I am a California-licensed, freelance attorney who works exclusively for legal organizations and other attorneys providing legal research and writing services on a project-by-project basis.
In addition to my experience in the private sector, I served for over three years as a judicial law clerk to a federal judge in San Diego, CA, where I prepared draft rulings on motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, discovery motions, etc. While working for the court I had to prepare orders on whatever type of motion came through the door, so I needed to be a quick learner and expert researcher. I know what good briefing looks like, what bad briefing looks like, and what judges look for when ruling on motions.
The ethical rules governing the practice of law allow hiring attorneys to charge their clients a reasonable markup on the fees billed by freelance attorneys. This means that hiring attorneys can actually make money by outsourcing work to a freelance attorney. Read More >
Note: I do not take on individual clients and work only for other attorneys. I am licensed in California and work remotely.
After receiving nearly a full-ride scholarship to attend law school, I spent three years roughing the San Diego climate and beaches, eventually graduating in the top 5% of my class from California Western School of Law in December of 2011. I graduated law school a published author after my law review article, "Take the Money and Run: A Case for Benchmarking in the New Market Tax Credit Program," was published in California Western’s Law Review (47 Cal. W. L. Rev. 411). If you have trouble falling asleep at night, I can send . . .
Quite simply, no and no. A freelance attorney will not sign any pleadings and does not represent your client. A freelance attorney will draft filings for your signature onl