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Gavelytics Extends Judicial Analytics Coverage into Silicon Valley

AI-Driven Legal Technology Platform Delivers Actionable Insights on Superior Court Judges

LOS ANGELES, July 18, 2018 — On the heels of its recent expansion of coverage into San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, Gavelytics today announces that its proprietary database now covers Santa Clara County Superior Court, the litigation hub for Silicon Valley. The Los Angeles-based legal technology company is on pace to roll out its AI-driven data visualization tool in one new California county per month through the remainder of 2018.

“The Santa Clara launch is a critical milestone for Gavelytics as we develop comprehensive coverage across Silicon Valley, the State of California and beyond,” said Rick Merrill, founder and CEO of Gavelytics. “Our technology delivers valuable data on judges’ tendencies, which often proves to be the difference between winning and losing a critical motion, or an entire litigation matter.”

The only legal analytics platform offering in-depth, state-level data on California civil judges, Gavelytics helps litigators win new business, custom-tailor litigation strategies and obtain favorable outcomes for their clients. As Gavelytics steadily expands its footprint in the state of California, the largest judicial district in the U.S., it is also beginning to turn its attention toward other states.

“Our law firm clients are using Gavelytics to support everything from deciding to enter a peremptory challenge against a judge, to drafting dispositive motions, to evaluating settlement posture,” said Justin Brownstone, vice president of sales at Gavelytics. “One of the most common questions I get is, ‘when can we share this incredible technology with our out-of-state offices?’ My response is invariably ‘it’s just a matter of time.’”

To illustrate how these types of significant data points help attorneys conduct efficient motion practice and develop effective litigation strategies, Gavelytics’ proprietary tool Gavelscore ranks the counties on a scale of least to most defendant-friendly. San Francisco and Santa Clara are similar, with San Francisco being slightly more defense-friendly than Santa Clara, while San Mateo is more favorable to plaintiffs.

In comparing time to trial, San Francisco is the fastest of the three jurisdictions for reaching trial (354 days on average). For motion of summary judgements (MSJs), Santa Clara grants MSJs at a higher rate than both San Francisco and San Mateo (on average, Santa Clara grants defendant-filed MSJs 60% of the time and plaintiff-filed MSJs 70% of the time, which are higher rates than San Francisco and San Mateo, which each have roughly a 50/50 split.)

About Gavelytics

Gavelytics provides actionable insights that help litigators win more motions, win more cases and win more business. With Gavelytics, learn: whether a judge is good or bad for your client; the rate at which other lawyers file peremptory challenges against a judge; how a judge tends to rule on over 100 types of motions; if a judge is more likely to favor specific types of litigants; and how a judge’s workload might impact the speed at which litigation proceeds. All judges have certain tendencies. Gavelytics identifies them. For more information, please visit

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