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Legal research refers to the task of finding and gathering information necessary to support a legal case. On Upwork, the world’s largest online workplace, lawyers and law firms hire talented legal researchers and assistants — who may have professional experience in corporate law, criminal law or patent law — to conduct thorough legal research about workplace policies, consumer rights, or specific regulations. They can also draft legal documents, write detailed reports, or prepare presentations — including case studies, statutes, law reviews, or reviewing ethic and moral aspects of a subject.

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  1. James S.

    James S.

    Legal Research and Writing, Appeals & Journalism

    United States - Last active: 16 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 3

    I have over 28 years experience working as a consultant for attorneys. In that role, I have been responsible for legal research, case analysis, case management, pre-trial, all aspects of discovery, litigation (jury and bench trials), preparing state and federal trial court pleadings as well as briefs in state and federal appellate courts. I have experience in all areas of the law. I prefer civil law, however, I have extensive experience in criminal law. I taught legal research and writing for 3 years as part of a college level paralegal certification course. I have strong English skills and I am CELTA trained to teach English. My native language is English. I also speak Russian (ILR Level 2 +2), Spanish (ILR Level 1 +2), Ukrainian (ILR Level 1), Dutch (ILR Level 1), German (ILR Level 1), and French (ILR Level 1). I have over 35 years experience as a photographer and 10 years experience as a photojournalist.

    $55.56 /hr
    76 hours
    5.00
  2. Mary R.

    Mary R.

    Legal Research, Writing, and Litigation Support Professional

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 2

    I am a licensed attorney (Iowa & Florida) with over ten years of legal research and writing experience, graduated in the top 10% of my law school class, was Captain of Drake University Law School’s National Moot Court Team, and earned my MBA while completing law school. I've been self-employed as a Freelance Law Clerk for the past five years. Prior to this position, I practiced healthcare and corporate law for two years in Bradenton, Florida. I left Bradenton to accommodate my husband's career and we currently reside in California, but I work with attorneys and law firms nationwide. I've worked on projects in a variety of practice areas, including: medical malpractice, personal injury, health care compliance, corporate transactional, ERISA, family law, bankruptcy, and general business litigation. I am also experienced at drafting and editing omplex legal documents, such as pre-trial motions, supporting memoranda, client opinion letters, appellate briefs, and various transactional agreements. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working for the legal and compliance departments at a major national Professional Employer Organization – my primary responsibilities in this role are to review the PEO’s contracts and policies to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and to modify the PEO’s contracts, policies, and agreements to bring them into compliance. I was also tasked with overhauling the PEO’s master service agreement – the agreement that is used with every PEO client – a project that required more than 50 hours of detailed and complex contract drafting. While the PEO’s compliance director is on maternity leave, I’ve also been hired to review and revise various contracts with clients and vendors. I am looking for additional legal research, writing, editing, and litigation support projects. Please browse my website (http://www.lrw4attorneys.com) to learn more about my qualifications and experience. PLEASE NOTE -- My Florida and Iowa bar licenses are INACTIVE. By law, I am only authorized to work for licensed attorneys - I cannot work for private individuals or provide legal advice. Any services provided through oDesk are not done in an attorney-client capacity.

    Groups: Blue Star Families

    $50.00 /hr
    454 hours
    4.91
  3. Nick Phelps

    Nick Phelps

    Talented and Committed Business and Marketing Consultant

    New Zealand - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 2

    I have a host of experience in the business and legal sectors and am wanting to develop my skill set further with involvement in international ventures and projects. Having worked with a range of different clients and companies, I have been able to gain valuable insights into the standards required in the marketplace and have produced exceptional reports and results. I am currently involved in a legal capacity for a technology start-up and am operating several other creative projects as a hobby. I am looking for one off or part time projects which would allow me to use and further develop the skills that I have acquired. I am interested in legal research and advice, financial planning, social media marketing, market research, business plans and business writing.

