Chris Hoyer is well known for his years as a federal and state prosecutor and civil litigator, but what many don’t know is that he’s also a cutting edge software designer. That lesser known talent of the James Hoyer Law Firm Founding Partner is being touted on the national stage in the March/April 2012 issue of the American Bar Association’s GP SOLO Magazine.
In the article “Making Magic with Courtroom Technology,” author Kathleen Balthrop Havener describes the magical possibilities that technology can unleash for lawyers in their office and in the courtroom. She describes a “wizard world” that connects all the attorneys in a firm, whether they’re in the office or on the road. Through one integrated system, they can collaborate in real-time, easily access and edit all documents online, and even extract and tag nuggets of knowledge from research to be quickly retrieved later.
As Balthrop Havener reveals in the article, this is no longer imaginary. It’s real, and it’s the brainchild of Chris Hoyer. She writes:
In researching this article, I visited Chris Hoyer at the 16-lawyer Tampa, Florida, firm of James, Hoyer, Newcomer & Smiljanich, P.A., where Hoyer has implemented his own proprietary system of integrated technologies. I watched as Hoyer showed me what his system can do, and I watched him perform all the tasks described in this article.
Hoyer has been designing software for 25 years, ever since his days running a prosecutor’s office. Now, he’s put that skill to work for fellow attorneys by creating a revolutionary, new, cloud-based software called Genu. It’s a state of the art system created by a lawyer, for lawyers.