Thursday, May 24, 2007

Shepherd Data Services Acquires Marathon Document Solutions

Minneapolis, MN – May 23, 2007 – Shepherd Data Services a leading provider of litigation support services, software sales and training, and computer forensics to the Twin Cities legal market, has announced its recent acquisition of Minneapolis-based Marathon Document Services. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The acquisition occurred in December 2006, and the two companies have successfully achieved their operational integration ahead of schedule. The new, combined company has expanded Marathon’s location in the Rand Tower in downtown Minneapolis.

Founded in 1998, Marathon Document Solutions became a leading provider of document services to the Minneapolis legal community employing a unique focus on customer service and employee satisfaction. Shepherd Data Services will leverage Marathon’s expertise in document services to complement their existing software and technology offerings.

Law firms and corporations alike are feeling the effects of the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure passed in 2006, just as they did when Sarbanes-Oxley was enacted a few years earlier. Many companies prefer to work with a single service provider that can deliver both paper and electronic discovery and document management. While the Twin Cities is home to many Fortune 500 corporations and boasts strong business and legal communities, Shepherd is one of only a few companies that deliver the wide range of legal support services for which those companies are looking.

“The addition of Marathon’s service capabilities and dedicated staff has already made a positive impact to our customers and our business as a whole. We are excited to offer the expanded services many of our clients need,” said Christine Chalstrom, president and CEO of Shepherd Data Services. “The integration of our two companies has gone better than planned, with high marks for satisfaction coming from existing and new clients,” she added.

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