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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

    United States - Last active: 2 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
    83 hours
    4.98
  2. Ela K.

    Ela K.

    Writing/Proofreading/Translation Expertise & Legal Research/Insight

    Germany - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 17 - Portfolio: 3

    My goal is to deliver exceptional client service. I listen to your needs and strive to become a valued business resource and a trusted advisor. As good communication is key to any relationship, I will keep you apprised of the state of your project and am happy to discuss ideas at all times. What I bring to the table: Detail-oriented native German freelance writer, translator and fully qualified lawyer with strong organization, prioritization and project management skills - highly analytical, timely, quality-driven and adaptive.

 
Firm grasp of the English (UK and US spelling) and German languages, in-depth research experience and a mix of legal, marketing and publishing expertise. I thoroughly enjoy both creative and technical writing, with a penchant for translating as well as editing and proofreading both German and English content. 10+ years' translation experience (website content, contracts, business plans etc.). I am especially interested in medical and legal topics but will take on any given subject with the same enthusiasm. 
 The past couple of years I worked as a researcher and writer for specialized - financial and legal - publishers in London, UK. 
Important note: As I handle legal/sensitive information on a regular basis I do not work with the automatic Upwork time tracking tool due to confidentiality issues. Thank you for your understanding.

    $44.00 /hr
    69 hours
    5.00
  3. 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 six 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.

    Groups: Blue Star Families

    $50.00 /hr
    455 hours
    4.91
  4. Gagan Deep Mehta

    Gagan Deep Mehta

    Expert Lawyer - Contracts & Agreements, Legal Research, and Litigation

    India - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 11 - Portfolio: 6

    I am a qualified, licensed attorney, conversant with the laws and legal procedures applicable to various jurisdictions in the USA, the UK, Australia and Canada, having overall experience of over 24 years in both litigation and non-litigation work. My courtroom experience encompasses civil litigation, criminal defense, divorce and family law, real estate matters, intellectual property law, personal injury cases, employment disputes, probate and estate matters, arbitration, etc. The non-litigation work experience includes review and drafting of all sorts of agreements, contracts and business documents, as well as legal research. The strong drafting skills, coupled with the exceptional command I have over English language, and an eye for detail, make me a versatile legal services provider. All my services come with the promise of top-notch quality, focussed involvement and value for money.

    $33.33 /hr
    1,431 hours
    4.85
  5. Gaurav Saxena

    Gaurav Saxena Agency Contractor

    Patent Research & Drafting,Contracts,TOS,Legal Research,Internet Law

    India - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 1

    I have rich experience in Patent research, Provisional patent application drafting, non-provisional patent application drafting, international law, contract drafting and revision, trademark, copyright, entertainment law, real estate law,legal research, business law, employment law, e-commerce law, terms of service, privacy policy, cyber law and information technology.

    Associated with: Excellent lawyers (international business law)

    $33.33 /hr
    169 hours
    4.93
  6. Michael Hope

    Michael Hope Agency Contractor

    Paralegal/Customer Service/Legal Research/Contract Management/Manager

    United States - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 10 - Portfolio: 10

