Bethesda, MD – 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 offshoring 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’s mission is “To help Inventors the World Over Protect Their Ideas and Realize Their Dreams.” For nine years Legal Advantage has assisted intellectual property attorneys, patent agents, and individual inventors in fulfilling this mission. Legal Advantage is a leader in Prior Art Searches (patentability, freedom to operate (FTO), clearance, validity, invalidity, infringement and landscape analysis), Patent Illustration (Patent Drawing) and Design Services, technical translations (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and over 20 other languages), patent trial graphics, and research. The real benefits derived from these services include reduced costs, faster project completion, and a higher quality end-product deliverable.
Founded by seasoned intellectual property attorneys and litigators, Legal Advantage combines unparalleled dependability, accuracy, and client service – resulting in a stellar client retention rate that is among the highest in the industry.
Legal Advantage is headquartered in the Washington DC suburb of Bethesda, MD and has offices in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Hyderabad, Ottawa, and Toronto.