Leading North Carolina Firm Integrates Two Offerings within Elite’s Enterprise Business Management Solution to Streamline Processes

LOS ANGELES, May 12, 2014 – Thomson Reuters Elite, part of the Legal business of Thomson Reuters, today announced that leading North Carolina firm Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) has made the decision to implement 3E and MatterSphere as part of Elite’s enterprise business management solution (EBMS). Elite is a leading global provider of its end-to-end EBMS, which allows law firms and professional services organizations to run all operational aspects of their firms including business development, risk management, client and matter management, and financial management.

The firm’s decision makers selected 3E and MatterSphere to meet the changing needs of both attorneys and administrative staff. 3E will help simplify and streamline billing and accounting functions, while MatterSphere matter management offering is expected to improve the firm’s overall efficiency.

“After a thorough evaluation of industry-leading solutions, we determined that implementing Elite’s EBMS with 3E and MatterSphere will provide the greatest benefits to our staff firm-wide,” said Barry Pennell, executive director at CSH Law. “Each of the solutions individually can provide significant benefits; however, the outcomes will be substantially strengthened through the tight integration and sharing of information between them.”

With Elite’s EBMS, the firm is able to streamline workflows by automating both new business intake and conflicts checking processes. In addition to simplifying CSH Law’s accounting and billing functions, 3E benefits firm management with on-demand reporting. With MatterSphere, the firm gains access to a range of tools to improve both speed and quality of day-to-day functions, including document assembly, time entry, workflow automation, and the ability to set specific views of client and matter data.

“Although each of these solutions can provide firms such as CSH Law with tremendous value in the areas of financial management and client and matter management, there has been a gradual upward trend of clients choosing multiple EBMS solutions and integrating them across a stable platform,” said Elisabet Hardy, vice president of product management at Elite. “Rather than implementing disparate solutions to resolve issues at attorney and administrative ends, CSH Law strategically took advantage of two solutions designed to integrate seamlessly and therefore, provide greater benefits in the long run.”

3E offers powerful core financial and practice management features and built-in application development capabilities – all seamlessly integrated into one high-performance system. Designed from the ground up on Microsoft.NET, 3E provides an integrated development environment that enables firms to become more agile in responding to client needs. A full suite of capabilities is delivered through a consistent Web-based user experience that allows staff to easily track and manage activity on a multi-office, global scale. Visit 3E for more information.

For additional information about MatterSphere, visit Elite’s Client & Matter Management page.

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP is one of the largest law firms in North Carolina serving clients statewide with offices located in Raleigh, Charlotte, and Wilmington. It represents clients in all stages of litigation before federal, state, and local courts in North Carolina, as well as select administrative agencies. For more information, visit Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog.

Thomson Reuters Elite is the leading global provider of innovative business management solutions that enable law firms and professional services organizations to streamline operations, maximize efficiency, and increase visibility into all aspects of their businesses. Elite is focused on enabling firms of all sizes and locations to meet their true potential and provide the best service for their clients. For more information, visit Elite.