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Citysearch and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell® Partner to Provide Local Users With Greater Access to Network of Attorneys

Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 03:01

Citysearch, a premier provider of local information, and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the leading client development company for the legal profession, today announced that the two companies have entered into an exclusive agreement to provide users greater access to Martindale-Hubbell's attorney listings across the United States.

Through this agreement, Citysearch's millions of monthly users will be able to quickly and easily locate one of the more than 440,000 lawyers and law firms featured in the database. Users can access lawyer and law firm listings through either the Citysearch Yellow Pages directory, or through Citysearch's local search functionality. In addition, each listing will be displayed with a direct link to the biographical profile, enabling users to access information required to make an informed decision.

"By making our extensive listings available across the Citysearch network, we have significantly increased visibility and access to our database," said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president of business development and marketing for Martindale-Hubbell. "Through this agreement, Citysearch users will benefit from being able to select the appropriate attorney for their needs in dozens of legal practice areas, such as family law, real estate law or criminal law."

"Finding the right attorney can be a very challenging proposition, and by adding's extensive listings and detailed information, we will assist our users in their decision-making process," said Briggs Ferguson, president of Citysearch. "We are excited to be able to offer Martindale- Hubbell a cost effective solution to drive traffic to their listings through our new Local Pay for Performance advertising solution."

About helps users find legal counsel, review credentials of lawyers and educate themselves about the legal process. In the past five years, it has emerged as an award-winning resource, lauded by such recognized media organizations as The New York Times,, Entrepreneur, Fortune and PC Magazine for its content and ease of use.

About Martindale-Hubbell

The Martindale-Hubbell Legal Network is the number-one resource for information about the worldwide legal profession, and is consulted daily by lawyers, business executives and consumers. With more than 3 million searches per month, this unrivaled network connects lawyers and law firms with their clients and potential clients, facilitates communication between members of the legal profession, and makes available a wide range of biographical information and professional credentials regarding attorneys in private, corporate and government practice. It is powered by a database of more than 1 million lawyers and law firms around the world.

Martindale-Hubbell is also the leading provider of Web sites for lawyers and has recently announced a number of new products and services to facilitate client development initiatives for lawyers and law firms. These client development vehicles include opportunities to publish articles on the Web and in respected industry newsletters, invitations to speak at highly regarded professional conferences, and new products designed to market law firm practice area and industry groups. Martindale-Hubbell is part of the LexisNexis Group, a member of the Reed Elsevier Group plc. For more information, visit .

About Citysearch is a premier provider of local information on topics ranging from restaurants and shopping to travel and professional services. Citysearch empowers users to make informed decisions about where to spend their time and money by delivering more than 500,000 editorial and user reviews of local businesses. Citysearch is both the number one provider of in-depth restaurant information on the web, influencing more than a million people a month about where to eat, and the number three local directory, supplying information for every domestic zip code. Citysearch is a division of USA Interactive (NASDAQ: USAI).

SOURCE: Citysearch; LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

CONTACT: media, Daryn Teague of Teague Communications, +1-661-297-5292,, for LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell; or Eric Jaffe of
Citysearch, +1-213-639-8823,

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