In-House Strategery – Controlling Your Caseload

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In-House Strategery – Controlling Your Caseload

Coordinating with your outside counsel, controlling your legal spend, and developing litigation strategies all just got a lot easier. UniCourt’s AI assisted data sorting, automated docket tracking and case management systems allow in-house attorneys to share information with outside counsel instantly, review relevant court documents from past and current cases, and receive automatic updates on new filings in their cases.

Proactive Matter Management

You no longer have to rely on emails, texts or phone calls from outside counsel in order to stay informed about ongoing litigation or new complaints filed against your company. UniCourt lets you check on what’s happening with your cases directly. By leveraging UniCourt’s shared folder functionality, you can easily create a shared folder with outside counsel that will auto-update when your company is sued or when new fillings are made in your cases. This way you’re always informed of the most current developments and can easily track whether outside counsel is meeting filing deadlines and taking a proactive approach in your cases.

To go a step further, UniCourt allows in-house teams to download court data in bulk through the Legal Data API, while also providing push notifications when new complaints are filed that fit your pre-designed search categories.

UniCourt makes managing litigation easier and less expensive for in-house attorneys, by aggregating both State and Federal court data onto one platform, saving valuable time and resources. For in-house legal teams handling Federal litigation, UniCourt also provides a real-time PACER interface, so that you never have to login to PACER again or wade through search results to find and download the right documents. The platform provides an intuitive interface and, more importantly, organizes the data from the courts for you.

Legal Spend Minimization

In the context of litigation, outside counsel will often use the same templated complaint or motion in case after case, and likely bill the same amount in each case to “draft” the complaint or motion as if it was done from scratch. Using the shared folder functionality, in-house attorneys can directly tell outside counsel exactly which motion to use in each case and begin to require flat fees for modifying the complaint or motion provided, noting that little to no “drafting” will take place. Why pay several hundred to potentially thousands of dollars for each filing in your case, and especially when you can use UniCourt’s CrowdSourced Library™ to find some of the best free motions and complaints out there for your case type.

To get into true legal spend minimization territory and begin pulling out some sophisticated strategery, in-house attorneys can search for cases they won and loss previously, and develop winning gameplans for when and what motions to file. This means that in-house teams can compare the facts of a new case to what worked in past cases (and even the cases of competitors), find all the possible filings for that case type, share those filings with outside counsel, and also put a price tag on modifying the filing for the case at hand should the need to file emerge.

Reaching this point has earth shattering implications for in-house attorneys and legal operations teams. It means you can realistically build accurate budget forecasting across your entire litigation portfolio by moving to a stage-based fixed fee approach, and also begin to better predict your total legal spend on a department-wide level.

With UniCourt’s platform, you don’t need a multi-million dollar case management system to introduce strategic processes into your litigation department. Providing easy access to court data and implementing AI technology to make sense of the data, UniCourt empowers in-house attorneys to hold outside counsel accountable, increase efficiency while minimizing legal spend, and make smarter decisions to better protect their company’s interests.