Over his 20+ year career in the legal industry, Tom has established himself as a globally recognized thought leader and expert in practice management & economics, information management, legal technology, and knowledge management. During his career, he has held several C-level positions at leading Amlaw 100 firms including Cadwalader, Reed Smith and Sheppard Mullin. In 2016 he was inducted as a Fellow into the College of Law Practice Management and in 2013 was named by the National Law Journal to their inaugural list of 50 Business of Law Trailblazers & Pioneers.
As a Partner at Fireman & Company, Tom specializes in building and leading teams aimed at improving firm efficiencies, profitability, attorney working practices and user experiences. His career success stems from a deep understanding of law firm financials and business practices then strategically aligning them with legal processes, attorney behaviors, and best of breed legal technologies.
Tom has been a member of a number of industry boards including the Thomson Reuters Engage Advisory Board, Law Technology News Editorial Advisory Board, the Lexis Nexis Advisory Council, and the Law.com Technology Advisory Board. He is regularly asked to present at and chair international and domestic conferences covering emerging trends in the legal industry.
Partner – Fireman & Company
March 2016 – Present | Greater Los Angeles Area
As a Partner at Fireman & Company, I specialize in building and leading teams aimed at improving law firm efficiencies, profitability, attorney working practices and user experiences. Success with my clients stems from a deep understanding of legal business practices and law firm financials, then strategically aligning them with legal processes, attorney behaviors, and best of breed legal technologies.
At Fireman & Company, I lead KM, intranet, document management, pricing, legal project management (LPM) and process improvement engagements.
Adjunct Associate Professor – Columbia University, Masters Program in Information and Knowledge Strategy
2014 – 2016 (2 years) | Greater New York City Area
- Gave lectures on career advancement, creating business plans for knowledge-based businesses and pitching plans to potential investors.
- Taught the course, Knowledge-Driven Digital Product Innovation: Idea to Profitability
Chief Information Officer – Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
April 2014 – March 2016 (2 years) | Greater New York City Area
I was brought in to serve in a dual CIO/CKO role, not only to provide strategic alignment of the firm’s technology efforts but also to build a Knowledge Management (KM) program from the ground up. I oversaw a global team of over 120 people, with 4 direct reports in the areas of Information Technology, Knowledge Management/Records/Conflicts, Library & Research Services and Project Management.
- Re-organized the IT department and built a KM organization from the ground up
- Re-designed employee evaluation forms to drive engagement from staff and reset the standards for performance expectations
- Completed the deployment of the Avaya VOIP phone system
- Developed a new invoice routing and approval system
- Negotiated a new contract with Verizon, saving over 100k annually while providing iPhones at no charge
- Initiated the firm’s first-ever secretarial technology committee
- Implemented Recommind’s Decisiv enterprise search system
- Spearheaded the design and implementation of a new, award-winning, SharePoint 2013 intranet
- Led the requirements, design, and development of interactive Partner financial dashboards including profitability metrics
- Developed and led the idea to automate the firm’s 10-K filings, a key process for the firm’s most profitable practice group – Capital Markets
Chief Knowledge Officer – Reed Smith LLP
January 2008 – April 2014 (6 years 4 months)Greater Los Angeles Area
As CKO, my role at Reed Smith was multi-disciplinarian, overseeing a budget of nearly 30M and global team of over 80 people with 5 direct reports in the areas of Knowledge Management, Client Value (Pricing, AFA & Legal Project Management), Library & Research Services, and Litigation Support.