    $44.44 /hr
    899 hours
    4.98
  4. Ariel Humphrey

    Ariel Humphrey

    French-American IT/Internet Contract & Environmental Law Attorney

    United States - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 5

    Ariel Humphrey is a French-American licensed IT/Internet Contract and Environmental Law Attorney ranked "Number 1" amongst all of the top Odesk Attorneys. My activity is mainly aimed at helping start-up companies/businesses to be perfectly managed from a Legal and contractual perspective. 1) My goals are to develop several activities on oDesk including the drafting, editing, review, creation or translation of sophisticated Contracts/Agreements in the field of Business law in general (corporate and banking agreements including shareholders' agreements or revolving line of credit agreements for instance) and also specifically in the sector of Internet Business Law (including SEO/CRO service agreements and/or website design & development agreements and/or terms of services (TOS) and privacy policies for websites), of IT Law (including software development agreements or software license agreements or end-user license agreements (EULA)), of Sports/Entertainment/Art/Music (including graphic design agreements or music license agreements or Sponsorship Agreements) whether it be in French, in English or in both languages (bilingual contracts). I do have a very large database of contracts and agreements (templates) including all kinds of agreements related to the matters mentioned above and to business law in general. You will benefit from my legal know-how and database, given that I can adapt all of my contracts to your particular situation and needs so that we come up with a tailor-made contract solution for You. 2) I am a French Licensed attorney and I can assist you and address your needs related to French Law, international contract law (including but not limited to Australian Law, Canadian Law, U.S. Law etc.). I am a French corporate attorney which means that I am an expert in French Corporate law having practiced in different Paris-based prestigious law firms (including Eversheds, Vaughan Avocats). 3) I am a US citizen and a French Native citizen (European Citizen). I am perfectly bilingual with high level writing and analytical skills that I would like you to benefit from should you need my services when French and/or English language(s) are involved. With such writing, linguistic and analytical skills I am used to writing/drafting/reviewing/editing/proofreading Legal or Business documents of all kinds related to or about any subject that falls within my strong, all-around and broad General Technical and legal culture/knowledge/know-how/Experience). I also have a large experience as a business and legal translator. 4) In addition to my solid experience as a business attorney throughout Europe as you can see on my resume which you will find below, I worked as a legal Consultant in India in 2011 for the Legal Process Outsourcing Company Quislex Inc.; I also worked in 2008 in Louisiana and in San Diego, California in 2010 : in other words, I have a large international wingspan when it comes to work. I remain at your service no matter what :-) ! You can find me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/arielhumphrey Ariel Humphrey

    $95.00 /hr
    2,109 hours
    4.98
  5. Lauren B.

    Lauren B.

    Writer/Editor/Attorney: Law| Business | Creative| Academic | etc.

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 12

    For more than 15 years, I have been a writer and editor in many different capacities, from writing white papers on healthcare policy, to founding and editing a literary journal, to editing theses and dissertations for graduate students, to crafting and revising resumes. I am also an attorney, with very strong legal research and writing skills in many areas of the law. Much of my professional experience has been in healthcare policy and law, and I have an excellent grasp of medical terminology and am familiar with a broad range of health topics and issues. In addition, I write literary fiction that has been published widely. My collection of short fiction was published in June of 2014. If it's not listed, I might know it. If I don't know it, I'd love to learn it. I look forward to working with you. (Please note that my fees for legal work are higher than my posted hourly rate, which is my fee for general writing and editing.)

    $35.00 /hr
    24 hours
    4.97
  6. Melanie Ramirez

    Melanie Ramirez

    Legal Consultant / Highly-Experienced Writer / Coordinator / Manager

    Philippines - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 7

    I am a legal professional who can offer services pertaining to legal matters. I am likewise a highly-experienced writer who have 8 years of experience doing academic, article, SEO, etc. writing. It has been my desire to be able to use my writing skills into good use. To earn from it is a bonus. I would like to help those with writing needs, even students who may have writing requirements. I also can give sound legal advice and information that could be of big help to those who may not afford expensive attorney's fees. I took my masters degree in International Business Law in the University of Liverpool in UK and can thereby handle legal matters regardless of the country of origin. Besides my legal and writing experiences, I am also an experienced manager who have handled administrative work mostly for company presidents and CEOs. As such, I am confident I can handle virtual work for them. You can contact me faster via Skype: melanie23.gueco

    $44.44 /hr
    142 hours
    4.90
  7. Ela K.

