Legal Publishers

U.S. Legal Publishers in the United States

The legal publishing landscape has changed dramatically from the 20th Century. Many of the smaller, independent publishers of legal information have been acquired by larger publishing conglomerates. Currently, the top major legal publishers are Reed Elsevier (LexisNexis, Matthew Bender, and Martindale Hubbell), Thomson Reuters (West, RIA, and Sweet & Maxwell), Bloomberg (BNA) and Wolters Kluwer (CCH, Aspen, and Loislaw). These four publishers currently dominate the legal information market in the United States and part of the world.

John Burke and Peter Allsop of Sweet & Maxwell said that in the 90s: “Law publishing, like almost everything else, has changed in the past three decades. It has become markedly more professional, with budgets, computerised accounting and sophisticated costing. Behind the editor, and tending to breathe down his neck, stands the accountant with advice, criticism and, occasionally, grim approval.”

Mergers and acquisitions of Legal Publishers

There were a suppression, in whole or in part, of some of the great brand names of professional publishing, such as Sweet and Maxwell, Butterworths, Tolley, CCH, Carswell, Matthew Bender, Clark Boardman and others, in favour of somewhat faceless corporate identities that have less meaning.

The List

The following list include some foreign legal publishers:

  • ABA Web Store – American Bar Association The source for practical legal information.
  • AccessLaw AccessLaw is the publisher of CalDisc. CalDisc is of one of California’s first legal research CD-ROMs. Prior to the release of CalDisc AccessLaw published California codes on diskette.
  • AcqWeb’s
  • Agrilaw Press Agrilaw Press is the publisher of newsletters, books, textbooks, and CDs on Agricultural Law.
  • Alberty Publishing We sell a complete set of limited liability company forms dealing with the creation, operation, transfer, reorganization, and termination of an LLC, including our LLC operating agreement.
  • Alert Publications Alert Publications Inc. offers current awareness newsletters for business and legal researchers. These are designed to help busy information professionals keep on top in their profession.
  • Allworth Press Publishes business and self-help books for artists, designers, photographers, writers, and film and performing artists, as well as books about business, law, and personal finance for the general public.
  • Altman Weil Altman Weil provides management consulting services exclusively to legal organizations. Our clients include law firms, law departments, governmental legal offices and legal vendors of all sizes and types throughout North America, the U.K. and abroad.
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law – AAPL The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law is an organization of psychiatrists dedicated to excellence in practice, teaching, and research in forensic psychiatry. Founded in 1969, AAPL currently has more than 1,500 members in North America and around the world.
  • American Association of Law Libraries The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information.
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association – AIPLA – Part of our mission is to provide our members access to high-quality educational materials and programming. In this section of the site we provide access to an extensive library of materials. Using the navigation links to the left, you can download order forms for audio tapes, CD-Roms of the materials, videos, and books from our stated meetings and seminars and road shows.
  • American Lawyer Media ALM’s award-winning publications, events and online properties — including The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Real Estate Forum, LegalTech, Insight Information, and — anticipate and address the needs of today’s leaders with timely, focused news and information.
  • American Legal Publishing American Legal Publishing provides a wide range of services to municipalities and organizations of all sizes, including ordinance codification and supplementation, CD-ROM publishing, Internet hosting, document imaging and much more!
  • Ashgate – Law Ashgate is a leading international publisher of academic books on law and legal studies. A substantial presence has been built on the reputation of the Dartmouth imprint for first-class legal monographs, edited collections and reference works. Ashgate has recently broadened the range and depth of this list by consolidating established series with new titles and introducing new series in cutting-edge areas. Our authors come from a variety of jurisdictions and subject specialisms and write on a wide range of legal topics with particular emphasis on issues of current interest and importance, including human rights law, environmental law, criminal law and criminology, comparative law and international law.
  • Aspen Publishers
  • Blue Sheet Publications, Inc.
  • BNA BNA is a leading publisher of information and analysis products for professionals in law, tax, business, and government. The company’s print and electronic products address the full range of legal, legislative, regulatory, and economic developments affecting business. Today, BNA employees in the nation’s capital and around the world produce more than 350 news and information services known and valued for their unbiased reporting, including the highly respected Daily Labor Report and Daily Tax Report.
