Tip: Searching for Counsel in Case Law Databases

The proprietary legal research databases LexisNexis and Westlaw have structured their case law content so that you can easily dig into select parts of a court’s opinion.  One frequently sought piece of information is to find in which cases your opposing counsel has appeared.  This is a straightforward search, focusing on the counsel segment or field (more on LexisNexis segments, and Westlaw segments).

But what if you are searching other case law sites, particularly the free Legal Information Institutes?  Sometimes the data is not as well structured, so you can’t search just on the counsel or judges segment of the opinions.  Here’s a quick overview on searching using the counsel segment on LexisOne, and then how to craft a text search on CanLII to accomplish nearly the same result.

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