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How a piece of software helped double the size of this Wilmington law firm

Delaware law firm Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson recently brought on 32 attorneys and expanded to five new locations, with much credit going to a new document management platform.

BlueVault, a Wilmington-based legal document management platform, is leveraging the area's biggest industries. (Photo by Flickr user Willy Volk, used under a Creative Commons license)

Remember Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson LLC, the Wilminton-based law firm that created BlueVault, the document and data management software that helps them keep better track of cases?
Last we caught up with them, the firm said they were in a “major growth stage.”
They weren’t kidding.
Earlier this week, Maron Marvel announced that it had brought on an additional 32 attorneys from national firm Forman Watkins Krutz & Tardy LLP (former partner Tom Tardy is leaving that firm for Maron Marvel following a decade-long working relationship) and have expanded to five new locations across the country, including offices in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The use of BlueVault has played no small role in the outfit’s new growth.
“A lot of it has to do with the fact that we’ve worked with Tom Tardy and his crew for a number of years representing some common clients. Part of the representation of those clients is through the use of the software,” said Wayne Marvel. BlueVault is how Marvel and crew successfully coordinated cases in conjunction with Tardy’s firm.
“[It] allows us to not only share the documents and update all the litigation aspects of it, but allows everyone involved from the folks on the ground to corporate counsel to review all these materials all at the same time and be all on the same page,” said Marvel.
Actually, Marvel said that common familiarity with the software was instrumental in the decision for the merger.
“Tom and his folks have been great advocates of that software and have found it to be very useful for use with the common clients we have,” said Marvel. “That’s one of the major reasons why they chose us to join rather than going some place else.”
The move, which went into effect the first of October, doubles the firm’s headcount.
“We’re happy they’ve joined us, it makes our firm a lot stronger,” said Marvel. “The BlueVault software helps us — it ties all of the new offices together to our old offices, helps us coordinate all the various cases we have and pull them together, but also gives us the opportunity to expand to other clients and hopefully expand the firm services and CTS services to those clients.”

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