Fish & Richardson
Law and technology used to be a small intersection, but now it’s a busy and major interchange, and professionals like Jennifer Beaudette are leading the way in keeping the innovation on track.
After joining Fish & Richardson’s IT department in 2002, Beaudette eventually rose to the firm’s IT business analysis manager role, where she implements technology initiatives that keep the firm’s 400 attorneys connected and cutting-edge.
For example, because tablet computers are heavily used by attorneys, she led a team that developed an iPad app called iOutLaw, which provides a secure connection to a lawyer’s desktop. The app won an award from Law Technology News last year, with judges commending Fish for an innovative product that helps attorneys carry out data-intensive practices.
Beaudette has also been instrumental in leading Fish to greater technological efficiency, all while keeping attorneys, paralegals and secretaries informed about technology changes. Nominator Beau Mersereau noted that in a department of 57 people working across 12 offices, it can be hard for any one person to really stand out, but that Beaudette is one of a kind.
“She can see down the road to how a change in one department will affect others throughout the organization,” Mersereau said, adding that the skill helps her to think outside the box to prevent and solve problems, and keep every project moving forward.
The fast pace of innovation at the firm keeps every day interesting, Beaudette said. “I’m a very efficiency-driven person, and as the business here continues to evolve, it creates the need to use technology in new ways,” she said. “To me, that’s fun and exciting. Also, I feel extraordinarily blessed to be surrounded by a team of people who I consider brilliant, who collectively demand excellence of each other, and most importantly, who I respect as outstanding human beings. I’m not just a part of Fish — Fish is part of me.”