The Maslon law firm hired Jamie Blomquist four years ago to manage its information technology department. He was so good at it that the Minneapolis firm kept adding to his responsibilities.
Now chief information officer, Blomquist leads the IT, litigation support, records management and information resources (or library) teams. He’s a people-person, according to Keiko Sugisaka, chair of Maslon’s technology committee.
“He is a good manager of people as well as being able to do project management from a technical standpoint,” Sugisaka said. “He can explain technology or software to people who don’t have that background in a way that they can understand. … He is really good at having a limited budget and being able to work with that. He understands how to prioritize that and get our projects done, looking at the costs and benefits and whatever the options are.”
Those skills helped Blomquist to secure buy-in from attorneys and staff on the changes he has instituted.
“The firm’s committed to evolving and progressing with new ways of improving efficiency and servicing our clients, so that enables me to put a vision in place and execute toward it,” he said.