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On-demand legal service providers  have run into their fair share of problems with state bar associations concerned that their operations violate ethics rules around referral services and fee splitting. But these companies’ early troubles, which many have now put behind them, have helped new market entrant Lawclerk learn to avoid such battles altogether.

At its core, the new on-demand platform, which officially launched in January 2018, looks to bypass many of the startup issues that plagued companies like Avvo, LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer by being a business-to-business marketplace where licensed attorneys can hire freelance lawyers on a short term project basis.

Greg Garman, co-founder of Lawclerk, described the freelance attorneys working on the platform as “paraprofessionals,” which are allowed to assist lawyers under ABA rules. The more than 1,000 such paraprofessionals offering their services on the platform come from a wide background, he added, including law professors and retired partners, recent law school graduates, and former licensed attorneys who took time off to focus on parenting.

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Rhys Dipshan

CT-born, New York-based legal tech reporter covering everything from in-house technology disruption to privacy trends, blockchain, AI, cybersecurity, and ghosts-in-the-machine. Continually waiting for law to catch up with tech. (It's like waiting for Godot, but without the clowns)

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