    Ela K.

    Provider of Writing/Proofreading/Translation Services & Legal Insight

    Germany - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 17 - Portfolio: 3

    Native German freelance writer, translator and fully qualified lawyer with strong organization, prioritization and project management skills. Well-rounded and resourceful professional with a mix of legal, marketing and publishing expertise. Worked the past couple of years as a researcher and writer for specialized - financial and legal - publishers in London, UK. Firm grasp of the English (UK and US spelling) and German languages and in-depth research experience. Thoroughly enjoys both creative and technical writing, with a penchant for translating, editing and proofreading both German and English content. 10+ years' translation experience (website content, business plans etc.). Especially interested in medical and legal topics but will take on any given subject with the same enthusiasm. Highly analytical, timely, quality-driven and adaptive. Important note: As I handle legal/sensitive information on a regular basis I do not work with the automatic oDesk time tracking tool due to confidentiality issues.

    $44.00 /hr
    68 hours
    5.00
  8. Marymichelle Lotano

    Marymichelle Lotano

    Attorney, Legal Writing, Creative Writing, Blog Writing, Short Essays

    United States - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 2

    My education includes an undergraduate degree from Springfield College and law degree from Albany Law School. I am an excellent technical legal writer with years of legal writing experience, including appellate writing and educational writing. I am a published legal author with the New York State Bar Association. I am also a talented creative writer. My skills include creative writing, blog writing and short essays. I am currently preparing to publish a meditation book via Hay House Publishing. I also have a humor blog at www.newborndaze.com via Word Press. I am looking for writing projects of varied durations and intensities that can be completed from home.

    $44.44 /hr
    6 hours
    5.00
  9. Jonathan S.

    Jonathan S.

    Patent, Legal, Technical Consultant

    United States - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 3

    To: Inventor Re: Patent Research, Due Diligence, Drafting, Filing Thank you for seeking patent support of your invention, including a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), search, due diligence strategy, drafting, filing, and possibly prosecution. If I have the privilege to work with you, I offer exceptional quality and cost effective patent agent work, including but not limited to your desired noted technology. I can support your presumed micro entity status filing with discussion together to evaluate your best options regarding preparation of an NDA, a search, strategy, drafting, and possible revision, of your provisional application (PA) and/or non-provisional application (NPA). This includes, but not limited to, learning about you, what you already have regarding your patent, like sketches or existing write-ups, and any time constraints that I should know about. From initial writings of what you seek, it appears you possibly desire confirmation for preparation and filing of a PA, and eventually a possible NPA. A search is best to be done first, with a talk together to see what specification and drawing has been already prepared. Given your interest presuming of completing quickly, combined with an unknown budget to complete the work, this can be further discussed at any time that is convenient to you to arrange a reasonable relation between work to be done and your allowable budget. I look forward to helping you in all ways for your patent needs. We can connect by any means at times convenient to you. Kind regards, Jonathan Jonathan Symmes, JD, MBA, BSEE Patent and Legal Consultant

    $64.44 /hr
    5 hours
    4.90
  10. Bruce B.

    Bruce B. Agency Contractor

    Personal and Business Attorney

    United States - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 7

    Licensed US/Texas attorney seeking to represent American or foreign parties with transactional documents and/or contracts review, drafting, or negotiation. Other services include compliance, legal research, relocation to the US assistance, licensing/permitting, and letter drafting. I seek to develop long-term relationships, which means my work is always of the highest quality. My office provides limited as well as full representation services at flat and hourly rates.

    Associated with: Law Office Agency

    $83.33 /hr
    29 hours
    4.87