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ABA TECHSHOW 2008: Crazy Mazy's Best of Show: SQ Global Solutions

By Mazyar Hedayat | Monday, March 24, 2008

Legal Outsourcing Moves Beyond Document Review

Remember the early 1990s when outsourcing didn't apply to lawyers? Well you can forget those days because for the last decade outsourcing has become the name of the game for large discovery projects.

The theory is that firms shouldn't pay for an associate or paralegal here when they can have documents reviewed for less overseas. But where were all the legal process outsourcing (LPO) vendors at this year's show? Only one made the trip — SQ Global Solutions.

Of course it would be unfair to award one of my coveted Best of Show picks for that reason alone, so I spoke at length with company representative Tim Ninowski.

After many probing questions, I believe these guys have what it takes. Not only can they provide an instant discovery and document review department for law firms in need of manpower, but they have actually developed a lawyer ecosystem in their facility in Hyderabad, India.

The notion appears to be that if SQ Global Solutions nurtures an entire law firm (not just individual lawyers) overseas then it can handle nearly any size job on a temporary or long-term basis. In addition, the company provides services at a fraction of the cost of a full-time stateside associate or paralegal.

Yeah, it's kind of scary, but there's no point in burying our heads in the sand.

Read more firsthand reports from ABA TechShow 2008.

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