New venture matches lawyers with firms needing part-time workers

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 05, 2012, at 2:24 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A local attorney has launched Custom Counsel, a business designed to match up experienced lawyers who need or choose to work part time with solo practitioners or small firms that need help temporarily.

“Even the best situation at a law firm can be insufficient for a working mother or other professional who seeks greater work-life balance,” attorney Nicole Bradick, a graduate of the University of Maine Law School, said last week of her new business.

Contract attorneys are lawyers hired on a temporary, case-by-case basis, generally ranging anywhere from a few days to several years, to perform tasks most often related to civil litigation.

The use of freelance attorneys has increased in recent years as the entire legal landscape has shifted toward unbundled legal services, virtual law firms and greater outsourcing, Bradick, who works for Murray, Plumb and Murray in Portland, said in a press release announcing the business.

“Freelance legal services allow lawyers to do real, substantive legal work on their own terms,” Bradick said in the press release, “and law firms, solo practitioners, and in-house legal departments are greatly in need of experienced lawyers to step in when they experience an overflow of work.”

While most contract law services use attorneys who are just out of law school to do mostly document review, the majority of Custom Counsel’s attorneys will have at least five years experience, she said in a phone interview last week.

“They have been trained by some of the best firms in the region, and can step in to handle a deposition, draft a motion, or argue an appeal with no additional training or handholding,” Bradick said.

She also said that freelance legal work would be appealing to retired attorneys who no longer want to work full time.

For information, contact Nicole Bradick, 200-3011, or email nlb@customcounselllc.com.

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