“Contract Lawyers: Independent Contractors or Employees?” by attorneys Lisa C. Brown and Jim W. Vogele, (OSB PLF, July 2012, In Brief, pp. 1-3)
“Law firms working with contract lawyers should be aware that law firms, just like any other businesses, may be audited by federal and state agencies to ensure they are correctly classifying their contract lawyers as either employees or independent contractors. A firm may assume a contract lawyer is an independent contractor without carefully analyzing the factors distinguishing independent contractors from employees.
There is an active Oregon Contract Lawyers community. When I first came to this state I thought they were contract lawyers, not Contract Lawyers. See the difference? No? Neither did I, but then I did. You see, sometimes lawyers need lawyers on a contract basis (not just for work on legal contracts :-), sometimes just for legal research, and sometimes for specialized legal work. Large law firms and small law firms, and everything in between, use Contract Lawyers. One place for lawyers to find contract lawyers is through the OWLs (Oregon Women Lawyers) Contract Lawyers Service.