Law Practice Management

Counsel on Call Brings More Contract Attorney Options to Boston


For a number of lawyers who want a better balance between their work lives and their personal lives or a more flexible schedule, being a contract attorney can be the answer.

While the job admittedly can be a fast track to document review projects, it can also offer a chance to do interesting work at reasonable pay, reports the Boston Globe. And, for those interested in doing such work there, a new office of Counsel on Call is now open.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based company typically bills clients between $50 and $125 per hour, and pays its lawyers, who also receive benefits, according to the article, between $35 and $85 hourly. Overhead presumably is low because contract attorneys often work at the client’s office. Counsel on Call says its lawyers generally have at least three years of large-law firm or in-house counsel experience. On the academic side, they usually graduated in the top third of their class from a top-50 law school.

Only about 20 percent of the projects the company handles focus on document review, and its contract work also includes sophisticated financial transactions, complex litigation and technology licensing agreements.

Nancy Reiner, who formerly was a longtime partner at Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels, will head the new Boston office of Counsel on Call. She is perhaps best known for her role in helping to achieve an $8.3 billion settlement for the state in a lawsuit against the tobacco industry.

Related coverage:

ABA Journal: “Have Law, Will Travel”

ABAJournal.com: “‘Attorney at Blah’: JD Earns Extra $20/Hour in Doc Review”

ABA Journal: “Best of Both Worlds”

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