Legal Technology Firm Expands To Municipal, Finance Markets

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield-based Computing Source, a provider of technology to the legal system, says it has acquired Southfield-based MuniDeals, a provider of technology to municipal finance professionals.

MuniDeals, which serves education and local government, will
remain under the same name and retain the existing team, but
will now operate as a business unit of Computing Source. Plans
are being made to relocate the firm within an existing or new
Computing Source location.

Computing Source CEO Mark St. Peter said there were two aims
behind the acquisition: “First, the company offers similar
services, including printing, use of technology, and more, to a
different, yet complementary, audience … Second, MuniDeals’
late founder Jim Higgins was a close friend of mine and a
visionary in the legal and financial support fields. The Computing
Source and MuniDeals teams felt this was the perfect way to
help keep Jim’s legacy alive and thriving.”

MuniDeals was founded in 2004 by Jim and Jay Higgins. Jim
Higgins, who had extensive experience in the legal support
industry through his business, American Reprographic Systems
Inc., and the development of DocuTag, the automated
numbering system widely used by today’s law firms and
corporate counsel, recognized a need in the financial and
municipal communities for an expert printer and technology
partner.

To meet this need, the brothers formed and grew MuniDeals into
a successful partner for the public finance sector. When Jim died
of brain cancer in November 2010, his family, employees and friends were dedicated to maintaining the company’s success and reputation and to giving back to the community. Today, MuniDeals donates 10 percent of its profits to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to honor Jim’s legacy. Computing Source intends to continue this recognition by incorporating it into its existing Giving Back One Month at a Time campaign, in which the company donates a percentage of revenue each month to various local and national charities.

This acquisition is an extension of Computing Source’s recent
growth. In 2013, Computing Source grew from 20 to more than
100 employees, opened new offices in Chicago, Grand Rapids
and Ann Arbor, acquired demonstrative evidence and trial
presentation firm Evidence Express, and doubled its service
offerings to meet every need attorneys may have from the
beginning to the end of every case. Also, the firm is currently
opening a new office in Indianapolis, with locations in Cleveland,
Milwaukee and more on the horizon.

For more information about MuniDeals, visit www.munideals.com.
To learn more about Computing Source, visit
www.computingsource.com.

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