Ross Kodner was many things to many people. He was an industry leader, charismatic speaker, and strong personality. You could love him, or sometimes hate him, but you could never ignore him (seriously, some days we tried really, really hard). Ross brought his larger than life personality to everything he touched. One thing is certain: his was a life cut short too quickly. As we carry on in his stead, we’d love to hear how Ross touched you.
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"The legal technology field lost a giant
with the death of Ross Kodner"
"There are thousands and thousands of lawyers
across the nation who have Ross to thank for
understanding some aspect of legal technology...
Ross was our oracle and inspiration."
"He was a legal technologist before anyone knew what that term meant,
one of the best, most entertaining CLE presenters a lawyer could ever hear
and he was my friend."
"Ross leaves behind enormous shoes to fill
in the solo and small law firm community."
"Kodner was a champion for small firm lawyers and
pushed, shoved, and enchanted them into legal technology."
"Ross Kodner was bigger than life.
He touched so many people and was
one of the true pioneers of legal technology."
"Friends don’t let friends
word process without Reveal Codes
(even in Word)."
"The legal community will miss his knowledge, wit, and contributions.
For myself, I miss my friend."
Ross L. Kodner, Esq.
Legal Technology & Practice Management Consultant, Author, Blogger & Educator
Ross Kodner was one of the world’s best known, most awarded and longest continually serving legal technology and law practice management consultants, and he leaves behind MicroLaw, Inc. – perhaps the oldest continuously operating legal technology consultancy in the world, as well as a wealth of knowledge, information and influence in the industry.
Ross Kodner graduated from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1986. He founded MicroLaw, Inc. in 1985, as an independent legal technology and law practice management consulting practice. MicroLaw has since served thousands of law firms and government and corporate legal departments across North America, with heavy emphasis on practice and matter management systems, paper/document/email management and related workflow.
In addition to hundreds of private law practices, Ross Kodner and the MicroLaw team advised major companies including Rockwell Automation, Armstrong Worldwide, Follett Corporation, City of Phoenix, Arizona, City of Glendale, Arizona, Yavapai County, Arizona, Hewlett-Packard, Thomson-West, Lexis-Nexis, Gateway Computers, Corel Corporation, Visioneer corporation, AT&T, Software Technology, Inc., the State Bar of Arizona and Juris, Inc. among others.
Ross was a frequent speaker and author internationally on a broad range of legal technology topics, including his PaperLESS Office™ process, practice management and electronic discovery. He had conducted over 1500 CLE sessions since the mid-1980’s – for Bar associations and in-house for law firms and legal departments. He was a prolific writer with over 600 articles on legal technology, law practice management and marketing topics, and many magazine and online columns.
Ross was a five-time Technolawyer Award winner (including Lifetime Achievement Award), and ABA Blawg 100 Honoree in the Technology Category, John Lederer Solo & Small Firm Service Award winner, and was acknowledged by inclusion in the U.K.’s CityTech Magazine “Global 100 Legal Technology Leadership. He spent several years as chairman or board member of various computer and technology sections and events for the American Bar Association, ABA TECHSHOW, ABA GP|Solo
Division’s Annual National Solo & Small Firm Conference. He founded and chaired the first Wisconsin Solo & Small Firm Conference.
Ross Kodner is co-author of the best-selling 2009 ABA book entitled, “How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times” and was an annual contributor to the “Solo & Small Firm Legal Technology Guide” from 2009 until his death.
His personal mottos were “If you think hiring an expert is expensive, try hiring an amateur (from Red Adair)” and “Friends don’t let friends word process without Reveal Codes (even in Word).”
His legacy continues, as MicroLaw continues to serve the legal profession through best practices in legal technology and law practice management.
Tributes to Ross Kodner after his death by friends and associates include: