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TRENDING: Aderant Expert ranks number one in Am Law 200 – a look at the stats

Added on the 12th Sep 2017 at 11:14 am
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Following on from the story in our roundup yesterday (12 September) regarding Aderant’s win of Alston & Bird from Elite and its release claiming that Expert is now the number one platform in Am Law 200, we have a few more stats to play with.

Aderant, which now has 74 Am Law 200 law firms on Expert, is not saying that it is the overall market leader, that still clearly falls to Thomson Reuters Elite. But this is how it says the market breaks down:

Aderant Expert: 74

Elite Enterprise: 71

Elite 3E: 44

LawTime: 1

Rippe: 6

SAP: 3

Other: 1

Elite in February 2016 announced that it would sunset Enterprise, with all bug fixes coming to an end in December 2022. As we have flagged many times, Enterprise clients are being faced with a choice of upgrading to 3E or finding another platform and Aderant has achieved some significant BigLaw Enterprise wins this year, including Proskauer Rose and New York white shoe firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Alston & Bird brought the number of Am Law 200 firms on/having selected Expert to 74.

We’ve always known that these Elite Enterprise firms will decide who retains overall US market leadership and, based on these stats, Elite has some catching up to do.


  1. Alex Young says:

    So, it’s a bit like Expert forming a minority government based on more sites (not necessarily more seats though – that’s a whole different stat for team LTI to research).

    Surely in this case Enterprise and 3E would claim that they can operate as a coalition (not necessarily one of chaos)?

    Back to work I think…

    • Caroline Hill says:

      I like your analogy and I’m sure Elite will agree but the fact is firms are having to move off Enterprise and there is no guarantee they will stick within a TRE coalition. As you know, 3E and Enterprise are entirely different systems, which makes the stats more interesting than if there was a natural migration plan from one to the other. For those reasons, Aderant’s single platform lead is relevant. terms of overall market leadership Elite has it but these stats are interesting/valuable because they show what is at stake, agree or disagree? (no attempt here to impose a whip!)

      • Alex Young says:

        Totally agree Caroline. To be serious now…

        However much TRE would love to talk about smooth Enterprise to 3E transitions the reality of such a project can be very different (the same goes for the Envision market as well remember). I am talking to / working with a few Enterprise firms who are looking to take a wider market review and selection before committing to their replacement platform for just this reason.

        Aderant are the supplier who through a concerted effort to evolve Expert over recent years find themselves in pole position to offer a credible alternative. This is good for them and also alternatives are good for the market in general.

        In many cases 3E will still be the obvious choice – particularly if the wider TRE business management solution is part of the conversation. However, even in this case I’d still say that at least a semblance of a competitive process is good practice and a commercially sensible strategy.

        Interesting times ahead here. Let’s see where the numbers move …

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