  • Bowne Publishing Division Bowne offers over 100 titles in Corporate and Securities Law publications.
  • Business Information Alert Business Information Alert is a publisher of specialty newsletters for legal and business researchers. A pioneer in the research newsletter market, Business Information Alert, Inc. is dedicated to providing information that guides researchers to essential sources.
  • Business Publishers BPI is a major source of targeted news and analysis that helps businesses compete in the global marketplace. Since 1963, BPI has been on the forefront of covering issues that affect the very quality of life — including the environment, human services and aging, health and safety, construction and education.
  • Cambridge Catalogue – Law Cambridge’s exciting and expanding programme of law titles offers an excellent range of academic-, practitioner- and textbooks in a variety of subjects. Exciting new projects present the finest and freshest thinking in International Law, Humanitarian Law, European Law, and Corporate Law, to name a few.
  • Canada Law Book Canada Law Book enjoys a reputation for excellence and integrity and has been a leading Canadian law publisher since 1855. We are proud to count among our authors many of Canada’s most prominent legal scholars. Their work, combined with the highest editorial standards, enable us to deliver to our customers an outstanding collection of books and electronic services. Unedited case law and legislation are now widely available, but they are often poorly organized and incomplete. They lack the added value of headnotes, indexes and other finding tools which a professional law publisher like Canada Law Book applies to these materials. And, by combining cases and legislation, and linking them to authored commentary, Canada Law Book is able to create information resources that meet the exacting needs of busy practitioners and academics.
  • CCH Legal (A Wolters Kluwer Business) For 60 years, CCH has been serving the research needs of judges, lawyers, librarians and law students. Our expert editorial team of over 125 lawyers devotes more than 100,000 hours annually on our research products so you can focus on the results: expert commentary, leading cases, Tables of Concordance and much more! With CCH, you get the work solutions you need to help you do your job faster and easier.
  • Claitor Law Books and Publishing Division
  • Croner Croner has a reputation for providing reliable support for legal compliance and best practice in the areas of human resources, health and safety, environmental management, local and central government, education, trade and transport.
  • CT Advantage CT provides intelligent software and service solutions that empower legal professionals to more effectively manage dynamic information, speed up workflows, and make critical decisions.
  • Dahlstrom Legal Publishing Publisher of the Federal Rules.
  • Data Trace Publishing Company (dtp) Data Trace specializes in Chemistry, Medical and Legal Publishing, Risk Management Programs, Continuing Education and Association Management. On our website you’ll find information about all of our various publications, whether they’re journals, books, CD-ROMs, audios, or videos. You can securely order all of our publications and read selected journals online. To find a product, look in the New Products section, the Best Sellers section, or go to the appropriate specialty using the links above.
  • Dye & Durham Dye & Durham is a wholly owned Canadian company with a long and reputable history of serving the legal profession. Since 1874 (beginning as the Dominion Blank Form Company, providing legal forms) we have been dedicated to providing high quality products and services to lawyers and law firms. Our history of dedication to maintaining this high standard has earned Dye & Durham the distinction of Preferred Supplier for Legal Support Services and Law Offices Supplies to the Canadian Bar Association.
  • Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Emond Montgomery Publications – Law Schools Emond Montgomery Publications has been publishing outstanding law school casebooks and student texts since 1977. We cover a diverse range of legal subjects that fully support Canadian law degree programs, and our author teams include some of the best and most renowned legal scholars in the country. Emond Montgomery is “Canada’s Legal Academic Publisher.”
  • Europa Law Publishing A legal publisher specializing in European Union law, international trade law, public international law, environmental law and comparative national law, is perhaps the best way to describe Europa Law Publishing. We are a small, independent publisher of quality legal books and committed to high standards.
  • Harris Martin Publishing.
  • Hart Publishing, Oxford
  • IBLS IBLS is the leader in keeping everyone who uses the Internet apprised of the global laws and regulations that affect their online experience. It empowers business and legal professionals to design successful internet strategies by bringing them the global knowledge of internet business rules and regulations written by legal experts around the world.
  • Infosources Publishing
  • Inside Washington Publishers Inside Washington Publishers has provided exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of the federal policy process for professionals in Washington, across the United States, and around the world. IWP currently produces 21 publications, all of which include both print and online components, covering virtually every major federal policy arena, including environment, defense, healthcare, trade and energy.
