Legal Start-Up To Rate Lawyers on Win/Loss Record

legalist legal start-upFinding a lawyer is often harder than it looks, especially one best fit for serving a client’s specific needs. Today, many opt for the internet in search of their perfect match, and one legal start-up believes it has found the answer to the endless search process for the best qualified attorney out there.

Legalist is the brainchild of two Harvard undergrads, who developed the organization after needing a lawyer themselves, and realizing how difficult it was to evaluate a lawyer’s effectiveness simply from online attorney reviews.

This legal start-up created an algorithm that will rate lawyers based on publicly available court records, and mine through data to match clients with attorneys who previously have won similar cases. It will also profile litigators’ win-loss records and consider the proximity of the client to the lawyer in question. Clients will be able to view profiles of the lawyers chosen by the algorithm, and will then be able to select their choice candidate and contact the attorney directly through the platform.

Currently Legalist is the only legal start-up out there using an attorney’s win-loss record as a factor in the search process. Sites like Avvo and Yelp instead only rely on published articles, client reviews, disciplinary records and the like when rating their lawyers.

At this time, the legal start-up is undergoing beta-testing using only Massachusetts cases, and is scheduled to launch later this year with only this state’s lawyers. It will expand its services across the United States over time as the organization gains popularity and builds up its caseload and credibility.

Would you use this service if you needed a lawyer? Is the measure of a quality attorney best done by an algorithm or should resources like this be one of many factors in selecting the right counsel for a client?

Let us know what you think.


Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

3 thoughts on “Legal Start-Up To Rate Lawyers on Win/Loss Record

  1. Thankfully I am closer to the end than the beginning. The only thing I’ve learned is that in the vast majority of cases when you end up at trial, someone, somewhere (i.e. one of the lawyers) is doing something wrong. Any marks for settling the case? Alternative dispute resolution? Saving the client half a million?

    1. Thanks for sharing Brian. The only thing I have seen the developers address in relation to your questions above regards how cases that are settled will be handled within the algorithm, and even then, it wasn’t that much.

      Legalist said it will look at settling as a “win” per-say in that it ranks higher than a loss. So if an attorney has settled a large number of cases in a specific subject matter he/she will rank higher than those who haven’t won a case in that area at all.

      Interesting right? Let’s just hope that those using the platform and others out there looking for an attorney invest a greater deal of time in the search process and use multiple sources to find the best counsel for his/her case at hand.

  2. There’s another company in this space. Premonition is an Artificial Intelligence system that mines Big Data to find out which Attorneys win before which Judges. It is a very, very unfair advantage in Litigation.

    Premonition also has the World’s Largest Litigation Database – Bigger than every major litigation database combined:
    • Global case search
    • Real time updates

    Other uses:
    • Law Firms – Account pitches using data
    • General Counsel – Internally defendable litigator selection. Get the best and prove it.
    • Risk Managers – Historical litigation data with outcomes and costs. Litigation trend alerts.
    • Law Enforcement – Global case search, real time alerts, litigation heat mapping.
    • Big data – Integration with other data sets, financial regression analysis.
    • Lobbying – Premonition knows which lobbyists get which bills passed with which politicians, committees and agencies.

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