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Post your legal research project on Upwork and find professional legal researchers who can search through relevant sources of law, legislation and legal documentation to support your court case. These experienced assistants can search for patents and trademarks among legal research websites and databases; provide you with a different legal research methodology or law practice management software; and gather information about your case, from product history and origins to medical tests and sales statistics. You will also find intellectual property experts who can perform competitive research and determine whether patent, trademark, or copyright infringement has been committed against your company or website.

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. Ela K.

    Ela K.

    Provider of Writing/Proofreading/Translation Services & Legal Insight

    Germany - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 17

    Native German freelance writer 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
    63 hours
    5.00
  2. Andrea Catasti

    Andrea Catasti

    International Tax, Contract and Corporate Lawyer

    France - Last active: 7 days ago - Tests: 5

    I'm an International Business lawyer who specializes in International Tax, Contract and Corporate Law. My activity on oDesk focuses on providing individuals and companies with comprehensive legal and tax advice on the issues which arise from their day-to-day business activity. The core of my activity may be summed up as follows: 1) assisting individuals and companies in structuring their international business transactions (e.g. cross-boarder Purchase and Sale Agreements, Profit Repatriations, Company Reorganizations,Divestitures and Dissolutions) from a tax-efficient standpoint. This involves the assessment of the likely tax consequences of cross-boarder operations according to EU Tax Law and the International Double-Taxation Agreements. 2) drafting, reviewing and amending international business contracts (e.g. Purchase and Sale Agreements, Employment Contracts, Operating Agreements, Partnership Agreements, Services Contracts) with a particular focus on the tax optimization. 3) doing legal research on International Tax Law, US Tax Law, European Union Tax Law, French Tax Law and Italian Tax Law. I've authored various working papers and articles on different International Tax issues like double taxation within the EU as well as a comparative outlook of the German and the Italian Tax systems.

    $75.00 /hr
    455 hours
    4.97
  3. Michael Sullivan

    Michael Sullivan

    Corporate and Intellectual Property Attorney

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

    I am an experienced attorney who has negotiated hundreds of contracts and helped individuals resolve a variety of disputes. I will work quickly to resolve your issue, respond promptly to your communications, and explain the law using plain language. I can assist you with any legal matter, but most of my experience is in business and intellectual property law. My practice is focused on such issues as contracts, startups, business sales, venture capital, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and intellectual property litigation. My clients have ranged from leading companies such as Microsoft to family businesses and individuals. Prior to starting my own firm, I practiced at the leading law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and graduated from Duke University School of Law. I am licensed in California and with the Patent and Trademark Office.

    $150.00 /hr
    56 hours
    5.00
  4. Sarah Grafilo

    Sarah Grafilo

    Law student with legal and medical research experience.

    Philippines - Last active: 03/02/2014 - Tests: 6

    I am currently enrolled as a law student here in the Philippines. I have done various medical researches for resident doctors, more specifically those who are specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology. I was an intern at the Supreme Court of the Philippines in the office of Justice Martin Villarama. I was a pre-school teacher at ACE Angels' Learning Center for eight years.

    $3.00 /hr
    90 hours
    5.00
  5. Jonathan S.

    Jonathan S.

    Patent, Legal, Technical Consultant

    United States - Last active: 2 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
  6. Bruce B.

    Bruce B. Agency Contractor

    Personal and Business Attorney

    United States - Last active: 9 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
    4.85
  7. Minhazul A.

    Minhazul A.

