LinkedInDebbie Westwood
Debbie Westwood

Debbie Westwood

Solutions Consultant at IPRO Tech

Location
Phoenix, Arizona Area
Industry
Computer Software
Previous
  1. Ogletree Deakins,
  2. Intechgration, Inc.,
  3. Western New York Chapter of ARMA International
Education
  1. O'Reilly School of Technology
Recommendations11 people have recommended Debbie
Websites
490connections

Join LinkedIn & access Debbie's full profile

Join LinkedIn & access Debbie's full profile. It's free!

As a LinkedIn member, you'll join 300 million other professionals who are sharing connections, ideas, and opportunities.

  • See who you know in common
  • Get introduced
  • Contact Debbie directly
490connections
O'Reilly School of Technology

O'Reilly School of Technology

C# .NET

View full profile

Background

Summary

I started my legal career in the US in the mid-90's as a paralegal where I gained experience with large litigation matters for an AMLaw 100 firm. My love of all things technical led me to computer programming classes and development of software to simplify creation of legal documents using existing client, case and court data in databases.

After moving into the litigation support field I was promoted to the first National Litigation Support Team Leader for a large Canadian law firm. I headed up the development of their in-house litigation support services and was actively involved in complex eDiscovery matters across the country.

I hold a number of certifications in both the IT and litigation support fields, including CCE, LAW, Concordance, Summation, CaseMap and Timemap certifications, as well as the CompTIA A+ certification.

Through my business, InTechGration, I offered legal-specific training, litigation support workflow design and department set-up and management, drafting of RFP’s and litigation readiness plans, as well as project management for ediscovery cases.

While at Ogletree Deakins, I held the position of Litigation Support Operations Manager, managing a centralized team of eDiscovery analysts and specialists for the entire firm.

Specialties: CT Summation, Concordance, eCapture, Allegro, Eclipse, Eclipse SE.
Law firm litigation support department set-up and management.
Litigation Support process improvement and implementation.
Litigation Support software and best practices training.
Inexpensive application of technology for small-scale eDiscovery matters.
Virtual litigation support services, including hands-on processing and troubleshooting.

Experience

Solutions Consultant

IPRO Tech
– Present (2 years 11 months)Greater Pittsburgh Area

Provide software training, implementation and consulting to customers of IPRO's industry-leading eDiscovery solutions.

Litigation Support Operations Manager

Ogletree Deakins
(1 year 2 months)

Managed a team of eDiscovery analysts and specialists for Ogletree Deakins, the third largest labor and employment law firm in the U.S. Focusing on process improvements and implementation, I strove to improve client service at all levels.

Director of eDiscovery and Legal Technology Services

Intechgration, Inc.
(3 years 3 months)

Intechgration provides litigation support training, consulting, and software development services to law firms and their clients. Vendor-neutral, cost-sensitive service provided with honesty and integrity.

Director of Education (Volunteer)

Western New York Chapter of ARMA International
(7 months)

Responsible for organizing the educational content of the quarterly meetings of the Western New York chapter of ARMA International. Stepped down due to long-term contract in South Carolina.

National Litigation Support Team Leader

Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP
(11 months)

First National Litigation Support Manager at Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP; one of Canada's largest law firms.
Managed a team of ten or so litigation support professionals in five offices across Canada.
Responsible for oversight and project management of large eDiscovery and litigation support projects.
Developed strategic direction for litigation support in-house and promoted the department to internal and external clients.
Developed some standardized national policies and procedures for litigation support and eDiscovery wherever possible.

Litigation Support Specialist

Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP
(1 year 5 months)

Provided litigation support services to local office of national law firm, including consulting services for clients and lawyers on eDiscovery issues and large paper-based litigation matters.

Litigation Law Clerk

Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP
(4 months)

Owner

Home 'n' Office Solutions
(6 months)

Provided consulting, training and support services to small businesses; focused primarily on software training, small network installations.

Freelance Paralegal

Self-employed
(2 years 8 months)

Offered temporary, part-time paralegal services in bankruptcy, foreclosures for local attorneys.

Senior Paralegal

Loizides and Associates
(3 years 2 months)

Senior paralegal for small bankruptcy boutique in premier bankruptcy jurisdiction. Drafting of pleadings, case and calendar management; desktop technical support and training.

Paralegal

Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg & Ellers, LLP
(1 year 3 months)

Specialized primarily in bankruptcy litigation. Experience in handling so-called “mega-cases” of thousands of electronically filed court documents and hundreds of related adversary actions.

Paralegal

Dechert
(1 year 11 months)

Experience in large, complex litigation and bankruptcy cases, including sole responsibility for deliverables for one major project involving many thousands of documents from multiple corporate entities, and on-time filing of related court papers.

Paralegal

Becket & Lee, LLP
(1 year 7 months)

Skills

  • CaseMap
  • Litigation Support
  • Litigation
  • Legal Technology
  • Concordance
  • Summation
  • LAW
  • eCapture
  • Eclipse
  • Eclipse SE
  • IPRO
  • CT Summation
  • Legal
  • Document Review
  • Professional Services
  • Consulting
  • Training
  • Document Management
  • Project Management
  • Databases
  • Legal Documents
  • See 6+  See less

Certifications

CCSA

Lexis-Nexis
– Present

CCE

ISFCE

Education

O'Reilly School of Technology

Working towards certificate, C# .NET, Passed - Pass/Fail only

This introductory class in C# .NET programming covered the basics of coding in C# including Visual Class Designer, classes, properties, methods and basic statements.

Lexis-Nexis

N/A, Concordance Administrator Certification

CCSA awarded September 2, 2010

Lexis-Nexis

N/A, LAW 5.0 certification

eDiscovery and administrator certifications completed September 2010.

Self-study

CCE certification, Certified Computer Examiner

CCE awarded August 11, 2010

Champlain College

N/A, CCE Bootcamp

Self-study

N/A, CompTIA A+ certification

Sheridan College

Accounting

Accounting classes.

CT Summation

N/A, iBlaze/WebBlaze certifications

DeSales University, Lehigh County Community College, Northampton County Community College

Computer programming

Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic .NET classes (to intermediate/advanced level) at various colleges in the Allentown, PA area.
Classes included hands-on programming and basic SQL (programming for databases).
Graduated at the top of each class taken with 4.0 GPA.

Villanova University

Paralegal Certificate

Intensive post-graduate, ABA-approved paralegal certificate at well-respected university.
Graduated top of class with 4.0 GPA.
Award given for Academic Excellence.

Honors & Awards

Certified Computer Examiner (2010)
CompTIA A+ Certification (2009)
CaseMap Support Certification (2007); CaseMap, TimeMap
Summation Certified Trainer (2006); iBlaze, WebBlaze
Award for Academic Excellence (1997); Villanova University

View Debbie's full profile to...

  • See who you know in common
  • Get introduced
  • Contact Debbie directly

Not the Debbie Westwood you're looking for? View more

Insights


People Also Viewed

LinkedIn member directory:

  1. a
  2. b
  3. c
  4. d
  5. e
  6. f
  7. g
  8. h
  9. i
  10. j
  11. k
  12. l
  13. m
  14. n
  15. o
  16. p
  17. q
  18. r
  19. s
  20. t
  21. u
  22. v
  23. w
  24. x
  25. y
  26. z
  27. more