Sharing insights at the law firm

The Challenge

Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie LLP has more than 1,000 attorneys in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. The firm provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.

In the legal profession, knowledge is key. A single detail may be the difference in a case, claim, or contract. At every level, attorneys rely on detailed research and studied interpretation of complex code. Forward-looking offices like Perkins Coie LLP are investing in technology to manage, scale, extend, and amplify that knowledge. 

From the beginning, the learning and development team at Perkins Coie knew they wanted to do more than simply add additional in-class training activities. Knowing that formal training materials would make up only a part of the knowledge base within the firm, the company looked to social learning and video as a means to curate and share knowledge more organically — from wherever and whomever it originated. 

In order to achieve this goal, the company looked for an enterprise video platform that would meet all of its video training needs, from recording partner presentations to sharing key findings among practice and trial groups. It needed to be lightweight and easy to use for an individual attorney on their computer — and powerful enough to capture important meetings and lectures by firm leaders and visiting experts.

A meeting of lawyers

The Solution

As the Perkins Coie team began to examine the video platform market, one solution quickly rose to the top of the list. The Panopto enterprise video platform offered a flexible and affordable end-to-end solution that would enable the firm to put video to work in a number of ways. 

Panopto’s recording software runs on any laptop or iOS device and can capture video from virtually any device that can be plugged into a USB port, enabling the firm to record anything with the hardware they already had. Once the recordings are complete, Panopto’s secure, web-based video library enables users to upload, share, search, and manage video from just about anywhere. Most importantly, Panopto provides enterprise-level security enabling teams to asynchronously share sensitive details, research, and insights, knowing they’ll only be accessible to those authorized to see them.

By recording and sharing video content with Panopto, Perkins Coie’s training professionals could ensure that attorneys in multiple offices would have easy access to the knowledge of the greater firm — and that the expertise of members of the team could be made available for their colleagues to review anytime, anywhere.

“Panopto helps us to organize, store, and deliver video, so that anybody in any office can find any training materials they wish. Doing that, in turn, is helping us unite our offices and take advantage of our shared expertise.

Julie O'Brien, Attorney Development Manager, Perkins Coie LLP
Lawyers confirm the details of a case

The Impact

For the first time, the Perkins Coie learning team was able to present its attorneys with a complete library of training material that was instantly searchable by keyword, and that made it possible to fast-forward right to the exact, relevant moment desired. 

“Panopto helps us to organize, store, and deliver video, so that anybody in any office can find any training materials they wish,” says Attorney Development Manager Julie O’Brien. “Doing that, in turn, is helping us unite our offices and take advantage of our shared expertise.” 

While the business of law continues to evolve, the value of a firm’s expertise will always remain paramount. For firms like Perkins Coie, an enterprise video platform makes it possible to manage, scale, and amplify the knowledge essential for winning cases, upholding claims, and securing contracts.

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