Needles started in 1982 as a data processing service engaged in professional time sharing. In 1985, we were approached by a group of personal injury attorneys in need of software to help them run their fast-growing firm more efficiently. Coincidentally, we had on staff an extremely capable software designer (with a law degree!). Because of this unique set of circumstances, we started designing and writing the programs necessary to create easy-to-use Case Management Software specifically designed to meet the needs of personal injury law offices. The end result was PINS (Personal Injury Negligence System), the DOS version of our software.
By the time we moved to a Windows platform in 1995, PINS had developed a national reputation as the premier case management solution for personal injury lawyers with hundreds of satisfied client firms. The Windows platform allowed our software, now known as Needles, to become so customizable that it is now able to service any practice area.
In November 2008, the company changed ownership. The company mission and the unparalleled level of support, service and training that our customers have come to expect remained. The change in ownership signified a look to the future of the company: a future of youth, vision and drive.
After many years as independent market leaders in the legal software industry, both Needles and TrialWorks were acquired by Ridge Road Capital Partners in 2017 and subsequently merged into a new holding company, Assembly Software. While Assembly Software’s management team runs both companies, the core TrialWorks and Needles products will continue to be supported and developed as distinct and independent solutions. The combination of these two industry leaders under a common roof provides Assembly Software with greater financial resources than would be available otherwise, allowing for more investment in product development as well as greater management strength and depth. Assembly Software’s size and leadership position, with over 40,000 users, 2,500 law firms and 35+ years of experience developing and supporting legal software, distinguish it from any other player in the market Read the press release for more information.