Oh Charlotte. Oh Queen City. My how global economic crisis denuded your legal industry.
Maybe it is time for a comeback? The Charlotte Observer reports that a legal services firm is poised to hire 100 Charlotte based attorneys:
Unfortunately, we’re talking about document review attorneys:
DiscoverReady, which analyzes e-mails and electronic documents for law firms and corporate legal departments, is opening the office on Trade Street uptown in mid-June. The company has already hired about two dozen workers and will hire others in waves throughout the year, said Jim Wagner Jr., DiscoverReady’s chief executive officer.
About a third of the positions will be full time; the others will be temporary and contract jobs, he said. Most of the company’s workers are attorneys, but company officials are also looking for project managers, office staff and other employees.
All and all, isn’t this good news for the Charlotte legal economy? More details after the jump.
The American Lawyer spoke with the people at DiscoveryReady, and the news isn’t all bad:
The Am Law Daily caught up with K. Matthew Miller, a former IP associate with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Charlotte who moved to DiscoverReady on June 1. … Still, the space the firm now occupies in Charlotte can accommodate up to 110 contract attorneys. The company expects to move forward on several large-scale document reviews come mid-July.
So, we asked, why Charlotte? And why now? There’s certainly no shortage of laid off associates and in-house lawyers looking for work around town. Additionally, Miller says the region has a steady stream of young lawyers, including graduates of North Carolina’s two newest law schools, the Charlotte School of Law and Elon University School of Law in Greensboro.
If you flood the market with unemployed attorneys, legal businesses will come? Hey, it’s better than sitting around waiting for Ray Liotta to show up in a cornfield (tobacco field?) and make your business model successful.
And remember, these are jobs that would probably be more affordable in India. But DiscoveryReady is choosing to use Charlotte attorneys. Yay!
It’ll be a long road back, fair Charlotte. But I have faith in you. You will rise again!
Legal services firm to hire more than 100 [Charlotte Observer]
Jobs in Charlotte? DiscoverReady Is Hiring [American Lawyer]