A three-decade veteran of the legal wars, Lori Buck didn’t take a direct route to that line of work, but fate set her on her path.
“I ended up working in the marketing department of a hospital,” she said. “Later I interviewed for a job in the marketing department at the Star Tribune. I didn’t take that job because I couldn’t work weekends, but the person who interviewed me moved to the Minnesota Supreme Court. She called me and wanted to know if I would work over there.”
Buck has not been bashful about taking the lead on what needs to be done. An example is Robins Kaplan’s document filing system, which several years ago was in slight disarray.
“There was no consistency,” she said. “Different people were doing it different ways, and we had numerous different document repositories. It needed to be streamlined in order to make it easier to find things.”
Buck engaged the firm’s IT department and worked closely with her supervisor and managers to identify how to revamp the system, leading to the creation of a task force that after two years made huge changes to the system, including the creation of detailed subcategories for all firm files.
“At that time, it was up to the secretaries to find documents,” she said. “Now attorneys can find documents without worrying that it will take a lot of time.”