How much time do you spend researching the judge of your upcoming case? Are you looking at what the judge has said on the topic of your case? Do you know what judge or judges they cite often? Do you know if the judge relies upon a certain court when drafting opinions?

Westlaw Edge users now have the ability to access deep analysis of that and more using Precedent Analytics, a new feature on Westlaw Edge’s Litigation Analytics.

Precedent Analytics presents visualization and insights relating to how individual judges cite to prior case law. Built upon Westlaw’s exclusive attorney-authored summaries of law and leveraging topics classified in the West Key Number System, Westlaw Edge users now have a powerful ability to view detailed analysis of the issues and precedent judges cite to in their opinions.

(filtered judge view; full size, click here)

(result list of multiple cases; full size, click here)

“Precedent Analytics allows researchers to derive key insights into a judge based on topics, the cases a judge regularly relies on and other judges he or she frequently cites,” said Jeff Arvidson, director, Product Management for Thomson Reuters. “Additionally, researchers can discover the specific district, circuit or state courts a judge most often looks to when issuing their opinions.”

Senior Vice President of Westlaw Product Management Mike Dahn noted the value Precedent Analytics produces through Thomson Reuters unrivaled content. “Understanding which cases judges cite to most often by topic can be incredibly important for brief writing and effective advocacy. Only Westlaw Edge enables litigators to see this information by topic with the most sophisticated topical classification of U.S. law, the West Key Number System.”

(full topic list; full size, click here)

Precedent Analytics also will quickly show whether there is a seminal case a judge regularly relies upon for different types of issues. Without the new feature, this insight from traditional research would require a significant amount of time. Plus, with filtering available by 23 motion types and more than 100 sub-motion types, Litigation Analytics is unmatched in both coverage and capabilities.

Learn more about Litigation Analytics on Westlaw Edge, now including Precedent Analytics, here.

(court visibility – district courts; full size, click here)

(cited results list – expanded; full size, click here)

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