US Law Firms Carry On With Export

Washington | Updated: Mar 25 2004, 05:30am hrs
The backlash in the US over outsourcing is not preventing law firms in New Jersey from exporting legal projects to India.

New Jersey law firms, such as Sills, Cummis, Epstein & Gross, said they are considering outsourcing to India the coding and organising of documents for major litigation cases.

Most of the legal exporting seems to be going to India, the Newark Star Ledger reported.

Your will, the legal research for your mortgage or the proof-reading of your lawsuit could soon come with a done in India label, the Ledger cautioned its readers.

The highly educated legal work force in India will work for less and get research and other support work done while American lawyers sleep, it said.

A law consulting company in Somerset, Hildebrandt International, is in talks to open an office in India to handle back-office work and litigation support for US firms.

The US law firms are taking tentative steps toward outsourcing transcription, legal research and document management for trials to cut costs, the report added.

Meanwhile, reports on outsourcing continued to hit the US media. The Miami Herald in a report on Infosys Technologies said the company is the epicentre of outsourcing revolution and showcases Indias aspirations to become a powerhouse in the global economy.

The Times, in a report said six to seven jobs could be created in Virginia to handle the 100,000 calls a month that are now made to India by the states 195,000 food-stamp recipients.