LegalShield @ SXSW

Jeff Bell, Chief Executive Officer of LegalShield, moderated a panel session on Tuesday, March 14 at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas. The session, titled “Affordable and Accessible Lawyers: Really?”, focused on the existing justice gap in the United States, where citizens are forced to play against law firms that are too expensive or simply trying to fill a capacity gap of billable hours.
Jeff Bell- CEO of LegalShield; Michael Hunter- Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma; Judy Perry Martinez- Chair of the American Bar Association Presidential Commission on the Future of Legal Services; Daniel B. Rodriguez- Dean of Northwestern University School of Law, who participated via video conferencing.
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“LegalShield was founded over 45 years ago on the principle of providing all citizens with access to affordable legal services, and we were thrilled to have a high-profile platform at SXSW to share our insights on how technology and the shared economy are disrupting the legal profession,” -Jeff Bell

“One of the challenges and opportunities of the American Bar Association is to empower lawyers to be more efficient so they can spend more time doing what they do best, so they can help more people and do it at rates that will be affordable,” said Perry Martinez.

“There is going to be continuing disruption in the legal marketplace and increased competition, you can do your research on the internet now and determine which law firms are good and will fit your needs, and that competition is going to cause rates to go down." - Attorney General Micheal Hunter
“We are in the business of training students to become lawyers, but we are also in the business of advancing the rule of law,” said Rodriguez


Jake Varghese- VP Launch General Manager; Carl Grant- VP Business Development Cooley; Monica Zent- Founder of Foxwordy Inc; Jacques Slade- Entrepreneur, YouTube Vlogger
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Launch helps business owners understand their options and make the right choices. LegalShield’s network of dedicated law firms will help members choose the right business formation, file all the paperwork, and are available as part of the membership after filing to answer any business or personal legal questions members have.

Launch by LegalShield gives entrepreneurs a smarter, faster, better way to establish a business. It offers founders three options: a Limited Liability Company (LLC), a Doing Business As (DBA) registration, and a Corporation.

To kick off Launch by LegalShield at SXSW, the company hosted a reception featuring YouTube star Jacques Slade, whose videos have helped him become a cult hero to other people wanting to start a business based on their passionate interests. LegalShield selected Slade for his tremendous influence in reaching Millennials and young people who want to start their own business, particularly in music, fashion and technology.

Launch by LegalShield Reception
“Every year, founders set up more than 700,000 small businesses, yet the process of getting established the right way can be daunting—and take attention away from other crucial tasks such as product development,” explained LegalShield CEO Jeff Bell. “Too many entrepreneurs are unprepared for the unexpected legal challenges that can arise in starting a company. They often don’t know how to protect their personal assets from potential claims, or how to handle employment regulations that vary from state to state.” Launch helps business owners understand their options and make the right choices.

Listen as LegalShield's CEO, Jeff Bell shares his SXSW reflections in this #5MinutesStrong segment

Take a look at Jacques Slade videos as he shares his first time experience at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.

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