Top 100 Finalist Chicago Innovation

//Top 100 Finalist Chicago Innovation

It is our pleasure to announce the great news that Smokeball is once again being recognized for its innovative initiative. Smokeball is pleased to be one of 100 finalists for the Chicago Innovation Awards. Smokeball has been racking up the awards this summer for various aspects of its workplace culture and leadership, so it is a wonderful honor to have Smokeball now recognized as a superior legal technology product. Smokeball submitted its groundbreaking Auto:Time feature for the annual awards. Auto:Time’s impact on legal billing, timekeeping, and business intelligence obviously resonated with the judges. Stay tuned to hear if Smokeball wins in October, and help us get there by using the People’s Choice voting link within the Press Release below:

Smokeball is Named One of the Top 100 Finalists for the 17th Annual Chicago Innovation Awards

Chicago, IL — Out of 519 nominees, Smokeball has been selected as one of the Top 100 Finalists still in the running for the 17th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The awards celebrate the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago region across all organization sizes, sectors and industries. 1500 business and civic leaders will come together to honor the winners when they are announced on October 29th at Chicago’s Harris Theater.

Smokeball submitted its innovative Auto:Time feature for consideration. Auto:Time automatically tracks time spent in the Smokeball practice management system and associated Microsoft Word and Outlook documents and emails. Auto:Time takes legal billing and timekeeping to a new reliable level. Besides helping attorneys and their staff more confidently track their most valuable asset, time, the innovation tangentially helps clients and courts by providing accurate rundowns of time spent on matters.

“Chicago continues to rise as a global hub of innovation due to the breadth of organizations in our region that introduce a stream of new products and services into the market each year,” said Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder with Chicago journalist Dan Miller of the awards. “This year’s nominees generated a combined total of $3.44 billion in revenues through their new products and services alone.”

As one of the Top 100 Finalists, Smokeball will receive a $2,500 scholarship to attend The Practical Innovator, a day-long executive education course on September 26th led by top faculty who teach innovation at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Each of the Top 100 Finalists is also in the running for the annual “People’s Choice Award,” selected through online balloting at https://chicagoinnovation.com/peoples-choice-award-voting/

Out of the Top 100 Finalists, the judges will select 10 winners of the Chicago Innovation Awards, as well as 10 winners of the Up-and-Comer Awards representing innovation in the start-up community, the Social Innovator Award, the Collaboration Award, and 3 Neighborhood Award winners, which will showcase innovation occurring in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. The winners will be invited to ring the NASDAQ Bell in New York City, invited to separate meetings with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Bruce Rauner and Cook Count President Toni Preckwinkle, and receive widespread media recognition.



Contact:

Josh Taylor
Josh.Taylor@smokeball.com
312-646-7167

Chicago Innovation:
Luke Tanen
Luke@chicagoinnovationawards.com
312-988-1516

By | September 19th, 2018|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.

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