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Legal E Receives Top Honors in Best of Legal Times Readers Survey
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December 1, 2015
Washington, D.C., Legal E Employment Partners, a prominent legal-staffing provider in the Washington Metropolitan Area, is proud to announce that it has received top honors as DC’s Best Legal & Litigation Support Staffing firm and also ranks amongst the Best DC Based Legal Recruiters. This is Legal E’s fourth consecutive year to be recognized by the "Best of LegalTimes" Reader's Ranking survey.
"It is an exciting time for Legal E and we are extremely honored to receive top distinction as 2015’s Best Legal & Litigation Support Staffing organization for the DC area and also to be recognized for Best DC Based Legal Recruiter,” says Jeanette Derby, President and Founder of Legal E. “To be acknowledged in this way by the legal industry over four consecutive years has been a source of immense pride. This accomplishment is truly a reflection of the passion for excellence demonstrated by our exceptional staff who works tirelessly to provide positive results for our business partners,” says Derby. “On behalf of the entire Legal E team, we would also like to thank our loyal client base and the LegalTimes voters who have extended endless encouragement and countless opportunities to prove our commitment of excellence. For that, we are truly grateful and will remain devoted to earn their continued trust and support.”
The 2015 "Best of LegalTimes" Reader Survey included nearly 2,000 Washington, DC area readers who cast votes for their favorite vendors in 71 categories. In a statement to the legal community, Kenneth A. Gary, Vice President and Group Publisher of The National Law Journal & LegalTimes, said, “To compete and win in today’s legal market, you have to work hard and exercise sound judgement. Based on your votes, the companies and products highlighted in the following pages are excelling at keeping the industry moving forward and their clients in the winning column.” In addition to winning top honors for "Best Legal & Litigation Support Staffing" found on page 17, Legal E is also recognized as a finalist for “Best DC Based Legal Recruiter” which is also found on page 17 of the LegalTimes Reader's Rankings insert of the NLJ’s November 23, 2015 issue. Other categories in the survey will include: Best E-Discovery Consultant, Best Time and Billing Software, Best Telecommunications Provider, Best Court Reporting Service, Best Document Management Provider, Best PR Firm, etc. To view the entire list of results, please go to http://pdfserver.amlaw.com/nlj/flipbook/BLT2015/BLT2015.html.
About Legal E:
Founded in 2003, Legal E is one of DC's fastest growing legal employment service providers. As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) business, Legal E is dedicated to providing area law firms, corporations and non-profits with highly qualified attorneys, paralegals, technical and support staff for both contract and direct-hire services. To learn more about Legal E, please visit www.mylegale.com.
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LEGAL E EMPLOYMENT PARTNERS
Founded in 2003, Legal E Employment Partners is a premier legal employment service provider and has been recognized for the past four years amongst DC’s top Legal & Litigation Staffing firms by Legal Times Readers Survey. As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) business, Legal E is dedicated to providing area law firms, corporations and non-profits with highly qualified attorneys and professional staff for contract and direct-hire services.
Along with providing forward-thinking staffing solutions, Legal E is committed to exercising the highest degree of responsible and risk-averse approaches to recent legislation. Legal E’s initiatives are designed to enhance client services and establish ongoing, mutually beneficial partnerships with the business community to include fully compliant practices and systems to substantiate co-employment safeguards.
LOOKING OUT FOR OUR CLIENTS: REGULATION ROUND-UP
- “Ban the Box”
To comply with the recent Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014, also known as, “Ban the Box,” Legal E has removed any inquiries concerning an applicant's criminal history from its job applications. We also exclude any discussions regarding past criminal activity during the initial interview phase and will only conduct a criminal background check after extending a conditional offer of temporary employment. In order to ensure that hiring guidelines related to the employment of individuals with criminal records are consistent with federal, state, and local laws, Legal E encourages its clients to maintain and provide updated and detailed job descriptions which allows for properly conducted, individualized assessments of candidates when necessary. As a standard practice, Legal E adheres to all state and local requirements at the outset of each engagement, during our background check process, and when considering or taking adverse actions against applicants or employees based on criminal history. All members of the Legal E staff have been trained on the appropriate procedures regarding criminal history as it pertains to hiring and separation.
- Safe and Sick Leave Act
Legal E has adopted a responsible and accountable approach to minimize risk to its clients, and is in full compliance with recently amended (adopted and suggested) legislative language in DC’s Accrued Safe and Sick Leave Act of 2008. As a precautionary measure, all temporary employees on Legal E’s payroll are informed of their accruing SSLA leave, which is retroactive to February 22, 2014. As the statute dictates, proper notices and posters regarding employee rights are visibly present in candidate interviewing areas.
