What is a freelance attorney?
A freelance attorney works for other attorneys on discrete assignments or for specific periods of time as agreed upon by the freelance attorney and the attorney client. A freelance attorney provides value to lawyers and law firms by being accessible as needed and producing high quality work product.
What can a freelance attorney help me and my firm with?
A freelance attorney can help you and your law firm with a variety of tasks such as legal research, legal writing, document review, and more. A freelance attorney can tackle the "lawyerly work" in your law practice that you usually focus on.
Why should I work with Lewis Legal? What are the benefits?
Lewis Legal saves you time and can help you to increase your income. Working with Lewis Legal allows you to work on other cases, devote time to personal projects, and spend more time with your family. Lewis Legal can help you and your firm to increase revenue without increasing fixed expenses.
How can Lewis Legal help my firm save money?
Lewis Legal allows your law firm to keep monthly overhead expenses to a minimum by eliminating the expenses of finding and training full-time employees, eliminating the need for larger office space, and reducing salary on payroll.
Can my firm ethically profit by working with Lewis Legal?
Yes! In all states (with the exception of Texas), you can charge your clients your reasonable hourly rate for the work completed by Lewis Legal. Lewis Legal takes a portion of the hourly rate, and you keep the remainder for yourself and your law firm. It's like having someone else do your homework while earning income at the same time!
How can Lewis Legal help my law firm compete with larger firms?
When you work with Lewis Legal, you can increase your output and production without increasing your overhead expenses.
Does a freelance attorney need to be barred in my jurisdiction?
No, so long as the freelance attorney is not representing your clients. You and your firm are responsible for supervising the work of your freelance attorney and adopting it as your own. The freelance attorney does not represent your clients.
Is my firm responsible for supervising the work of of a freelance attorney?
Yes. In accordance with ABA Formal opinion 08-451, any work produced by Lewis Legal is supervised by you and your firm and adopted as your own.
"A lawyer may outsource legal or nonlegal support services provided the lawyer remains ultimately responsible for rendering competent legal services to the client under Model Rule 1.1."
ABA Ethics Committee
Lewis Legal ensures high-quality work from an experienced freelance attorney to help you use your review time efficiently.
How can I avoid conflicts of interest when working with Lewis Legal?
Lewis Legal thoroughly checks for conflicts of interest before accepting any projects or work.
Will all my information be kept confidential?
Yes. Lewis Legal keeps all of your information private and confidential.
What else does the American Bar Association say about working with temporary, contract, or freelance lawyers?
Source: ABA Comm. on Ethics & Prof’l Responsibility, Formal Op. 08-451 (2008) - Lawyer’s Obligations when Outsourcing Legal and Nonlegal Support Services
Source: ABA Comm. on Ethics & Prof’l Responsibility, Formal Op. 88-356 (1988) - Temporary Lawyers
Source: ABA Comm. on Ethics & Prof’l Responsibility, Formal Op. 00-420 - Surcharge to Client for Use of a Contract Lawyer
Do you have writing samples my firm can review?
Yes. Please email Sonrisa@LewisLegalFreelance.com to request a writing sample.