ALM Shuts Down Smart Litigator, Its Web Resource for Litigators


Among my dubious claims to fame was having had my over-sized visage plastered on a full-page ad that ran in the New York Law Journal in 2011. The ad was for Smart Litigator, a product launched in 2010 by ALM as a multi-faceted resource for litigators. The reason I was in the ad was that I had just reviewed Smart Litigator and the ad quoted from my review.

SmartLitAmbrogiNow, ALM has shut down the Smart Litigator site, effective Aug. 10. When I asked ALM about the shut-down, I received this statement from Josh Orenstein, general manager of Smart Litigator:

While SmartLitigator has always been well-received in the market by our clients, ALM has recently made the decision to refocus our priorities on our core businesses – media, intelligence, and events. Consequently, we have made the decision to cease operations of the SmartLitigator product. All Smart Litigator clients have been informed that access to the product will be terminated on Wednesday, August 10.

Smart Litigator debuted as a resource solely for New York litigators but ALM planned to use it as a template for the roll-out of similar sites in other states. Versions of Smart Litigator were subsequently launched in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The idea of it was to provide a one-stop shop for a variety of core resources used by litigators, including cases and statutes, verdicts and settlements, forms and checklists, case documents, and articles.

ALM and Fastcase and work out an arrangement to provide Smart Litigator subscribers with a special Fastcase subscription rate as a replacement legal research service.