    I have been providing Legal Research and Writings, Drafting and Answering Legal Documents, Contract and Agreement Drafting and Monitoring, Quality Assurance Calls, Inbound Phone Support, Outbound Phone Support, Social Customer Support and Exit Interviews service for over 16 years. I am a Paralegal and I also have a wealth of experience using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Lexis Nexis, West Law, Google Drive and Dropbox. I'm a quick learner and I look forward to working with you in a Legal or Customer Service Rep roll. Please feel free to contact me with the projects that you need assistance with. FAST ACCURATE DRAFTING OF PERSONAL INJURY DEMAND LETTERS I specialize in the fast and accurate drafting of Personal Injury Demand Letters that effectively communicate the severity of your client’s injuries and property damages. The result is a demand letter that encourages fast case settlement. This Is What You And Your Client Get For Your Money! A review of your client’s medical records; A review of your client’s medical bills; A review of the accident report or other documentation of the incident; Legal research re: if law applicable to your case; The drafting of the Demand Letter (Exhibits must be provided by you and your client): The Demand Letter may include (at You and Your Client's request) discussion of: The Insurance Adjusters Contact Section; The Description of Collision Section; The Initial Symptoms Section; The Initial Treatment Section; The Substantive Treatment Section; The Causation Section; The Reasonableness of Treatment Section; The Economic Damages Section; The Long Term Effects of Diagnosed Injury Section; The Non Economic Damages Section; and The Demand Section (amount of the demand as determined by you and your client) Sections Are Added or Deleted Upon You Or Your Client's Request. The Demand Letters are/will be billed at a flat rate based on the amount of your client’s medical bills as follows: $150.00 for demands involving medical bills up to $20,000; $175.00 for medical bills between $20,001 and $50,000; and $200.00 for medical bills over $50,000. “COLLECT YOUR $JUDGMENT MONEY$ NOW!!!” IF JUDGMENT RECOVERY IF Judgment Recovery will use every method at our disposal to recover the full amount of the unpaid judgment plus any interest that has accrued since the judgment was issued, if you have a valid court awarded judgment of $1,000 or more. There is no up-front cost to you. There are no fees no hidden charges, only an agreement that a percentage of the judgment collected be paid as consignment. Ranked in top 25 Best Virtual Assistant for June and July 2009. Over 15 years of experience as a Paralegal, Legal Assistant, Legal Researcher. My strengths in the legal field are; attention to details, file management, research using databases such as Lexis Nexis and West Law, etc., analyzing, editing, and composing documents. And over 12 years providing services online as a Virtual Assistant. Over 16 years experience as a Private Detective and Operations Manager; Security and Loss Prevention. My strengths as a manager are in screening, recruiting, hiring, training, managing and maintaining a high level of employee production and performance while maintaining or exceeding a monthly corporate set P&L. Below please find a listing of some of the services that I provide: Legal Research and Writings Marketing Research Competitive Research Business Research General Research Prior Art Research Real Estate Research Draft and answers litigation (court) documents: Complaints Oppositions Requests Interrogatories Contracts and Agreements Independent Contractors Agreement Non-Disclosure Agreements Sales Rep Contracts Employment Agreements Distributor Agreements Confidentiality Agreements Technology Agreements Lease Agreements Warranty Deeds Grant Deeds Quit Claim Deeds MOU Divorce Documents Foreclosure litigation assistance Draft demand letters Customer Service Management Retail Merchant Credit Restoration Judgment Recovery Inside Sales/Customer Support Sales Processing Quality assurance calls Personal Assistant Document Conversion (PDF to Word) (Word to PDF) Title Act Review & Summary Just to name a few! Computer skills in Windows 5/98/2000/XP/Vista, Internet, Needles, ProLaw, Abacus, Microsoft Office, Corel 8, CRM, PDF to Word Conversion, Lexis Nexis, West Law, LexisOne, Claris Works, Word-Perfect and other software applications. PROFESSIONAL REMOTE SERVICE SPECIALIST My profile and portfolio is available for your review at: http://www.odesk.com/users/~~a4aaa16cdacc32d3

    Associated with: Information Finders

    $20.00 /hr
    1,954 hours
    4.84
  7. John K.

    John K.

    All legal research/writing, and bankruptcy/debt protection

    United States - Last active: 5 days ago - Portfolio: 21

    Ivy League Graduate, legal writing/research; litigation services; bankruptcy prep; Degrees: J.D., Univ. of Pittsburgh Law School, 1971; B.A., Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1967. Many years private practice, with extensive experience in research and writing all subjects, practice specialties in torts, employment discrimination lawsuits, bankruptcy, and protection from creditors. Experienced in academic test and course writing for law students and paralegal students. Wrote multiple choice questions for online prep courses for multi-state bar exam. Wrote and edited home study courses in business law, litigation, real estate, torts, criminal law, estates, paralegal practice, computer basics and other subjects. President and founder of U.S. LawDesk Services, ebooks and educational services for basic legal knowledge. Author of ebooks listed on Amazon Kindle. Experienced consulting/writing services for Masters and Doctorate students in non-science and non-math subjects.

    $30.00 /hr
    96 hours
    5.00
  8. Steve D.

    Steve D.

    Legal Research and Writing

    United States - Last active: 02/18/2013 - Tests: 2

    I am a law student who is available to conduct legal research and writing assignments on your behalf. I provide the attorneys with the following: -Research federal and state case law utilizing LexisNexis on any legal issue. -Copies of cases and statutes cited in support of the main issue. -Copies of Motions and Briefs similar to your client's situation. -Template Motions relevant to your client's situation. - Precedent in any specific jurisdiction. -Treatises on specific areas of law. -Locate legal authority to support an argument. -Analysis to assist you in forming your own opinion. Tell me what you're looking for, and I'll find it. Thanks for your consideration!

