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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. Maria Lourdes San Andres

    Maria Lourdes San Andres

    Philippines-qualified corporate lawyer

    Singapore - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 3

    As a Philippines-qualified lawyer with 7 years of post-qualification experience, I have handled a variety of commercial and technical contracts for individual and corporate clients while at a law firm, and as an in-house lawyer. I also performed corporate secretarial functions, which included preparation of minutes of the meeting, agenda, and materials, as well as transcription of meeting discussions. On top of my legal role, I also performed regulatory and listing functions in the Philippine fixed income and electricity markets, which enabled me to develop not only specific capital and energy markets experience, but also a valuable and transferable skill set in these fast-paced sectors. Equipped with the foregoing skills, it is my objective to provide prospective clients with relevant legal assistance and advice on corporate, securities, and energy law matters in a non-typical office setting.

    $5.59 /hr
    91 hours
  2. Povilas Mizgaitis

    Povilas Mizgaitis

    Law consulting

    Lithuania - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 2

    My main focus of career here in oDesk is Law. Main fields: International Contract Law, European Contract Law, Domestic Lithuanian Law. I also have some experience in Family Law of Lithuania. Other fields of Law must be discussed briefly before agreeing on the cooperation. In 2014 I have defended my Master thesis in the field of loans in light of property rights, as a result consulting in the field of debts, contracts and their execution in Lithuania and/or Europe/USA is preferable for me. Within the course of studies, I have participated in two half year long internships in the fields of Lithuanian family law and debts. Additionally I have a Michigan State University certificate in Transnational Law, as big part of my study program constituted of subjects presented by visiting professors from USA, UK and other countries. I can assure, that I am motivated to give best advices possible for those, who are committed to get their rights defended in courts Pro Se (someone who represents themself in a legal procedure without the aid of an attorney), or small scale companies, who is starting their business in other countries (US/Europe), or want additional look at their contract of a deal with foreign partners. But I have to mention, that as I am not a US resident, nor a member of Bar Association, yet (my master degree is not equal to US LL.M., as well), I have no license to give official legal advices or provide legal services in US. For this reason, I am not able to officially present myself or documents that I prepare to the court or other legal institution. All my work will be considered as advisory only.

    $50.00 /hr
    33 hours
  3. Bradley Ryan

    Bradley Ryan

    Project Management | Business Plans | Financials | Consulting

    United States - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 8

    Strengths and Experience: I have been responsible for the development and growth of a number of businesses and managed projects within these businesses. I have produced financial models and business plans that assisted in securing investments >$500,000 in seed money for small businesses showing little to no revenue. I have managed projects of for start-up companies, political campaigns/fundraisers, educational consultancies and technology companies. I have consulted with businesses in developing alternate revenue sources and strategically planning pivots in business models. I'm happy to chat with you over Skype, Google Hangouts or via telephone if you are based in the United States. I am eager to work on many different types of projects of varying complexity.

    $35.00 /hr
    80 hours
  4. Benedict Alibasa

    Benedict Alibasa

    Senior Researcher, Writer, and Analyst

    Philippines - Last active: 9 days ago - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 6

    Benedict Alibasa is an experienced writer and researcher with more than 10 years of experience in the fields of security, investigations, business, economics, insurance, politics, and society. He specializes in security risk assessments, travel risk advisories, investment profiling, fraud investigation and reporting, background investigation, vendor vetting, industry analysis, and research in private equity, hedge fund, pension funds, and other alternative investment classes. Mr. Alibasa has worked with industry leaders across a variety of business organizations including ADP, Brightwire, GIC, Advisen, Pacific Strategies and Assessments, Hill and Associates, IslamOnline, Asia-Pacific Defense Forum, and ABS-CBN News Channel. Mr. Alibasa has a degree in Broadcast Communication from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and has completed all academic units in the Masters in International Studies program of the Department of Political Science of the same university.

