ABA Ethics Committee Opinion on Outsourcing: A Step Forward

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American Bar Association Formal Opinion 08-451 addresses the growing outsourcing and off shoring phenomena within the legal communityby providing guidelines for professional obligations.

Legal Advantage LLC lauds the ABA Ethics Committee opinion for its recent ruling on outsourcing. American Bar Association Formal Opinion 08-451 addresses the growing outsourcing and off shoring phenomena within the legal community by providing guidelines for professional obligations.

"I am glad to see the ABA proactively address this issue. There have previously been some sporadic state and local bar opinions, but 08-451 comprehensively addresses the issues an outsourcing attorney who is considering using an offshore provider needs to contemplate. The ethical guidelines laid out by the ABA provide an excellent framework that will give comfort to both attorneys and service providers. As litigation support services provider, we have always looked to the Model Rules for guidance, and were thus already in compliance with the ethics and management rules as laid out by the ABA," said Ashar Akhtar, Assistant General Counsel and Managing Attorney for Legal Advantage, LLC.

"As we all know, litigation costs have increased exponentially in the past few years. Cost containment through a combination of in-house, outsourced and/or offshore solutions makes sense as both corporations and law firms look to manage costs without sacrificing quality," Ashar continued.

About Legal Advantage: Legal Advantage offers a full suite of intellectual property and litigation support solutions. With over six years of solid industry experience, Legal Advantage has carved a niche for itself in the Intellectual Property Services arena by offering services such as prior art searches, patent proofreading, and patent illustration and design. Additionally, Legal Advantage also provides world-class Litigation Support Services, including document review, legal research, deposition summarization, and trial graphics.

From a client perspective, utilization of these services include the benefits of reduced costs, faster project completion, and higher quality end-product deliverables. Legal Advantage has set the gold standard for legal support services with advanced technological capabilities, proven process methodologies, innovation, and cost-effective high-quality offerings.

Founded by Naseer Hashim and John Jones, seasoned attorneys with over 25 years of legal experience, Legal Advantage combines unparalleled dependability, accuracy, and client service - resulting in a stellar client retention rate that is among the highest in the industry.
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