagues, or technology that allows remote access to email inboxes and computer desktops. James Kunick, chair of Much Shelist’s intellectual property and technology group, says both technologies are especially important given the increase in non-traditional working arrangements.

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