San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/16/2015 -- Just as there are many types of small business lawyers specializing in everything from real estate to employee rights to mergers, there are also many different kinds of law practices. Minneapolis attorneys are embracing the various options to aiding their clients by operating from huge corporate law firms, boutique law firms, and online lawyer websites.
One example is Minneapolis-based lawyer Michael Ciresi who had recently decided to leave his present firm to form his own partnership with two colleagues. He believes that there's a need for "boutique law firms with a creative set of skills that have been honed for a long time." He also expressed that his work for clients was as important as his pro bono efforts and that, "we feel we can do that best in a firm that is smaller."
John Hueston, a California lawyer also expressed the same feelings about leaving the mega corporate law world to embrace a smaller firm. He states that his new practice wants "to focus on criminal and civil work with attorneys trained with a 360-degree perspective of civil, regulatory and criminal risk." In a larger firm, there are many constraints, "such as client conflicts and others who might not share our view of a focused practice," he said.
Online legal service providers also hold a distinct advantage over brick and mortar legal practices of the past. While technology is becoming a larger catalyst for the change with growing legal services marketplaces, innovators like UpCounsel are able to transcend traditional boundaries of time, space, corporate, and geographical boundaries allowing businesses to access top legal talent anywhere at a price that matches their budget.
These independent lawyers represent a virtual legal marketplace of thousands of attorneys located all over the United States (including Minneapolis). They are able to offer much more competitive costs for legal services since they are primarily based online and carry minimal overhead when compared to big law firms. Moreover, these attorneys can pick and choose what cases they wish to take on or submit proposals to since they are part of a larger pool of mainly business attorneys. They have the opportunity to connect with countless potential clients with the advantage of still being in charge of their own practice.
According to Forbes.com, over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) work in a small business and there are almost 28 million small businesses in the U.S. It's no wonder that lawyers are also following suit. Hueston sums this up best when he commented that, "In a larger firm, lawyers have less control day-to-day over entrepreneurial efforts. By going out on our own, we can fully define our mission and pursue our focus unfettered.
UpCounsel helps businesses and entrepreneurs to easily hire great attorneys on-demand that best match their legal needs and budget. By using UpCounsel's virtual legal marketplace to get advice and compare free proposals from specialized attorneys, businesses save hours of time searching for legal services and reduce their legal costs by 60% on average when compared to expensive law firms. To date, thousands of companies have used UpCounsel to save millions of dollars on legal services.
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