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FindLaw Corporate Information: Company Background

FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business, is the pioneer and leader in online legal information and services for lawyers, businesses, and individuals. FindLaw's roots go back to 1995, when two attorneys compiled a list of Internet resources for a group of law librarians in northern California. The response to the material was so positive they decided to post the information on the Internet.

Launched on Jan. 9, 1996, FindLaw.com soon offered a mix of cases, statutes, legal news, a lawyer directory, an online career center and community-oriented tools such as mailing lists and message boards. The Web site rapidly developed into the leading legal information site on the Internet.

West Group, a Thomson Corporation business unit, recognized FindLaw.com as a powerful tool for reaching legal professionals and for connecting attorneys with people in need of legal representation. In Jan., 2001, FindLaw and its 55 employees became part of West Group. The company enhanced the legal information portal while rapidly developing its law firm online marketing business and client development solutions.

Today, FindLaw.com remains the most popular site for free legal information on the Internet with more than five million legal consumers visiting each month and the largest legal directory available. FindLaw's law firm marketing solutions also dominate with award-winning Web sites, online video, online attorney profiles, search engine marketing and Internet advertising. The company has continued to expand through the addition of the Findlaw UK web property and Super Lawyers, the leading brand in lawyer ratings for consumers.

With more than 1000 employees and over $100 million in annual revenue, FindLaw continues to grow and lead the legal market. The company has the largest team of online experts in the industry, a national network of sales consultants and a proven ability to get results for its clients.

 

Company Timeline

2012

November  Michael Mathias Named General Manager of FindLaw
May  FindLaw Introduces Contact Advisor
April  FindLaw.com Remains No. 1 Consumer Legal Website
January  FindLaw.com Reaches a New Milestone of 6 Million Monthly Visitors

2011

November  FindLaw Launches Legal Pulse
October  FindLaw launches WebChat Connect product for law firms
September  FindLaw Wins Two WebAwards
August  FindLaw launches Social Media Advance product for law firms
April  FindLaw.com is the No. 1 Consumer Legal Website, Online Lawyer Directory

2010

November  FindLaw launches FindLaw Mobile.
August  FindLaw launches FirmSites in the UK
July  FindLaw launches FindLaw UK

(http://findlaw.co.uk)

March  FindLaw launches Blog Services for law firms.
February 

 Thomson Reuters Acquires Super Lawyers

and

 FindLaw remains the largest legal information site on the Web and the No. 1 destination for consumers seeking legal information on the Web, according to comScore Media Metrix

January  Karl Florida Named President of FindLaw

2009

November  FindLaw Launches "FindLaw en Español" Center for Spanish-Speaking Consumers
September  FindLaw Wins Five WebAwards for Law Firm Web Site Design and Development
May  FindLaw launches consumer blogs, providing up-to-the-minute, newsworthy information related to the legal topics and issues people are talking about
February 

FindLaw acquires Contact Law, a business that offers Web-based lead generation services to small and medium-sized law firms throughout the U.K.

2008

October  FindLaw Pioneers Case Summary RSS Feeds
September  FindLaw Earns Five WebAwards for Excellence in Developing Web Sites for Law Firms
March  FindLaw launches online video products.

2007

November  Thomson FindLaw Wins Four WebAwards From Web Marketing Association
May  Thomson FindLaw Wins Three Honors at 2007 Webby Awards

2006

October  FindLaw Launches FirmSite en Español
June  FindLaw launches LegalConnection

2005

June 

FindLaw named one of 50 Coolest Websites of 2005 by Time.com

and

FindLaw.com launches new online legal centers for immigration law, family law, real estate law, small business.

May  FindLaw.com Named Best Legal Web Site in Ninth Annual Webby Awards

Most visited legal site, with 3.7 million unique monthly users.

2004

July  FindLaw Acquires Hubbard One

the legal profession's leading provider of marketing applications to large U.S. law firms

March  FindLaw.com: Number One on the Web for Information About the Law and Lawyers

According to comScore Media Metrix, a leading, independent Web usage monitoring service, FindLaw.com ranked 385th most visited among all Web sites in February 2004 - climbing from 570th this time last year. This represents the highest ranking any legal information Web site has ever received. FindLaw's nearest competitor placed a distant 2,493rd.

February  FindLaw listed in PC Magazine's '50 from the Best of the Internet'

2003

November  FindLaw to Provide Wall Street Journal Online With Law-Related Resources and Tools
September  FindLaw Becomes the 411th Most Trafficked U.S. Web Site, Surpasses 4.11 Million Unique Visitors
April  FindLaw Selected "The Best of Reference" By The New York Public Library

2002

December  FindLaw Now Ranks in Top 500 U.S. Web Sites
July  FindLaw Enhances Position as Most Popular Legal Web Site

and

FindLaw E-newsletter Distribution Reaches Five Million per Month
February  FindLaw Joins Forces With Yahoo!

2001

November  FindLaw Traffic Exceeds 42 Million Page Views Per Month
January  West Group acquires FindLaw

2000

October  Findlaw Launches Massive Lawyer and Law Firm Directory
May  FindLaw Wins "People's Voice" Award for Best Politics & Law Web Site at The Webby Awards 2000

and

FindLaw Unveils "Writ," First E-Zine About The Law
April  FindLaw is First Legal Portal to Provide Personalization: User Can Now Individualize Homepage with 'MY FindLaw'
March  Two Largest Law Portals Join Forces to Generate Five Times the Traffic of Nearest Competitor

and

FindLaw Announces Partnerships to Share Content with FSB (Fortune Small Business), CNN Interactive, EarthLink, Quicken.com, Washingtonpost.com, NYTimes.com, Court TV, and USA Today.

1999

December  FindLaw Expands Offerings With Free Access to Legal Briefs for United States Supreme Court Cases

and

FindLaw Acquires lawyermarketing.comSM and Launches FindLaw Lawyer Marketing
March  Findlaw Named Best Legal Website Third Year In A Row by legal.online
January  FindLaw Nominated for 1999 Webby Award

1998

July  FindLaw Launches JusticeMail -- Free E-mail for the Legal Community

1997

September  FindLaw Launches LegalMinds: One-Stop Access to Legal Community Discussions

1996

June  FindLaw introduces online continuing legal education courses
January  FindLaw.com is launched.

1995

Two attorneys compile a list of Internet resources for a group of California law librarians then decide to post the information on the Internet.
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