How to Gain Strategic Insights into Your Legal Opponents
Using Smart Search for Legal Research
Using Smart Search, you can search law firms or individual attorney names to learn how your opponents have litigated cases similar to yours, how they’ve positioned particular legal issues, as well as the legal authorities they’ve relied on. You can also research whether those motions have been successful and whether they settle cases before or after filing motions for summary judgment. Gain a strategic advantage by knowing what your opposing counsel may argue before they argue it.
Running a query on Smart Search will search the body and text of state trial court dockets and documents based on the keywords you use (including a lawyer or law firm). Using relevant keywords and Boolean operators, try searching the law firm/attorney name AND a motion type, a legal issue, a cause of action, a practice area, and/or a judge, then click on any tab to view the results.
Opposing Counsel - Cases
Opposing Counsel - Motions
💡 All of the above is also relevant to researching parties and corporations, not just opposing counsel!
Sample Search Queries
Boolean Operators in Smart Search
Below are some sample opposing counsel-related search queries you may run using different Boolean operators:
|“attorney’s full name”|
|party:”attorney’s full name”|
|“last-name first name”|
|“law firm” AND “practice area”|
|“law firm” AND “legal issue”|
|“law firm” AND “motion-type”|
|“law firm” AND “motion-type” AND “document type”||
|“law firm” AND “motion-type” AND “legal issue”|
|“law firm” AND judge:last-name AND county:”name”|
|“law firm” AND “jury instructions”|