Aderant Legal Calendaring Solution Aids Law Firm in Successful Challenge to Federal Judge’s Miscalculated Court Deadline

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Aderant Legal Calendaring Solution Aids Law Firm in Successful Challenge to Federal Judge’s Miscalculated Court Deadline

ATLANTA – Jul. 7, 2014 – Aderant, the world’s largest independent legal software company, announced today that boutique litigation law firm Edison, McDowell, & Hetherington LLP (EMH) recently thought they had missed an important deadline when a U.S. District Court Judge challenged a filing as untimely. As an Aderant client, EMH was able to quickly provide the court a detailed explanation of how the deadline was indeed met and that they were in compliance with court rules.

EMH is best known for handling complex civil litigation matters for the energy and financial services industries. The solution is a rules-based calendaring solution for small and mid-sized law firms powered by Aderant CompuLaw that enables firms such as EMH to ensure compliance with complex court rules and minimize the risk of missing court deadlines—a leading cause of malpractice claims.

“When we first got the order to show cause, we were devastated,” shared Raymond Tittmann, founding partner of EMH’s California office. “Missing a deadline by even a single day can cause irreversible prejudice.”

Upon receiving the order to show cause, EMH immediately reached out to the team of rules support attorneys who thoroughly investigated the issue and provided a swift, detailed response, verifying that the removal filing was submitted within the appropriate period. The rules support attorneys included specific excerpts from the relevant federal and state codes, which allowed EMH to expedite the response to the court. In this instance, the judge failed to take into consideration a holiday that was incorporated into the Aderant calculation. Once EMH presented this information to the judge, the order to show cause was vacated and EMH’s filing was deemed timely. 

“We wouldn’t have been able to compile all this information on our own, or at least not timely,” expressed Tittmann. “Aderant’s team of support attorneys gave us a substantive and accurate response, which demonstrated to me their acute knowledge of the legal process. And their answer wasn’t generic—it was very specific to our particular situation. I felt like they were part of our team here at EMH, working together with us to overcome this obstacle as quickly as possible. Their assistance allowed us to not only protect our client’s interest, but also improve our reputation with this particularly strict judge.”

Melissa Notari, product manager for at Aderant, commented that “Our team of attorneys is an invaluable resource for our clients, especially in a situation like this where a judge has challenged the timeliness of a filing—it can be very intimidating. We take pride in the accuracy of our deadlines, and our attorneys are here to help in the event that accuracy is ever called into question.”


About Aderant®

Aderant, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a global industry leader in providing comprehensive legal business management software for law firms and other professional services organizations. Aderant is a market leader in technology solutions for practice and financial management, ebilling, knowledge management, business intelligence, matter planning, calendaring and docketing. Aderant is an established and trusted partner with its versatile and innovative technology solutions, superior customer service and reliable implementation process. Aderant operates as a unit of Roper Technologies, a constituent of the S&P 500®, Fortune 1000® and the Russell 1000® indices.

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