Today I am excited to announce that Ravel will be joining forces with LexisNexis.
Nik and I founded Ravel in a (law school) dorm room at Stanford in 2012, and the journey since then has been an amazing one, full of more ups and downs, challenges and opportunities, than we ever could have imagined. My favorite experience, though, by far, has been the privilege of working with incredibly talented and generous people: our team, our advisors and investors, our customers, and law students and professors from around the country. None of Ravel’s success would be possible without them.
From the start, Ravel’s purpose has been to help students and attorneys research more confidently and make data-driven decisions, with intuitive, visual software. Over a few short years, we have made remarkable progress in fulfilling that mission. We’ve also been able to broaden our ambition and expand our product goals, as the machine learning, data processing, and artificial intelligence we develop to model and extract meaning from litigation documents allow increasingly rapid innovation.
Integrating into the LexisNexis family marks the next step for Ravel, certainly not a finish line. (I like the idea of companies having multiple “founding” moments, and this is one of those.) Through the global reach of LexisNexis, Ravel’s products will now reach millions of people. By leveraging its massive data collections, we will continue developing cutting-edge technology at scale. LexisNexis has asked all of our talented team, including executive leadership, to step into important roles at the company, and we are excited to carry forward our vision and share our customer-focused culture of innovation and design-thinking. We are on a trajectory to take something great and make it even better.
Additionally, we are delighted that LexisNexis will be honoring our commitment to provide open access to American caselaw, a project that we began in collaboration with Harvard Law School. As proud as we are of our products, this digitization project is even more transformative for the American public in the long run. We are excited to continue expanding access to this resource and increasing the valuable ways in which it can be used.
Going forward this year, we will continue to directly serve our customers. Simultaneously, we will be integrating with LexisNexis Litigation Profile Suite and Lexis Advance – a process we expect to complete by early 2018 – to ensure a seamless transition for our users.
We are just getting started and I’m sure there will be more to share in the months to come. Sincere thanks to all.
Special thanks to:
- Current and former Ravel team members and contributors
- Advisors John Rodkin, Matthew Burkley, Perry Klebahn, Michael Dearing, Larry Kramer, and Heather Cameron
- Investors at NEA – Patrick Chung, Jon Sakoda, Colin Bryant; North Bridge; Ulu Ventures – Miriam Rivera and Clint Korver; and Jon Lehr at Work-Bench
- Ralph Baxter
- Ron Dolin
- Jonathan Zittrain, Adam Ziegler, and the entire fantastic team at Harvard Law School
- Our families and significant others for supporting us!
We’re excited to introduce Firm Analytics – a first of its kind platform for new competitive intelligence, performance-based firm rankings, and research into firms’ litigation activity.
With Firm Analytics, a firm’s cases are all in one place, with tracking, searchability, and analysis by practice area, court, judge, time period, and motion. For example, an associate working on an employment law case can now quickly find the employment law cases their firm has handled previously, understand the motions involved and past win rates, and discover the arguments that worked best. Firm Analytics also provides a new Ravel framework for integrating with firms’ internal document management systems, making possible the combination of public and private material for an even more comprehensive and seamless research experience.
In another first, Firm Analytics also provides rankings of firms across key variables including practice area, case volume, venue experience, and motion win rates. These leaderboards allow comparisons across substantive performance metrics, a significant innovation to traditional revenue and size rankings. As part of this launch, we are releasing rankings of the top five law firms across employment, securities, antitrust, administrative law, and bankruptcy (more below).
Firm Analytics was designed with our customers in mind, to help these firms win new clients, and win more business from existing clients. In addition, it offers in-house counsel unique new data and an unprecedented view into firms’ experience and performance. Its features include:
- Understand a firm’s litigation history by case type, venue, motion win rate, and judge
- Rank and compare firms by their case volume and motion win rate across 30+ practice areas and specific venues
- Create custom comparisons and reports using an array of variables
Powered by our cutting-edge machine learning technology and exclusive caselaw collection from Harvard Law School, Firm Analytics is now our fourth major launch in the past year – following the highly successful introductions of Judge Analytics 2.0, Court Analytics, and Motion Analytics – and represents a new product offering that continues to expand beyond traditional research.
In developing Firm Analytics, we worked closely with our customers and Advisory Board, and we want to thank the members of that board: Jean O’Grady (DLA Piper), Steve Lastres (Debevoise), Marlene Gebauer (Greenberg Traurig), and Patricia Barbone (Hughes Hubbard). These leaders helped us understand the importance of great competitive intelligence and focused us on the highest value features and use cases.
