Kurt M. | Elance
Last Sign-in: Feb 20, 2016

Kurt M.

Professional Writing and Research
   United States
  |   Chandler, AZ
  |  9:49 am Local Time


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I am an editorial and marketing consultant with years of research and editing experience. I am currently editing for a financial company and am employed as a Director of Library and Research Services at a law firm.

I have also served as a Director of Marketing and Strategy for an online publisher and excel at delivering high quality products that have consistently exceeding my clients' expectations.

My website is unionlegalresearch.com.

I have done blogging, and I write press releases, white papers, and web content. I also write humorous (according to some!) short stories about personal experiences.
Service Description
I work quickly and efficiently. My clients have all been very satisfied with my work, including numerous non-Elance customers. I am fairly new to Elance but have over 20 years of research, library, and database experience.

I have created numerous web pages and am very adept at working quickly with high quality.

Minnesota State Bar
Awarded: 1989
Wayne State University
Masters of Library and Information Science
2013 -
George Washington University
1988 - 1989
William Mitchell College of Law
1985 - 1988
University of Minnesota
1982 - 1985
Union Legal Research, LLC
2015 - Present
At Union Legal Research, we help you achieve your goals. We help you find answers to the tough questions. We dig to find the answers and deliver them to you on-time and at a reasonable rate. Leveraging our education, experience, and expertise with legal research databases and practical know-how from positions in law firms, government, and academia, we will find complete answers to your pressing research issues.
Independent Contractor
Writer - Editor - marketer
2011 - Present
Contracted to complete assignments such as corporate and partnership information, including shareholder and revenue records, news sources, and leasing and property information; investigated businesses for purchase by client; creating blog entries for law firms; writing articles for sales performance organization; and reviewing Westlaw and Lexis contracts, as well as print collections for government libraries.
Marketing and Editorial
2009 - Present
Review and analyze state and federal legislation, case law, court rules and other legal resources necessary for the production of The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions, and The Law and Regulation of Financial Institutions under the A.S. Pratt & Sons imprint. Effectively communicate all primary law changes and additions, including judicial review of legislation, new and amended rules and statutes, and proposed legislation or administrative rulings. Conduct legislative research with use of Lexis and Westlaw, and provide authored commentary. Review annotations for inclusion in product, and provide relevant case summaries and statutory history, and update corresponding statute and administrative code sections for each state chapter.
Lionel Sawyer
Director of Library Services
2012 - 2014
As the Director of Library Services and Training, I provide the overall management of the physical libraries in Las Vegas and Reno, as well as the online resources for the firm. I also supply research and reference services to the attorneys and staff in legal and non-legal disciplines using Westlaw, Lexis, PACER, Dun & Bradstreet, and other databases. I am responsible for library training to attorneys and staff, and plan and direct the firm's overall training program in conjunction with the Manager of Technology. Other responsibilities include management of acquisitions, library budget, vendor relations, inter-library loans, the firm¿s integrated library system, collection maintenance, and coordination of the firm's continuing legal education programs.
St. Matthew's Methodist Church
Director of Communications - Webmaster
2005 - 2008
As communications director I leveraged my experience and talents from the effective use of marketing and communications strategies into church activities. Responsible for church’s brochures, website, advertising, and other promotions. I initiated a new edition of the church photo directory and created new signage for special services. Also, constructed new map kiosks throughout the campus. As webmaster I was tasked with implementing web pages, maintaining content, and supervising day-to-day management of the church’s website. Responsibilities included the design of web pages, graphics, animation, and functionality, as well as implementing search engine optimization strategies. Redesigned a totally new website in three phases to include blogging, class registration, and push technology.
Marketing Manager
2000 - 2007
Spearheaded development and implementation of annual marketing plans that resulted in consistent sales increases in extremely competitive legal industry, government and academic markets. Played a key role in achieving sales growth that consistently outperformed Lexis and other competitors. Designed, implemented, and drove marketing initiatives to successfully increase new sales and market share. Coordinated targeted database marketing, tradeshows, and specialized territory sales promotions and national product launches and campaigns.
Legal Research
1990 - 1995
Answered incoming calls from law firm and government customers, law librarians, students, and field staff in finding relevant materials in West products including Westlaw, West Reporters and other print publications; as well as introducing customers to new products and services. Focused on use of expertise in database coverage and Westlaw search techniques in order to maximize customer's value, and developed and recommended appropriate search strategies for the retrieval of relevant research information to West customers. In addition, added value to customers? experience by explaining and educating users on existing Westlaw features, benefits, services and editorial enhancements.
Pike & Fischer (BNA)
1989 - 1990
Composed head notes and analysis for several legal research publications and newsletters.
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