Building community with Ontra’s global Legal Network

November 28, 2022

Ontra’s rapidly expanding Legal Network offers a superior experience for freelance lawyers. The Ontra platform combines AI-enabled software with a worldwide network of highly trained lawyers to modernize recurring legal workflows and automate contracts.

Since Ontra’s launch in 2014, our network of remote legal members has grown to a geographical spread of more than 30 countries, with a network of more than 600 remote lawyers. Ontra’s diverse legal community now boasts over 50% female-owned law firms, while underrepresented ethnic groups comprise 36%, and LGTBQ+ individuals make up 11%. Our legal network members have the flexibility of remote work combined with our commitment to keep them connected through in-person events, opportunities to network with peers, and a high-touch community management team whom they know on a first-name basis.

Bespoke community events for a global network

Part of Ontra’s mission is to promote a sense of community among our fully remote network of legal professionals while also enabling them to break free from traditional legal practice. We do that by providing access to a high-quality client roster and removing administrative hurdles, such as built-in billing and collections support. Despite our remote model, we recognize the importance of facilitating interaction for our legal network members. That’s why we host a number of in-person events in locations where our members reside.

In addition to hosting events in Paris, New York, and Denver in 2022, we also gathered our U.K.-based legal network members in London in October to celebrate a successful year for the EMEA Legal Network, which has almost doubled in size since the start of 2021. This unique event provided Ontra legal network members the opportunity to share their experiences, network with other like-minded lawyers, and meet their dedicated Ontra team in person. The evening included several speeches from the Ontra team highlighting our internal initiatives and recognizing our members who celebrated anniversaries with Ontra. The evening wrapped up with a raffle for a case of award-winning Folc wine, which is produced by a business founded by Ontra legal network member and entrepreneur Elisha Cannon.

Individualized lawyer support is the cornerstone of Ontra’s Legal Network

Ontra’s commitment to our in-network lawyers extends beyond in-person events and includes the support of a dedicated team of professionals. Ontra’s community management team ensures that our legal network members feel engaged and plugged into the network by facilitating regular conversations, sharing product updates and tips on best practices, and helping to navigate the Ontra platform. Ontra’s legal resourcing team identifies potential client engagement opportunities, and our legal development and training team provides tailored training programs to support our members’ ongoing success. In addition, Ontra’s dedicated account managers liaise between our clients and in-network lawyers to ensure the lawyers spend the maximum amount of time on substantive legal work and less time on administrative hurdles.

“Everyone I spoke to was really approachable and friendly and made me feel welcome.” Ontra legal network member, Mario Christodoulou said. “Especially once I joined, I felt part of the team. Speaking to the recruiting manager or the account managers, even though I’m not part of Ontra, I feel like I am.”

A commitment to scaling globally without compromising our unique model

As our Legal Network continues to grow, we look forward to expanding our community offerings across the globe. We are committed to scaling our Legal Network while still providing the highest level of support for our members through this combination of community relations and professional support.

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