    $20.00 /hr
    78 hours
    5.00
  9. André Guerreiro Rodrigues

    André Guerreiro Rodrigues

    Intellectual Property Lawyer

    Portugal - Last active: 1 day ago - Tests: 2

    André Rodrigues is a Intellectual Property Lawyer based in Lisbon, Portugal. He works exclusively with IP matters since 2006, having accumulated over 5000 hours of consulting in this field. Experience working at a law firm and a IP Consulting firm.He has a Master's Degree in Intellectual Property Law (Madrid, Spain). Admission at the Portuguese Bar Association. André Rodrigues specializes in the following areas of Intellectual Property Law: - Trademarks - Contract drafting - Patents - Software Agreements - Internet Law - Licensing Agreements - Copyright - IP litigation, registration, and licensing - Law Research - Intellectual Property Strategies

    $77.78 /hr
    126 hours
    4.99
  10. CA Lawyer Online - Dave Johnston

    CA Lawyer Online - Dave Johnston

    CA Lawyer Online

    United States - Last active: 10 days ago - Tests: 1

    Get legal answers you can understand; without confusing legal jargon. Know and Protect your rights BEFORE you find yourself in court, with answers when you need them! When it comes to legal services, can you afford to make a wrong decision? Fixing problems later almost always costs more than avoiding them in the first place. Ensure that you get both solid legal and business advice in all types of matters. Let my experience put you in control of your legal challenges so you can concentrate on other aspects of your life. If I can't handle your legal problem, I will help you find someone who can. Unfortunately, Law and justice are not always the same! Running my own consulting company provided me with valuable experience negotiating, problem solving and working through confrontational issues. My accomplishments, business experiences, education and interests are my means to providing you the services you seek. Let me put my tenacious attitude and strategic mindset to work for you! Whether you are unsure if you need a lawyer, face your first legal situation, need help to handle existing problems, or want a second opinion, please contact me. If you need help in any of the following areas, I can assist you: • General Legal Services • Custom Contracts & Reusable Templates • e-Business Policies • Legal Compliance Audits • Negotiation Support • ADA, HIPAA & Federal Law Compliance • Debtor-Creditor • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act • Fair Credit Reporting Act • Judgment, Liens, Garnishment • Housing Problems • Consumer Cases • Business Plans • Corp, Partnership, LLC, LLP • Non-Profit - 501(c)(3) • Director, Officer Indemnification • Shareholder Agreements • Homeowner Association Disputes • Criminal Law • Small Claims • Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning In addition, employers or clients saved over $53 million during a 15-year period using my expertise in Information Systems Consulting and Management Consulting. Copyright 2013 CA Lawyer Online NOTICE and DISCLOSURE: The information in or provided through this website is for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Each legal issue is different and the information contained on this website may not apply to your case. You should be aware that the Statute of Limitations (the deadline imposed by law within which you may bring a lawsuit) may severely limit the time remaining for you to file any potential claims you may have. Legal information is not legal advice. Therefore, no person should act or rely on any information in this site without seeking the advice of an attorney. This Web site may be considered advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules. The hiring of an attorney is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Because I am an attorney licensed in California and Oregon and admitted to practice before the federal courts, you will only receive legal advice applicable to California, Oregon and/or federal law. You should not consider anything contained on this website to be a guarantee or prediction of result. Prior results are provided for general information purposes only and do not guaranty, warranty or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future matter. This Web site is not intended to be advertising and the Law Offices of David C. Johnston does not wish to represent anyone desiring representation based upon viewing this Web site in a state where this Web site fails to comply with all laws and ethical rules of that state. In the event that any information on this website does not fully conform with regulations in any jurisdiction, this law firm will not accept representation based on that information. I do not collect any information about you other than what you provide to me through chat, by email, or over the phone. To demonstrate my commitment to informed disclosure and to accurately communicate any use of your personally identifiable information, you are directed to read all oDesk policies, to include at minimum the Terms and Conditions of Use and the Privacy Policy. All potential clients are urged to make their own independent investigation and evaluation of any lawyer being considered. To the extent the State Bar rules require me to designate a principal office and/or single attorney responsible for this site, CA Lawyer Online designates David C. Johnston, with offices and contact information as currently listed with the State Bars of California and Oregon, as the attorney responsible for this CA LAWYER ONLINE oDesk listing. Before you become my client, or I become your attorney, several procedures, including checks for conflicts of interest, must be performed. No attorney-client relationship is formed by reading this website or by merely chatting with or by sending email to CA LAWYER ONLINE.

    $90.00 /hr
    42 hours
    5.00