Drinker Biddle streamlines practices with iManage matter centric refresh


  • AmLaw 100 law firm
  • Legal
  • Philadelphia, US
  • 620 employees

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Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP is an AmLaw 100 law firm with 620 lawyers in 12 offices across the United States. In practice for more than 160 years, the firm combines a comprehensive range of traditional legal practices with significant national roles in class action defense, corporate and securities, government relations, healthcare, intellectual property, insurance, investment management, private equity, bankruptcy, energy, environmental, education and communications.


Over the course of the seven years since the firm’s initial iManage implementation, technology had evolved, but Drinker Biddle’s IT infrastructure and best practices in how iManage was implemented lagged behind.


Taking advantage of improved broadband access and new data center offerings and under new CIO, Dan McLoughlin, the law firm embarked on an infrastructure upgrade and consolidation of 16 iManage libraries across 12 offices into a single library to simplify collaboration firm wide.


98 percent of users are now using the firm’s document management system, compared to less than half who were doing so prior to the refresh. With a single library and improved search capabilities, matter teams can quickly find the information they need

Case study

Case study

Drinker Biddle & Reath streamlines practice with iManage Matter-Centric refresh.

<strong>Dan McLoughlin</strong>, CIO of Drinker Biddle & Reath

Despite the challenges with adoption, we believed iManage was the right product, and there was no reason to look at alternatives. After an audit of our practice, and a listening tour with our attorneys, we realized that putting our energy into the product and making it work right in our environment would save us a lot of time and money. It made sense to leverage what we already owned and what we knew.

Dan McLoughlin, CIO of Drinker Biddle & Reath






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