Whether a firm needs a full-time lawyer or someone to help do research, Special Counsel is there to help. It provides the attorneys, paralegals, and other legal professionals when companies need legal assistance on a project basis and it offers direct hiring for permanent positions. Large clients use the company for workload management and litigation support. Small legal offices use Special Counsel to create a "virtual law firm" to handle large projects. Specialized services include medical document reviewing and court reporting. Founded in 1987, Special Counsel has about 50 offices in the US. It was a subsidiary of global staffing firm MPS Group, which was acquired by rival Adecco in 2010.
The company is expanding its permanent placement services in several markets (New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC) as a result of customer demand. In 2007, Special Counsel added Texas to its list of geographic markets when it acquired Prescott Legal, a legal recruiting firm operating from offices in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.