San Jose 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"

A Legal Solution Built For Scale


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!"

Easily manage great talent


Compare and interview top talent

Project Management

Track project tasks and deadlines


Best-in-class security at every turn


Simple, detailed, and transparent

"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 Hire a Legal Staffing and Recruiting Company for Temporary Lawyers?

San Jose sits right in the middle of the Silicon Valley. That makes it a hotbed of legal work. Many powerful corporations and ambitious startups base their operations in the city.

San Jose is also growing rapidly. The city ranks in eighth place for the metro rankings from the Kauffman Index of Startup Activity. Finding a top attorney in this city comes with a special set of challenges. Many competitors target the same lawyers. Some of them are much richer than others. You need to find great legal advice in the face of heavy competition for attorneys.

The greater San Jose area produces more patents than any other place in the United States. Patent law and other technology rules and regulations require these companies to use attorneys. Unfortunately, finding the best temporary lawyer is time-consuming and requires extensive resources.

Top legal staffing and recruiting companies can do the hard work of vetting and researching candidates for you, thereby saving you effort and money.

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

In Silicon Valley, many businesses filter through intellectual property quickly. A few days or even hours could decide which company gets a patent or acquires a new business. Temporary lawyers can enter your office and immediately start to work on projects like these.

Top attorneys can add to your current legal team's skill without impacting your budget much. You don't have to pay them for health care or retirement benefits. You're only paying for the work they do. Outsourcing legal help is one of the best uses of the gig economy.

The best lawyers can:

  • Advise, research, and draft corporate transactions
  • Argue breach of contract and other business disputes in legal documents and court hearings
  • File applications for patents and trademarks
  • Handle legal disputes between workers and companies
  • License intellectual property to paying customers
  • Manage and negotiate contracts
  • Negotiate real estate transactions and write paperwork
  • Offer help with large-scale litigation that requires many attorneys and lots of organization
  • Perform all corporate restructuring and governance
  • Perform due diligence on potential mergers and acquisitions
  • Sue other companies for intellectual property infringement
  • Verify you're complying with all applicable federal, state, and city regulations and offer guidance if you're not

How to Interview and Hire a Temporary Lawyer

Once a top recruiting service finds the best attorneys for your needs, you get to make the final decision. Staffing agencies understand that even great lawyers aren't perfect fits for every office. Only the people who work in the building know whether someone is right for them.

When you do the interview, you want to ask several questions. The most important ones are information requests. You want to know whether the attorney has worked as a temp before. Working on a short-term job is an unusual experience. You should prefer candidates who have done temp work. Otherwise, the challenges of a new office and new job tasks could overwhelm the legal aid.

You should ask about career goals and loyalty, too. These questions will show if the person is looking for permanent employment. Many people quit their temp jobs as soon as they find full-time work. You don't want to go through the process multiple times in a short period. That would cause chaos in your office.

Finally, you should ask about areas of expertise. The best attorneys have special skills in certain fields. Your temporary legal counsel might open your business up to new projects and ideas.

Ready to start working on your legal project?