We sat down with Edward Brandwein, head librarian at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. A 200-attorney firm, Patterson Belknap focuses on commercial litigation practice with specialties in pharma, biotech, and financial services. Ed describes how Bloomberg Law® helps the firm meet its litigation needs through best-in-class Dockets and tools such as Litigation Analytics. He is a strong proponent of the benefits of Bloomberg Law’s all-inclusive pricing model, unlimited access for subscribers, and continuous enhancements to the platform’s content and tools.
How has your legal practice changed over the past several years?
The level of completeness and detail that is now expected from researchers has enormously increased. Back in the day, a law librarian, if you just could handle statutes and case law, administrative codes and treatises, you were done. Nowadays, it is not at all uncommon for someone to say I want everything out there from this judge.
How was the firm persuaded to adopt Bloomberg Law?
When I came to Patterson…No one was really looking at things like the docket search capability, the unpublished case law, the things that litigators really need to look at. When I got a password on Bloomberg Law, because as a librarian, I had one of these four seats, and I began answering questions for litigators out of the database, everyone took notice. “Where are you getting this information from?” “Can you get me this?” “Can you get me that?” “How can I do it?”
“[O]ur litigation practice is such that we needed really deep litigation research capability, and this ability to really scan a docket at a very, very granular level is unique to Bloomberg. Nobody else can do it.”
Your practice has a litigation focus. Do you rely heavily on Bloomberg Law Dockets?
That has been very heavily used here. It’s probably the reason we got the product firmwide. I mean, our litigation practice is such that we needed really deep litigation research capability, and this ability to really scan a docket at a very, very granular level is unique to Bloomberg. Nobody else can do it.