Six Steps to an Efficient Litigation Workflow

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Law firms of all sizes are looking for better ways to retain and grow a client base, control costs, and get the right information at the right time.

According to Altman Weil’s Law Firms in Transition Survey, legal industry insiders expect the following challenges to be permanent changes to the industry:

  • Focus on improved practice efficiency
  • More price competition
  • Competition from nontraditional service providers
  • More non-hourly billing
  • Corporate clients doing more work in-house

With challenges come opportunities, and law firms today can leverage sophisticated technology to succeed – particularly in practice areas that are expected to grow in demand, such as litigation.

Now more than ever, legal technology is necessary to help prepare for litigation. The amount of analytical data, evidence, and case law information is so substantial that we need smart technology to make sense of it all. The right legal technology platform will support you from the moment litigation is initiated throughout the full litigation workflow.

What is legal tech?

Legal technology helps attorneys sift through thousands of cases quickly and comprehensively. These products can also help aggregate or summarize data in a way that is more useful.

For example, before litigation analytics were common, a partner may have asked a junior associate to find all summary judgment motions ruled on by a specific judge to determine how often that judge grants or denies them. The attorney could have done so by manually searching over PACER and/or by searching through court opinions, but that would take a long time. Now, Litigation Analytics can aggregate that data and provide an answer in seconds.

Automating parts of the research process with legal technology frees up time and effort for other activities that benefit the client and makes legal research and writing more efficient.

Because a legal technology platform can sift through so much more legal data than a human can, there is an increase in the breadth and quality of the research. These legal tech products can make connections and associations that an attorney might not think to make and can overturn stones an attorney might not think to turn over. Legal tech tools help instill confidence that more relevant cases are reviewed than ever before.

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