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Betsy Ann Reynolds Award for Excellence in Litigation Support

Last Updated: October 20th, 2008

Published by: LST Staff

We take special pride in having recognized several outstanding litigation support professionals with the Betsy Ann Reynolds Award for Excellence in Litigation Support – The first awards to recognize litigation support professionals for outstanding support of their organizations and/or of the litigation support industry. Congratulations to the following individuals!:

Pictured from Left to Right:
Tom O’Connor, Florinda Baldridge, Beth Kellermann, Carl Kikuchi

Industry Wide
Tom O’Connor
Industry Consultant
Legal Electronic Document Institute

Tom O’Connor’s commitment and passion to helping the New Orleans legal community rebuild from hurricane Katrina disaster has been relentless. He created and put together the CLE program on legal technology and litigation support for that community and developed it into a full, program even after the spotlight on Katrina had faded. Beyond that event, O’Connor continued to bring resources, ideas and even himself to New Orleans to help rejuvenate the legal community – shining a bright light on litigation support as a profession and its respective technology.

Private Law Firm
Florinda Baldridge
Director of Practice Support
Fulbright and Jaworski

Florinda Baldridge has brought many years experience in the legal industry to build her firm’s national practice support department with a focus on cutting-edge technology and a consultative support philosophy. She also participates in the Electronic Discovery Reference Model Project working to establishing technology standards and guidelines in the area of ediscovery.

Corporate Legal Department:
Beth Kellermann
Litigation E-discovery Manager
Apple, Inc.

Beth Kellermann recently moved to Apple’s in-house legal department where she is managing the company’s e-discovery needs. Previously, her career included several years at Littler Mendelson as the National Practice Support Manager. Her career began as a civil litigation paralegal. She worked her way up to a Practice Support Specialist/Manager, focusing on the development of case management systems, litigation support databases and trial presentation solutions. From there she began consulting with law firms, legal departments and technology vendors.

Carl Kikuchi
Branch Chief – Office of Litigation Support
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division

Carl Kikuchi has been the U.S. Department of Justice’s pioneering trail-blazer in automated litigation support for over 20 years. Through his innovations, millions of taxpayer dollars have been saved by use of enhanced and improved litigation support products and services. In addition to the 100-plus Division cases he supports each year, he has provided information management using litigation support tools for many agency clients most notably for the Presidential Commissions investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia tragedies and the Presidential 9/11 commission.

These individuals truly exemplify Excellence in Litigation Support! Congratulations to them all!!

Award Winners Press Release.