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FindLaw Traffic Exceeds 42 Million Page Views Per Month


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., November 28, 2001 — Traffic to FindLaw now exceeds 42 million page views per month, far surpassing the combined usage of all other legal Web portals. Comprehensive free legal information and innovative services continue to draw legal professionals, businesses and the public to the Internet's most popular legal portal.

While reaching the 42 million page views per month milestone is a strong indicator of FindLaw's popularity, additional statistics shed light on the diverse and engaged community of users who depend on FindLaw's vast array of services. Business and non-legal professionals and the public represent approximately half of FindLaw's page views. The site has garnered particular attention from these groups as a comprehensive source to learn more about legal issues they face and to find qualified counsel.

Introduced in 1996, FindLaw's comprehensive legal information directory and LawCrawler(R) service, renowned for giving structure to and enabling researchers to easily navigate the variety of free legal information on the Web, became an instant hit with legal researchers. In January 2001, West Group, the foremost provider of e-information solutions to the U.S. legal market, acquired FindLaw with the promise to continue building the popular legal portal.

These efforts have resulted in a marked expansion of FindLaw's information resources, including free case law, statutes and regulatory information; free topical and jurisdictional newsletters; and news and expert analysis of current events. Additionally, FindLaw now offers powerful new career and practice building services, including:

-- Law Firm Marketing Tools, a broad range of services such as the West Legal Directory(R) and FirmSite(R) which helps legal professionals connect and build relationships with potential clients

-- FindLaw Career Center, the leading legal employment site that features comprehensive classifieds, resume building tools and an outplacement center

-- West Legal Directory, the Web's largest directory of attorneys and law firms contains more than 1 million listings searchable by jurisdiction and practice area

-- FindLaw Market Center, a comprehensive directory of legal service providers, including expert witnesses, court reporters and investigators

-- Continuing Legal Education through West LegalEdcenter(TM), which delivers the most comprehensive library of accredited CLE programming to attorneys' desktops via the Internet

“What began as a simple directory of free legal sources has blossomed into a full-service portal with an active community,” said Stacy Stern, vice president and co-founder of FindLaw. “The site is still a great place to find free legal information, and FindLaw has really evolved to support a growing array of law practice demands.”

Stern said sustained traffic to FindLaw is aided by the more than 850,000 subscriptions to its free opt-in services, such as customizable MY FindLaw, daily opinion summaries and topical newsletters such as Sports Law Update, Health Law Pulse and Writ. FindLaw's free opinion summaries and newsletters deliver the latest decisions, legal news and thoughtful analysis. In particular, Writ, which features leading legal experts' critical analysis of issues of the day, has become a staple for nationwide news outlets.

About FindLaw

FindLaw Inc. ( is the highest-trafficked legal Web site, providing the most comprehensive legal resources on the Internet for lawyers, businesses and individuals. For businesses and the public, FindLaw provides comprehensive, plain-English legal information, and the Internet's largest lawyer directory. For lawyers and legal professionals, FindLaw offers the most complete information, resources and services for careers and practices, including free case law, online legal career center, breaking legal news, marketing and client development tools, newsletters, message boards, service directories, continuing legal education and legal search tools.