Freelance Legal Services

Freelance Legal Writing

Time is money.  Unfortunately, time is also short.  If you are a lawyer in a solo or small firm practice, you know that few things rob you of more time that drafting complex briefs and motions.  You have almost certainly found yourself squeezing in a response to a summary judgment brief in the evenings while you are in court and on the phone during the day.  Someone might say, “Great!  I get to bill more hours.”   But, after you have exhausted yourself, lawyers know that many clients will balk at the price tag.  (“How can it take you 15 hours to draft a brief?”).  Contract or freelance legal writing services get you off this treadmill and allow you to achieve greater efficiency.

A freelance or contract attorney that focuses on legal writing and is not distracted by phone calls and court hearings can draft a high-quality brief in much less time.  Historically, busy lawyers would call upon his or her law clerk or a first-year associate.  But, a freelance or contract attorney can do the work without extensive supervision, and he or she can do the work without being on the payroll.

I have written thousands of pages of legal arguments, including hundreds of appellate briefs and numerous trial court motions.  My work has covered a wide range of legal areas from civil rights defense to appeals from divorce decrees.  Some of these arguments have helped establish new precedent, and others have simply saved clients.  

Freelance Legal Research

"It depends." That is the correct answer to most of our clients’ legal questions. It is an incredibly frustrating answer. Clients want more certainty, and we would prefer to look more definitive and more authoritative. Put another way, we want our clients to believe that we know what we are talking about.

Unfortunately, we must perpetually promise our clients, “I’ll get back to you.” You can then research the matter yourself (because you have hours of time to give away to answer clients’ questions), or you can ask someone else to do it for you. If you’re a solo or small firm practitioner, however, you might not have the luxury of a law clerk or junior associate. As a result, the client might not ever receive the definitive answer they need.

I can help you with that. A contract attorney that focuses on providing legal research can answer your legal questions efficiently (read cheaper), while you continue producing billable hours. Having written thousands of pages of legal arguments and hundreds of appellate briefs, there is a decent chance that I have already had an opportunity to research your question. If I haven’t, chances are that I can find the answer fast. With a practice devoted to brief writing, I have developed many techniques to find the answers as quickly and accurately as possible. Give me a call and let me help you be authoritative.