News and Articles

As an author of 13 books, sharing information is important to me. Watch this space for articles, podcast, interviews, polls and more. 

Payne Honored by Legal Technology Resource Center as Top 20 of 2020

The Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) is pleased to make its sixth annual announcement of its Women of Legal Tech honorees. LTRC’s Women of Legal Tech initiative is intended to encourage diversity and celebrate women in legal technology. This initiative launched in 2015 with a list of innovators and leaders in legal technology and with this year’s additions, that list now includes 120 talented and influential women leaders.  

Donna Payne Receives the International Legal Technology Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award

SEATTLE, Aug. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Donna Payne, has been named the recipient of the International Legal Technology Association’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

This award, which is part of the ILTA’s annual Distinguished Peer Awards, recognizes a career in which Payne exhibited the highest standards of personal conduct, produced a record of equality and set standards for the profession. Her record of achievement demonstrates a strong vision and a capacity for innovation, collaboration and motivation. This award acknowledges her contributions to the legal sector and her role in encouraging others to participate, as well as her leadership in the ILTA and her contributions to the greater legal technology industry.

“It is a special time for ILTA and the world of legal technology as we recognize Donna’s lifetime of dedication to the industry,” says Joy Heath Rush, CEO of ILTA. “She is a role model for young entrepreneurs and technologists and has provided a wealth of knowledge and experience to many.”

“I am honored and humbled to have been recognized with the ILTA Peer Award for Lifetime Achievement,” says Payne, who also received the ILTA’s Vendor Thought Leader of the Year Award in 2013.

In addition to leading PayneGroup, her software development and training company, Payne is an original member of the Microsoft Legal Advisory Council and has authored 13 books on Microsoft Office, including the bestselling series “Word for Law Firms” and “Excel for Law Firms.” She has served as a columnist for several publications and is a frequent speaker at legal and technical conferences. She also co-chairs the ILTA’s Partner Advisory Council.

Craig Ball, a trial lawyer, legal technology author and thought leader, stated, “I’ve known Donna for much of her professional lifetime, and no one more richly deserves the admiration of her peers. Donna was a pioneer in teaching lawyers about forensic technology, most particularly the perils and power of application metadata. She’s been a selfless friend and mentor to so many in the legal technology world. Donna Payne never seeks the spotlight, but her many good works can’t help but bring it to shine on her.”

Data Governance with Microsoft 365

by Donna Payne and Nishan DeSilva 


10 Things to Know for Using Microsoft Team for Knowledge Management

by Donna Payne and Chad Ergun


Forbes Books Interview

My interview by Gregg Stebben   of Forbes Books

About my time with and before PayneGroup