- Wage Theft Prevention
Legal E has fully implemented measures to comply with DC’s Amended Wage Theft Prevention Act which includes written notices to all current and newly-hired employees, as required at the time of interview and employment. All written notices are captured and recorded with easy accessibility in an effort to offer assurances of full compliance.
Legal E’s careful examination and proactive policy implementation regarding these regulations is a testament to our pledge to uphold a co-employment partnership standard with our clients. We have applied legally sound practices and risk-averse approaches to ensure that we and our clients are protected. We maintain rigorous systems and safeguards designed to enrich our services and advance value-added partnerships. Serving as a trusted employment partner, Legal E continues to receive and relay regular updates concerning evolving legislation in an effort to offer fully compliant staffing solutions to its clients.
Legal E Honored by Legal Times Readers for Third Consecutive Year
Washington, D.C., December 2, 2014 - Legal E Employment Partners, a leading legal-staffing service provider in the Washington Metropolitan Area, is proud to announce that for a third year running, the company is being recognized amongst DC's "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing" firms as reported in the 2014 "Best of LegalTimes" Reader's Ranking survey.
"We are truly honored as one of DC’s ‘Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing Firms’ for the third consecutive year and we are so grateful to the LegalTimes readers for this recognition, says Jeanette Derby, the president and founder of Legal E. “I applaud the Legal E team and its exceptional talent and endless passion for positive results. We owe many thanks to our loyal client base who have continuously supported and encouraged Legal E Employment Partners and allowed us to demonstrate our expertise in providing exceptional services.”
In the 2014 annual "Best of LegalTimes" Reader Survey over 1,500 Washington, DC area readers cast votes for their favorite vendors in 73 categories. In a recent statement to the legal community, Tom Larranaga, publisher of the National Law Journal and the LegalTimes, said, “’The Best of LegalTimes’ puts control in the hands of end-users, readers of The National Law Journal. It provides a measure of effectiveness and passion for the brands and companies serving the legal industry in D.C.” In addition to "Best Legal/Litigation Support Staffing," which can be found on page 16 of the LegalTimes Reader's Rankings insert of the NLJ’s November 25, 2014 issue, other categories in the survey include: Best E-Discovery Consultant, Best Time and Billing Software, Best Telecommunications Provider, Best Court Reporting Service, Best Document Management Provider, Best PR Firm, etc. To view the entire list of results, please go to http://www.nationallawjournal.com/readers-rankings/.
About Legal E:
Founded in 2003, Legal E has become one of DC's fastest growing legal employment service providers. As a certified Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) business, Legal E is dedicated to providing area law firms, corporations and non-profits with highly qualified attorneys, paralegals and support staff for both contract and direct-hire services. To learn more about Legal E, please visit www.mylegale.com.
Litigation Support: Choosing the Right Partner
By Janice James
As most of us recall from the pre-digital age, law firm litigation departments managed the document review phase of discovery by collecting mounds of paper that was analyzed, paper-indexed and produced to adverse parties. This production of documents was a labor-intensive, mostly manual process staffed by paralegals and junior attorneys. Today, however, the majority of data collected and analyzed comes in the form of electronically stored information such as text messages and emails, and the process of analyzing and producing this data is largely done by contract attorneys.
As the legal profession has evolved into the digital age, the use of sophisticated technology has become a necessary tool in managing this wide swath of electronic data. With that, a new lexicon of terminology has become the norm when referring to the management of this data. The term e-Discovery is used to describe this “information gathering” phase of the litigation process. Within the process, we now refer to the electronically stored information as ESI, and Technology Assisted Review (TAR) and predictive coding refer to the specific method used to review the documents.
Because the discovery phase of any litigation matter is often the most costly portion, the use of sophisticated technology has become a necessary tool in shrinking the volume of data that needs to be reviewed, thus reducing the cost of labor associated with the review. Additionally, recent developments show that judges are endorsing the use of TAR as a more efficient method of analyzing and producing documents.
Since the recession, law firms have continued to reduce staff and very often do not have the manpower to manage the high-volume document review projects. As a result of this trend, the use of document review contract attorneys has become the norm. Many firms rely on litigation support vendors to assist them with part, if not all, of the process. If you are the person tasked with managing the document review portion of your firm’s litigation case, you probably know there are numerous ways to accomplish this monumental and highly important task. Deciding how to manage the review of the data does not have a one-size-fits-all solution. Each case presents its own set of variables that are imperative to recognize. A successful case often hinges on a thorough and well-executed discovery phase.
