ERM Legal Solutions began as a series of conversations between CTO Jeanné Naysmith and CRO Larry Bridgesmith more than ten years ago. Larry had been practicing law for almost 30 years and Jeanné had been working in quality management technology applications and developing software solutions for a similar period of time. They had been college roommates and their careers had taken separate paths until they converged in those conversations. When Larry understood the power of project management to bring efficiency, price predictability and on time delivery into professional services, the proverbial light bulb went off. Following the global recession of 2008, as lawyers began to understand their clients were serious about efficiency and predictable pricing, ERM was born when Jeanné brought his long time productivity applications software executive colleague Jerry Walters into the dialog. ERM was established in 2010 and after almost two years of market research and focus groups, the technology Jeanné had developed for other industries began to be repurposed for the legal sector. ERM provides a tool intended to help lawyers master the techniques of project management in their unique professional environment: a solution built for lawyers by lawyers.
With a team that delivers more than 60 years of project management experience combined with 50 years of legal industry experience, ERM Legal Solutions is uniquely qualified to deliver the legal project management your firm requires. Focused on delivering solutions which enable law firms to prosper in the face of the current industry challenges, ERM can help you convert these challenges into competitive advantages for your firm – resulting in greater profits, increased customer satisfaction, higher client retention rates, more new clients and more predictable revenue streams for your business.
Ed serves as chairman of the board of ERM and is a senior executive with 25 distinguished years directing technology companies to growth and profitability. He has experience in industries including software, services, computer hardware and energy. He was President and board member of a leading E-discovery company with a successful record of providing technology solutions to the legal industry. Ed is a CPA and financial specialist who has provided service as a university guest lecturer and as a CEO in residence with a Chicago based venture capital firm.
Ed is dedicated to his family and active in the community of entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts.
Jerry is the co-founder and CEO of ERM and is principally responsible for strategic business initiatives as well as overseeing the company’s operations. Jerry has more than two decades of experience delivering project management and process improvement solutions to a number of highly competitive industries and has led companies from startup to profitability and acquisition by companies such as AT&T, Verisign and Synopsis.
Jerry is a passionate leader who believes in the power of his people and is an avid cyclist.
Chief Technology Officer
Jeanne’ is the co-founder and CTO of ERM and is principally responsible for software development. Jeanne’ has more than twenty years of experience designing, developing and delivering project management and process improvement solutions and is seen as an industry expert in the delivery of Quality Management Systems including 6-Sigma, Project Management for Engineering and Lean execution systems for manufacturing. The foundation of ERM’s project management software is based on Jeanne’s IP and work in these areas
Jeanne’ is a motor sports enthusiast and has spent many tours of racetracks around the nation.
Larry W. Bridgesmith, J.D.
Chief Relationship Officer
Larry is the co-founder and Chief Relationship Officer for ERM and is responsible for product design, messaging and community building in the field of LPM. Larry brings more than 30 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, mainly in the areas of litigation, employment law and organizational development. His experience also includes being a managing member and strategic planner for major and mid-sized law firms. Understanding the value that project management brings to the practice of law, Larry has pursued and received his 6-Sigma Green Belt certification and regularly writes and speaks on the topic of process improvement for law firms.
Larry loves to stay involved in his community, is active in local theater and graduate education.
Scott A. Preston
Scott is the Executive Vice President and is principally responsible for product sales including strategic accounts, business development, consulting and oversight of operations. Scott has more than two decades of experience managing technology for large law firms, including over ten years as CIO at Fulbright & Jaworski. He was an early adopter of project management in legal and has also been involved in early adoption of other key technologies. A proactive leader known for visionary application of technology with a remarkable ability to communicate technical information into practical business solutions, Scott is much in demand as a thought leader, speaker and writer on topics related to the technology needs of the practicing lawyer.
Scott is known for his creative use of technology and is an accomplished musician.
To learn more about our solutions, for an online Product Demonstration of Lean4Legal PM®, or if you wish to Discuss How Legal Project Management Applications Can Assist in your work environment, please call us at 615.585.7563 or submit your information via the Contact Us form.