The Lex Machina team is excited to announce Legal Analytics for Harris County. As part of the Houston metropolitan area, Harris County courts are important venues for Texas state court litigation. Lex Machina’s Legal Analytics for Harris County includes two modules: Harris County Court and Harris County District Court. Lex Machina provides valuable data-driven insights about judges, law firms, individual attorneys, and parties in state courts. Thus, practitioners can search for meaningful information from one court, both Harris County Courts together, or across all state offerings.

Legal Analytics for state courts is a notable expansion of our platform due to the technological challenges involved in utilizing state court information. There is no unified records system for state courts analogous to PACER in federal courts, so our team worked closely with the court systems to understand their docketing practices and create analytics that reflect the unique aspects of individual courts.

Lex Machina allows users to filter cases by the following information in order to find the most relevant cases:

Harris County District Court Case Types – Contract, Employment, Real Property, Tax, Injury or Damage, Other Civil, Related to Criminal Matters, Multi-District Litigation (MDL)

Harris County Court Case Types – Contract, Real Property, Tax, Injury or Damage, Appealed from Lower Court, Other / Legacy / Administrative, Related to Criminal Matters

Case Tags – Order re: Summary Judgment, Jury

Trial Damages – General Damages (Judgment on the Merits), General Damages (Jury Verdict), Attorneys’ Fees / Costs

Trial Rulings – Bench Trial, Jury Verdict, Default Judgment, Consent Judgment, Other Judgment

Harris County Court diagram

Lex Machina gathers raw information from state court cases, including downloading millions of state court documents to present the most comprehensive and accurate data possible. The company cleans, tags, codes, enhances and presents the resulting data in a way that makes it easy for users to quickly access insights and grasp trends that are relevant to the legal matter they’re working on. Whether simply searching for a case or looking for more in-depth analytics, practitioners can investigate a party’s litigation track record, assess a law firm’s experience in similar cases, observe patterns in judicial decisions, examine the range of damages awarded at trial or search docket entry text.

Lex Machina will add its new State Court modules on a court-by-court basis, with an emphasis on strict data quality and integrity to ensure that legal professionals have access to the most complete, comprehensive and accurate analytics available.