Solo and Small Firm
The Practitioner Winter 2020, Volume 26, Issue 1
- Executive Committee of the Solo and Small Firm Law Section 2019-2020
- Legal Persuasion in Distinction & Differentiation
- Letter From the Chair
- Letter from the Editor-In-Chief
- MCLE Article: What to Do If an Attorney Becomes Incapacitated or Dies?
- Memoriam for Philip Shapiro
- Table of Contents
- The Legal Ramifications of Interpreting and Translating
- The Personal Touch Sets You Apart, Is Your Most Cost-Effective Marketing, and Provides Occasional Hugs
- the Practitioner For Solo & Small Firms
- The Role of "You" in Your Law Practice
- Three Magic Ingredients That Make an Effective Solo Attorney
- In the Wake of Dynamex, Ab5 Cleared the Path for Freelance Lawyers
In the Wake of Dynamex, AB5 Cleared the Path for Freelance Lawyers
By Kristin Tyler
Kristin Tyler is Co-Founder of LAWCLERK (www.lawclerk. legal), where attorneys go to hire freelance lawyers. She is also a trusts and estates lawyer, busy mom and firm believer that the practice of law can be rewarding despite its daily demands.
The gig economy is changing the way millions of people are living and working. Companies such as UberEATS, Airbnb, Fiverr, Lyft, and countless others have become an integral part of our daily lives and how we receive services like travel, housing, and, food, but also, how we manage our legal practice.
The legal community has been embracing the gig economy for decades before the phrase "gig economy" was coined and became so prevalent. Busy attorneys have turned to so-called "contract attorneys" for many years to get briefs written, documents reviewed, and issues fully researched. The more modern term for these "contract attorneys" is "freelance lawyers" but whatever you want to call them their role is clear: to provide needed support to busy attorneys to get legal work completed in an efficient manner without costly overhead of an associate on payroll. However, in light of Dynamex Operations W v. Superior Court1 many California attorneys have reevaluated whether they can hire these freelance lawyers without legal consequence.