Rankings of Firms by Case Volumes Since 2014
Ravel’s data is created by mining millions of federal and state cases, across 30+ practice areas and 400+ top US firms. These rankings are based on activity since 2014.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Latham & Watkins
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Morgan Lewis & Bockius; Gibson Dunn (tied)
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
Kirkland & Ellis
Bryan Cave; Jones Day (tied)
Starting today, Ravel’s Judge Analytics now covers magistrate and bankruptcy judges. We are proud to be the first to offer data analytics about these judges, providing unique new insights into how and why they’ve ruled.
In just the past six months, we have expanded our Judge Analytics to cover all federal judges, all state appellate judges, and now magistrate and bankruptcy judges. This extensive and deep data analytics coverage of both federal and state judges is unparalleled. Our rapid expansion is made possible by our extraordinary team of engineers, data scientists, and lawyers, and the best-in-class data processing engine and algorithms at the core of our application.
The analytics and insights we offer for these judges is more robust than ever. Powered by natural language processing, machine learning, and data science, Ravel’s Judge Analytics enable lawyers to research judges in dramatically faster, more effective ways than conventional tools allow. For example, lawyers can instantly sort through an individual judge’s decisions to find those that deal only with certain types of motions or topics or have a particular outcome. At the same time, Ravel’s pattern-spotting technology identifies the language a judge has used in the past, as well as the other judges they find influential and the cases and courts they consider most important.
With these tools, lawyers are drafting better arguments, making better client pitches, avoiding nasty surprises, and saving hours of research time. Contact us to learn more about Judge Analytics and how it is being used by many of the country’s leading lawyers and firms.
The court opinions of Massachusetts and Delaware just became more digital. For the first time ever, the comprehensive collections of caselaw in the two states are now online via Ravel, and freely available to anyone with an Internet connection.
This is another step in our collaboration with Harvard Law School to digitize the entire, authoritative collection of US court opinions. Access to legal information is fundamental to our system — it’s why we have open courtrooms — yet, until now, legal materials have largely remained locked behind expensive paywalls or archived in analog books. We’re working with Harvard to change that, and that means that anyone can now read all of Massachusetts and Delaware’s caselaw for free.
For the public, this is an extraordinary new resource. For legal professionals, our subscription-based services are built on top of Harvard’s case law library, and the data adds even more depth to our professional-grade services like Judge Analytics and Case Analytics.
Massachusetts and Delaware join New York and California as states that are now fully digitized and analyzed. Their legal materials encompass the start of the republic to the present, and we’re proud to bring them online as part of Ravel’s platform. Expect more news from us as more states come online.
As a company founded by lawyers, we developed Judge Analytics to answer questions we and our peers had in practice: What factors do judges consider in making a ruling? How do they rule on particular motion types, and why? What language influences judges and what cases do they consider the most persuasive? In short, we created Judge Analytics to deliver those insights with hard data.
The terrific response that we’ve received since launching Judge Analytics (and our latest enhancements) has proven that we are not alone in seeking objective, data-driven information for legal strategy and research. We’re honored that the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has recognized us with its New Product of the Year Award for 2016. We understand that the awards committee undertook a rigorous process to evaluate our platform and that this honor is not bestowed every year.
Our team worked extremely hard to imagine and create Judge Analytics, but we also received deep support from our customers and users who worked side by side with our engineers and designers to provide feedback and insights along the way. Special thanks in particular to Jean O’Grady and DLA Piper; Rachelle Rennagel and White & Case; Cooley; Patterson Belknap; Bartlit Beck; and Simpson Thacher. We’re excited to continue building tools that can transform how lawyers understand the law and prepare for litigation. Thanks for your support!
In our digital age, data is an essential currency. Government at all levels, from local municipalities to the White House, has started to recognize the opportunities that come when open, machine-readable data is the default for government information.
Still stuck in an analog age, however, is the judicial branch. Legal materials largely remain locked behind expensive paywalls or archived in books gathering dust. Our collaboration with Harvard Law School is changing that, and we’re taking the next step in making the law open and accessible to all.
