Upcoming Panel: Mining Gold From Government Data

February 17th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm EST

New technologies are making new sources of government data – including key information about government regulations, judges, litigants and attorneys – available.

But new technology comes with new challenges – and data without organization distracts more than it informs.

Join us as leading experts discuss three new tools opening new windows into government information – and how you and your firm can be a more intelligent consumer of legal technology.

Log-in information: contact anna@pacerpro.com.

Bob Ambrogi, J.D., nationally recognized and award winning legal technology expert

Jean O’Grady, J.D., M.L.S., Director of Research Services and Libraries at DLA Piper, Blog Dewey B Strategic voted “Best Legal Research/Writing Blog in ABA Magazine Blawg 100 Poll”

Lucy Curci-Gonzalez, M.L.S., Executive Director at New York Law Institute

Gavin McGrane, J.D., co-founder and CEO of PacerPro

Robert Dessau, founder and CEO of voxgov

PacerPro releases Litigant Profiler; Arnold & Porter head librarian comments

February 9th, 2016
PacerPro Launches Litigant Profiler to Profile Litigants —
Analyzes Litigation Activity to Provide Competitive and Strategic Intelligence

PacerPro, the smarter way to use PACER, today announced the launch of its Litigant Profiler, a tool that provides a 360-degree view of litigation activity by companies, individuals and the lawyers who represent them. By tapping directly into PACER’s Case Locator system in real- time, the Litigant Profiler provides competitive and strategic intelligence that is not only thorough, but also up to the moment. Users are able to quickly and cost-effectively understand the litigation landscape thanks to PacerPro’s data visualizations and robust filtering tools.

Access to substantive documents, as well as the individual dockets sheets, is just a click away.

The Director of Library Services at Arnold & Porter, Jim Shelar, reports:

We tested PacerPro’s litigant profiler, which leverages PACER’s case locator service, against other legal search services we have (Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, Courthouse news, etc.) and found that PacerPro retrieved more cases than any of the other services. The searching is much more accurate than the others and offers superior filtering capabilities as well.

Business Research Librarian Cheryl Halvorsen at Blank Rome reports:

I tested PacerPro’s service right after using another similar product. PacerPro brought back cases the other product missed.

John Digilio, National Library Manager at Reed Smith, comments:

With a few simple clicks, researchers can quickly and almost effortlessly generate a nationwide look at any party’s litigation profile. . . This is hot functionality, folks. Think of the time you just saved on having to compile that list yourselves!

Richard Reiben, who joined the PacerPro sales team after 32 years West/Thompson Reuters, comments:

The big players provide a lot of great functionality – but, no one can do everything. That’s where we come in, providing unique, high quality tools that effectively address the widely acknowledged pain points caused by working with PACER.
Interested parties are invited to contact Anna McGrane, head of sales, (anna@pacerpro.com) to try the new feature out for free.

“Why Have Leading Law Firms Turned To PacerPro?” hint: CUT PACER FEES BY 30%…ELIMINATE OVERHEAD…BROAD ADOPTION.

Why Use PacerPro? This was the topic of a recent, hour- long panel moderated by legal technology writer Bob Ambrogi and comprised of Quinn Emanuel’s library director, Schulte Roth’s managing clerk, and a senior legal secretary at Susman Godfrey. Highlights follow. The full broadcast is available here.

Reduce PACER Fees

Mr. Ambrogi: Dale, you’re a library director at Quinn Emanuel. What got you interested in PacerPro?

Mr. Jachlewski: Cost savings. That was the first thing that appealed to me, and I took it to my COO, and it’s sorta like pulling teeth to get them to approve new subscriptions. So the big selling point for my boss was cost savings.

Mr. Ambrogi: What have you seen in terms of the cost issue?

Mr. Jachlewski: About 25 to 30 percent…I took a look at the bills, and [previously] we did have those multiple downloads.

Dale Jachlewski, Quinn Emanuel. LISTEN.

Save Time

“If you have never tried to download 44 exhibits plus a main document, you just haven’t lived yet. It can take forever. And because we have some heavy rainmakers here who have lots of cases there are some secretaries who bog down all day with ECFs. We actually have administrative assistants here who spend a lot of their day doing nothing but downloading ECFs, changing the name, putting them back in an email, and sending them back to the secretary [for distribution to the trial team]. [With PacerPro] that has been virtually eliminated.”

