ADA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LegalShield, one of North America’s leading providers of affordable legal plans and identity theft solutions for individuals, families and small businesses, announced that it will hold its first Elevate Law Conference from July 6-8, 2017, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California. The three-day event—to be held annually—kicks off the west coast celebration of the company’s 45th year of business. Lawyers from LegalShield’s panel of provider law firms and attorney network in all 50 states and Canada will come together for continuing legal education, and to network and engage with renowned legal experts who are passionate about eliminating the justice gap.
“Elevate will truly be a legal event like no other. It’s designed to help lawyers gain knowledge, inspiration and insight from fellow lawyers and LegalShield leaders—all of whom are passionate about increasing access to justice in North America,” said Keri Norris, LegalShield’s Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Legal Officer. “This conference is for the modern lawyer who wants to learn more about the latest technology and issues in the legal industry, and how they can turn to LegalShield to expand their legal work through referrals.”
“LegalShield provides the most unique network of attorneys ever assembled. Without question, my work over the last 30 years as one of its provider lawyers is the proudest thing I’ve done in my life,” said Michael C. Turpen, a former Oklahoma Attorney General and a partner at Riggs Abney Neal Turpen Orbison & Lewis, in Oklahoma City. “We are a quality-conscious, service-oriented law firm. The call to public service is at the core of our ethos. We are proud to support LegalShield and the company’s dedication to providing affordable access to justice for all,” he continued.
“In our firm’s 45-year history, our partnership with LegalShield is one of the most important decisions we’ve ever made, and one that I would highly recommend to other law firms,” said Wayne Hassay, a Managing Partner at Maguire & Schneider, based in Columbus, Ohio. “Referrals are a very significant percentage of our overall business, and we are appreciative of that. But most importantly, LegalShield is leading the way for companies to use technology to remove the barriers to affordable legal services. It connects clients directly to lawyers with an expertise in various areas. This allows us to provide clients with the legal assistance they need—and to focus solely on practicing law without charging astronomical rates.”
Hassay will join LegalShield Chief Commercial Officer James Rosseau in a presentation on Friday, July 7 that focuses on technology and the future of the practice of law.
Elevate’s continuing legal education sessions focus on timely, relevant topics that are disrupting the industry, including cyber security and identity theft, estate planning and living trusts, and bullying and student-on-student harassment.
Scott Howard, a partner at Kivel & Howard in Portland, Oregon, will speak at a session on Saturday, July 8, that covers estate planning and tax issues for all U.S. states.
“LegalShield provides middle-class Americans with access to legal services for everyday items, as well as significant ones – which includes estate planning,” says Howard. “Our focus should be capitalizing on software and technology to facilitate creating a will, and using whatever means necessary to make it easier for clients to submit their information to their lawyer.”
Chris Bliss, a performer renowned for his juggling acts, will be the keynote speaker on July 7. Bliss recently founded The Bill of Rights Monument Project, whose mission is to raise awareness of the freedoms and principles in the Bill of Rights through the installation of monuments in civic spaces across the United States, beginning with all 50 state capitols.
LegalShield prides itself on maintaining a startup culture and mentality, and it designed the Elevate agenda to focus on issues that are most relevant to lawyers today. Topics include how technology is affecting the practice of law, advising startups, cybersecurity and identity theft, and ethical implications for lawyers managing their online brand. Service and information providers including Kroll, Foxwordy, Digitory Legal, and 1 Law will showcase their offerings at The Tech Show, a product exhibition that is specifically geared toward the legal industry.
A pioneer in the democratization of affordable access to legal protection, LegalShield is one of North America’s leading providers of legal safeguards and protection against identity theft solutions for individuals, families and small businesses. The 45-year-old company protects more than 1,647,000 individual, families and businesses through its legal plans, while IDShield provides identity protection to one million individuals. In addition, LegalShield and IDShield serve more than 141,000 businesses. Both legal and identity theft plans start as low as $20 per month.
LegalShield’s legal plans provide access to attorneys with an average of 19 years of experience in areas such as family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues. Unlike other legal plans or do-it-yourself websites, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 50 states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates. IDShield provides identity monitoring and restoration services and is the only identity theft protection company armed with a team of licensed private investigators on call to restore a member’s identity.