UpCounsel raised $2.4 million in seed funding this week in a round led by Metamorphic Ventures and Crosslink Capital. UpCounsel is creating an online marketplace for people and businesses to connect with attorneys.
UpCounsel plans to use the new capital to expand its operations beyond New York and California. UpCounsel has worked with more than 1,000 businesses and 5,000 laywers.
5 UpCounsel Competitors Building The Online Legal Marketplace
Using DataFox, we compiled a watchlist of startups creating online legal marketplaces, and we feature some of these companies below:
UpCounsel's network of attorneys makes up the largest virtual law firm in the world. With UpCounsel, businesses can efficiently access and manage a quality and on-demand legal workforce. UpCounsel allows businesses to find, review, and pay for legal services.
- Founded: 2012
- Location: San Francisco, CA
- Total Funding: $3.7 million
- Recent Funding: $2.4 million
- Investors: Homebrew; SV Angel; Collaborative Fund; Metamorphic Ventures; Crosslink Capital
Avvo is the largest online legal marketplace connecting consumers and lawyers. In Avvo’s Q&A forum, consumers can get their legal questions answered for free by more than 175,000 participating lawyers. Avvo's lawyer directory provides Avvo-rated profiles, client reviews, and peer endorsements for 97 percent of all lawyers in the U.S. Avvo also helps lawyers grow their businesses with marketing tools and services including Avvo Ignite, a cloud-based marketing platform designed specifically for attorneys.
- Founded: 2007
- Location: Seattle, WA
- Total Funding: $60.5 million
- Recent Funding: $37.5 million
- Investors: Coatue Management; Benchmark; Ignition Partners; DAG Ventures
Lawdingo connects people with attorneys for legal consultations. With Lawdingo, people can find, book, and meet a lawyer without any of the real-world hassles like talking to a secretary, driving to a law office or paying a retainer; and lawyers gain access to a much larger legal market than their local community and are afforded the flexibility to talk to new clients on their own schedule. Lawdingo is in public beta.
- Founded: 2012
- Location: New York, NY
- Total Funding: $790 thousand
- Recent Funding: $690 thousand in October 2013
- Investors: Altair Capital; Atsany Capital
LawKick is a marketplace for efficiently connecting clients with lawyers. Individuals and business just need to select a legal service, fill out a brief questionnaire, and receive personalized price quotes from lawyers in their area within hours. It’s free to use for clients.
- Founded: 2012
- Location: Santa Monica, CA
- Total Funding: $200 thousand
- Recent Funding: $150 thousand in October 2013
AttorneyFee is an online platform that allows users to compare the fees of local attorneys. AttorneyFee users describe their situation (e.g. bankruptcy), the platform provides a list of attorneys and their prices, and then users pick the right attorney for their need and budget.
- Founded: 2011
- Location: Mountain View, CA
- Total Funding: $250 thousand
- Recent Funding: $250 thousand in July 2011
LawNearMe.com allows consumers to search local lawyers and book a consultation instantly. LawNearMe.com allows users to intelligently search an expanding database of local attorneys and seamlessly schedule consultations without incurring a fee of any type. Once users enter their location and legal problem, users can book an appointment with a lawyer. Each attorney’s profile page includes biographic information, reviews, information on fees, and more.
- Founded: 2013
- Location: Usa, Kochi (Japan)
- Total Funding: Undisclosed