Altman Weil recently released the results from its law firm survey which examined changes in the legal profession.  The report concluded that firms expressed a “growing enthusiasm” for the use of staffing alternatives, including contract attorneys.  This is good news for experienced freelance attorneys who market their services to firms who need specialized part-time, short term, or emergency help with their practices.

As I previously discussed here, the present legal climate has underscored the need for alternative solutions to the traditional law firm model.  The time-efficiencies and cost-savings associated with utilizing a freelance attorney instead of hiring a permanent associate are significant, and the Altman Weil report signals that firms are responding to economic and client pressures by offering alternative, more cost effective legal services.

The complete survey can be found at