  • James Publishing
  • JAS Publications
  • Jones Mc Clure Publishing, Inc
  • Jordan Publishing Jordan Publishing Ltd is the UK’s leading privately-owned law publisher.
  • Juris Publishing Juris Publishing is a full-service legal publisher specializing in International and United States law.
  • Justis Publishing Ltd Justis Publishing Ltd (formerly Context Ltd) is an independent publisher of electronic legal information and provider of publishing software and services.
  • Knowles Publishing Our goal is to provide you, the customer, with fast, efficient, productive service . . . and to provide a broad range of products from which to choose.
  • L R P Publications
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Compagny.
  • Law reporters We are dedicated to providing in-depth analysis of current decisions and developments in the law. Each of our publications is designed to give the busy practitioner the facts and recent holdings relevant to each particular field of law. Our issues feature articles, outlines, editorials, summaries of the recent decisions, a topical index, recent developments in pending cases, legislation, and regulatory matters, and full-text copies of important decisions.
  • Lawyers & Judges Publishing Compagny, Inc Lawyers & Judges Publishing’s key goal is to provide our customers with products and services that save them time and money. Since 1963, Lawyers & Judges Publishing has provided paper products, such as booklets, slide calculators, folios, books and reference works. Today, however, we are offering customers a wide range of media. Solutions vary from conventional publications to electronic package products such as CD-ROMS, software packages or CLE training and education conferences.
  • Lawyers Weekly, Inc., Lawyers Weekly, Inc., the nation’s premier source of legal information for practicing attorneys, leads the industry in integrating traditional newspaper products with innovative Internet benefits, e-mail services and web-based reporting.
  • Legal Information Alert Alert Publications, Inc. is a publisher of specialty newsletters for legal and business researchers. A pioneer in the research newsletter market, Alert Publications, Inc. is dedicated to providing information that guides researchers to essential sources.
  • Lexis Nexis Canada
  • LFB Scholarly Publishing. LFB Scholarly offers monographs presenting the best new scholarship in targeted fields in the social sciences. Books are published in focused series. Each title is refereed by the series editors, senior scholars well-known in the field. Each series is interdisciplinary, introducing scholars in one discipline to the work of others in related fields.
  • Looseleaf Law Publications
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers
  • Moran Publishing Company Moran Publishing Company is well-known to the profession as a publisher dedicated to the needs of the trial attorney. Its first publication, The New York Jury Verdict Reporter, is recognized among New York attorneys as a “bible” of information.
  • Oceana Publications
  • Palladian Law Group A.P.C. Palladian Law Group A.P.C. sm Whether transactions or litigation, our entire practice is focused on Clients, their needs, and how our services and attorneys can help. We help Clients win cases, tackle legal obstacles, and navigate the legal complexity of the world today.
  • Phillips International, Inc.
  • Publishing Law Center This site is devoted to providing quality information for the publishing community – publishers, authors, editors, web masters, and freelancers.
  • Quinlan Publishing Group
  • Radford Publishing Co.
  • Research Advisor Research Advisoris is a publisher of specialty newsletters for legal and business researchers.
  • Revere Legal Publishes Revere publishes comprehensive looseleaf books written by leading authorities. Providing up-to-date, state specific legal information allowing you to stay abreast of the latest changes in the law.
  • Routledge-Cavendish – Student Law Review The Student Law Review continues to be the single most popular publication for law students. It is essential reading for all who teach and study law. No library, academic or student can afford to be without a copy. Published termly, three times a year, the Student Law Review provides up to date coverage across the entire syllabus. Written and edited by a team of acknowledged experts with many years experience of law practice and teaching, the articles manage to be accessible, clear and of a high academic standard. Concise case notes illustrate significant facts and the consequences of recent judgements while changes to legislation are expertly summarised and explained.
  • Roxbury Publishing Compagny Roxbury is one of the fastest-growing, independently owned publishers of innovative books for the college market.
  • Rutgers Race & the Law Review The Rutgers Race and The Law Review provides a forum for scholarship and dialogue on race, ethnicity, and the law. Established in 1996, it is the second journal in the nation to focus on the broad spectrum of multicultural issues. It addresses the concerns of people of color and covers various types of political ideologies, philosophies, and religions.
