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April 3, 2018, 4:05 a.m.

Reducing Guesswork and Gaining a Competitive Advantage with Gavelytics

I used to be a litigator at a large Los Angeles law firm, and the moment one of my cases was assigned to a judge, I did the first thing that most litigators do — I reflected on whether I had ever appeared before that judge and, if so, tried to recall whatever takeaways, sometimes hazy, I could muster. If I was completely unfamiliar with a judge, I usually called or emailed a colleague in a hunt for anecdotal information that might help prepare me for litigating a case before that judge. Sound inefficient (and insufficient)? Well, it is. And it is precisely why I created Gavelytics, a research tool designed to significantly reduce guesswork and empower litigators to base their strategic decisions on hard data.

Litigators loathe uncertainty. As do I. Which is why I hired a team of software engineers, attorneys and data scientists to answer the question: how can I acquire enough information about my judge’s past behavior to effectively evaluate how she might rule on critical issues in my case? Gavelytics is the result of this rigorous inquiry. Offering a detailed analytics database on California civil trial judges, Gavelytics helps attorneys build their litigation strategies around statistical analyses of judicial tendencies.

Imagine if litigators could anticipate how a judge would rule on a pivotal motion. Or make a data-supported decision regarding whether to disqualify a judge at the outset of litigation. Or adjust settlement posture based on the judge’s tendencies in bench trials or on summary judgment motions. With Gavelytics, litigators can accomplish this and much more. To be of any value to litigators, judicial analytics data must enable tactical or strategic decisions that litigators would be unable to make absent such data. Such “actionable” judicial analytics data help litigators:

  • Improve pitches to prospective clients: demonstrate your detailed knowledge of the judge at the outset of litigation
  • Evaluate the benefits of filing a CCP § 170.6 challenge: determine if your client would be better off with a different judge
  • Custom-tailor litigation strategy to the judge: adjust your tactics based on anticipated judicial behavior
  • Be more effective in motion practice: let your judge’s tendencies inform your discovery strategy and brief writing
  • Manage clients’ expectations: Utilize data regarding judicial workload and litigation speed to keep your client informed
These are just a few of the ways that Gavelytics reduces guesswork and provides its users a competitive advantage in litigation. For more information, watch this video to see how Gavelytics is revolutionizing litigation strategy.