The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Congratulations to Denise Annunciata, owner of Virtual Paralegal Services and creator of LeapLaw, for her inclusion in the ABA Journal’s Legal Rebels Remaking the Profession. Her Legal Rebel profile “Paralegal Power” is a testament to how a creative and intelligent legal professional saw a virtual need and met it, creating a highly successful business model along the way.
Annunciata launched her company in June 2006. Her firm drafts corporate resolutions, license agreements and Uniform Commercial Code statements for solos and small law firms across the country. She responds to e-mails within minutes—sometimes seconds—and often turns assignments around within 24 hours.
In its first six months, VPS earned nearly $45,000, half her former law firm salary. In 2007, revenue topped $350,000 with the addition of one paralegal. Today VPS is a full-service, seven-member paralegal firm—including litigation, probate, patent and securities specialists—and is on target to earn about $750,000.
A mover and a shaker in the virtual paralegal world, Vicki Voisin and I were extremely fortunate to have Annunciata as a recent guest on Legal Talk Network’s The Paralegal Voice podcast about virtual paralegals. Annunciata, along with virtual attorney Stephanie Kimbro, shared their expertise about working virtually.
Coincidentally, I just shared my view of the burgeoning virtual paralegal field with my guest post “Virtual Paralegals: It’s a Good Thing” for virtual assistant Tina Marie Hilton’s blog at Clerical Advantage.