Increased Revenue

Schellenger Advocacy’s hourly rates are significantly below the average hourly rate billed for an associate attorney.  As discussed here, however, you may bill your clients for outsourced legal work at the same rate you would bill for a senior associate - and retain the profit.  This is even more appealing when you consider that, unlike billing for an associate, there is no additional overhead to utilizing Schellenger Advocacy's services: we provide our own materials, office space, malpractice insurance, and legal research services, and allow you to avoid the burden of a fixed salary, employee benefits, and employment taxes.  You pay only for the time actually spent on legal work.  

Better Allocation of Your Time

Utilizing Schellenger Advocacy to handle certain areas of your practice allows you more time to focus on the areas at which you are most proficient – and guarantees high quality legal work for your client.  Additionally, the time that you save by outsourcing some of your work to Schellenger Advocacy may allow you to accept other, more profitable cases – or, for those of you with too much work on your hands already, may help you to achieve a better quality of life.

Workload Management

Anyone who has practiced law knows that there are both busy and slow times – and it is often difficult to manage those ebbs and flows.  Hiring a new associate is tempting when you're busy but is a significant step to take, considering the costs of training, benefits, taxes, and a salary – especially if work is likely to slow at some point in the future.  Instead, hiring an experienced and skilled freelance attorney - like Katie Schellenger - allows you to manage the busy periods with ease and navigate slow periods without the additional burden of an associate on your payroll.


Law firms will continue to use flexible staffing models and expand their use of lawyers and legal support professionals on a project or temporary basis in the years ahead. Hiring contingent legal professionals is an effective strategy for law firms that need to “right-size” their organizations, balance workloads, improve efficiencies and gain immediate access to specialized expertise.
— Nicholas Gaffney, How Law Firms Value “Human Capital,” LAW PRACTICE TODAY (Oct. 14, 2015), http://www.lawpracticetoday.org/article/october-roundtable.
Some lawyers have a difficult time asking for help. But outsourcing isn’t a sign of weakness. Rather, it is adding strength to your practice. It is a way to be flexible with your staffing needs, and is a low-risk, low-cost way to handle your work. Give it a try the next time you’re scratching you’re head, wondering how it’s all going to get done.
— Kendra Brodin, Outsourcing Series, Part 1: When Does Outsourcing Make Sense?, LAWYERIST.COM (July 27, 2010), https://lawyerist.com/12197/when-does-outsourcing-make-sense/.

Some tasks - such as trials, client meetings and rainmaking - demand your personal attention; others, such as legal research and writing, do not. Outsourcing enables you to weather particularly busy periods without having to hire an employee or face time pressures that lead to lawyer stress and burnout.
Another benefit of outsourcing legal research and writing on an as-needed basis is cost. Hiring an associate requires a significant investment in both time and money. When you outsource legal research and writing projects, you pay only for the time it takes to complete the project, but when you hire an employee, you immediately add to your fixed expenses. .... Outsourcing is a wise use of your firm’s resources that can increase profitability.
— Lisa Solomon, Outsourcing Legal Research & Writing Projects, EFFECTIVELY STAFFING YOUR LAW FIRM 37-43 (Jennifer J. Rose, ed., ABA Book Publishing 2009).