Legal Research Startup Company Judicata Raises $5.8 Million

Posted May 29, 2013

Judicata is a legal research company that has raised $5.8 million in a Series A-2 round of funding led by Khosla Ventures.  Peter Thiel participated in this round also.  Former Square COO Keith Rabois is joining Judicata on their board of directors.  Founded by Itai Gurari, Blake Masters, and Adam Hahn, Judicata raised $2 million from Rabois, Peter Thiel, Aaron Levie, Dylan Smith, David Lee, and SV Angel five months ago.

Judicata CEO Itai Gurari is a former lawyer and engineer that work at Jones Day and at Google for the Google Scholar project.  Blake Masters is a lawyer that has worked at Box and Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund.  Judicata CTO Adam Hahn worked at for over three years.

The company can help turn legal text into structured data and provide lawyers with information using a smart interface.  The eight-employee company wants to make legal research on the Internet much easier.  Judicata can help add structure to the data of every case and it allows attorneys to filter out irrelevant details so that they can find “specific points of law.”

Let’s say that an attorney wants to search for race discrimination cases in California, a typical search would find over 2,000 results.  These results have to be reviewed by a legal team manually.  Judicata’s search will allow users to navigate simple menus to find all race discrimination cases in a simple way.  The details may include who the judge, the date of a case, which lawyers were involved, who won the case, and what arguments were advanced in a case.

A beta version of the website is expected to launch in September.