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How to Work With Freelance Lawyers, Part 3: Special Considerations at the Beginning and End of an Engagement

Over the past two months, we’ve discussed how to decide what to delegate to a freelance lawyer and the importance of clear communication to a successful engagement with a freelance lawyer. Two additional best practices can help you maximize the benefits—to both yourself and your clients—of working with a freelance lawyer. Share Relevant Information Keep […]

How to Work With Freelance Lawyers, Part 2: Communication is Key to Effective Delegation

Last month, we discussed how to decide what to delegate to a freelance lawyer. Once you’ve made that decision and found a freelance lawyer to work with, it’s time to actually delegate the work. Communication is the key to a successful engagement, and to building a productive ongoing working relationship with a freelance lawyer. Clearly […]

How to Work With Freelance Lawyers, Part 1: Deciding What to Delegate

You’re up to your eyeballs in work, spending late nights and weekends at the office. You know that working with a freelance lawyer can help you avoid burning out and increase your firm’s profitability, but you don’t know how to get started. As the King of Hearts said in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “Begin at the […]

Freelance Lawyers as Techno-Sherpas, Leading the Way in Collaboration

Sherpas guide Himalayan climbers to mountain peaks and carry their equipment. As a freelance lawyer, I help my clients reach new levels of success in their practices by shouldering part of their workload on an as-needed basis. Because all of my work involves collaborating with other lawyers, and because technology has always been the key […]

Dahn’s response to WestlawNext pricing critique ignores solo and small firm concerns

A couple of weeks ago, Jason Wilson’s rethinc.k blog featured a two-part series of posts entitled On WestlawNext, WestSearch, and Haters: A Brief Interview with Mike Dahn of Thomson Reuters. Although Wilson’s interview focused on questions concerning the WestlawNext search algorithm, Dahn made a few comments that touched on pricing, prompting me to write a […]

My response to rethinc.k series on WestlawNext, WestSearch, and Haters

This week, Jason Wilson’s excellent rethinc.k blog features a two–part series of posts entitled On WestlawNext, WestSearch, and Haters: A Brief Interview with Mike Dahn of Thomson Reuters. Wilson’s interview focused on questions concerning the WestlawNext search algorithm. I’ve always conceded that, for the most part, WestlawNext is superior to Westlaw. However, I’ve been outspoken […]

Tips on Starting and Running a Practice as a Freelance Lawyer, From LawJobChat

On June 29, I co-hosted #LawJobChat on Twitter. The chat, moderated by Amanda Ellis of Amanda Ellis Legal Search and Melissa Sachs of RecruiterEsq, focused on how to start and run a successful practice as a freelance lawyer. In a follow-up post on her blog, The 6Ps of the Big 3, Amanda identified the following […]

NAFLP and LRWP to ABA: Outsourcing Study Must Include Solos/Smalls and Freelance Lawyers

As part of the its sweeping review of “the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the U.S. system of lawyer regulation in the context of advances in technology and global legal practice developments,” the ABA’s Ethics 20/20 Commission has solicited comments about domestic and international legal process outsourcing. To help facilitate the information-gathering process, […]

The Immodest Premium for WestlawNext

im·mod·est -adj 1. shameless . . . . -synonyms 2. inflated Legal bloggers have generally given WestlawNext’s improved search algorithm and user interface high marks. However, they’ve been critical of West’s lack of transparency about pricing and the complexity of its pricing model. To help level the playing field in negotiations between West and its […]

Westlaw Reps Don’t Know their A$$es From their Elbows When it Comes to WestlawNext Packages and Pricing

Although I haven’t posted about my WestlawNext upgrade negotiations in a few weeks, things have been going on behind the scenes. Or, perhaps more accurately, they haven’t. The Background Before you read further, if you’re not familiar with my previous posts about WestlawNext pricing—My WestlawNext Upgrade Negotiations: Proof that West Isn’t Interested in the Solo […]