In this role, I was responsible for sourcing new business from Client Value efforts valued at over USD$20M, oversaw an increase in the billable revenue of the Litigation Support function by 110% to over USD$5M, and delivered efficiencies across various fixed fee client portfolios resulting in increased realization (from 55% to 75% in 7 months). Other initiatives include:
- Manage global teams in Knowledge Management, Client Value (Pricing, AFA & Legal Project Management), Library & Research Services, and Litigation Support
- Participant in weekly Senior Management Team call with Global Managing Partner, Litigation Department Chair, Business & Finance Department Chair, EME Managing Partner, Partner in Charge of Recruiting, and Partner in Charge of Strategy
- Project Sponsor for our award-winning migration from OpenText to Autonomy/iManage Document
- Led the 8-month implementation of our award winning SharePoint 2010 intranet, along with fully integrating Recommind and WestKM
- First major law firm to implement kiiac (www.kiiac.com) for precedent automation, deal benchmarking, client-facing contract audits
- Built a new matter classification taxonomy and collection system, used for pricing and experience location
- Development of ouRSite, the firm’s Sharepoint-based legal project management, and budget monitoring solution
- Redesigned partner-facing AFA financial reports
- Negotiated savings on library and research contracts
- Rolled out Liberty Library Management System
- Increased billable revenue in litigation support by 110%
- Implemented Relativity for firmwide document review
Regional Vice President – International Legal Technology Association (ILTA)
2003 – August 2009 (6 years)
Chief Knowledge Officer – Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
March 2004 – December 2007 (3 years 10 months)
- Oversee Knowledge Management and Litigation Support personnel within the firm
- Work directly with practice group leaders, executive director and managing partner to position Sheppard Mullin as the ‘go to’ firm with respect to client service and collaboration through technological innovation
- Participate in interviewing of lateral partner candidates
- Responsible for the first law firm implementation of Microsoft SharePoint 2007
- Implemented WWF and Enterprise Search using SharePoint 2007, saving almost $1,000,000
- Implemented ContactNetworks for Enterprise Relationship Management
- Implemented a new extranet, garnering almost 3,000 users, 240 clients and 320 matters in less than 3 years of use
- Manage the use of InterAction
- Instituted firm blogs, which generate over 10,000 hits a day
- Member of the firm’s 25-person e-Discovery team
- Increased litigation support revenue over 900% within 3 years
- Implemented Relativity for firmwide document review
Technology Consultant – Foley & Lardner
June 2002 – March 2004 (1 year 10 months)
- Report directly to the CIO, member of the IT Department Leadership and Management Teams
- Created and continue to drive the development of FOLEY:ClientSuite, revolutionary client extranet offering end-to-end matter management tools to Foley & Lardner clients
- Leader in business development efforts with respect to FOLEY:ClientSuite and other technologies in concert with Foley & Lardner Partners in client pitches
- Authored a business plan to spin off a group from the IT Department to form an ancillary business
- Directing a team for the redesign of the training program, branded as iLearn@FOLEY, to include CBTs/WBTs, a learning management system and position-based proficiency levels across the firm
- Spearheaded Knowledge Management (KM) initiatives
- Assisted with preparation of a 25 million dollar technology budget
- Responsible for monthly firm-wide technology newsletters and quarterly newsletters for partners, associates, and secretaries
Principal – Cyber-CIO
March 2000 – June 2002 (2 years 4 months)
- Provide outsourced CIO services to mid-sized law firms
- Reorganized, hired and managed internal firm IT staff. Assisted clients grow and reorganize their IT Staff, including IT Director, Systems Administrator and Help Desk positions
- Identify and developed firm technology plans, using GAP Analysis as the primer
- Managed migrations from Macintosh to Windows 2000 and Banyan to Windows 2000. Entire infrastructure and network overhauls were completed
- Developed IT budgets in excess of 3 million dollars
- Directed accounting migration to Prolaw, iManage integration, iCreate implementation and conversion from WP to Word 2000
- Research and recommend solutions for accounting, case management, document management and other law office automation tools
Vice President of Consulting Services – Computer Consulting Group
May 1995 – April 2000 (5 years)
- Principal role in the development of strategic technology plans for law firms and other professional service organizations
- Facilitated growth of the company from 3 employees to over 25 in four locations, nationwide
- Developed partnerships with Microsoft, CISCO, HP and Apple
Managed a team of 15 systems engineers and consultants
- Designed proprietary GAP Analysis tool for strategic planning
- Generated over 1 million dollars of revenue each of the last two years
- Assisted the company in 400% growth over the last 4 years
- Managed the opening of the company’s San Francisco office
University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business
BS, Business Administration, Entrepreneur Program, Top 10 graduate
1991 – 1996
Activities and Societies: Member of the USC Track Team, 1991-1992
College of Law Practice Management
Inducted as a Fellow in September 2016
The College of Law Practice Management was formed in 1994 to honor and recognize distinguished law practice management professionals, to set standards of achievement for others in the legal profession, and to fund and assist projects that enhance the highest quality of law practice management. Fellowship in the College is the highest honor bestowed upon individuals involved in law practice management.
