Posted Nov 01, 2013 07:23 pm CDT
LeClairRyan has partnered with legal technology firm UnitedLex to open a new legal support center in Richmond, Va.
The LeClairRyan Legal Solutions Center will provide litigation-support services such as e-discovery, as well as due diligence in transactional work, according to a press release and stories by Bloomberg News and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
LeClairRyan chairman Gary LeClair told the Times-Dispatch that the venture is “part of the bigger strategic evolution of the industry.
“I think you are going to see more collaboration among law firms and technology-related [businesses] so that we can reduce the cost of services to our clients while improving the quality,” LeClair told the newspaper.
As part of the collaborative venture, UnitedLex will take over LeClairRyan’s Discovery Solutions Practice, a business it acquired in a 2008 merger with a Richmond law firm, the Times-Dispatch says. According to the press release, more than 400 lawyers and litigation support technologists will transition to UnitedLex, making the solutions center launch the largest of its kind.
Most of the 400 lawyers and technologists are contractors, although a couple dozen are LeClairRyan attorneys, paralegals and administrative staffers, the Times-Dispatch says. The lawyers include three former shareholders and three nonequity partners, according to Bloomberg.
Hat tip to Legal Ethics Forum.