    $30.00 /hr
    1,468 hours
  5. Joanna Suarez

    Joanna Suarez

    International Intellectual Property Attorney

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

    I am an international intellectual property (IP) attorney with dual practice admissions to New York and the Philippines. Professionally, my core competencies include handling multi-jurisdictional IP non-contentious, contentious, enforcement and other IP matters, culled from my private practice experience in Hong Kong and in-house experience with Colgate-Palmolive Company in New York. At present, I am a Legal Consultant and Political Affairs Officers for the Philippine Congress where I advise on various legal and regulatory matters. As for my academics, I have a Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and Masters of Laws (L.LM.) degrees in International Business and Trade Law from Fordham University and in Intellectual Property from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in New York.

    $35.00 /hr
    428 hours
  6. Darwin Anhao

    Darwin Anhao

    Data Entry, Sourcing Expert, Web Research, Amazon Product Lister

    Philippines - Last active: 20 hours ago

    I am a man with easy-to-learn habit/ability. I have excellent experience in web research, phone research, list building, message retrieving/submission, and mailings. I may be new to with one ongoing project over 100 hrs. I am sure, I would be an ideal virtual assistant to accomplish your requirements. I will be available on part time basis, you decide the time, and I am there with uninterrupted Internet connection.

    $3.33 /hr
    513 hours
  7. Susan Miller

    Susan Miller

    Administrative Professional

    United States - Last active: 12 days ago - Tests: 3

    If you are looking for a detail oriented professional- look no further. I have over 15 years of administrative expertise. Organization and attention to detail are my specialties. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite 2010, spreadsheets, research and databases. I have a wide array of experience over the last 20 years BUT I will not apply for or accept work that I cannot or will not do, for your protection and mine!

    $8.33 /hr
    21 hours
  8. Raven Lee

    Raven Lee

    Legal Researcher, Chinese & English Translator

    Malaysia - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 1

    *Achieved 1st place and score 5.0 out of 5.0 in an English-Chinese Translation Test by oDesk !* Currently a Law Student who wish to create some extra income for living and self-support. A legal researcher/author of Legal Articles who currently assisting in doing research and writing of legal articles that publishing in Law Journals. Legal Article published: ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION METHODS AND PROCESSES IN MALAYSIA - A REVIEW [2015] 2 MLJ viii (You may retrieve this article in Lexis Nexis-Malayan Law Journal) A Native Chinese (Mandarin)/Cantonese Speaker who can provide efficient translating services. Proficient in Chinese and English Languages. Able to provide high quality and accurate translation for both directions between Chinese (Traditional or Simplified) and English. Also, I'm conversational in Malay language.

    $15.00 /hr
    8 hours
  9. Shane Wescott

    Shane Wescott

    Australian lawyer with experience in commercial and employment law.

    Australia - Last active: 28 days ago - Tests: 1

    Shane has worked in criminal law, commercial litigation and contract disputes and has a passion for pro bono work and improving access to justice. In addition, he has an extensive background in workplace relations law, especially conducting unfair dismissals, adverse actions, negotiation and dispute resolution. He has particular experience in the drafting of workplace policies and contracts. Shane has appeared regularly before the Fair Work Commission, as well as other courts, industrial commissions and tribunals.

    $200.00 /hr
    2 hours
  10. Scott C. Briggs

    Scott C. Briggs


    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 1

    I have significant experience in civil litigation, finance, and business affairs. I have worked for Fortune 500 companies, national banks, government agencies, motion picture production and distribution companies, insurance companies, and other large businesses. I am a licensed attorney, and I am skilled in persuasive and objective writing. I have written on numerous subjects, including business planning and formation, products liability, domestic and international transportation, real estate development, estate planning, bankruptcy, use of force by police officers, and a broad array of other issues. I bring real world experience in the areas of contract drafting, strategic planning, risk management, negotiation, crisis management, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation.

    $75.00 /hr
    1 hours