Peggy Wallace, Susman GodfreyLISTEN.

Improve Workflow

“I had an e-filing a couple weeks ago, it was late at night, it was a little before midnight, we had a deadline. I texted [the partner] once I had e-filed the document, and I’m like, ‘did you get the PacerPro hit?’ and he was like, ‘yes, it’s awesome.’”

Evan Melluzzo, Schulte Roth. LISTEN.

Keep the whole office happy

“My boss is happy, which is good. The attorneys love the ECF alerts and the tracking. And the paralegals love the bulk download. I haven’t had any negative feedback at all. I mean literally, nobody. People want to buy drinks for Gavin when he’s in town.”

“We’re pretty happy with it. It’s like, where have you been all our lives?”

Dale Jachlewski, Quinn Emanuel. LISTEN.

New Features: Batch Downloads, Re-order Docket, Print Docket, Search History

We’ve been hard at work implementing some of the most requested features on PacerPro. Together, we believe these new features help make our tool absolutely indispensable in the course of managing federal district cases.

Batch downloads

Downloading and labeling PACER documents quickly becomes time-consuming drudge work when you need to download more than one document. We’ve solved that problem by allowing you to download one or more docket entries simultaneously and by providing a sensible labeling convention automatically. Try it out!


Re-Ordering your Docket Entry Display

PACER provides their docket entries oldest-to-newest by default, which can be great for understanding the beginning, middle and end of case you’re new to. But for those of us staying on top of active cases we need just the opposite–the latest results right at the top. Now, with a single click of the order link, you can view entries whichever way you prefer.

Printable Dockets
In the context of a legal team, support staff are often called on by attorneys to “print” the docket. To facilitate this common task, we’ve added a simple “Print” button at the top of the case page. Clicking the print button will generate a facsimile of the existing PacerPro docket, including all of the biographical information that sits at the top of your standard PACER docket report.


Search History

When you’re in research mode, every inquiry matters, even the ones that produce no results. You want to keep track of the ground you’ve covered, later be able to find the result sets that proved to be such a goldmine, and easily re-run searches when you suspect there may be new results. PacerPro’s new Search History feature makes all this possible, and more. Not only do we provide you a list of all the searches you conduct with an indication of the number of results they produced, but we let you print them for internal tracking and sharing.

Go ahead and give our new features a try. We’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do.

As ABA Journal said in a glowing review of the service, “By providing a modern interface with enhanced functionality, PacerPro makes PACER easier to use. With no cost to sign up, why access PACER any other way?”

It Gets Better

It’s easy to forget that only a decade ago people who touched federal court cases lived out of boxes. Boxes on desks, on the floor, in the car. Boxes filled with files, filled with reams of pages. Pages that needed our constant attention  to keep them up-to-date, in order, complete.

By 2007 the government was approaching its goal of putting 100% of new federal case documents online through PACER–Public Access Court Electronic Records. Suddenly banker boxes filled with documents started to seem anachronistic. Relics from another time. It’s not like the mountains of printed documents disappeared, but more of our real activity was spent managing the digital versions. Not only could we could find out if opposing parties filed something moments after it happened, we could pull the document seconds later–no driving down to the courthouse after a sleepless night of wondering what had been filed.

Since then the entire legal industry has gotten quite comfortable with the benefits of the digital age. The only problem is, as the rest of the business world has seen increasingly sophisticated tools for accessing and navigating high volumes of online data,  legal professionals may as well be living in 2007. PACER’s antiquated interface and paywall, which was behind the times even back in 2007, has proved to be a massive barrier to realizing the true potential of online access to all court records.

So that’s why we’re here. We are lawyers, technologists and designers creating a Web platform that radically improves how diverse legal teams access the most critical information to their success–real-time court records, and the related data that provides context. PacerPro makes finding and tracking case data as effortless as using Google. It’s always up-to-date, easy to use and, amazingly, gets cheaper the more that people use it.

We’ll be talking more about how it works on this blog, and our view on how the legal space is being transformed by technology. Join us for what promises to be a fantastic adventure.