I couldn’t be more pleased to share an overview of Trellis’ Legal Intelligence Decision Engine in our upcoming product review after speaking with Co-Founder Nicole Clark.

As we all know, necessity is the mother of invention and in Nicole’s case. a tool that became her secret weapon while practicing at an AM100 Firm in LA. After seeing a demo it’s crystal clear how her need for specialized data drove the creation of Trellis’s Legal Intelligence Decision Engine.

The level of detail in the results found on Judges and ruling patterns provides users the ability to predict results. Armed with Trellis, boutique to law firm attorneys will have the power they need to win new clients and cases like never before.

Congratulations to Nicole and her team at Trellis! Keep an eye out for our upcoming review and read the full funding announcement release below.

March 27, 2019

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trellis Research today announced the public release of its powerful decision engine, and $2M in Seed funding. Trellis empowers attorneys to make smarter decisions in a fraction of the time, with the largest and most comprehensive database of California court records available, including detailed analysis of each judge’s decision and ruling history. Trellis is quickly establishing itself as the must-have research tool for the industry’s fiercest litigators.

With its powerful database of +5M state trial court records that aren’t accessible anywhere else, Trellis enables litigators to make data-backed decisions at the state trial court level. Despite presiding over more than 99 percent of the nation’s litigation, the state court system is highly fragmented, and this has historically made it impossible for attorneys to gain access to comprehensive records and public data. Trellis’ decision engine and smart search technology changes that. Trellis radically elevates the standard of care for the legal profession, leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to help attorneys research issues and judges, prepare motions targeted to their trial judge’s preferences, and predict settlement ranges and class member payouts.

Trellis was created by CEO and co-founder Nicole Clark, a career litigator who developed the idea for the tool for her own use while litigating at an AM100 law firm in Los Angeles. “Trellis, which was then my secret weapon, gave me such an obvious competitive advantage that it immediately validated my belief in what I had built,” says Clark. Trellis is already in use at several AM100 firms in California. “Client expectations are changing, along with technology, and attorneys have a duty to perform exhaustive research with all available tools,” says Clark. “If data is available to opposing counsel, and you’re not accessing it, you’re at a competitive disadvantage and may be performing below the standard of care.”

In the US the legal services market is valued at more than $600 billion annually. Legal research juggernauts like LexisNexis and Westlaw rake in a combined $10B in revenue annually. Currently 99.7 percent of litigation is taking place at the state trial court level, the very court system that is entirely ignored by LexisNexis and Westlaw, who focus on appellate court data. When Trellis launches in New York in late 2019, the platform will be available to 25 percent of the nation’s 3 million lawyers.

“Attorneys and firms that embrace technology will have more time to focus on the meaningful aspects of practice, and bringing in new business, which is why we see investor dollars surging into the legal industry,” says Jeff Bocan, whose firm Okapi Venture Capital led Trellis’ Seed round. “Business opportunities this massive, and this scalable, don’t come around often.”

About Trellis

Trellis helps litigants win motions and win cases by creating the first and only database of California state court records, with more than 5.1 million records and counting. Trellis makes available practical judicial biographies and career insights, as well as actionable analytics on individual judges, and strategy reports to prepare your filings and oral arguments. Trellis was founded by Nicole Clark, a career litigator. With today’s formal launch, Trellis announced that it has received $2 million in seed funding. Investors in the round include Okapi Venture Capital, Craft Ventures and Sequoia Scout, Revel Ventures, and Intrepid Ventures. Angel investors who participated include Earthlink founder and CEO Sky Dayton, former Federal Communications Commissioner Julius Genachowski, Clutter founder Brian Thomas, and Wayne Chang, who sold Crashlytics to Google. Trellis is a graduate of Techstars LA 2018.

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Chelsey Lambert

Chelsey Lambert is a Legal Technology Specialist, published Author and CLE Speaker. As a former Practice Management Advisor for the Chicago Bar Association, and Vice President of Marketing for a leading case management provider she has seen our industry from many angles. Today, she works with vendors to bring their products or emerging technologies into the marketplace. And, teaches legal technology courses to lawyers all over the country sharing different ways technology can benefit their law firm. As Founder of Lex Tech Review and Lex Tech Media Group she welcomes the opportunity to chat!