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TrialWorks and Needles have completed its merger. They are two of the most successful and trusted brand in the legal software in the industry with a combined 55 years of operating history and more than 2,500 law firm clients. The merging of Trialworks and Needles creates a leader in case management software for plaintiff focused law firms. The merger was led by Ridge Road Capital Partners Adam Jiwan and Michael Mager.
A Leader In The Industry
The two companies have a network of nearly 40,000 active users. Ridge Road will leverage the resources of Trialworks and Needles as well as its development partnerships in order to hasten product innovation and maintain best-in-class customer service and training. Ridge Road is committed to continuity for customers of both Needles and Trialworks. It will also strive to preserve each brand’s software, service, and senior management teams.
Ridge Road Partners aims to consolidate the case management software industry. According to Adam Jiwan, the merger of the two companies offers a very exciting platform for growth. They are also excited to have on the fold Mary Ellen Bellusci, who is being promoted to President of the Needles brand as well as Don Leary who will serve as CFO of the combined entity. For Michael Mager, the two companies offers a significant growth potential. He believes that the acquisition of Trialworks and Needles will put them in a position to aggressively invest in product innovation and business expansion in the future.
An Offer They Could Not Resist
According to Needles owner Bryan Billig, they had been approached several times before by interested parties prior to the transaction. He revealed that the offers were no match to that offered by Ridge Road. Ridge Road clearly demonstrated similar values, culture, and focus on the customer that had been at the core of Needles. This makes Ridge Road the perfect fit for customers, employees, and technology. Billig could not contain his excitement on the merger as they try to find new ways to help their law firm deliver for the clients of Ridge Road.
Ryan Pakter of Ridge Road will continue to spearhead the overall business from its head office in Coral Gable, Florida. He will take charge of expanding the development of Needles and offering their hosted cloud solution to the company’s customers.
For Robb Steinberg, Founder of TrialWorks and Head of Product for the combined business, the merger is the culmination of a long-standing ambition.