LexisNexis and LinkedIn Announce Agreement to Feature LinkedIn® Contacts on martindale.com

As previously noted, LexisNexis today announced an agreement with the online social network LinkedIn – making Martindale-Hubbell® legal network more attractive as a networking destination for attorneys. (LexisNexis owns Martindale.) Additionally abstracts and links to Martindale-Hubbell articles and content will be distributed within the LinkedIn network. 

"When searching martindale.com for attorneys, users will see LinkedIn icons within the profiles of attorneys who are members of that network, and within the law firm profiles when attorneys from that firm are LinkedIn members. If the martindale.com user is also a member of LinkedIn, he or she can access the LinkedIn connection with the designated attorney by clicking on the LinkedIn icon. Doing so presents the user with information about the person, as well as common LinkedIn connections between the user and the attorney.  In future updates to LinkedIn, abstracts and links to Martindale-Hubbell articles and other content will be distributed through the LinkedIn network," Lexis said in a press release.

Toby Brown, head of Knowledge Management for Fulbright & Jaworski, has started a new blog called 3 Geeks and a Law Blog on legal KM, internet marketing and competitive intelligence.  He offers these observations:

1 - It appears that lawyers will need to opt-in to show their LinkedIn profile from Martindale. Otherwise, I am not sure how MH would verify the user's identity. Even then, they may have some authentication issues.

2 - The 'who knows whom' feature could extend the value of both services. It would help current lawyer LinkedIn users broaden their networks. But this will be dependent on #1.

3 - LinkedIn may benefit from the content distribution provided by MH, but it seems more benefit is poised to flow MH's way, given the greater number of lawyers already in LinkedIn.

I suppose I am skeptical that this deal will ultimately bring value. In one sense it could bring two different groups of lawyers together - old technophobes and young tech-savvies. But I'm having trouble seeing how either group will find value in crossing this divide.

It's like putting a Mercedes dealership next to a skateboard park. Each group will look over the fence in curiosity, but won't see a reason to switch their rides.

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Marjory - July 22, 2008 7:53 PM

Perfect analogy. Good job Toby.

Richard Cassidy - August 20, 2008 6:49 PM

Do you know how a lawyeron LinkedIn who has a Martindale-Hubbel profile can link them togther?

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