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A blog about a group of freelance attorneys who are changing the way lawyers practice law.

Erin Giglia Joins OCBA Charitable Fund’s Board of Directors

Montage Legal Group’s co-Owner/Founder Erin Giglia has been named to the OCBA Charitable Fund’s Board of Directors.  The OCBA Charitable Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Orange County Bar Association, overseeing and administering all charitable giving for the OCBA. The Charitable Fund is dedicated to bettering the Orange County community and legal profession by facilitating access to justice. This goal is achieved by making monetary contributions to carefully selected Orange County law-related organizations such as the Public Law Center, VIP Mentors Inc., the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County and other worthy community service organizations.  The Charitable Fund also assists in raising funds for worthy organizations through donations at their signature events:

  • The OCBA Charitable Fund Annual Judge Kenneth Lae Charity Golf Tournament, scheduled March 31, 2016 at Pelican Hill
  • OCBA Charitable Fund Fall Fundraiser

We are excited to support The OCBA Charitable Fund and its mission to facilitate access to justice to the people of Orange County.

Erin Giglia

Erin graduateduntitled-0315 cum laude from Wellesley College in 1998.  At Wellesley, Erin attained departmental honors in Political Science.  She then attended University of San Diego School of Law, where she was a member of the San Diego Law Review. She obtained her Juris Doctor, cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 2001.

After law school, Erin practiced complex commercial litigation at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Irvine until 2002. At Brobeck, Erin defended many national clients through motion practice and discovery in a wide range of litigation matters. Erin then joined Snell & Wilmer, LLP in Costa Mesa, where she practiced until February 2009. At Snell & Wilmer, Erin defended entertainment and amusement venues, consumer products manufacturers, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and automobile manufacturers in product liability, premises liability, environmental law, and commercial litigation. Erin has prepared and argued numerous motions in state and federal court, taken hundreds of depositions, conducted complex discovery on a national level, and prepared for dozens of trials.

After leaving Snell and Wilmer in 2009, Erin co-founded Montage Legal Group.  Her contract work has given her experience in numerous areas of law, including probate, employment litigation, real estate litigation, business litigation, health care litigation, construction defect and class actions.

Erin is a frequent speaker and writer on legal outsourcing, ethical issues related to contract attorneys, work-life balance, women in law, and contract attorneys. Erin and Montage Legal Group has also been featured in numerous publications, including CNBC, Yahoo Finance, The Glass Hammer, and was named one of OC Metro Magazine’s 2011 Top 40 under 40.  Erin was recently featured in ABA Journal’s article, “Freelance Law: Lawyers’ Network Helps These Women Keep a Hand in the Workforce” (ABA Journal Magazine, August, 2011). In 2014, Erin and Laurie were honored to be selected by Enterprising Women Magazine as 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Winners.

Chelsea Beser to Speak at the NY State Bar Association’s Conference on “Preparing for Transition”

Montage freelance attorney, Chelsea Beser, will be speaking at the New York State Bar Association’s 2016 Career Development Conference on January 25, 2016.  The topic of the panel is Preparing for Transition and will focus on what steps lawyers can take when they face both unexpected and planned transitions.  The topics will include networking, financialContinue Reading

Happy 2016 from Montage Legal Group!

We hope your 2016 is off to a good start and is your best year yet!  

Need a Freelance Lawyer? 3 Online Contract Lawyer Marketplaces Compared

As popularity for the freelance/contract attorney model grows, the media continues to compare and contrast different business models.  Montage Legal Group was lucky to be profiled again in a recent article by Cathy Reisenwitz called “Need a Freelance Lawyer? 3 Online Contract Lawyer Marketplaces Compared.”  In this article, Montage was compared to two other contractContinue Reading

Law Firm Accordion Companies: Keeping Up with New Terminology in a Changing Legal Marketplace

The media has been buzzing about alternative legal practice models, and we are excited to report that Montage Legal Group has been at the center of the conversation.  Starting with the founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings School of Law, Joan Williams, to The Huffington Post and The Atlantic, the legal community andContinue Reading

An Overview of Civil Causes of Action for Elder Abuse in California

Athena Roussos, a freelance lawyer in Montage’s network, published an article in the September issue of the Riverside Lawyer Magazine entitled “An Overview of Civil Causes of Action for Elder Abuse in California.” The article, which is on page 16 of the issue, provides a general summary of civil causes of action for elder abuse,Continue Reading

Motherly Founders’ Top 5 Tips for Working Successfully from Home

  By Jill Koziol and Elizabeth Tenety As co-founders of Motherly,  a new digital community and essential parenting resource for modern mothers, we’ve had to be very purposeful about our work/life integration practices, leading by example as we set the tone for Motherly and our growth. As a journalist (Liz) and consultant and entrepreneur (Jill) we’veContinue Reading

A Look at the Newly Revised Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct

On July 1, 2015, a revised set of Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct became effective. This recent revision marks the first real substantive change since the Standards were originally adopted nearly thirty years ago.  Montage freelance lawyer,  Heather Condon, wrote an article summarizing the most significant changes to the Standards, which was published inContinue Reading

We Are in a Book

By Erin Giglia Actually, as luck would have it, we are in two books.  We are happy and excited to share that Montage Legal Group is mentioned in two excellent books – Life After Law by Liz Brown and Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte. Life After Law: Finding Work You Love With the J.D. You Have Continue Reading

Montage Legal’s Freelance Lawyers Named 2015 “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine

Montage Legal Group congratulates five outstanding lawyers within the Montage Legal Group network who were named Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine. Every year Super Lawyers selects attorneys from throughout the United States and London from all firm sizes and over 70 practice areas. The prestigious Rising Star honor awards top attorneys who qualify for theContinue Reading