    Personal and Business Solicitor

    Bangladesh - Last active: 3 months ago - Tests: 3

    As a legal/administrative professional with over 05 years' of experience, I know my diverse skills and qualifications will make a great fit to your legal needs. As a Law Graduate and UK Westlaw Certified personnel from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, United Kingdom, I have the formal training necessary for providing various legal services. Additionally, over 05 years of experience in various Administrative Roles developed my management skills that can be really convenient according to your needs where you can use my technical skills in carrying out various oversight and review tasks. Nonetheless, I've worn a lot of different hats. I’m not only used to wearing many hats, I sincerely enjoy it. I've built my career in a variety of roles in different industries, mostly in Banks and Legal Firms where I was not just an executive officer or an associate but also I achieved a number of successes including Working under pressure situations, internal legal compliance and related affairs and last but not the least earning praise from my immediate boss "The Company Secretary" of a well renowned Bank for my contribution to the team. No matter where I've been, I've produced topnotch work because I’m dedicated to making sure each and every piece stands out from the crowd. I pride myself on my ability to recognize and articulate a distinct voice for every project. And that’s not always restricted to the written word. I've also designed and produced unique promotional give always for various clients. While writing is my passion, project management is my bread and butter. Keeping on top of projects and making sure all parts get to the finish line at the same time is one thing I do best. The ability to juggle projects and never missing a deadline didn't just develop through my professional experience. It also comes from having three kids in four years – all with very different personalities, activities, schedules and demands.. I know what you’re thinking – that yes, I am the perfect fit for you legal aid, but there is no way you can afford me. But I’m not in it for the money – well, I am, but it isn't the most important thing. I’m looking to serve where my contributions count and my efforts are appreciated – and hopefully a long-term commitment. Drafting expertise includes the following : • LLC Operating Agreements • Employment Agreements • Independent Contractor Agreements • Licencing Agreements (Intellectual Property) • End User Licensing Agreements(EULA) • Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy page for websites • Franchise Agreements • Non Disclosure, Non-Solicitation and Non-Compete Agreements • Partnership Agreements • Purchase of Business Agreements • Purchase Orders and Related Issues • Quitclaim Deeds • Real Estate Purchase Agreements • Sales Agreements • Performance Contracts • Model and Entertainment Release • Music Recording Contracts • Prenuptial Agreements • Sublease Agreements (Commercial) • Sublease Agreements (Residential) • Vehicle Leasing Agreements • Separation Agreements • Cease Desist Letters • Surrogacy Agreements • Release Waiver forms • Risk Disclosures • Dissolution Agreements • Network Partnership Agreements • SAAS Agreements • Hosting Agreements etc.. I also offer the following non-litigation services: • Trademark Registration [UK-US only] • Response to legal notices THE BEST PART : My aggressive mind set will ensure that your business stays protected !

    Groups: Article Samurai, Lisnagol | DIRECT™

    $44.44 /hr
    439 hours
    4.87
  8. Hazelle Paglinawan

    Hazelle Paglinawan

    Freelancer - transcription & article writing

    Philippines - Last active: 11/01/2010 - Tests: 2

    My experiences vary as I am an article writer, medical transcriptionist, general transcriber, and legal administration assistant. I have developed consistent accuracy and increased typing speed over the years in these fields, enhanced further by resourceful skills in research and creative article writing. UK or British English, which eventually evolved into the use of American English, has been my first language since childhood. I am proficient in both written and spoken English and I am acutely aware and critical of grammar, making me a perfectionist to the point of obsessive compulsion sometimes. I also aim to keep my independent contracting business running by keeping my schedule flexible enough to accommodate client needs, as well as being consistently attuned to their specific requirements so I may deliver quality projects ahead of any given deadline.

    $50.00 /hr
    13 hours
    5.00
  9. Kimberly S.

    Kimberly S.

    Writer: Content / SEO / Copywriter / Creative

    United States - Last active: 09/05/2014 - Tests: 2

    Over the past 15 years I have developed a wide range of skills working as an independent contractor. I love to learn and because of that there are multiple jobs that I enjoy and excel at. Although I enjoy all of my jobs, I am most passionate about writing. I am fortunate to have a lot of experience in many areas, such as: Writing: SEO Content, Copy writer, Creative (bachelor's degree in Journalism), Mac Specialist, IT (tech support for AOL), Paralegal (legal asst. degree), Private Investigation (licensed), Researcher, Data Entry, Writing for ChaCha and Ask.com, Accounts Payable and Receivable, General Automotive Knowledge (1 year auto mechanics), and more. However, whatever it is that I am tasked to do I give my all. It is very important to me that I do the job to my employer's expectations; it makes them feel good which makes me feel good.

    $33.33 /hr
    847 hours
    4.99
  10. Scott M. Thomas, Esq.

    Scott M. Thomas, Esq.

    Startup and Trademark Attorney in New York City

    United States - Last active: 07/25/2014 - Tests: 1

    My name is Scott Thomas and I'm a licensed Attorney in New York City. I work at Thomas Law Firm PLLC, a boutique law firm that represents startup companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs. Clients in the NYC area are welcome to visit my office in Downtown Manhattan. I also consult via Skype, email, and phone. Please contact me for a free consultation. BUSINESS LAW / CORPORATE LAW / STARTUP LAW Formation of Corporations and LLCs Contracts Founders Agreements Operating Agreements Sharholder Agreements Independent Contractor Agreements Licensing Agreements INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Trademark Registration Copyright Registration Non-disclosure Agreements (NDAs) Work for Hire Agreements Non-compete Agreements Programmer and App Development Agreements Drafting and Responding to Cease and Desist Letters INTERNET / ECOMMERCE / TECHNOLOGY LAW Website Terms of Use Website Disclaimers Privacy Policy DMCA 512 Takedown notices Registrar Disputes Domain Name Disputes LIMITED SCOPE LEGAL SERVICES Legal Document Drafting Legal Document Review Contract Drafting Contract Review Legal Research Attorney Appearances in New York

    $195.00 /hr
    24 hours
    5.00