Seattle 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

They trust us to handle their legal needs

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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


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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 Hire a Legal Staffing and Recruiting Company for Temporary Lawyers?

Seattle, Washington is home to a number of hot startups that are generating a lot of buzz. If you're a small business or startup owner in the area, you may be looking for legal support to handle the challenging aspects that come with running a business. Hiring a full-time lawyer is often outside the budget constraints for new company owners. Instead of taking on a financial burden, you might want to consider hiring a temporary lawyer to manage the critical legal tasks for your company.

Instead of hiring your own temporary attorneys, your Seattle company can use the services of a legal staffing and recruiting agency to manage the process of bringing on applicants. Staffing agencies have experienced recruiters who can find the top talent and connect them with your business. Most startups in Seattle simply don't have the HR or recruiting staff to locate and contact attorneys who might be looking for flexible, temporary arrangements.

A legal staffing and recruiting agency will also have a higher level of expertise when it comes to employment laws, trends, and best practices for bringing on temporary legal staff members. Some business owners shy away from using an agency because they think it's too expensive, but the opposite is actually true. Most agencies handle the costs of pre-employment testing, drug screenings, and background checks, reducing the total cost that comes with hiring a temporary lawyer.

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

A temporary attorney can take on just about any task that a full-time attorney can, as long as he or she has passed the Washington State Bar. Hiring a temporary attorney at your Seattle company can offer several distinct advantages. As the business owner, you can focus more on growing the business instead of spending hours reviewing documents and figuring out the legal requirements of your new company. Temporary lawyers can handle all types of important tasks, such as the following:

  • Reviewing, drafting, and administering contracts
  • Ensuring your company's compliance with various regulations
  • Offering litigation support for lawsuits, commercial litigation, and other court appearances
  • Advising your company regarding any corporate transactions
  • Ensuring due diligence for mergers and acquisitions
  • Assisting with and reviewing IP licensing
  • Reviewing and assisting with patent and trademark prosecution and other intellectual property litigation
  • Helping with real estate transactions
  • Dealing with labor and employment issues within your company
  • Helping with corporate restructuring and governance

Another key benefit of temporary attorneys is that they will come at a lower cost than hiring a full-time employee to provide legal counsel. When you choose to employ a temporary attorney, your Seattle company will have more control over the costs of incorporating the business, drafting contracts, and managing other legal tasks. This works when you let your temporary lawyers focus on their areas of expertise, providing services more efficiently and effectively than someone who doesn't have as much experience in the area.

How to Interview and Hire a Temporary Lawyer?

Before you bring on a temporary attorney at your Seattle company, it's important to meet with candidates and ask questions that will help you get a feel for their personalities and skills. Using a legal staffing and recruiting agency will help with weeding out some of the less-qualified candidates, but it's still important to conduct your own interviews to get to know candidates better. Ask questions that will help potential temporary lawyers to explain why they might be looking to work in this type of position, as well as to elaborate on their skills and experience with startups and business law.

Many temporary lawyers work on their own to handle the legal tasks associated with starting and maintaining a business, such as drafting contracts, bringing on employees, and registering the business with the city of Seattle and in the state of Washington. Make sure that the candidate you choose is comfortable working alone and can accomplish necessary tasks to support your company.

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