Sample Written Agreement for Freelance Attorney Work

AgreementAs discussed in a previous post, the best practice for a freelance attorney is to use a written agreement for every freelance work engagement. The written agreement should clearly define the project terms for both the freelance attorney and the hiring attorney, including ethical and legal considerations. Due to the quick turnaround time of some requests for freelance help, having a form freelance work agreement that can be quickly tailored to each engagement is the most practical course of action.

In her book, The Freelance Lawyering Manual, author Kimberly Alderman includes a sample written agreement for freelance attorney work. Although the sample agreement needs be tailored to suit a freelance attorney’s specific offerings and jurisdiction, it does cover all of the necessary basics, including:

  • scope of project and duration,
  • compensation,
  • changes to work assignment,
  • cancellation policy,
  • confidentiality,
  • indemnification by client,
  • limitation of liability,
  • governing law and arbitration,
  • time limitation, and
  • notices and amendments.

Ms. Alderman has generously agreed to allow MFAN to post a copy of her sample freelance work agreement. For more information on her book, see the previous book review post.

Effective September 10, 2014, Emerald has accepted a position with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings and is no longer working as a freelance attorney. You can reach her at

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