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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. Brent R.

    Business Consultant / PR and Government Relations Specialist

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 6 - Portfolio: 2

    Currently a project manager and business consultant for a Detroit metro-area law firm. I am looking for freelance opportunities in PR, business consulting, and the legal industry. My relevant experience includes freelance sportswriting, editing a book on the Federalist Papers published by a law professor, co-authoring articles for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, being an editor of a law journal, answering legal FAQ's for a firearms advocacy organization, and preparing legislative updates for a bicycling advocacy group. I am also Michigan licensed attorney with experience in criminal, family, and general civil litigation matters. Previous miscellaneous experience includes opening my own law practice, former FINRA 7 & 66 certifications to sell securities, sitting on the budget and finance committees of multiple organizations, automotive sales experience, and more. With my diverse background, there is always going to be a capacity in which I can help your organization.

    $38.89 /hr
    11 hours
  2. Teresa Davis

    Teresa Davis

    Legal Research and Writer Available

    United States - Last active: 08/09/2012 - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 3

    I have worked as a Paralegal and I am very good at legal research, contracts, and briefs. I have owned my own boutique for a few years and that takes a certain kind of person. I am self-taught in HTML and designed & maintain and am currently working on my own website. I recently started writing on Hubpages ( I love to read and am always reading and learning something. I love learning new things. I never want to not learn something. I am able to meet deadlines. I am very detail oriented. I am organized.

    $8.89 /hr
    0 hours
  3. Matthew Ceradini

    Matthew Ceradini

    Entrepreneurial minded Business and Legal Professional.

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 2

    Entrepreneurial minded attorney looking to help entrepreneurs and small businesses overcome business and legal challenges. Exceeding client expectations through outstanding, efficient and timely delivery of services is my mission. I am committed to understanding your challenges and expectations and becoming an integral part of creating the ideas and solutions to help you achieve your goals. l look forward to the opportunity to work with you. Services include: * Starting and growing a business (incorporation, partnership, and joint ventures) * Contracts (preparation and review) * Intellectual Property (trademarks, copyrights, trade secretes and nondisclosure agreements) * Conducting business online (disclaimers, terms of use, privacy policy, licensing agreements) * Deft financing * Working with investors * Employer/Employee challenges (non-compete agreements, employee manuals, sub-contractor agreements) * Bankruptcy (chapters 7, 11, & 13) * Litigation (drafting pleadings, motions, memorandums of law, discovery, document review, cease and desist letters) * Mediation * Arbitration * Estate planning (trust formation and asset protection) * Real estate (acquisition/disposition, leasing, mortgaging, title review)

    $50.00 /hr
    6 hours
  4. Amy B.

    Amy B.

    Policy and Performance Analyst/Editor

    United States - Last active: 7 days ago - Tests: 5

    For more than eight years now I have written extensively, conducted research, presented written reports, and edited collaborative reports for overall cohesion. I edit articles for a website as a regular aspect of my job. Personally, I am the chief editing source for all of my ESL friends. Some are writers, students, lawyers and web designers - they have all come to me to proofread and edit their work. I have written several profiles online for artists looking to sell their work online, individuals looking to find a date through the Internet, and job seekers trying to sell themselves on professional social networking sites. I am an avid reader with a close eye for story cohesion, grammar and writing style. I give candid, helpful feedback. I am that kid in your English class that actually looks forward to peer review essay day (I have said this several times, and so far I haven't found a soul that could identify someone that fits this description in high school). Honestly, I love the process of writing. I love how you can set out to write one story, and then the process takes you somewhere else. Somewhere unexpected. I enjoy being part of the journey, and I especially enjoy witnessing a writer's craft. I currently work full time as a Policy and Performance Analyst for a firm in Washington, DC. My analyses of performance and organizational management have drastically improved the efficiency and effectiveness of our client's public programs. I work closely with databases and am very familiar with MySQL and SQLServer.

    $22.22 /hr
    7 hours
  5. Jaime Tolentino

    Jaime Tolentino

    The Go To Guy for all your website content writing needs.

