What usually prompts you each day to access Bloomberg Law?
My morning routine, almost without exception, is to read the Daily Labor Report®. The way the articles are presented allows you then to link to additional stories on the topic or directly to court documents, allowing you to see the original source material that’s being written about. Let’s say a client calls with a wage and hour question. Most employment lawyers know the white-collar exemptions, but there’s always a client who has a question about a unique aspect of, say, the Fair Labor Standards Act. That question will prompt me to go to Bloomberg Law, find the treatise, read up on the material, link to the cases, and quickly respond to the question.
“Bloomberg Law has become the resource I trust and turn to – to the exclusion of the other electronic legal research products out there.”
How have you used Bloomberg Law to win and retain clients?
One of the most helpful things about Bloomberg Law, in terms of attracting new clients, is the docket alert feature. I can set up 50 different companies and monitor litigation activity that they’re involved in. So, if I’m alerted to a new lawsuit filed against a company that I represent or a company at which I may have an introduction, I can alert them to that filing within hours of it hitting the public network.
How does Bloomberg Law help you foresee risks that could impact your clients?
Bloomberg Law helps me see the horizon and what kinds of actions or risks are coming for my clients. First, the reporting staff at Bloomberg Law is top-notch. The individuals who cover developments in labor and employment law do so on a regular, consistent basis, so they know what they’re talking about. Second, Bloomberg Law draws together the analysis and insight from lawyers across the country, so I know when I’m reading about a national labor relations board update that I’m hearing from the sharpest minds in the field.
“Bloomberg Law consolidates the best labor and employment law resources in the market.”
What are some of the other tools or functions within labor and employment that you rely on?
Bloomberg Law plays an important role in the transactional part of my practice too. As labor and employment lawyers, we advise clients on written documents or contracts. Bloomberg Law, under its transactional resources, has collected templates or forms for every type of employment agreement, policy language, and even collective bargaining contract clauses. That’s been very helpful for me in advising [clients on] what kind of language to include in their documents.
If you were to refer Bloomberg Law to a colleague, what would you say?
Number one, it’s comprehensive. It covers the gamut of labor and employment law and it intuitively groups topics by their subject matter. Number two, the content is so well organized, navigating the platform is easy. Linking from primary case material to the secondary research material is easy to do. And third, for our firm, it’s extremely cost-effective. Unlike a number of other electronic research platforms, having the full-access Bloomberg Law platform allows us to save money for our clients.