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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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James Southers

James Southers

Legal Research and Writing, Appeals & Journalism

United States - Last active: 4 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 2

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
66 hours
5.00
Mary R.

Mary R.

Legal Research, Writing, and Litigation Support Pr...

United States - Last active: 3 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 five 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. PLEASE NOTE -- My Florida and Iowa bar licenses are INACTIVE. By law, I am only authorized to work for licensed attorneys - I cannot work for private individuals or provide legal advice. Any services provided through oDesk are not done in an attorney-client capacity.

$50.00 /hr
451 hours
4.91
Kelly T.

Kelly T.

Paralegal/ Contract Drafting and Review/ Legal Res...

United States - Last active: 7 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
502 hours
5.00
Gagan Deep Mehta

Gagan Deep Mehta

Expert Lawyer - Contracts & Agreements, Legal Rese...

India - Last active: 6 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.

$28.89 /hr
1,372 hours
4.85
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
91 hours
5.00
Sarah Grafilo

Sarah Grafilo

Law student with legal and medical research experi...

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
Charles Perry

Charles Perry

Attorney at Law

United States - Last active: 6 days ago - Tests: 2 - Portfolio: 3

My goals are to continue assisting individuals and businesses with fewer than fifty employees address their legal problems, and to continue helping them prevent other legal problems from occurring. I am a lawyer, licensed in California since 1986. During this time, I have represented companies in all phases of their existence. Much of my practice is devoted to helping companies address the range of legal issues and problems that can occur (labor problems, contract disputes, tax and environmental issues, business torts, IP disputes, and the like) through negotiation, arbitration, and litigation. I have also helped businesses draft their initial agreements and organization papers, prepared and reviewed agreements needed for the conduct of their business, and represented them during the sale or winding up of their business. I also work with individuals who wish to represent themselves in resolving a variety of disputes. I help them draft court papers, I coach them on arguments to make to the judge, and I ghost-write letters and settlement documents. This part of my practice is now expanding into assisting other lawyers who have a temporary surplus of work and need experienced assistance. I also have a small trusts, estates, and tax planning practice. I run a "virtual office," meaning nearly all communication will be electronic. For my clients' convenience, I have a San Francisco telephone and fax number. This structure allows me to pass substantial reductions in attorney's fees to my clients, while still providing the quality representation of an experienced and licensed lawyer in California and federal law.

$133.33 /hr
269 hours
4.97
Lauren B.

Lauren B.

Writer/Editor/Attorney: Law| Business | Creative|...

United States - Last active: 3 days ago - Tests: 12

For more than 15 years, I have been a writer and editor in many different capacities, from writing white papers on healthcare policy, to founding and editing a literary journal, to editing theses and dissertations for graduate students, to crafting and revising resumes. I am also an attorney, with very strong legal research and writing skills in many areas of the law. Much of my professional experience has been in healthcare policy and law, and I have an excellent grasp of medical terminology and am familiar with a broad range of health topics and issues. In addition, I write literary fiction that has been published widely. My collection of short fiction was published in June of 2014. If it's not listed, I might know it. If I don't know it, I'd love to learn it. I look forward to working with you. (Please note that my fees for legal work are higher than my posted hourly rate, which is my fee for general writing and editing.)

$30.00 /hr
22 hours
4.97
CA Lawyer Online - Dave Johnston

CA Lawyer Online - Dave Johnston

CA Lawyer Online

United States - Last active: 17 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
31 hours
5.00
Ariel Humphrey

Ariel Humphrey

French-American IT/Internet Contract & Environment...

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

Ariel Humphrey is a French-American licensed IT/Internet Contract and Environmental Law Attorney ranked "Number 1" amongst all of the top Odesk Attorneys. My activity is mainly aimed at helping start-up companies/businesses to be perfectly managed from a Legal and contractual perspective. 1) My goals are to develop several activities on oDesk including the drafting, editing, review, creation or translation of sophisticated Contracts/Agreements in the field of Business law in general (corporate and banking agreements including shareholders' agreements or revolving line of credit agreements for instance) and also specifically in the sector of Internet Business Law (including SEO/CRO service agreements and/or website design & development agreements and/or terms of services (TOS) and privacy policies for websites), of IT Law (including software development agreements or software license agreements or end-user license agreements (EULA)), of Sports/Entertainment/Art/Music (including graphic design agreements or music license agreements or Sponsorship Agreements) whether it be in French, in English or in both languages (bilingual contracts). I do have a very large database of contracts and agreements (templates) including all kinds of agreements related to the matters mentioned above and to business law in general. You will benefit from my legal know-how and database, given that I can adapt all of my contracts to your particular situation and needs so that we come up with a tailor-made contract solution for You. 2) I am a French Licensed attorney and I can assist you and address your needs related to French Law, international contract law (including but not limited to Australian Law, Canadian Law, U.S. Law etc.). I am a French corporate attorney which means that I am an expert in French Corporate law having practiced in different Paris-based prestigious law firms (including Eversheds, Vaughan Avocats). 3) I am a US citizen and a French Native citizen (European Citizen). I am perfectly bilingual with high level writing and analytical skills that I would like you to benefit from should you need my services when French and/or English language(s) are involved. With such writing, linguistic and analytical skills I am used to writing/drafting/reviewing/editing/proofreading Legal or Business documents of all kinds related to or about any subject that falls within my strong, all-around and broad General Technical and legal culture/knowledge/know-how/Experience). I also have a large experience as a business and legal translator. 4) In addition to my solid experience as a business attorney throughout Europe as you can see on my resume which you will find below, I worked as a legal Consultant in India in 2011 for the Legal Process Outsourcing Company Quislex Inc.; I also worked in 2008 in Louisiana and in San Diego, California in 2010 : in other words, I have a large international wingspan when it comes to work. I remain at your service no matter what :-) ! You can find me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/arielhumphrey Ariel Humphrey

$95.00 /hr
2,116 hours
4.98