    Philippines - Last active: 14 days ago - Tests: 7 - Portfolio: 6

    I produce SEO friendly 100% original articles and have written hundreds of articles on various topics such as prescription and over the counter drugs, legal services, personal finance, bankruptcy, vitamins and supplements, online dating, auto loans, student loans, Amazon product reviews,insurance, and a lot more on niche topics like marijuana, steroids and cockfighting. I give 100% focus and attention to my employers needs and professional requirements especially when it comes to quality content writing and on-time submissions. Though I am busy with other assignments, you can still contact me and let us talk about your requirements.

    Groups: Article Samurai

    $7.78 /hr
    5 hours
  6. Andrea Puccini

    Andrea Puccini

    Translator Portuguese-English-Portuguese

    Brazil - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 12

    Expertise in English-to-Portuguese translation and proofreading; Creative Writer Hello. I am a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker. I majored in Linguistics with experience in translating and proofreading documents from English to Portuguese and vice-versa. I'm also experienced in writing articles in both languages. I am a project oriented person. I am reliable, and I'm committed to meeting deadlines. Writing is my passion and I am always willing to go further in order to improve my skills. I'm looking forward to sharing my knowledge and showing my commitment to you and your company.

    $7.00 /hr
    0 hours
  7. Mary Shelton

    Mary Shelton


    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 4

    For the last 25 years, I have been a landscaper/grounds worker. I have enjoyed my time working outside and with the public. To better myself and family I went back to school and received my AA in Paralegal Studies. In 2012 I became a Guardian Ad Litem for the state of Florida. Some may not know what a Guardian Ad Litem is, it's an advocate for children who have been taken away by the state from their parents, I am their voice in court. I am also a Notary for the state of Florida and I have the ability to travel in Central Florida to notarize for people. A lot of you will think that I have no experience in any kind of office work or writing. I have to argue that with you on that. I am a mother to 3 girls, a step mom to a boy and a girl and a grandmother to 5 boys. All this mothering has left a large amount of experience, humor, skills and abilities that only some can only hope to gain. During my years as a mother, I also played a dual role as taxi driver, mediator, nurse (minor injuries) hair dresser, fashion consultant, judge, jury, lawyer, ATM, cook, maid, and consular. Now, as a step mother my abilities increased to be a referee, a go between, the evil stepmom, a doormat for bio mother and friend. As my age gained speed and my grandsons came along, these duty tripled. I also realized that though out these years as a multi functional mother/stepmom/grandma, I still had 3 other children that I could never find. Yes, I lost 3 children over the years, so please if you see or find "I didn't do it", "not me" and " I don't know". please tell that they should now found a new place to live.

    $5.00 /hr
    0 hours
  8. Denise R.

    Denise R.

    Business Management, Paralegal, Virtual Assistant

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

    I have years of experience in the fields of legal and business. I am a Certified Paralegal with a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies, Associates in Paralegal Studies and an anticipated MBA in Business Management. I have worked as a business paralegal for years licensing collection agencies and filing business documents. I have expertise in drafting filings for regulatory matters and legal matters. My skills include writing, business management, general virtual assistance, legal assistance, drafting pleading and legal documentation, legal research, etc. I have various administrative skills that will help me to excel even in positions outside of the legal realm. I have an excellent 10 key speed and I type 80 wpm. I would make an excellent candidate for a reasonable rate.

    $8.00 /hr
    4 hours
  9. Jennifer Bunting

    Jennifer Bunting

    Medical Malpractice Personal Injury Litigation Paralegal Legal Assista

    United States - Last active: 1 month ago - Tests: 3

    Over the last 11 years, I have worked in medical malpractice and personal injury. I have developed quite a love for this type of law. I enjoy helping the people involved (plaintiffs) and am intrigued by the process each case goes through. My core competency is drafting demand letters, reviewing medical records and preparing chronologies, responding to and preparing interrogatories, drafting motions, case management of medical records, billing, etc. and general handling of a case. I am seeking opportunities to help build strong cases for your law firm. I have experience with MS Word, Essential Forms, Abacus Law, Clio, Dropbox, and more.

    $16.67 /hr
    0 hours