IT professionals can be a great part of a law firm team — but maybe not always.
Lawyers and law firms need to rely on all kinds of professionals in order to be more efficient at serving their clients. In certain instances, lawyers easily understand some of the tasks that professionals such as paralegals, administrative assistants, and the like need to complete, and, in a pinch, lawyers can likely step in and fill these roles. However, lawyers often do not have comprehensive knowledge about information technology matters, and attorneys need to rely on these professionals to run the email, document sharing and other technologies that make a law firm operate. At some law firms, attorneys may even fear the power of their IT professionals, and this can give such professionals an outsized amount of clout around a law firm.