Andrew Z. Adkins III began consulting with the legal profession in 1989. At that time, DOS 3.3 and WordPerfect 5.1 ruled the legal profession. There were relatively few local area networks in law firms, lawyers were still wondering if the fax machine was a breech of client confidence, and the Internet was only a gleam in Al Gore's eye.
Adkins was one of the first legal technology consultants and one of only a handful of truly independent consultants, not selling or representing any vendor products. With his background and design experience as an electronics engineer, he has been able to provide his clients a unique perspective on using technology.
Since those early pioneering days, there have been vast changes in technology and how the legal profession can take advantage of these technologies. Adkins remains one of the country's leading independent legal technology consultants and is the expert in case and matter management systems. He has focused much of his consulting on the plethora of case, matter, and practice management systems and has written two books on the subject. He has published many articles and made dozens of presentations at the national, regional, state, and local levels.
In 1997, Adkins established the Legal Technology Institute at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and became the director and primary consultant. He has personally consulted with more than 350 law firms, legal departments, courts, law schools, government agencies, and legal companies. He was also the chair of the ABA TECHSHOW in 2000 and 2001, and the co-chair of the LegalTech Conferences from 2000 to 2007.
After 13 years of consulting through the UF Levin College of Law, Adkins returned to his private consulting practice and the Legal Technology Institute became a part of Adkins Consulting Group LLC, based in Florida.
Adkins also served as the Chief Information Officer for Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, based in Bridgeport, WV, taking a sabatical from consulting. During his four-year tenure as CIO, Adkins helped the firm grow technologically from 220 attorneys in 10 offices (4 states) to 350+ attorneys in 15 offices (6 states), with a total of almost 1,000 users. He also helped transition the firm from several manual procedures (multiple applications and multiple different processes) that took an extraordinary amount of time with multiple new and innovative technologies. He also worked closely with the firm leadership to implement better cybersecurity policies, procedures, and protection.
The Legal Technology Institute continues to provide the same legal independent consulting services and expert witness services as we have since 1989. We focus only on the legal profession, including law firms of all sizes, corporate law departments, government legal departments, government agencies, city and county attorney offices, court administrators and judiciary, law schools, and legal technology companies.