San Diego Legal Staffing and Recruiting

Ideal for short-term staffing and higher volumes of routine
and bespoke legal work.

Our Enterprise Customers

Legal Depts

Streamline routine work and easily address bespoke needs

Law Firms

Flexibly and profitably expand firm capacity and expertise


From contracts to general counsel, prudently tackle "legal"

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Tap 5,000+ experienced legal experts for any project


No retainers or commitments. Save 60% over firms.

Account Mgmt

Talent and project coordination by management pros


Find talent quickly to scale any size team in days


Easily tackle bespoke projects or ongoing needs


Securely manage sourcing, work, and billing anywhere

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Home to the world's top freelance legal talent

  • 5,000+ lawyer community
  • 15 years' average experience
  • 70% worked at top law firms
  • 70% have in-house experience
Erin McClarty
Securities and Compliance Attorney
"Erin is highly knowledgeable in dealing with both for-profits and non-profits. I have found a gem indeed, as I am a part of both worlds."
Gloria M. Steinberg
Patent Attorney
"Gloria is an incredibly fast and efficient patent filer. We had spoken with many attorneys before finding her on UpCounsel."
Liz Oliner
Brand and Trademark Specialist
"Great experience working with Liz, plan to reengage her on additional projects."
Alejandro Maher
Business, Finance and Tech Attorney
"Alejandro continues to provide excellent service to our start-up. I highly recommend him."
Neeta Toprani
Tech Transaction Attorney
"Amazing. Super fast service and very through. Look fwd to working together again!"
Sanjiv Dhawan
Corporate Attorney
"Great attorney, fast-working, cost-efficient, great work."
Geoffrey Amend
Real Estate Transactions Lawyer
"I enjoyed working with Geoffrey. He is very efficient and straight to the point and provides services exactly as requested!"
Joshua Garber
Employment Advisor
"Working with Josh has been an amazing experience: he’s smart, effective, prompt and his communication & follow up are incredible!"

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Track project tasks and deadlines


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"UpCounsel gives HotelTonight seamless access to the high quality legal subject expertise that we’d expect from a big law firm but at a substantially lower price."

Karen Klein

General Counsel at HotelTonight

Why Should Someone in San Diego Hire a Legal Staffing and Recruiting Company for Temporary Lawyers?

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation ranked San Diego fourth in the country for startup activity in 2016. According to Kauffman's report, about 96 out of 1,000 businesses in San Diego are startups. Also, one out of every 200 adults started a business each month in 2016.

San Diego has a booming tourism industry and has the highest concentration of military personnel and supporting contractors in the entire world. Like so many companies today, many of these businesses are operating lean. As a result, they may not have in-house attorneys when the time comes to deal with critical legal matters.

You could go ahead and hire temporary legal help in these situations, but researching and finding a good contract attorney takes a lot of time and money. When you hire a legal staffing and recruiting company for temporary attorneys, you save the expenses and effort that you would put into sorting through a long list of potential lawyers for temporary hire.  

You can find the best pool of temporary attorneys with a legal staffing company. They can set you up for interviews with experienced candidates who have already been vetted.

What Can a Temporary Lawyer Do for an In-House Legal Department or Law Firm?

A temporary lawyer can make a huge impact on your business. Your current legal team has a list of detailed assignments. When you need more work done, you risk a lot by giving extra tasks to your current staff.

You can bring a top attorney onboard to handle a heavy workload. Since these workers have no earlier assignments in the office, they start with a clean slate. You also have cost control. The temporary lawyer does the jobs you need, and then their employment ends. It's a system that's very effective.

The best temp layers can do tasks such as:

  • Apply for patents and trademarks
  • Assist with major litigation that involves multiple lawyers
  • Bring company into compliance with all applicable regulations
  • Discuss and check potential breach of contract lawsuits and other business disputes
  • Draft corporate transactions, handling all paperwork
  • Handle real estate ownership and purchasing paperwork
  • Identify all corporate issues involving governance and restructuring
  • Identify intellectual property infringement and document all potential issues
  • Negotiate and manage internal and external company contracts
  • Negotiate resolutions to legal disputes within the company
  • Research and do due diligence on any applicable mergers and acquisitions
  • Write intellectual property licenses for other companies to use

How to Interview and Hire a Temporary Lawyer?

A top recruiting company won't do the interviews for you. These experts understand that you need to speak to people who you're hiring for the company. Even the best attorneys aren't perfect for every work environment. You want to ask the right questions to find out whether someone suits your needs.

You should ask whether the person is working at any other part-time jobs. That way, you'll know whether you have the worker's full attention. You also want to know why a top attorney wants a temp job. Most of them have just moved to San Diego and want to earn money while looking for a full-time job.

You want to find out all that you can about this subject. You don't want to hire someone who quits after only a few days. You're at risk if the person finds a permanent position. You'll have to go through the hiring process again. You also need to know whether the person has worked as a temp lawyer before. It's a different work situation than a regular job. You need to make sure that the potential hire can handle the oddities of temp work.

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