There is Love in evoLution. We love helpings our clients evolve.
About Our Services
ElevateNext is a majority woman-owned, new model law firm that has joined forces with the award-winning, global full-service law company, Elevate Services. Together we provide customers with aligned end-to-end solutions. Yup. A novel approach for a service industry not exactly known for being novel.
For law departments: Our “sweet spot” is handling repeat matters — portfolios of litigation or certain carved out portions of cases that can be “processified” (how many of your lawyers make up cool words?) so that they are handled more cost-effectively and consistently to achieve greater outcomes. Our “elevated” combination gives customers a single place to go for solutions that require the practice of law (ElevateNext) and expertise in technology and automation, process efficiency, operations, consulting, with resources across the globe (Elevate Services). Law Firm + Law Company + Law Department. (Have we drilled that formula in enough?)
For law firms: Collectively we have hundreds of years of experience in all types of roles — in large law firms, mid-size firms and even starting our own new model firms. We also have lawyers with in-house and government experience. We have handled multi-million, bet-the-company matters to acting as National Counsel on portfolios of litigation across the country. As practicing lawyers, we know what law firms are facing in his environment. As innovators with keen insight into the ever-changing legal landscape, we bring our unique expertise to help you, traditional firms, navigate the options to work with a new model firm + law company so you will be here far into the future.
Here are some examples of what we can do for law departments and law firms:
Together, ElevateNext + Elevate Services give law department customers the ability to accomplish their moonshots – drastically reducing their legal spend while increasing their law department efficiency and not compromising the quality of their outcomes. We do this by analyzing the work in the department and identifying how to bring cost and operational efficiencies to it. In all moonshot work, ElevateNext and Elevate take a substantial portion of our compensation as a percentage of the savings. That’s true planet alignment.
Cases & Matters
Though we live for moonshots, we are also grounded enough to know that one of the best ways to provide value for law departments is to effectively handle portfolios, repeat matters or carved-out portions (i.e., e-discovery, settlement, expert discovery) of all matters. We do this using the fixed fee model we created and mastered when we built Valorem Law Group.
We are happy to work with enlightened law firms as well. If there are portions of cases that you cannot cost-effectively handle, (factual analysis, doc review or drafting and responding to pleadings, for example), we will happily partner with you to handle this work with high quality.
Sometimes when a trial or a deal close is fast approaching, you realize the team you have in place is not living up to your expectations. ElevateNext is happy to swoop in with little notice to take over a case, a trial, a project or a deal. We’re also just as good at joining rather than replacing the existing team, as a full swoop might not make sense in every situation. All of our work can be priced on a fixed fee basis to provide budget certainty.
EARLY CASE ASSESSMENTS OR SECOND OPINIONS
We have extensive experience handling Early Case Assessments (ECA) to allow our clients to blow the whistle at the right time without incurring untold amounts of legal fees for matters that should have been settled early. Using Elevate’s document review team, we can quickly digest a subset of the case documents to help assess the strength of your position and advise you accordingly. We can even design an ECA/settlement strategy.
We also invented the use of second opinions for legal cases. They are routinely used in medicine — but just as valuable before embarking on a particular path that may impact your legal health. Perfect for deciding things like: Should we settle? should we appeal? Is our current strategy worthy? Can we improve our summary judgment motion?Is our current counsel handling this correctly? etc. The opinion is privileged and based on a fixed fee.
We also work on discrete aspects of cases, including serving as discovery counsel. We do so in a very cost-effective manner since we can utilize Elevate Services’ e-discovery capabilities to collect, review and produce documents, while we analyze and assess the impact of the facts contained in the documents on the case. We can prepare witness files, deposition outlines and handle discovery responses and related motion practice far more cost effectively than traditional law firms, and with more “real legal analysis” than e-discovery vendors.
Expert discovery typically comes at the tail end or on the heels of fact discovery when your primary law firm is focused on dispositive motions. But the effective use of experts requires months of pre-planning. We have extensive experience identifying and vetting experts, working with them on expert reports, preparing them for depositions, preparing for or taking counter-expert depositions and drafting and responding to Daubert motions. Best of all, we play well with others, including your primary law firm, and can handle this phase of any case (or portfolio of cases) with budget certainty.
Our goal is to free up much-needed time for our law department customers. It is rarely the highest and best use of an in-house team member to respond to third-party subpoenas. Coupled with technology and process management from Elevate, we cost-effectively and efficiently can take over this task for you.
Sometimes, your problems are not amenable to the off-the-shelf offerings of others. Sometimes you just need practical lawyers to consult with. The beauty of being a new model law firm that is complimented by a full-service law company like Elevate is that we can apply our experience and expertise to design solutions you need. If you have a need we haven’t mentioned, or simply wonder if someone could do x, just ask. Although we love moonshots, we’re good with long shots as well.