Here’s a sign of the times. This morning, an ad appeared on Boston Craigslist, Virtual Law Firm Seeks Lawyers. For further details, it said, go to www.wenhamlaw.com. Within a short time after the ad went up, the site went down. Visits to the URL showed only an error message, “Bandwidth Limit Exceeded.” No doubt, every unemployed lawyer for miles around was clicking through to learn more.
When the site eventually went back up, it revealed what is described as a new, online law firm focusing solely on the needs of companies, all for a flat rate of $150 an hour.
Notably, one of the firm’s three founders is also the founder of one of Boston’s leading technology law firms. The site lists one of its founders as Andrew Updegrove, who is a founder and name partner in Gesmer Updegrove.
Also notable is that another of the firm’s founders is not a lawyer. Inder-Jeet Gujral is identified as CEO of Enfold Inc., a provider of online filing cabinets to consumers and small businesses, and a former VP of WebMD.
The third founder, Elizabeth Gujral, is outside counsel to two Boston-area companies. “Her current role represents a re-entry into the workforce after she took a few years off to have and raise three children,” the website says.
The new firm’s website says that its “geographic reach far exceeds that of most law firms.” It promises that every client gets a “senior attorney” and that the firm’s operations are “entirely paperless.”
And as for that Craigslist posting, the firm’s site says that it is expanding rapidly and seeks experienced attorneys who want to work online and flexibly. Pay is expected to be $75 to $100 an hour.
A Google search indicates that the Gujrals live in Wenham, Mass., thus explaining the firm’s name. A search of Mass. attorney registration records does not bring up a result for Elizabeth Gujral.