The acquisition beefs up Integreon's position in litigation management and discovery with the addition of Ms Asay and the Allegory team. The founder was previously a litigation lawyer at Gibson Dunn where she managed litigation. She later worked at Cablevision and AMC Networks as co-counsel in their ongoing case against DISH Network, which went to trial in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court in September 2012. Allegory’s technology, combined with Integreon’s human capital, will expand and deepen Integreon's litigation offering.
Ms Asay set up Allegory when she realised that the most easily understood technologies available to litigators like her came down to a combination of Excel and shared drives. After spending years developing rudimentary, but successful, methods for managing and tracking knowledge within her team — and teaching other lawyers to do the same — she worked on a new technology specifically designed for litigators who want to succeed in their cases and deliver the best possible services to their clients.
‘Technology is evolving to the point where it needs to be integrated into all alternative legal services. The addition of Allegory allows Integreon to extend its growing lead in the discovery space and, for the first time, provide a true end-to-end solution for legal departments and outside counsel for managing the entire case and all of discovery, not just the document discovery piece,’ said Bob Rowe, CEO of Integreon. ‘Witness statements, depositions, written discovery, pleadings, hearing transcripts, court rulings and, of course, documents, are all managed and analysed in context, in a single, collaborative platform accessible by law firms and corporate counsel. By adding Allegory’s cutting-edge technology to our services, we now provide a truly integrated, unmatched litigation management and discovery solution to the global legal market.’
Real time access
Mr Rowe also believes that for litigators and in-house counsel, Allegory’s technology offers a greater level of transparency and efficiency, providing real-time access to all litigation information in context. ‘That context is critical...It’s abundantly clear that in-house counsel want more control than ever before. This collaborative environment puts everything in front of you at once – giving our clients a deep edge over the opposing side in complex litigation matters.’
In her new role as chief innovation officer, legal solutions at Integreon, Ms Asay will focus on working with clients to adopt the right technologies to achieve their business goals. ‘I’m excited to spend more time focused on what I’ve loved most about building Allegory - helping law firms and in-house counsel embrace innovation and deploy new technology to their advantage,’ she said.
Integreon’s bold move to acquire Allegory is the latest in a series of recent announcements for the global alternative legal services giant. The company is aggressively integrating market-leading solutions along with its elite processing capabilities to offer a powerful combination in which human capital meets technology in efforts to deliver higher value to customers and clients that is greater than yesterday’s service models. In October, Integreon announced its technology partnership with Kira.