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Looking To Build And Grow A Virtual Law Practice? These Lawyers Can Help

Are you interested in building and growing a virtual law practice, or hoping to obtain new clients for your existing law practice? If so, here’s a new tool that you might want to investigate.

The team behind it includes two lawyers who used to work at major law firms. Let’s hear more about the platform they’ve designed and how they made the move from counseling start-ups to launching one of their own….

Meet Matthew Faustman, Mason Blake, and Touraj Parang, who are the CEO, CTO, and COO, respectively, of UpCounsel. Here’s a quick description of UpCounsel, from its website:

Founded in 2012, UpCounsel is the fastest growing online workplace for businesses to easily find, hire and work with top attorneys. We leverage technology to make the process of finding and managing legal services an efficient and delightful experience for both businesses and attorneys with relevant expertise. By combining price transparency, reviews and online tools, our platform allows you to tap into a diverse and highly talented legal workforce that can meet your business needs on your schedule and at affordable prices.

Led by a team of visionary entrepreneurs, technologists and former attorneys, at UpCounsel we are excited to bring innovation through technology to one of the oldest industries in the world. Our mission is to help businesses and legal professionals that serve them thrive by giving both the tools needed to easily find and work with one another.

And not just any former attorneys, but former denizens of Biglaw: Matt Faustman worked at Latham & Watkins, and Touraj Parang worked at O’Melveny & Myers and Wilson Sonsini. (Disclosure: Parang and I are friends from law school.)

Faustman, a clean-cut and handsome chap, recently explained how he made the jump from advising start-ups to launching one of his own, in this interview with Spencer Mazyck of Bloomberg Law:

Note how Faustman saved enough from his Latham days to live without a salary for a year while starting UpCounsel. If you’re a lawyer who hopes to someday launch your own business, avoid getting addicted to the “models and bottles” Biglaw lifestyle.

And if you’re a lawyer on your own who is looking for clients, you should definitely check out UpCounsel. You can read more about how it works and how it can help attorneys with business development over here. It’s currently limited to California but will be expanding aggressively in the next year, as noted in this TechCrunch write-up.

Good luck to Faustman and his colleagues at UpCounsel. It’s just one example of how technology is revolutionizing the delivery of legal services, making it more efficient, accessible, and affordable.

Stealth Lawyer: Matt Faustman, UpCounsel Co-Founder [Bloomberg Law via YouTube]
UpCounsel: How It Works – Attorney Benefits [UpCounsel]
UpCounsel Is A Marketplace To Connect Small Businesses With Affordable Legal Help [TechCrunch]

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