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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. MariaCristina Atendido

    MariaCristina Atendido

    Research and Legal Writer/Editor

    United States - Last active: 07/25/2014 - Tests: 2

    I write affidavits and pleadings and do legal research for lawyers who need an extra help. I have been doing it for seven years as I am a lawyer myself. I have worked with other lawyers to write pleadings, motions and affidavits. I have also worked as a law clerk in the Philippine Supreme Court and in the Philippine Court of Appeals. Right now, I do freelance legal writing so I can have more time with my little one.

    $55.56 /hr
    0 hours
  2. Ebru B.

    Ebru B.

    Personal Manager and Legal Assistant

    Germany - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 8

    Since 2011 I offer cross-border support. I provide advisory and assistance for small and medium-sized enterprises & start-ups. Feel free get in contact with me. In detail - Virtual assistant. - Write down of agreements. - Management of legal forms. - Legal drafting. - Contract management, drafting and review. - International business law, employment law and contract law issues. - Development of negotiation strategies. - Clarification of orders. - Legal research and writing. - Research, make enquiries. - Employment - disclosing information to an employee or contractor. - Purchase/Sale - disclosing information as part of a potential sale. - Invention - disclosing information about an invention. - Bylaws for non-profit organization (NGO). - Contract negotiations. -Translation german to english, english to german. - You can also book leadership training sessions and management training sessions. - Other. I have studied law, and business law. I have worked with American and German entrepreneurs. Especially I'm familiar with U.S. contract law, business law as well as german law. Best, Ebru B.

    $50.00 /hr
    0 hours
  3. Scott Weiner

    Scott Weiner

    Attorney, Startup Expert, Writer, Entrepreneur

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago

    I am a seasoned, experienced leader with over 15 years of demonstrated success as a CEO, Financial Trader, Chief Legal Officer, Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator, Foreclosure Mediator, Commercial Arbitrator and Attorney representing both individuals and major corporations. As a critical thinker with notable analytical and decision-making skills, I am well-versed in resolving complex legal cases and combining business planning, analysis, and team leadership experience to effectively manage business operations. I am also highly skilled in interpreting policies, procedures, concepts, practices, and their linkage to legal strategy. I am currently seeking a challenging new position offering the opportunity to impart my advanced knowledge and experience. I am recognized as a natural and articulate communicator with exceptional interpersonal communication, presentation, negotiation, and relationship-building skills. I am talented in fostering high-performing, motivated, and focused teams through training, advisement, mentoring, and professional development. I continually focus on assessing performance, identifying improvement areas, and implementing action plans. It is my driven work ethic and developed skills that has enabled me to achieve outstanding results throughout my career. Furthermore, my accomplishments have allowed me to earn the respect and admiration of my superiors, colleagues, and partners.

    $40.00 /hr
    0 hours
  4. Cornelia M.

    Cornelia M.

    Legal writing, legal research

    Vanuatu - Last active: 2 months ago - Tests: 1

    • Energetic, team-focused lawyer with more than 10 years of legal practice experience, including expertise in diverse areas of law. • Motivated self-starter well versed in legal, regulatory analysis. • Experienced in case management, factual investigation, case development/preparation, litigation, pre-litigation, case analysis, and client advisory matters. • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communicator performing well both independently and as a team member. • Skilled legal researcher who also excels at computer-based and non-computer-based legal, technical, and scientific research. • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada. • Fully bilingual (English-French).

    $68.00 /hr
    0 hours
  5. Rachel Carter

    Rachel Carter


    United States - Last active: 2 months ago

    I have nearly 10 years’ experience in the news industry, including seven years as a newspaper reporter and more than a year as an editor for an online news service. I am a strong writer and efficient editor who delivers clean, clear, compelling copy that gets – and keeps – readers’ attention. I am a fast and thorough researcher who knows how to find information online and in print and make sense of it all. I am also extremely organized and plan ahead, which allows me to juggle several projects at once. In addition to my news reporting and editing experience, I: • Report and write articles for trade publications. • Write blogs to increase businesses' social media presence and push traffic to their websites. • Write press releases. • Assist screenwriter-directors with script treatments. • Copyedit screenplays and television pilots.

    $50.00 /hr
    1,021 hours
  6. Luke W.

    Luke W.

    Legal, Writing and Research Expert

    Australia - Last active: 22 days ago - Tests: 2

    I am an admitted Australian Lawyer* with Bachelor Degrees in Law and Arts (Political Science and History), a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and undertaking post-graduate research qualifications in Political Science. I have broad academic and work experience in criminal, civil, planning and environment, bankruptcy, human rights, industrial, immigration, administrative, native title and international trade law. I have also worked as an aide to the Attorney-General of Australia and am currently writing a dissertation/thesis in political science. My particular interests include American, Australian, Canadian and British law, history and politics. I am currently working on a series of articles comparing Australian and Canadian native title laws, which are to be published in a Canadian law journal. My extra-curricular interests are wide and varied. They include sport, history, literature and music (popular, classical, folk and independent). I am therefore happy to write about virtually any topic and can soon get a grasp of any field that I'm not conversant in. I am on oDesk in order to gain working capital for further study and to establish my own business as a barrister and advocate. I aim to please and gain a sense of satisfaction from delivering good work on time. *NB: I do not currently hold a practising certificate in Queensland nor do I hold professional indemnity insurance. I am therefore unable to engage in work that might be considered to be "legal practice" in any Australian jurisdiction.

