Nominee: Barry Winnick
Nominator: Deborah Signore
Firm: Tyler Cooper and Alcorn LLC
For the past few years, I worked extensively with Attorney Barry M. Winnick of our firm, designing and coordinating Needles to meet some of our firm's specific practice needs, i.e. plaintiff personal injury and insurance defense cases. To date, over 30 people in our firm have been trained by me and our program training coordinator, Teresa Santore. (We are also in the process of inputting defense medical malpractice cases into the system.)
I personally nominate Barry Winnick as our Needles Manager of the year. He is our lead IT person and is more than proficient and knowledgeable in aiding and making Needles work for us! I am a part of our firm's Needles Administration Group, which consists of a few secretaries and paralegals. We meet on a regular basis to discuss issues, changes, additions and either solve issues or bring it to the attention of Attorney Winnick. We make sure we are all uniformly utilizing the system, and are available to provide support to any staff member (attorneys, secretaries and paralegals) when needed.
I personally log onto Needles daily and refer to it constantly to update file notes, insurance information, medicals, pleadings, status, etc. and constantly refer to information on cases for easy reference and to keep attorneys updated when they require specific information. Input is timely but well worth it for daily reference with the click of a button! Due to the time it takes to input new matters, we have recently appointed a Needles coordinator for this task and to keep our provider/rolodex updated. We all work together to make the best of this program and are encouraged by our Litigation Department Chairmen (Partners) to use the program and reap the benefits.