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July 6, 2011 6:53 PM

Reversing Course: Schwegman Lundberg Brings Paralegal Work Back Stateside

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

After years of sending legal work overseas, Minneapolis-based patent prosecution boutique Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner is diverting some of that work back to the U.S.

Schwegman Lundberg will move its outsourced docketing and paralegal support services to Black Hills IP, a Rapid City, S.D., legal support services provider launched by the firm last month, according to sibling publication The National Law Journal. 

Black Hills's 13 staffers work mostly on Schwegman Lundberg filings, though the company is seeking new customers, Lundberg told the NLJ.

Schwegman Lundberg became one of the pioneers of outsourcing legal work to India when it formed its own outsourcing company, Intellevate, there in 1999 with the goal of cutting labor costs and reducing a six- to 12-month backlog of patent applications, Lundberg told to the NLJ. The subsidiary managed paralegal tasks that included proofreading, completing foreign patent filings, back-office document review, and U.S. patent filings to India.

The firm now believes it can save money by shipping the work to Rapid City, where labor is relatively inexpensive, according to the NLJ.

The Am Law Daily has previously reported on how the practice of legal outsourcing has begun to create jobs in the U.S. In early June, for instance, Indian legal process outsourcer Pangea3, which was bought in 2010 by Thomson Reuters, opened its first U.S. office in Dallas. That office can house up to 400 employees.

The legal process outsourcing (LPO) industry brought in $400 million in revenue last year--a figure that is expected to rise to $2.4 billion by 2012, according to The Datamonitor Group.

Expansion in the legal process outsourcing industry is continues to be driven by the need for both U.S. and international law firms to cut costs. As firms send more work to LPOs, those service providers are beginning to need more U.S. employees to handle, for example, export-control documents and military contracts, which must often be performed in-country. Those LPOs are now a prime source of job oportunities for unemployed attorneys, according to The New York Times.

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