LegalMatch Announces Record Growth In Attorney Membership And Consumer Legal Case Submissions

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LegalMatch, the nation's premiere provider of online legal services, today announced record growth in both its consumer legal case submissions and its attorney membership. The latest figures reveal a 41 percent increase in new cases and a 13 percent rise in attorney membership over comparable figures for 2004.

LegalMatch, the nation's premiere provider of online legal services, today announced record growth in both its consumer legal case submissions and its attorney membership. The latest figures reveal a 41 percent increase in new cases and a 13 percent rise in attorney membership over comparable figures for 2004.

The latest statistics reinforce LegalMatch’s growing dominance in this highly competitive sector. The company’s strong performance has resulted from a powerful Internet marketing strategy that has helped to expand membership in its attorney network and drive consumer case submissions to record levels. This success also demonstrates LegalMatch’s ability to leverage the Internet and consolidate its leadership position in the marketplace.

“Our phenomenal growth reflects a real public demand for a streamlined, reliable way to find legal representation,” said Laurie Ziffrin, CEO of LegalMatch. “In a litigious world, people recognize the Internet as a smart, economical way to protect their rights.”

Customer satisfaction with LegalMatch recently surged to an all-time high, with nearly 97 percent of successfully-matched consumers declaring that they would use the LegalMatch again. On the attorney side of the equation, many solo practitioners had been dissatisfied with traditional client acquisition channels such as the Yellow Pages, which can’t provide the in-depth information and time- and cost-efficiency of the LegalMatch solution. For its member attorneys, LegalMatch opens a vast reservoir of pre-screened clients sent via email. Attorneys see more cases—and more desirable cases.

In a business environment that continually tests its successes, LegalMatch continues to widen its lead via targeted marketing programs and partnerships with some of America’s most prestigious legal organizations, including the American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) and The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

The Utah State Bar Association has relied on LegalMatch since early 2004, noting that it has already reduced operational costs and, more importantly, pleased attorney members and served the public more effectively. LegalMatch makes the point that online screening is, in many cases, superior to traditional approaches to attracting clients for Bar Associations, offering a more efficient instrument for focusing members’ practices.

Another issue helping to drive consumer numbers is the fact that online matching empowers an underrepresented middle class—people who can’t afford to be wasteful when hiring an attorney. “People have to make their investment in legal services count,” said Don Keane, vice president of marketing at LegalMatch. “That’s why they appreciate LegalMatch helping them cut through all the noise and find the attorney who is right for them.” To further support and inform consumers, the LegalMatch Web site is evolving into a comprehensive destination for legal information, offering lively blogs and forums as well as an expanding online law library and other easily accessible resources.

About LegalMatch

Established in 1999, with a formal site-launch in 2000, LegalMatch is the nation's premiere provider of online legal services. LegalMatch is the best place for consumers to find the right attorney and for attorneys to build and focus a practice. Corporate offices are located in San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more information regarding the company or this initiative, please contact Don Keane, Vice-President of Marketing at (415) 946-0855.

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