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Law site’s IPO evokes a future beyond dying firms

May 16, 2012

It’s coincidence that LegalZoom’s $120 mln float is coming as Dewey & LeBoeuf evaporates. But the rise of the U.S. online legal document site is a warning to old-line lawyers. There’s plenty of work for savvy legal eagles, but those who aren’t lean and innovative could perish.

Do-it-yourself law firm IPO looks a bit too feisty

July 24, 2012

Bankers are valuing LegalZoom at a whopping 40 times last year’s earnings. That’s justifiable if the U.S. online legal site can turn impressive revenue growth into consistent earnings. But rising competition and potential lawsuits are just two of the company’s biggest risks.