10 Best Intranets of 2016
Nielsen Norman Group Intranet Design Annual Award
Nielsen Norman Group – January 2016
Leading user-experience research firm Nielson Norman Group (NN/g) sponsors an annual competition to select the best intranet designs in the world – judged on design and usability criteria – from a selection of nominations around the globe with their “Intranet Design Annual” report. It is the most highly valued study of the functionality and usability of corporate portals globally. Winners of the 2016 Intranet Design Annual impress with their design prowess, content support, UX research, responsive design, modern visuals, and SharePoint pushed to its limits.
About Cadwalader Connect
The crisp design of this law firm’s intranet reinforces its goals: to provide easy access to information needed for daily work, enhance connections among employees, and, ultimately, to help the firm provide the best possible service to clients. A daily dashboard aimed at partners, a robust search tool that combs through internal records, and an informative firm directory form the core of this clean, efficient intranet.
“The firm identified the need for a knowledge management system that enhances our ability to address clients’ needs and that supports our culture and coordination through improved internal communication,” said Patrick Quinn, Cadwalader’s Managing Partner. “Cadwalader Connect allows us to leverage powerful tools to efficiently manage our business, strengthen internal and external relationships, provide efficient access to data, and deliver exceptional legal services to our clients.”
50 Business of Law Trailblazers & Pioneers
National Law Journal – December 2013
This year the publishing arm of The National Law Journal is recognizing the inaugural list of people who have truly “moved the needle” in facilitating the changing ways that law firms conduct business. Whether it be technological developments, operational efficiencies, marketing & business development breakthroughs, or research – we think this list embodies the spirit that will shepherd and shape modern law firms as a business going into 2014 and beyond. Legal Business Trailblazers & Pioneers catalogs the extraordinary accomplishments of these ground breaking thinkers.
Finalist – ILTA SharePoint Innovator of the Year
International Legal Technology Association – 2010
Finalist – ILTA Knowledge Management Champion
International Legal Technology Association – 2010
Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders
Computerworld Magazine – 2010
Champion of Technology – LTN Awards
Law Technology News – 2009
Reed Smith’s Tom Baldwin was recognized for his work in expanding the firm’s technological capabilities, including nearly doubling the firm’s litigation support revenue in one year. Tom is the only person to win two LTN awards in a single year.
Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm – LTN Awards
Law Technology News – 2009
Reed Smith won for its SharePoint ouRSpace system, a firm portal that serves as a multi-faceted central communications and data center. Among the many features it delivered, it was the first Sharepoint intranet to fully integrate Recommind and WestKM into an easy to use, single interface.
ILTA SharePoint Innovator of the Year
International Legal Technology Association – 2009
The SharePoint Innovator of the Year award recognizes a law firm or corporate law department for its innovative use of Microsoft’s SharePoint technology. Reed Smith’s intranet portal was selected by legal industry peers at the conference, who voted on award winners from a field that was narrowed to four finalists from more than 100 submissions. The system was hailed for its innovative integration of Recommind and WestKM along with a myriad of unique features and clean, simple interface.
“We are extremely proud of Reed Smith,” said Rob Saccone, XMLAW President, and CEO. “We feel honored to partner with them on the ambitious vision they had for their portal.”
The Reed Smith project team was led by Tom Baldwin, Reed Smith’s Chief Knowledge Officer, and Lisa Gianakos, Reed Smith’s Director of Knowledge Management. The portal leverages OneView Connect software to integrate internal and external information sources, and also provide targeted content to lawyers and staff. The targeted content requirements were based in part upon user personas created by Janders Dean, another technology vendor. The resulting portal is an intuitive way for users to find critical business information and collaborate with each other, connecting more than 3,200 people in 26 different countries.
First Place, Interwoven Matter Centric Computing design
International Legal Technology Association – 2008
Legal IT Innovator of the Year
LegalIT Forum – Gleneagles, Scotland – 2005
The winner demonstrated a striking piece of lateral thinking by shifting away from standard e-newsletters to the world of Blogging. From an original readership of 10,000, the winner’s blogged content has surpassed 1,000,000 hits and averages nearly 10,000 hits per day and consistently appears on the first 5 hits for relevant search terms in Google and Yahoo. The winner of Legal IT Innovator of the Year is Tom Baldwin, Chief Knowledge Officer at Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton, LLP.”
This project really was a classic example of IT and Marketing working together. Our Chief Marketing Officer, Vickie Spang, took this idea and ran with it. Without the collaborative efforts of her group and mine, this project would have never been the success it is. My post on this idea months ago kicked started our efforts, but our Marketing group was instrumental in the adoption of blogs here at the firm.