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Brief Analysis on Lexis+ Now Enables Litigators to Quickly Identify Winning Arguments in Similar Cases

August 02, 2022

The introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to the fast-paced, high-stakes world of litigation has delivered huge gains in efficiency for practitioners when it comes to conducting legal research, managing case workflow and even drafting certain documents. AI-powered tools are now empowering litigators to create winning briefs in ways they never could have imagined as recently as a few years ago.

Brief Analysis, which is available exclusively on Lexis+, delivers valuable legal insights by analyzing a legal brief — your own and your opponent’s as well — in real-time. It starts by simply dragging and dropping the brief you’d like to analyze into the tool, then turning it loose to do its work. No searches need to be formulated or launched.

The Brief Analysis tool uses AI to instantly scan the entire document and then produces a dashboard report from which you can pinpoint legal concepts, surface additional research recommendations and review suggestions for crafting stronger legal strategies. This dashboard provides you with a simple visual snapshot of various ways to improve the brief before you file it with the court.

Earlier this month, LexisNexis rolled out two significant enhancements to Brief Analysis on Lexis+, which we will unpack in a series of two blog posts. In this article, we introduce the new Winning Briefs feature, which makes it easier for legal professionals to identify arguments that have won in previous cases that were similar to yours.

Litigators are now able to use a new filter on a tab in Brief Analysis to narrow their list of “similar briefs” to only include Winning Briefs in the set of results. This feature allows you to surface previously filed briefs in similar cases that were successful to the desired outcome in that case. You can then view the text of that brief and analyze the content to see if there are opportunities to improve your own brief prior to filing it with the court.

As part of this product enhancement, new additional data will now be provided to allow for deeper understandings into the brief — along with the ability to link out to LexisNexis Context for more insights into the language that wins in court. This will include the judge’s name, the attorney who wrote the brief and the law firm that filed the brief, allowing you to assess the reliability and relevance of the brief to your own case circumstances.

In addition to the new Winning Briefs tag, you will be able to see the Motion History of similar briefs in order to help you better understand the procedural timeline and outcome.

Motion history is also useful intelligence for litigators to consider, even if the identified briefs were not associated with a successful outcome, because it provides you with a visual representation of that motion’s journey from inception to resolution. This provides insights to help you anticipate where your own motions may go and how long they may take to be resolved.

The enhanced version of Lexis+ Brief Analysis, which now features Winning Briefs and Motion History, can be used by litigators to:

  • Start a new brief and make sure the document contains the strongest winning arguments prior to filing it with the court;
  • Double-check a thoroughly researched draft brief to verify that nothing is missed or overlooked in the document; and
  • Review an opponent’s brief to discover strengths, weaknesses or openings that were successfully attacked by previous winning briefs.

The initial scope of this new feature in Brief Analysis is federal trial cases, with a product development roadmap to expand to the state courts in the future.

The promise of AI as an aid in high-stakes litigation has arrived and is now reaching new heights of capabilities. Lexis+ Brief Analysis is a groundbreaking tool that delivers a new secret weapon for litigation teams.

Brief Analysis is the only product on the market that provides users with an easy to navigate dashboard, patented and editable concept mapping, winning briefs, motion history, favorable and unfavorable authority, judge and counsel information with links to Context for analytical insights, and the seamless integration of Shepard’s case citation analysis.

Brief Analysis is available exclusively on Lexis+, an all-in-one platform from LexisNexis that combines superior research and data-driven insights. Experience it for yourself by signing up for a free 7-day trial.