  • Solomon Publications
  • Specialty Technical Publishers Specialty Technical Publishers has become one of North America’s leading publishers of reference and interpretive materials. We have expanded our range from Environmental, Health & Safety, and Transportation manuals to include a comprehensive line of Business Management publications, such as International Standards Organization (ISO) guides, Business Law guides, and Accounting guides.
  • Stevens Publishing
  • Strafford Publications. Strafford is among the nation’s leading publishers of specialized information services covering the latest legal, regulatory, tax, auditing and corporate security developments. Our print and electronic services are supremely current, authoritative resources designed to meet the needs of the most demanding professionals.
  • Stylus Publishing, LLC Stylus is an independent publisher, as well as the distributor of independent publishers and NGOs, meeting the needs of a wide range of audiences.
  • The Religion Case Reporter The Religion Case Reporter is the only publication in the United States devoted exclusively to reporting and indexing judicial opinions addressing the interaction between law and religion.
  • Thomson Legal & Regulatory Integrated information solutions for legal, tax, accounting, intellectual property, compliance and business professionals, led by Westlaw.
    Westlaw is the premiere online legal research tool accessed by millions of users around the world. It provides quick, easy access to a vast collection of statutes, case law materials public records and other legal resources, along with current news articles and business information. Westlaw is backed by industry-leading customer service, from technical support to research assistance. Available 24 hours per day, seven days a week, West’s professional reference attorneys are bar-admitted lawyers with representation from more than 20 states, ensuring the best results from each research session.
  • Tomson Carswell Legal professionals looking for an edge choose Carswell for comprehensive research information and solutions. From lawyers, judges, law professors and paralegals to police, government libraries and research facilities, Carswell customers span the breadth of the Canadian legal community.
  • TransLex TransLex is a comprehensive codification- and research platform for transnational business law. It works like Google and access is free.
  • Want Publishing The legal profession demands, above all else, clarity of expression. We can help with the time-consuming task of copyediting and proofreading legal memoranda as well as papers for publication or presentation.
  • Westlaw Westlaw® is an online legal research service providing quick, easy access to West’s vast collection of statutes, case law materials, public records and other legal resources, as well as current news articles and business information.
  • Wolf Legal Publishers WLP is a publisher consisting of a number of scientist, designers and media experts who have handled (and are handling) publications and projects for a number of clients (United Nations, Ministerie van Justitie, Stichting Studiecentrum Rechtspleging (SSR), University of Tilburg, Leiden University, Nijmegen University, Technical University of Eindhoven, Amerindian Peoples Association, Global Law Association, International Courts Association, RAIO-congres, KPN-Telecom, Nederlandse Reclassering, Nationaal Rapporteur Mensenhandel, College van Procureurs-Generaal, Red Cross, and many others).
  • Wolters Kluwer – Legal, Tax & Regulatory Europe Wolters Kluwer Legal, Tax & Regulatory Europe focuses on six customer segments: legal; fiscal/financial; human resources; public & government administration; health, safety & environment (HSE); and transport.
  • Wolters Kluwer – Tax, Accounting & Legal Wolters Kluwer Tax, Accounting & Legal is the foremost provider of tax, accounting, legal, and regulatory information for professionals. It leads the research and compliance markets, providing authoritative research products and tools for key specialty areas of law, including securities.
  • Woodridge Legal Publishers

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Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Legal Publishers. This part provides references, in relation to Legal Publishers, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Legal Publishers by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Legal Publishers and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Legal Publishers or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Legal Publishers and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Legal Publishers. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Legal Publishers should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Legal Publishers when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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1 thought on “Legal Publishers”

  1. R. Mackay

    Sometimes “publishing” indicates precisely what is the nature of the activity, while otherwise it suggests a backward and narrow approach. At different times, words like “information” are used, as are “content” and “research”, evolving to “integrated workflow solutions” and suchlike. Personally, I favour the lack of reticence in parts of mainland Europe and Canada with “maison d’édition” and “casa editrice”.

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