Once your legal team has decided how it wants to manage the data, identifying and partnering with experts who specialize in eDiscovery is critical. Ideally, it is a good idea to meet with service providers during slower periods. These meetings should include discussions about services, pricing, logistics and even a software demo. Establishing a strong relationship with your service providers ensures a jump-into-action response from them when a need arises. This advanced preparation enables you to provide a well-informed action plan when your firm takes on a new case and the partner needs quick answers. As you prepare to talk to service providers, keep in mind that there are many options available, ranging from fully managed reviews where the services and costs are bundled, to more traditional reviews where services are purchased al la carte and pricing is itemized. There are instances where a fully managed review is more appropriate for the case. Conversely, working with the provider to devise a set of singular services that address the more specific needs of the project with a breakdown of costs, may be a better option. As law firms build their litigation support departments, they are finding that having predictable budgetary control over the document review process can make each case a more profitable venture in the long run.
Legal E Employment Partners has been providing quality traditional and eDiscovery contract attorneys to law firms and in-house legal departments for decades. Legal E has a wide network of talented contractors that can successfully take on basic reviews as well as those requiring high-level expertise or foreign language skills. Additionally, if housing the reviewers in your own space is not an option, Legal E can provide turn-key space in very close proximity to your office within 24 hours.
While it is an exciting time to be involved in law firm technology, it is easy to get overwhelmed by multiple, and often conflicting, sources of information and advice. As a trusted business partner, Legal E’s collective expertise can add assurance to your experience by providing valuable insights on the path forward as well as the appropriate level of resources required to get the job done successfully and efficiently.
Since 2012, Legal E has consistently been recognized by Legal Times Readers as a top Litigation/Legal Staffing firm in the Washington Metropolitan Area. We have helped fill thousands of legal professional positions with over 95% of our business coming from highly satisfied referrals. Legal E’s mission has always been to maintain the highest degree of client satisfaction which is demonstrated daily throughout all our departments including litigation support.
For more information, please contact Janice James at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-319-1500.
As the Executive Director at Legal E Employment Partners, Janice James is responsible for managing the Contracts and Special Projects Division. With over 30 years in the industry, Janice has a unique background of law firm human resources management and progressive legal staffing industry expertise. As a former client of Legal E, Janice developed a distinctive appreciation for clients’ expectations as well as a consultative approach regarding staffing challenges -- from the conventional to the extraordinary. Janice is an integral contributor to Legal E’s proven success and recent honors including, Best of Legal Times DC's Best Legal Staffing Service.
Legal E Welcomes Richard Jones Back to the Team
Washington, D.C., October 21, 2014 - Legal E Employment Partners, a premier legal-staffing service provider focused on the Washington Metropolitan Area, is happy to announce that Richard A. Jones has rejoined the organization as a Contracts Division Manager.
Richard eagerly rejoins the company's Contracts Division after devoting several years to broadening his human resources, recruiting, financial coordination and management expertise at a Washington, DC non-profit organization. "We could not be more delighted to have Richard return to the Legal E team," says Jeanette Derby, president and founder of Legal E. "With his vast experience in all facets of recruiting and his dedication to exceed clients' expectations, Richard is an invaluable resource for Legal E!"
Preceding his return to Legal E, Richard was the Human Resources Recruiter and Financial and Administrative Officer at the National Academy of Sciences where he was crucial in the management of a wide range of duties including full-cycle recruiting, development and execution of comprehensive recruiting strategies, organizational budget preparation and analysis, and software and hardware purchasing and execution. Prior to working for the National Academy of Sciences, Richard excelled as the Direct Hire Division Manager in Legal E's Northern Virginia office where he expanded his recruiting successes, management proficiencies, business relationships and client service standards.
"After being out of the legal recruiting for a few years, I am excited for the opportunity to reengage with the legal community and work within such a team-oriented culture," says Jones. "Many years ago, I worked as an intern for Jeanette while I was in college. Later, when I was a law firm Office Manager, I sought out Legal E's services to fill positions for my firm. From that experience, I was so impressed with the quality and integrity Jeanette instills in Legal E's client and candidate relations and service offerings, I joined Legal E as a recruiter and quickly was promoted to Direct Hire Division Manager. Throughout the years, I have admired the entire Legal E team for the positive impact they have made in the legal community and I am honored to be a part of it once again."
As the Manager of Legal E's Contracts Division, Richard will be working alongside Janice James, Executive Director, in the company's Washington DC office. His major focus areas include, but are not limited to, paralegals, administrative support and IT staff.
About Legal E:
Founded in 2003, Legal E is DC's fastest growing legal employment service provider and has been recognized for the past three years as one of DC's top Legal/Litigation Staffing firms by Legal Times Readers Survey. As a certified WBENC business, Legal E is dedicated to providing area law firms, corporations and non-profits with highly qualified attorneys, paralegals and support staff for both contract and direct-hire services. To learn more about Legal E, please visit www.mylegale.com.
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