West, Lexis Stage Competing Blogger Summits

An interesting coincidence is occurring tomorrow. On the very same day, in very different locations, the nation’s two leading legal publishers are both staging day-long summit meetings, to which they have invited a variety of legal bloggers, journalists, industry analysts and “influencers.”

Godzilla_king_kongIn New York City, LexisNexis is conducting what it is billing as its 2013 Technology Summit. The full-day event will take place at its Park Avenue headquarters and will be followed by dinner at a nearby location. In attendance will be executives from the LexisNexis Research & Litigation Solutions division, who will discuss strategic and product plans for 2013 and beyond.

Meanwhile, out in balmy Eagan, Minn., where its legal division is headquartered, Thomson Reuters is hosting its own bloggers and influencers summit. This one promises to include senior leaders, scientists and product developers from the company. Intriguingly, the company is promising an advance look at “a new class of products, tools, and technologies that we think will define the next generation of technology for the evolving legal marketplace.”

Both these events are being held as precursors to LegalTech New York, which takes place Jan. 29-30. Both companies are expected to preview products that they will formally announce at LegalTech.

Of course, for the aforementioned bloggers, journalists and analysts, these dueling summits create a quandary as to which to attend. From what I can tell, not everyone who was invited to one was invited to the other. Lexis sent its invitations first and my seat-of-the-pants sense is that its summit will have the larger attendance.

As for which one I am attending, watch my blog posts later this week to find out.

And as for how it is that the two leading legal publishers came to host parallel summits on the very same day, no doubt it is a matter of sheer coincidence.