Tuesday, November 2, 2010

South Florida is becoming a magnet for contract attorneys due to low overhead

According to this story from lawjobs.com, South Florida is attracting many temp attorney agencies because of lower costs than larger legal markets like Washington, D.C. and New York where the going wage for contract attorneys averages $50.00 per hour.  In South Florida, contract lawyers typically make $20.00.

South Florida, with relatively lower rates, is fast becoming a document review center, say industry employment agencies. Rates in New York and Washington run more like $50 an hour. In the Daily Business Review's 2010 managing partners survey, 23 percent of managing partners reported using them. (The question was not asked in previous years.)

The same trend is being seen with in-house lawyers. Corporations like Office Depot and Pediatrix, and real estate companies are increasingly turning to contract attorneys rather than hiring lawyers outright, sources say.

'Corporations are doing a substantial amount of substantive legal work on a contract basis in South Florida,' said Jonathan Broder of Strategic Professional Staffing in Aventura. He noted 200 attorneys work at a Miramar document review center run by Huron Consulting Group, one of six such centers the company operates around the country.

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