Lex Machina Launches New State Court Modules in California and Nevada

Sacramento County Superior Court and Clark County (Las Vegas) District Court are the next new state court offerings; adding these two modules, increases the state court cases covered by Lex Machina to a total of 1,130,000

Menlo Park, CA — June 2, 2020 — Lex Machina, a LexisNexis company, today announced an exciting expansion of the company’s state court analytics. Consisting of more than 170,000 combined civil court cases in Sacramento County Superior Court and Clark County (Las Vegas) District Court, the new modules give practitioners critical insights about judges, courts, law firms, individual attorneys, and parties in these state courts. By applying its Attorney Data Engine and other natural language processing technologies to state court documents, Lex Machina is the only legal analytics solution providing comprehensive coverage about the behavior of judges, law firms, attorneys, and parties in state courts.

Lex Machina is solving an immense technical challenge by taking complex, unstructured data and utilizing its software to allow practitioners to make data-driven decisions, develop winning case strategies, and win new business in state court venues. Because there is no unified system for state courts analogous to PACER for federal courts, Lex Machina’s technology platform emphasizes strict data quality and integrity to ensure that legal professionals have access to the most complete, comprehensive, and accurate analytics available.

Lex Machina worked closely with the court systems to understand their docketing practices and create analytics that reflect the unique aspects of individual courts. The two new state courts – Sacramento County Superior Court (89,000+ cases) and Clark County (Las Vegas) District Court (83,000+ cases) – each have their own data collection infrastructure and nuances. These modules cover four years of court activity beginning with cases filed January 1, 2016 or later.

The Sacramento and Clark County courts were selected for the next module expansions because they represent important state court venues. Building on Lex Machina’s existing coverage of Los Angeles County Superior Court (the largest state trial court in the U.S.), Sacramento County Superior Court is an important venue for California state litigation. Located in the California State Capitol, Sacramento is a key court for civil cases involving government entities and businesses. Clark County District Court is the largest general jurisdiction court in Nevada, serving more than 2.1 million citizens in the Las Vegas area. It encompasses all municipalities and outlying communities of Clark County.

Lex Machina’s expansion into a seventh and eighth state court is an exciting milestone in accomplishing the company’s mission of bringing Legal Analytics to all areas of the law.

“What’s really groundbreaking about our ongoing expansion into state courts is the depth to which we are delving into the documents and data,” said Karl Harris, Lex Machina’s CEO. ”We are not only obtaining documents from notoriously inconvenient state court docket systems, but we are combining that with our cutting-edge technology from our natural language processing team to produce a set of legal analytics that is not available anywhere else.”

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. Both new and existing Legal Analytics users will appreciate the easy-to-use interface that lets them access a wealth of new state court features including:

  • Searching by judge, law firm, attorney name, or party
  • Timing analytics, trial resolutions, trial damages, and trial rulings
  • Keyword searching within docket entry text and downloaded documents
  • Viewing analytics across all state courts or in one particular court
  • Court-specific filters, such as case types and case tags

The introduction of these new state court modules continues Lex Machina’s expansion into state court analytics. Lex Machina has previously released modules for the Delaware Court of Chancery, Los Angeles County Superior Court, and the Houston Area (including Harris County District Court, Harris County Court, Fort Bend County District Court, and Fort Bend County Court). San Bernardino County Superior Court is slated for release in two weeks on June 16th.

About Lex Machina
Now celebrating the 10th anniversary of Legal Analytics, the Lex Machina platform fundamentally changes how companies and law firms compete in the business and practice of law. The company provides strategic insights on judges, lawyers, law firms, parties, and other critical information across 16 federal practice areas and select state courts. Lex Machina allows law firms and companies to predict the behaviors and outcomes that different legal strategies will produce, enabling them to win cases and close business.

Legal Analytics was named “Best Legal Analytics” (The Recorder, 2014, 2015, 2016), “Best New Product of the Year” (American Association of Law Libraries, 2015), a “Legal A.I. Leader” (The National Law Journal, 2018), “Best Decision Management Solution” (AI Breakthrough Awards, 2019), and “Disruptor of the Year” (Changing Lawyer Awards, 2019). Based in Silicon Valley, Lex Machina is part of LexisNexis, a leading global provider of legal, regulatory, and business information and analytics. For more information, please visit www.lexmachina.com.

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