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  • Patrick Brooks
  • Cari L. Matias
  • Tim Pyatt

brooks-patrickDirector, IT Services

Office of State Courts Administrator

Most attorneys in Missouri have never met Patrick Brooks, but they have benefited from his work. At the Office of State Courts Administrator, Brooks oversaw the implementation of eFiling, which went statewide in 2016. “Missouri has been recognized as a national leader in court automation and particularly eFiling in large part because of Pat’s almost completely anonymous efforts and his willingness to always go the extra mile for the courts and the officers of the courts – attorneys,” wrote nominator Judge Gary Lynch, of the Missouri Court of Appeals Southern District.

What led you to choose a career in the legal field?

I’ve always been passionate about contributing to a cause that helps others. On the surface it might not be evident that information technology is a field in which others are being served. However, application development is the foundation – the starting point – of programs that people use and rely on every day. At the Office of State Courts Administrator, I get the privilege of working alongside esteemed judges, clerks, attorneys, and citizens of this great state. The knowledge gained from these interactions drives the type of applications we develop. And for that reason, I’m not only grateful, but also humbled to play a role in providing exceptional service to the courts of Missouri.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is providing technology solutions that make a difference in the way the Missouri judiciary provides services, information, reducing costs and increasing efficiencies for those conducting business with the courts of Missouri. The introduction of Case.net and eFiling has had a positive impact on the courts and those we serve. It is very rewarding to see these various technology solutions used by the public, members of The Missouri Bar, and the employees of the judiciary.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

Spending time with family, golfing, playing racquetball, traveling and enjoying nature while running, hiking and boating.

matias-cariPractice Support Consultant

Stinson Leonard Street

At Stinson Leonard Street, Cari Matias is known for her ability to produce documents and process data for attorneys at a moments’ notice. She is also responsible for user support and software training, contributing to the successes of the firm’s attorneys. She’s also noted for her caring attitude and having the “temperament of Mother Teresa.” “In a courtroom she diligently manages cases with hundreds of exhibits that attorneys need to access to at a moment’s notice,” wrote nominator Jason Wibben. “Attorneys who work with her rave that she can always find the right document effortlessly, often anticipating the need before they can.”

What led you to choose a career in the legal field?

I have always been interested in the legal field. Being part of a field that has such an impact on society and the world around us is something that has interested me from a young age.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part of my job is helping attorneys understand how electronic data impacts a case from the very beginning and how that data can be less intimidating the more they know.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

I have always been told to be adaptable and the right career would happen for me.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I have five grandchildren.

Anything else you want people to know?

I truly love what I do and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

pyatt-timDirector of Technology

Armstrong Teasdale

With 19 years of work in legal technology, Tim Pyatt has built a reputation as a leader in IT for the legal industry. At Armstrong Teasdale, Pyatt’s role is crucial to technology strategy and investment, data protection and risk prevention. “If one or more of our attorneys were to take a day off, the firm could still function,” wrote nominator Michael Jefferies, a partner at Armstrong Teasdale. “But if our IT systems took a day off, our capabilities would be significantly limited.”

What led you to choose a career in the legal field?

I spent most of the 1990s working in various tech startups and found the experience unrewarding and detached from service delivery. I had moved on to healthcare, which I enjoyed, when I became aware of an opportunity at Armstrong Teasdale. The opportunity was exactly what I had been looking for, namely the ability to make significant contributions to delivery of service. The people have kept me here since 1998.

What is the best part of your job?

Working directly with the attorneys and staff to provide the very best service we can, to each other and the clients of the firm, and working with a dedicated team of IT professionals.

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

Spending time with my wife and teenage daughter, trying to exhaust our two West Highland White Terriers, playing retro video games and watching, or talking about “Game of Thrones.”

What is something that would surprise people about you?

Generally speaking, I would rather read a book about history than technology.

Anything else you want people to know?

I prefer middle period Beatles, especially “Rubber Soul.” I was a patch-wearing member of the Kiss Army in 1978. I’m a huge fan of author Michael Lewis and usually have a copy of “Moneyball” within 10 feet at any given time.

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