Each of these new functions takes what was formally a multistep process and provides a ” fill in the blanks” template which in one click produces a set of charts comparing up to 4 courts judges or law firms using custom selected criteria.
The Court and Judges Comparator
This function allows a lawyer to compare up to four districts or judges. There are two basic “use cases” for this app. One is forum selection: comparing trends in districts in order to determine the most favorable jurisdiction in which to file. The other is to compare an assigned judge to alternate jurisdictions for when considering a motion to transfer. In each scenario up to four judges and courts can be compared along multiple criteria: trends in case filings, assessing the expertise of the judge, average time for a preliminary injunction grant, average time to dismissal, average time to claim construction, average time to summary judgment, average time to trial.
The Law Firm Comparator
This new app can be used by outside counsel in selecting law firms as well as by law firms seeking new business. A law firm can compare themselves to three other law firms across multiple criteria including: volume of cases, number of open cases, number of terminated cases, party roles, success rates and remedies. GCs can compare existing outside counsel with competitor firms using these same types of metrics.
Even though the apps makes the production of comparative charts easy, the expertise of a lawyer is still required to assess the meaning of the data and trends produced by the comparators.
The Lex Machina apps are “an add” on to the Lex Machina subscription.
When I interviewed Owen Byrd, Lex Machina’s Chief Evangelist and General Counsel for this post he indicated that the engineers at Lex Machina
would continue developing what he refers to as “easy buttons” for lawyers. New apps could include comparators for parties and individual attorneys– which I agree would be welcome additions to the comparator family.
Keep the “easy buttons” coming!