American Bar Association Opinions Allow Firms to Earn Income from the Work Performed by a Freelance Attorney.
Posted on June 18, 2012
In the last decade, technology and globalization have changed our lives and how business is done. The practice of law has not been immune from these changes, as “outsourcing” by large law firms of document review to countries such India is no longer unusual and an alternative model for law firms has now evolved with the firm Clearspire in Washington, D.C. being staffed by lawyers working from “virtual offices” in the region. The concept of outsourcing has spread to legal research and brief writing, where smaller firms send overflow work or that needing an otherwise unavailable expertise to freelance attorneys in the United States who work from virtual offices unburdened by the high overhead costs of running a formal legal practice. The American Bar…