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Post your legal research project on oDesk 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 oDesk, 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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Legal research oDesk freelancers typically receive a client rating of 4.69.

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Ela K.

Ela K.

Provider of Writing/Proofreading/Translation Servi...

Germany - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 16

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
61 hours
5.00
Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan

Corporate and Intellectual Property Attorney

United States - Last active: 19 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
54 hours
5.00
Melanie Gueco

Melanie Gueco

Legal Consultant / Highly-Experienced Writer / Coo...

Philippines - Last active: 7 hours ago - Tests: 7

I am a legal professional who can offer services pertaining to legal matters. I am likewise a highly-experienced writer who have 8 years of experience doing academic, article, SEO, etc. writing. It has been my desire to be able to use my writing skills into good use. To earn from it is a bonus. I would like to help those with writing needs, even students who may have writing requirements. I also can give sound legal advice and information that could be of big help to those who may not afford expensive attorney's fees. I took my masters degree in International Business Law in the University of Liverpool in UK and can thereby handle legal matters regardless of the country of origin. Besides my legal and writing experiences, I am also an experienced manager who have handled administrative work mostly for company presidents and CEOs. As such, I am confident I can handle virtual work for them. You can contact me faster via Skype: melanie23.gueco

$44.44 /hr
137 hours
4.90
Flora Huang

Flora Huang

China Corporate and Commercial Attorney

China - Last active: 22 days ago - Tests: 2

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
Jonathan S.

Jonathan S.

Patent, Legal, Technical Drafting, Search, and Ana...

United States - Last active: 7 hours ago - Tests: 3 - Portfolio: 3

Thank you for your posting online for patent Research and possible drafting and prosecution. The response herein is patent research and drafting expertise comprising USPTO patent agent capability with background in chemistry, electrical, computer-related technologies, computer architectures, semiconductor manufacturing, electronic commerce, integrated circuits, software and mechanical fields. I look forward to working with you. Sample work available for you includes: •Drafting more than 70 US patent applications unassisted •Prosecution for nearly 250 US patent applications •Patent applications covering various fields, including chemistry, polymer chemical/electrical engineering, biotechnology, mechanical, computer software, physics, and complex technologies • Further work over 15 years in medical technology innovative leading research organizations including bioengineering, medicine delivery systems, imaging diagnostics, and bioinformatics. A patent search, freedom to operate (FTO) analysis, drafting of an application, whether provisional or non-provisional, and subsequent prosecution can be done for with quality and in a reasonable time. Let me work with you to help satisfy all your needs regarding your idea and pursuit of a patent(s). The cost for such different patent work is open for discussion based on the scope and complexity of the desired work to be completed. I look forward to a talk together as soon as possible to understand the full scope of your patent idea(s). Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am a US citizen and reside in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. All the best! Kind regards, Jonathan Jonathan Symmes, JD, BSEE, MBA Patent and Legal Consultant Research Manila Partners San Francisco - Las Vegas – New York City - Manila, Philippines

$64.44 /hr
5 hours
4.90
Rachel O.

Rachel O.

Paralegal, Legal Research, Transcription, Document...

Canada - Last active: 30 days ago - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 1

Hi! My name is Rachel. I currently live in Montreal, but I'm American and originally from Minnesota. I was a full-time English as a Second Language public school teacher in the U.S. for 10 years, but moved to Montreal to accompany my husband who is training as a liver/transplant surgeon. I can't teach here in Canada, so I'm hoping to help you with your projects! I have a Master's degree from Columbia University in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and a Bachelor's degree in Spanish. I am an expert in English grammar, spelling, and usage. While I was getting my Master's degree, I worked as a paralegal for a Trusts and Estates attorney in New York City. I transcribed legal documents, composed correspondence, communicated with clients, conducted legal research, delivered documents to court, and completed general administrative tasks. He was so pleased with my work that he offered me a full-time position with him, but I declined in order to finish my teacher training. I can help you with: - Transcription of audio and video files (flat rate of $1 per audio minute) - Legal (or other) research - Document preparation - Data entry - General administrative/clerical tasks - Spanish-English translation I have excellent computer skills. I am very meticulous, detail-oriented, professional, punctual, and can help you with many tasks quickly. My grammar and spelling skills are stellar. If you want your job done right the first time, without any headaches and hassles, then I am the freelancer for you! Please contact me with your job opportunities. Thank you for reading!

$20.00 /hr
0 hours
5.00
Bruce B.

Bruce B. Agency Contractor

Personal and Business Attorney

United States - Last active: 21 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
Derek Hawkins

Derek Hawkins Agency Contractor

Business Attorney

United States - Last active: 14 days ago - Tests: 4 - Portfolio: 12

Derek is the founder of Hawkins Law Offices, LLC. He began his legal career as an investigative intern for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, NY. His practice is focused on providing counsel for start-ups, small business owners and entrepreneurs. His firm offers the following services: contract drafting and review, real estate transactions, business formation, and general business counsel. Derek's academic studies focused on business law and intellectual property. His published work can be found in Marquette's prestigious intellectual property law journal. Derek's practice has one goal, and that is to empower individuals who want to create and sustain successful businesses.

Associated with: Hawkins Law Offices, LLC
$150.00 /hr
341 hours
4.99
Minhazul A.

Minhazul A.

Personal and Business Solicitor

Bangladesh - Last active: 2 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 !

$44.44 /hr
439 hours
4.87
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