November 15, 2018
Westlaw Edge Hits 1,500 Sales in First 15 Weeks
Breakthrough AI from Thomson Reuters establishing new standard for modern legal practice
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL., November 15, 2018 – More than 1,500 legal organizations have already purchased Westlaw Edge in its first 15 weeks on the market, as legal professionals seek the benefits of delivering superior client value through advanced artificial intelligence technology.
“We’ve seen an overwhelming response for Westlaw Edge from law firms, major banks, insurance companies and key court systems,” said Mike Dahn, senior vice president of Westlaw Product Management. “We’re hearing from customers that the new insights provided by Westlaw Edge can affect litigation outcomes, and firms don't want to be at a disadvantage in court.”
Westlaw Edge, the new version of Westlaw, incorporates state-of-the-art AI, helping legal professionals complete work faster while avoiding costly mistakes. Westlaw Edge also leverages the most comprehensive set of litigation analytics to give users a strategic edge. “One of the biggest reasons for Westlaw Edge’s rapid adoption is that we're offering litigation analytics across a far greater number of state and federal dockets than other providers,” added Dahn. “Additionally, the exclusive new warnings for bad law have been extremely well received.”
“We signed on immediately,” said Jake Courtney, partner at prestigious plaintiff’s firm Girardi | Keese. “Westlaw Edge takes us forward, and we always want to be at the forefront of the legal profession. You’ve got to have the best product to go with the best people to make sure you're always right. It's a small investment for a big return on a big case.”
Shawn Mitkowski, CIO at award-winning IP firm, Sterne Kessler, commented, “Our clients are interested in how we internally drive innovation through the utilization of technologies. We are integrating the advanced AI capabilities of Westlaw Edge into our everyday workflow process to deliver relevant information when our attorneys need it.”
Westlaw Edge is being used by major firms including Locke Lord and Shearman & Sterling, among others, and will be used by all law students beginning in January 2019.
Westlaw Edge represents Thomson Reuters largest investment in AI since 2010 and was developed with attorneys and technologists working side by side. In this way, state-of-the-art AI technologies were specifically tuned to attorney-authored content and powerful legal research tools, including the West Key Number System and KeyCite.
“The AI capabilities we built into Westlaw Edge could not have achieved these results without all of the editorial work the Westlaw attorneys have developed over decades,” said Khalid Al-Kofahi, vice president of Research & Development and head of the Thomson Reuters Center for Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Computing. “We know how competitive firms can be and how much their clients care about quality and efficiency. We’re excited to see the response from our customers validating the power of Westlaw Edge, as we continue to develop not only more sophisticated AI, but also new editorial work that will power new AI capabilities in the future.”
Thomson Reuters recently introduced its latest features on Westlaw Edge, adding Delaware Court of Chancery state court to its integrated Litigation Analytics and introducing Regulations Compare, a unique service that allows legal researchers to quickly understand how a federal regulation has changed over time.
For more information about Westlaw Edge, visit WestlawEdge.com.
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