    $23.00 /hr
    0 hours
  7. J.P. Anstine

    J.P. Anstine

    Healthcare Lawyer

    United States - Last active: 10/08/2014 - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 4

    I am a healthcare lawyer with significant industry knowledge of the U.S. health care market. For the past 15 years, I have consulted on a number of regulatory issues involving hospital inpatient and outpatient services, physician services, skilled nursing, home health, hospice, durable medical equipment (“DME”), third party reimbursement, federal and state licensure, scope of practice, professional services agreements, hospital and medical staff bylaws, peer review, tax exemption, physician practice acquisition, compliance programs, fraud and abuse, EMTALA and HIPAA to name a few. I have worked on the managed care side and provider side, for large non-profit health systems and a small physician-owned entity. In tackling various legal and operational issues for these diverse organizations, I have a deep understanding of the business of healthcare and the regulations that govern the industry.

    $55.56 /hr
    0 hours
  8. Bernardo Grossi

    Bernardo Grossi


    Brazil - Last active: 02/19/2014

    Attorney at Law and Law Professor in Brazil. Focused in Telecommunications, Intellectual Property and Corporate Law. Author of a book about copyright law and computer programs. I graduated in Law in '04 at PUC (elected 5 times as the best private university in Brazil) and joined a postgraduate "lato sensu" course in Civil Litigation in the same year. Since then, I attended courses at Harvard Law School and the World Intellectual Property Organization mostly focused in Internet Law and Intellectual Property. Recently, I've been admitted in the Masters Degree at PUC in Private Law, which I shall finish at the end of '14. I'm writing a paper suggesting a radical shift in the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice jurisprudence regarding copyright law, liability and computer programs whose rights belongs to foreigners. Founded my firm in '08 (Grossi Paiva Sociedade de Advogados), dedicated to advise companies in markets such as media, telecommunications, insurance, franchise, construction and real estate. Prior to that, I worked as a trainee, lawyer and senior lawyer at big-law firms. As part of my pro bono activities, I've been appointed as Auditor of the Sports Court since '09 with responsibility for the prosecution of disciplinary infractions committed by soccer players. Also, a founding member of Instituto Libertà, a nonprofit civil association that aims to foster initiatives to minimize the effects of social inequality and elected as the President of it's Board (2011-2013 and 2013-2015) and member of the audit committee of Casa Girassol Fraternidade Espírita Cristã. Elected to the Board of the Brazilian Association of IT and Communications (2012-2014) and Counselor of the Brazilian Association of IT Law (2010-2013 - resigned in mid-2013 due to conflict of interests).

    $111.11 /hr
    0 hours
  9. Margaret Harrington

    Margaret Harrington

    Civil Litigation and Real Estate Attorney

    United States - Last active: 09/12/2014 - Tests: 2

    With over 20 years experience as a trial lawyer in the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as my LLM in Trial Advocacy from Temple University School of Law, I recently opened my own law office in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. As the owner, I have a wonderful space to work for various clients in all areas of civil litigation, plaintiff and defense, as well as real estate and property issues . I recently completed 60 hours of Real Estate Courses in Pennsylvania to be sure I was updated. As an attorney, I can offer services in the areas of document drafting, editing and review, plus document analysis and summaries. I can also attend depositions, hearings, arbitrations, mediations, motions, bench and jury trials, as well as real estate inspections and closings. In addition, I am licensed as a notary public in Pennsylvania and share space with a Title Company, which supports the efficient and professional completion of Real Estate and Property work. My experience offers quality and professional work with an equal balance of plaintiff, defense and transactional work. I look forward to being able to work with diverse companies and individuals as my practice continues to grow.

    $135.00 /hr
    0 hours
  10. Jere A.

    Jere A.

    Editor, Researcher, Attorney

    United States - Last active: 07/11/2014 - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 5

    I am a scholar and an attorney with a love of the written word. As a doctoral candidate, I have written scholarly articles, creative essays, grant proposals and web content. I've worked as a Writing Consultant, a proofreader and editor, and also transcribed films and indexed books. I enjoy using my skills of editing and writing to create inspiring content for clients. *I am familiar with MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian citation styles. *I'm especially interested in content relating to arts, culture, environmental issues, lifestyle and spirituality. *Prior to returning to graduate school, I worked as an attorney for twelve years in the areas of real estate, corporate, nonprofit and intellectual property law.

    $66.66 /hr
    0 hours