The ABA Journal, a respected trade publication of the American Bar Association, reports on what seems to be the latest example of nearshore or onshore legal process outsourcing. In particular, the article, entitled "Thomson Reuters Hiring Attorneys for New LPO Outfit in Michigan," suggests that Thomson's legal outsourcing subsidiary, Pangea3, is hiring U.S.-bar-admitted attorneys to manage document review projects at a new LPO facility in Ann Arbor:
When we reported Thomson Reuters’ acquisition of Indian legal process outsourcing company Pangea3 in the February issue, the publishing giant hadn’t yet disclosed where it would build document review centers in the U.S., aimed to mirror those overseas.
This week, however, we discovered a Thomson-Pangea3 post on job-search website Monster.com (JPG) looking for full-time and temporary, experienced contract attorneys to staff a new facility in Michigan on March 1.
The company is hiring lawyers “barred in any U.S. jurisdiction” to “build multiple document review project teams” in “anticipation of establishing a document review facility in Ann Arbor, Mich.,” according to the Monster job post.
When we inquired about the number of lawyers to be staffed at the Ann Arbor center and asked whether any other U.S. facility locations have been planned, Thomson provided a vague response.
"As we've mentioned, we see a multishore, 24/7 operating structure as key to supporting Pangea3 customers in all parts of the world. We're working on this now, and will keep you posted as things progress," a company spokesman wrote in an e-mail.