Nerino Petro


Attorney Nerino Petro is the Chief Information Officer for Holmstrom KennedyPC, in Rockford, Illinois.  Nerino is responsible for all in-house technology and training as well as recommending, selecting and deploying new technologies and provides direct support to the firm’s team members and attorneys in the office and at trial. Nerino is also one of the firm’s attorneys practicing in Illinois and Wisconsin. HolmstromKennedy is a century-old, 18-lawyer firm providing innovative solutions to complex issues throughout Northern Illinois, with offices in Rockford and Byron. In addition to immigration law, its attorneys practice in health care, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, employment and labor, intellectual property, business transactions, civil litigation, estate planning, and real estate.

Nerino served as the first Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Practice411™ Law Office Management Assistance Program from 2006-2014. Nerino assisted the more than 24,000 Wisconsin Bar members operate their offices more effectively and efficiently. Licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin, Nerino uses his 20+ years of legal practice experience and experience being CEO/Senior Legal Technologist for CenCom Legal Technologies (which he founded in 1994), to help lawyers and their staff deal with the technology and practice management issues confronting them.

He is a Certified Independent Consultant for TimeMatters® practice management software, as well as Clio cloud based practice management and has provided consulting, installation, customization and training for clients throughout the country. He is a NetDocuments Certified Partner and has worked with other leading products including TABS® time, billing and accounting software, Practice Master® practice management software, Lucion FileCenter, Quikscribe Digital Dictation, Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Cosmolex cloud based practice management as well as Fujitsu and Canon Scanners.

Nerino was the ABA LPM Magazine Product Watch columnist through 2012 and is a regular contributor to other local, state and national publications including the Illinois Bar Journal, Wisconsin Lawyer, Wisconsin InsideTrack and ABA GP|Solo Magazine. Nerino serves on the ABA GP, Solo and Small Firm Division GP|Solo Magazine Board as its Technology Co-Editor. He has presented throughout the US and abroad including the ABA TECHSHOW, Pacific Legal Technology Conference, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Indiana, South Carolina and Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conferences, ABA GP|Solo National Solo & Small Firm Conference, US Virgin Islands Bar Association, National Association of Bar Executives meetings as well as other ABA, State and local conferences. He served on the ABA TECHSHOW Planning Board from 2012-2014 and is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference Planning Committees. Nerino was named to the inaugural Fastcase 50 list of the top legal techies in 2011. He provides information on legal technology, practice management and items of interest to lawyers on his blog at www.compujurist.com. Nerino continues to provide technology consulting, training and practice management services to lawyers and firms throughout the United States through CenCom Technologies.

My Sessions

Making a Good Thing Better – Add-Ins for Word and Outlook

As powerful as Word and Outlook can be, there are hundreds of enhancements and add-ins that can make them even better. Add-ins from Office 365 or other sources can give you a better grammar checker, enhanced document comparison, automatic meeting scheduling, or a warning if you hit “reply all.” If Word or Outlook are missing […]

Core Production Tools

PDFing for Lawyers

PDF is the file format of choice when exchanging documents with clients, other lawyers and the courts. Because of their prevalence, it is critical that lawyers understand the uses, risks and benefits of PDF files. This session covers how to work with PDF files, including metadata removal, document security, redaction, Bates numbering, collaboration features, as […]

Core Production Tools

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