Meeting the information technology needs of a modern law firm is no small feat, but Andy Krimmer at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren is up to the task.
Since he started working at the firm in 2014, Krimmer has been a central member of its IT team. In his role as a network engineer, Krimmer has helped overhaul the firm’s wide-area-network configuration not once, but twice; this network, also known as a WAN, is a central component of the firm’s IT system. He has also played a big role in improving Reinhart’s firewalls, rolling out new security products, putting in place a new email system and overhauling the firm’s backup system, among other work.
In his most recent big project for the firm, Krimmer helped execute its latest WAN migration. The project put his expertise to good use as he made use of a new technology called software-defined WAN.
“It’s very cool and cutting edge, and I’m proud that we’ve been able to get that up and running over this last year,” Krimmer said.
Jerry Bishop, director of information technology at Reinhart, says Krimmer’s tenacity when solving problems “should be the gold standard for IT.”
“Andy is always ready to provide customer service at all hours. He is responsive and willing to jump into any issue that comes at him,” Bishop said. “He has helped guide Reinhart’s infrastructure into a new era, and we would be at a loss without him.”
Krimmer says he enjoys his role because it allows him to work at the technical level and remain hands-on in the firm’s IT projects. He also values the strong working relationships in his department.
“I don’t have the issue of red tape, and I really feel like my manager and I have the ability to shape the way technology at the firm is going,” Krimmer said. “It feels like you have more stake in the game (at Reinhart) than you would at, say, an enterprise corporation with hundreds of people in the IT department where you’re just a cog in the wheel.”
Outside work, Krimmer enjoys spending his time with his wife and two children at home in Hartford. He also sets aside time to work out in his home gym and keep up on new technologies by tinkering with his at-home network.
“It’s probably overkill, and most people would think I’m the biggest nerd in the world for having it,” Krimmer said. “I use it as a home lab.”