About LexisNexis

We believe that when you put information and technology
into the right hands, you give people the power to shape the world.

Vision - What we aspire to achieve as an organisation.
To enrich the world's understanding and inspire insightful decisions.

Mission - Why we strive to achieve our vision.
To help professionals gain insights in faster, easier, and more effective ways.
The work we do is critically important to advancement of industry and society.
To help law firms, corporations, and government reduce risk, improve productivity, and increase profitability.

Together, the 10,000 employees of LexisNexis provide world-class content and leading-edge technology to those who advance commerce, society and justice. Every day, more than five million legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, tax, accounting and academic professionals in over 175 countries on six continents rely on us to inform their decisions.

LexisNexis unites web technologies and premium information outlets to give users access to billions of searchable documents and records from more than 45,000 sources. We also apply analytics to help our users see patterns, connect ideas and find answers that make their jobs easier. And our risk solutions help professionals verify identity, prevent fraud, comply with legislation, facilitate and secure commerce and support law enforcement and homeland security initiatives.

The future of LexisNexis is about building upon our pioneering heritage to meet the constantly changing needs of our users. We are developing innovative tools, services and content that will better prepare our users for the challenges of tomorrow. Thanks to your guidance and constant feedback, we are creating better products that reduce risk and deliver time savings, and contribute to greater productivity and profitability.

Historical Milestone


Henry Butterworth founded Butterworth's in London.


Matthew Bender is founded in Albany, New York.


Martindale-Hubbell is created in Summit, New Jersey.


Shepard's® is founded in Chicago, IL. The company ultimately settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

These authoritative legal publishers would eventually become part of LexisNexis.


The late 1960s through the early 1970s were a critical period in the development of what we know today as LexisNexis.

In 1967, Data Corp, an Ohio-based company that developed ink jet printing technologies, was contracted by the Ohio State Bar Association to provide a "free-text" search and retrieval system. This development drew the attention of the Mead corporation who would purchase Data Corp a year later.

In 1970, Mead Data Central was spun off as a subsidiary of Mead, going on to establish its own phone communications network and providing the long-term strategic and operation plans for the initial LEXIS database.


Mead Data Central introduces LEXIS® and NAARS services. LEXIS provides the full text of Ohio and New York codes and cases, the U.S. code, and some federal case law.

NAARS is the National Automated Accounting Research Service, a tax database from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) paves the way for reliable electronic data delivery. The following year Lexis® service pioneers online legal research by allowing attorneys to search case law database in firm via private telecommunications network.


Introduction of 1200 baud modems launches new era of high-speed data transmission. LexisNexis® UBIQ terminals give attorneys first-ever desktop access to Lexis® service. The Nexis® news database service is introduced providing The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Economist, U.S. News & World Report, Dun's Review and Reuters and Associated Press news wires.

The IBM PC is introduced two years later.


LexisNexis acquires The Michie Company, legal publishers of state codes and statutes founded in 1897. The one millionth LEXIS-NEXIS user ID is issued the following year.


Reed Elsevier acquired LexisNexis. Begun in Dayton, Ohio as a contractor to the U.S. Air Force in 1966, its electronic data-search service became the first to retrieve full-text documents. In 1973, the company introduced a legal-research service that revolutionized the way legal research and analysis was conducted.

The technology propelled the legal profession into a new era. The next year Butterworth Legal Publishers and The Michie Company, two units of Reed Elsevier Inc., combine into a new publishing company.


In 1997, LexisNexis debuted the first Web-based service for U.S. legal professionals, the precursor to LexisNexis® at www.lexis.com. By 1998 the total number of Internet users worldwide exceeds 50 million. LexisNexis® empowers customers to access legal research materials via the Internet.


LexisNexis launched a strategic business unit to create solutions to verify identity, predict and manage risk, and support law enforcement and homeland security initiatives. The business unit is now called the Risk & Information Analytics Group.

A year later LexisNexis acquired CourtLink Corporation and their electronic access and electronic filing and service products. LexisNexis Courtlink Strategic Profiles help legal professionals gain insight into the litigation history of a company, attorney experience on a particular nature or suit, or map out federal litigation trends.


LexisNexis Butterworths Canada and Quicklaw Inc., Canada's leading online legal research service, agreed to merge. Late in the year, they were formally joined to become LexisNexis Canada.

MBO Verlag is acquired, the first major step to develop a legal information business in Germany. MBO developed a comprehensive database of German legislation and had a wide range of jurisprudence and other legal, tax and regulatory information products.


LexisNexis launches a global technology platform for online products around the world to speed delivery of its portfolio of highly regarded research and information tools to corporations, lawyers and information professionals in the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific, Canada and Latin America. Customers realize the benefits of LexisNexis local and global products with enhanced functionality, advanced taxonomy and more seamless searching and linking.

Seisint is acquired for its data analytics supercomputer technology and various content. Seisint is integrated into LexisNexis's strategic risk management business unit now called LexisNexis Risk & Information Analytics Group.

Customers of this business include financial institutions, insurance companies, collections agencies, law enforcement and federal government. Products and services of this business unit help to verify identity, prevent and detect fraud, locate criminals, solve federal and law enforcement cases, and manage the risk within customer development and business processes. The business unit products and services are known for its depth and breadth of information, data analytics, and sub-second linking and matching capabilities.


LexisNexis® introduces Total Solutions–a strategy that offers innovative products and services to address specific customer needs in order to improve productivity, increase profitability and stimulate growth.

The company's first Chinese language online service, called LexisNexis® China Online, is launched for the Chinese market to help customers quickly and easily find relevant information, particularly on rapidly changing legal and regulatory issues in China.

LexisNexis Japan Co., Ltd., announced a new online legal information service in the Japanese language called LexisNexis® JP. The initial coverage of the LexisNexis® JP database includes 206,000 judgments dating from 1862; 42,000 case commentaries as published in prestigious law journals, and all of the current 7,200 Japanese statutes, codes and laws.


LexisNexis Total Practice Advantage is launched–the first online legal practice solution integrating key areas of business from calendaring, research to case assessment in order to improve law firms' productivity and efficiency.

A Japanese lawyer directory, "martindale.jp," is introduced to allow users to find lawyers by criteria such as practice area, education and career history. The Japanese legal market is undergoing dramatic changes, including thriving M&A, Corporate and Intellectual Property practices; a large increase in the number of attorneys; establishment of U.S. style law schools; and the introduction of a jury system.

LexisNexis is at the forefront in recognizing these changes have created a strong demand for a Japanese version of martindale.com®


LexisNexis launches TotalPatent to bring together relevant content, expertise and legal research capabilities all in one place. For the first time ever, users have access to the full text of 22 of the world's major patent authorities–three times more than has been available from other providers.

Designed with input from Intellectual Property (IP) experts from around the world, TotalPatent is a single online destination featuring the most complete and up-to-date domestic and international IP content available, including a timely collection of patent, scientific and other prior art information. The TotalPatent service also offers expert legal analysis, tools and document retrieval services.


LexisNexis realigns its global and U.S. organizational structure and implements new initiatives to expand its Total Solutions strategy.

Significant changes include: creation of Global Solutions organization to effectively serve all of the company's diverse markets and multi-national customers; creation of a single U.S. legal business to streamline decision making, optimize resources and align legal solutions for all U.S. markets; global oversight of operations to effectively ensure "best practices" and optimization of product development, editorial and production, customer support, and infrastructure across all LexisNexis businesses.