In the highly competitive market of legal research services, there are a number of options available to legal professionals who need access to timely and accurate news, case law, secondary law and practical...
In the highly competitive market of legal research services, there are a number of options available to legal professionals who need access to timely and accurate news, case law, secondary law and practical guidance that can support their legal work for clients. It can be tough to sort through the various marketing materials produced by legal research providers and identify the best tools for the tasks at hand.
One way to navigate this challenge is to consult with fellow legal professionals and find out which tools they have found to deliver the kind of results needed to justify an investment in a specific set of legal research services. As anyone working in a law firm knows, there are few things as powerful as a well-informed referral.
A recent survey of attorneys, paralegals and legal information professionals working in large U.S. law firms produced a loud and clear message: 9 in 10 large law firms are likely to recommend Lexis+ for an online legal research platform.
“(Lexis+ offers) comprehensive and accurate information on a platform that is easy to navigate,” said Cherryl Stephen, librarian at Reed Smith LLP.
The survey was conducted of 355 legal professionals who had logged into Lexis+ during the prior month, with a roughly equal respondent pool of associates, partners, paralegals and law librarians. LexisNexis partnered on the survey project with TechValidate, a platform that allows internal teams to survey customers with the goal of capturing actionable quantitative and qualitative feedback.
Other key findings from the survey included:
“Lexis+ has superior research results,” said Paul Schumacher, senior partner at Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote.
“Lexis+ helped me find how a particular judge rules on an issue,” said Mychal Schulz, partner at Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir PC. “(This) is invaluable, and I have used it a number of times.”
Rodney Holaday, partner at Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP, lauded Lexis+ for its “content, ease of search and availability of help,” and specifically noted that Lexis+ is helpful for “finding other cases cited in briefs” that are similar to “cases I chose to cite in my brief.”
“Practical Guidance has given me great drafting examples for wills and trusts,” reported an associate from Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, and an associate at Jenner & Block noted that “Practical Guidance forms quickly guided me to the right set of annotated code provisions (that) saved lots of time wondering if I missed something.”
“Lexis+ covers a heavy number of unpublished opinions not located on other research platforms,” said Jillian Eaton, librarian at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. “Several times I’ve located key unpublished opinions in a needle-in-a-haystack area of law that have proven useful, in comparison to other vendors who do not have the coverage set available, hence limiting possible relevant results.”
Lexis+ is an all-in-one platform from LexisNexis that combines superior research and data-driven insights. The site provides legal professionals with all of the tools and resources necessary to practice with confidence and efficiency: Legal Research; Practical Guidance; Litigation Analytics; Brief Analysis; and Legal News Hub.
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