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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. Michael Sullivan

    Michael Sullivan

    Corporate and Intellectual Property Attorney

    United States - Last active: 5 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    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
    62 hours
    5.00
  2. Darwin C.

    Darwin C.

    Lawyer/Contract specialist/T&Cs and Privacy Policy

    Philippines - Last active: 12 hours ago - Tests: 5 - Portfolio: 3

    An experienced lawyer, paralegal, legal researcher and legal writer. An expert in Contract, Labor, and Company laws. My expertise includes: 1. Contract drafting 2. Legal research/writing and paralegal 3. Contract review 4. Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, and User Agreement 5. Blog/website content writing Legal work is my passion. Law is the field of study where I am good at. I acquired my writing skills through years of academic experience. Upwork is one of the best avenues for me to maximize my potential as a legal writer. Satisfactory result with due regard to the best customer service experience of my clients is my ultimate goal. With my education, skills, and years of experience in legal writing, I believe I can be of great help to any client with efficiency and professionalism.

    $33.33 /hr
    1,068 hours
    4.75
  3. Andrea Catasti

    Andrea Catasti

    International Tax, Contract and Corporate Lawyer

    France - Last active: 5 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
    512 hours
    4.97
  4. Ela K.

    Ela K.

    Provider of Writing/Proofreading/Translation Services & Legal Insight

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

    Native German freelance writer, translator 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
    68 hours
    5.00
  5. 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
  6. Kelly T.

    Kelly T.

    Paralegal/ Contract Drafting and Review/ Legal Research

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 14 - Portfolio: 1

    I am a professional paralegal specializing in contract drafting & analysis, legal research, corporate law, and intellectual property. I have a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine and a master's degree in Legal Studies from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

    $15.00 /hr
    528 hours
    4.96
  7. Enita Kushi

    Enita Kushi

    Attorney

    United States - Last active: 21 days ago - Tests: 1

    Florida licensed attorney practicing for 4 over years in the area of litigation and bankruptcy. I assist clients with foreclosure cases, bankruptcy, short sales, loan modifications, asset protection, and financial planning. I really enjoy doing legal research and figuring out a way to protect my clients. I don't like to give up and go the extra mile for everyone. I speak Albanian, Spanish and some Italian.

    $195.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00
  8. Marymichelle Lotano

    Marymichelle Lotano

    Attorney, Legal Writing, Creative Writing, Blog Writing, Short Essays

    United States - Last active: 2 days ago - Tests: 1 - Portfolio: 2

    My education includes an undergraduate degree from Springfield College and law degree from Albany Law School. I am an excellent technical legal writer with years of legal writing experience, including appellate writing and educational writing. I am a published legal author with the New York State Bar Association. I am also a talented creative writer. My skills include creative writing, blog writing and short essays. I am currently preparing to publish a meditation book via Hay House Publishing. I also have a humor blog at www.newborndaze.com via Word Press. I am looking for writing projects of varied durations and intensities that can be completed from home.

    $44.44 /hr
    6 hours
    5.00
  9. 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
  10. Flora Huang

    Flora Huang

    China Corporate and Commercial Attorney

    China - Last active: 21 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 1

    Flora Huang is a leading Shanghai lawyer specializing in international commercial law, contracting and Chinese corporate law. She has successfully handled countless complex corporate matters involving incorporation, M & A, and corporate governance, in addition to serving as general counsel for numerous foreign-invested enterprises. In recognition of her integrity and expertise, Flora has been interviewed on numerous occasions by both Chinese and foreign media, including the China Daily, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Marie Claire, SmartShanghai, SMG, CCTV and France24. Flora graduated from China’s leading East China University of Political Science and Law with an LL.B. in Chinese law specializing in business law. She is admitted to practice law in all of Mainland China and is a member of All China Lawyers Association and the Shanghai Bar Association. She is also Co-founder and Legal Director of China's first "virtual law firm", Ask a Chinese Lawyer (askachineselawyer.com).

    $98.00 /hr
    0 hours
    5.00