American Bar Association (ABA) TechShow Highlights Microsoft Legal Technology

| Dennis Garcia

Last month I had the privilege to attend the annual American Bar Association (ABA) TechShow at the Chicago Hilton Hotel and help evangelize Microsoft cloud solutions and devices to lawyers and legal professionals. During this past year Microsoft also had a significant presence at events coordinated by other leading legal technology organizations such as the International Legal Technology Association and LegalTech.

This year Microsoft increased its sponsorship for the ABA TechShow and we were Diamond Sponsors. Being a Diamond Sponsor enabled us to have a large booth to showcase our solutions, to have a team of Microsoft attendees and a Vendor Track Session. Our Vendor Track Session was entitled “Building Trust in the Cloud: Navigate the Journey to Cloud-Based Services.” My colleagues Nathan Leong and Larry Kuhn co-presented during this session and showcased Microsoft’s “trusted cloud” story – which is based on these four key pillars: Transparency, Protect, Comply and Control – to a highly interested group of lawyers and legal professionals. Nathan and Larry also highlighted that Microsoft is the first and only major cloud provider to achieve ISO 27018 compliance (ISO 27018 is the first international cloud privacy standard) for its cloud solutions, that we have a dedicated digital crimes unit that fights cybercriminals and we incorporate our learnings from those activities to make our cloud solutions even more robust and secure.

Here’s a few more observations from the ABA TechShow:

  • It seems like Microsoft Office 365, OneNote, OneDrive for Business, Yammer, Surface Pro 3 and our Office Lens App are really gaining traction and interest in the legal community.
  • Given the increase in high-profile data loss incidents, more than ever before security/privacy/compliance are “top of mind” issues.
  • At our booth we provided a demo of our Matter Center solution that is targeted to the legal community. We are currently exploring ways to bring Matter Center to partners and customers.
  • It’s clear that the legal community is increasingly realizing the benefits of technology. In fact, many of the lawyers we met really appreciated the opportunity to speak directly to a Microsoft lawyer to learn how we use Microsoft solutions within our own legal department to make us more productive, collaborative and agile.

Microsoft looks forward to the opportunity to participate in next year’s ABA Legal Tech Show which will be held again in the Windy City during March 17th-19th, 2016.

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Dennis Garcia

Dennis C. Garcia is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft based in Chicago. He leads the legal support function to Microsoft’s U.S. Central Region Enterprise & Partner Group – a team of sales, devices and services professionals based in an 18 state region. In that role Dennis shapes and negotiates cloud computing, on premise, devices and consulting services agreements with Microsoft’s largest customers. He also advises on general corporate legal matters. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dennis served as in-house counsel for Accenture and IBM.