Starting today, for the first time ever, the comprehensive, authoritative collection of New York case law is now digitized and available to anyone with an internet connection. Everyone can search and read all of New York’s cases for free, including milestone cases like Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad, which greatly influenced the development of American common law on negligence and torts. Using our visualizations, anyone can explore a case map to identify key cases and trace the evolution of legal topics, taking the guesswork out of research.
Some people may wonder how making all this information freely available fits with our mission as a for-profit company. How does Ravel make money, they ask? The answer is simple: we do not believe in charging for access to legal information, and our subscription-based services are built on top of this data to help people work efficiently, thoroughly, and with data-driven intelligence. So for the public, this is an extraordinary new resource. For legal professionals considering or already using Ravel, this is an enrichment that adds even more depth to our paid, advanced services like Judge Analytics and Case Analytics.
New York State’s legal history stretches back to the founding of our country, and the Ravel team is immensely proud that we’re able to make this important material available to our country and the world. In addition to providing advanced search capabilities to New York’s court decisions, Ravel has started to add New York state judges to our Judge Analytics platform, for professionals who subscribe to our analytical tools.
This is just the beginning of what can happen when open data is combined with the power of data analytics. Now that we’ve digitized the case law of California and New York, we’ll be moving even faster in bringing the remaining states’ online. Stay tuned for updates.
Since launching Judge Analytics last year, we’ve been inspired to see lawyers use the platform to craft litigation strategy and conduct novel research. Partners have used it to forecast the outcome of motions, and associates have used it to identify the most persuasive ways to make an argument. As a senior partner at an Am Law 10 firm told us, it “provides reliable, objective data about the way the judge thinks that you can’t get from any other platform.”
We’ve been hard at work expanding our analytics, and today we’re introducing a powerful update to Judge Analytics. This new version retains all the features you already enjoy, and adds more content and analysis to help you make the best possible argument. Here’s what’s new:
- More content: In addition to all federal judges, Judge Analytics now includes appellate judges from New York, California, Florida, Illinois, and Delaware. We’ll be rolling out more state coverage in the months to come, so stay tuned.
- More functionality: We’ve created the ability to dive even deeper into a judge’s history, exploring how they have ruled on motions and specific topics, with detail about what they grant and deny. This adds granularity to tools that identify the specific language and rules that a judge favors and finds persuasive. It’s also easier than ever to share research and create custom reports.
- More insights at your fingertips: We took a fresh look at Judge Analytics and created a clean, new design, along with a major speed increase.
The core features of Judge Analytics remain the same. Powered by natural language processing, data science, and machine learning, our all-in-one dashboard identifies the rules, cases, and specific language that a judge commonly cites. It also displays the cases a judge has authored and an analysis of other judges they are influenced by and other jurisdictions they consider most persuasive. With deeper insight about judges, litigators can make more informed strategic decisions about everything from how to frame arguments to whether to file a particular motion — decisions that can make or break a case.
We’re excited to build products that empower attorneys to make data-driven decisions, and we look forward to hearing your feedback on Judge Analytics’ new features.
We just took a big step forward in making the law freely and easily available.
Starting today, as part of the Harvard-Ravel digitization project, the comprehensive, authoritative collection ofCalifornia case law is available online at Ravel. For the first time, anyone can search and read all California court opinions for free, including landmark rulings on every topic, from same-sex marriage (In re Marriage Cases, 2008) to separation of powers (Houston v. Williams, 1859). Each case is accompanied by a high-quality scan of the original book in which it was published, providing an authentic version that can not be found anywhere else but Ravel.
For lawyers, law students, academics and the general public, this is an extraordinary resource that was previously out of reach to many.
California’s court opinions are a critical part of our country’s legal “operating system,” yet until today these rulings have been locked behind expensive paywalls and printed in books available only to a limited few. Ravel now makes this vast legal database available to everyone, along with powerful tools to sift through it.
We’re incorporating Harvard’s case law collection into the rest of our platform as well. For professionals who subscribe to our suite of analytical tools, you’ll soon find California state judges as part of our Judge Analytics feature and will be able to explore in powerful detail how these judges make decisions.
There is enormous pent-up demand for access to the law. Since we announced our collaboration with Harvard our web traffic has gone through the roof, with more than 200% month-over-month growth in users and a 160% increase in page views. We expect these numbers to continue to rise as more case law comes online, more people learn about this resource, and more professionals turn to data-driven insights to develop legal strategy.
With this expanded, comprehensive body of case law, we’re excited to scale in new ways. Stay tuned for details to come.