Litigation Support Professionals from Michigan Law Firms Present at Association of Litigation Support Professionals National Conference

Litigation Support Professionals from Michigan Law Firms Present at Association of Litigation Support Professionals National Conference

10/2/2008
Professionals from Dickinson Wright PLLC, Butzel Long and Plunkett Cooney Share Insight on Marketing Litigation Support Services to Firms Litigation Support Professionals from Butzel Long, Dickinson Wright and Plunkett Cooney will give a joint presentation on "Marketing Litigation Support Services Within the Law Firm" at the Association of Litigation Support Professionals (ALSP) Fall Forum on November 13-14 in Chicago. The session will be presented by Vanessa A. Lozzi of Butzel Long, Barbara L. Bennett of Dickinson Wright and Beth A. Niepokuj from Plunkett Cooney. They will discuss how best to market litigation support services within a law firm from three perspectives: a long-term firm employee; a paralegal promoted to litigation technology specialist; and a former litigation support vendor. The session is designed to present strategies for increasing awareness about litigation support services available to law firms and to provide tips for finding and managing litigation support opportunities in a firm. Vanessa A. Lozzi is the Litigation Technology Specialist for Butzel Long. Based in the firm's Detroit office, Ms. Lozzi is responsible for providing support and training on litigation software; assisting with the technology aspects of trial/arbitration; and project management for document intensive cases (including e-discovery). Previously, Ms. Lozzi worked as a paralegal in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office and in the practice areas of Litigation, Appellate Litigation, Class Action Litigation and Securities. She is a member of the International Legal Technology Association, Association of Litigation Support Professionals, Legal Assistant Section of the State Bar of Michigan, National Association of Legal Assistants and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and is the former the Paralegal Section Chair. She also is a member of the Baker College Paralegal Advisory Board, which is working to gain American Bar Association accreditation of their Paralegal Program. With more than 25 years of experience in the legal field, Barbara L. Bennett's responsibilities have included project management; administration of litigation case management software; management and supervision of new product testing; administration of Lotus QuickPlace; development and maintenance of firm-wide software training program; development of Lotus Notes databases; management and design of firm-specific word processing templates and macros; law office organization, management and staff support. Ms. Bennett currently is the Litigation Support Manager at Dickinson Wright, where she manages the firms' litigation cases and serves as liaison between attorneys, legal assistants, clients and vendors regarding technology issues and the collection of electronic discovery. As a Certified Summation Trainer and certified in inData's Trial Director, Ms. Bennett assists the firms' litigation attorneys during trials. Beth A. Niepokuj is the Litigation Support Manager at Plunkett Cooney. Prior to joining Plunkett Cooney, Ms. Niepokuj spent 13 years working on the litigation support vendor side at Esquire Litigation Solutions, SPi, and as a Senior Litigation Consultant and Director of Training for Prism Litigation Technologies. As Litigation Support Manager, Ms. Niepokuj's duties include assisting attorneys and paralegals during the discovery phase of cases, and in preparation for facilitations, mediations, arbitrations and trial using technical aides such as Summation, TrialDirector and Powerpoint. Ms. Niepokuj is a founding member and President of the Association of Litigation Support Professional's (ALSP) Michigan Chapter, and also is a Summation, inData Director Suite and TrialDirector 5 certified trainer. For more information on the ALSP Fall Forum, visit www.alsponline.org. Membership in Association of Litigation Support Professionals is open to judges, attorneys, paralegals and litigation support personnel, and non-members are welcome to attend the Fall Forum. About Butzel Long Butzel Long was established in 1854 and is headquartered in Detroit. Butzel Long is one of America's leading law firms, with 240 attorneys and offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Holland, Michigan, New York City, Washington, D.C., Boca Raton and Palm Beach, Florida, as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm represents clients from diverse industries on a regional, national and multi-national level and is the sole Michigan member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright has approximately 250 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Washington, D.C., as well as an associated office in Macau, China. For more information, visit www.dickinsonwright.com. About Plunkett Cooney Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. Plunkett Cooney provides a full range of litigation and transactional services to businesses and municipalities. The firm is a recent recipient of numerous awards, including being named among metro Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Places to Work.
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