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LeClair adds partner for legal tech operation

leclairryan-logoA Kansas company will take over operation of LeClairRyan’s e-discovery practice in Richmond as part of a broad partnership for litigation support and other legal technology services between the two firms.

More than 400 attorneys – most of them contract lawyers – and litigation support technologists will transition from LeClair to the UnitedLex consulting firm at a location in Richmond, according to a LeClair press release.

UnitedLex provides additional capital in addition to its handling of e-discovery for the joint venture called LeClairRyan Legal Solutions Center.

LeClair acquired the e-discovery operation when it merged in 2008 with Richmond firm Wright, Robinson, Osthimer & Tatum. The partnership with UnitedLex will help LeClair improve efficiency and better manage costs, chairman Gary LeClair told Bloomberg.

The larger Legal Solutions Center will offer more than just document review and other e-discovery work, according to company officials. LeClair CEO David Freinberg said the center will offer due diligence in transactional work such as mergers and acquisitions.

LeClairRyan has about 350 lawyers at 22 U.S. offices. UnitedLex has about 1,100 attorneys, engineers and consultants.

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