The Firm utilizes the latest computer and digital technologies to timely manage and deliver the highest quality of work product and services to its Clients. During trials, arbitrations, and hearings our attorneys make extensive use of computer aided presentation techniques, including nearly “paperless” trials for complex construction and commercial trials or arbitrations.
The firm’s founder and senior partner, Guy W. Bluff, authored and holds numerous federal copyrights for computer software and database management programs that are utilized by the law firm and its Clients on a daily basis. Since 1986, Mr. Bluff has set the standard for cutting edge development of software programs and imaging systems for law office management and trial practice. In 1987, Mr. Bluff was the first attorney in the State of Arizona to utilize database and imaging technology in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona toward a successful final jury verdict of more than $2,000,000.
In early 2002 and again in 2010, Mr. Bluff has acted as a records management advisor to the Maricopa County Superior Court regarding design and implementation of an electronic records management and imaging system. Mr. Bluff’s concepts and ideas were incorporated into the Courts’ electronic records management system which is now used by the largest County Court system in the United States.
The Firm’s software and database systems are the envy of every law firm and are used – under separate licensing agreements – by a number of different law firms and business entities throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, and Nevada.
In 1997, the Firm implemented a complete conversion of its file materials into high-resolution scanned images. The firm’s Attorneys, para-professionals, staff, and the Firm’s Clients have immediate access to all records allowing them to view legal documents at any time, and from any location — including during trial, arbitration, depositions, business meetings – or simply from home.
In addition to imaging and database processing of paper records – pleadings, minute entries, judgments, and other discovery related materials — the firm’s state of the art systems automatically track, index, and manage critical electronic communications as mandated by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 26, and the Federal Records Act.
As a leader in litigation records management and multi-dimensional database technology, Bluff & Associates provides a higher level, more efficient and cost effective legal representation to its Clients.
A unique feature of the Firm’s state of the art computer technology has been the development and publication of Docket-Online.Com, which allows the Firm’s clients, consultants, and even opposing counsel instant access via the Internet to search, view and print all non-privileged documents relating to a pending trial or arbitration file. Whereas at other firms Clients must either call their attorney or the paralegal to receive a copy of that critical minute entry, recent pleading, or discovery request, Clients can at any time simply log onto this Firm’s website, and with just a few clicks of the mouse, have a complete listing of documents and images. This feature is lauded by our corporate clients who often need access to a document for a remote business meeting, and by our individual clients who can access and view time sensitive materials via their Blackberry or other PDA devices while traveling or away from their home offices.
For a number of the Firm’s larger multi-party litigation matters, such as complex construction and commercial, this technology allows percipient fact and expert witnesses access to view the project files electronically. Such witnesses can directly annotate these records via our secure servers. The strategic advantage is obvious. Experts, Key Client Representatives, and Fact Witnesses can review the file materials simultaneously from different locations while having the ability to instantly communicate with each other regarding the case. As a result, the prior need to use Post-Its, make photocopies, and ship multiple copies to one another is completely eliminated. In addition, all comments by experts, fact witnesses, and client representatives are immediately available to the firm’s trial attorneys for use during hearings, arbitrations, and trials.