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West Group Acquires ProLaw

West Group (http://www.westgroup.com), a division of The Thomson Corp., announced that it has acquired ProLaw (http://www.prolaw.com), a provider of front-office and back-office management systems to the legal market. According to the announcement, the ProLaw acquisition signals an acceleration of West Group's strategic expansion into the law-firm-practice management and productivity solutions market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Privately held ProLaw is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was founded in 1987 by president and CEO Bill Bice. From its headquarters, ProLaw will be the center for West Group law-practice management solutions development and marketing initiatives, including WestWorks' product and practice library development. Bice, along with the entire ProLaw management team, will remain with the company; he will report to West Group president Mike Wilens.

West Group provides e-information solutions to the U.S. legal market and also has launched the WestWorks law-firm productivity and practice management suite. This Web-based suite is currently being implemented by some 70 law firms. Wilens said the coupling of ProLaw front-office and back-office functionality with the planned WestWorks law-practice libraries gives practitioners a powerful software suite that integrates all aspects of the firm's operations, from research and brief writing to client management, time, billing, and other firm management functions.

Wilens said the dynamic content of WestWorks will be a key element in the next generation of ProLaw products. The new WestWorks practice libraries will include dynamic forms, checklists, client-intake forms, content, and other practice-specific materials. "The acquisition of ProLaw extends and deepens West Group's strategy to integrate powerful research technologies and authoritative legal information resources into the work flow, business data, and intellectual assets of our customers," said Wilens.

Source: West Group



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