Corporate Counsel ALSP Article Features Solvaire Leaders

ALM Media’s Corporate Counsel digital magazine, required reading for both in-house lawyers and law firms, covers business issues, legal affairs, and reports on the latest developments in the corporate world. The June issue features an in-depth article on the challenges faced by Alternative Legal Service Providers (ALSPs) — owned and operated by law firms (so called captive ALSPs) — compared to independent service providers not associated with the law firm. One such challenge centers around pricing and if/how ALSPs run by law firms can be price-competitive with their independent counterparts. Chris Farmakis and Chuck Rile, President and CTO respectively of Pittsburgh-based Solvaire, are prominently featured in the article sharing their experience of running a successful ASLP for the past 21+ years with a keen focus on providing pricing value through something they have coined “price certainty.”

“We offer clients flat fees and other alternative fee arrangements to give them full transparency when it comes to budgets, timelines, and our services,”said Farmakis.

The article points out that, in many instances, captive ALSPs charge higher fees. According to Farmakis and Rile,  fueling those higher prices is a law firm billing model that hinders a captive ALSP from reaching peak efficiency and truly slashing prices. For firms that are tied to a traditional pricing model, it’s difficult to transfer those hours to the ALSP model because under that model those hours get billed at a significantly lower rate.”

“There’s more value for the client, but less margin for the firm. Being unable to break from this conventional firm billing model and mindset can inhibit a captive ALSP’s ability to match an independent vendor’s pricing,” Farmakis said. “I think the independent ALSPs have performed better than the captive ALSPs because they’re singularly focused on that value proposition and don’t have that inherent conflict.”

Click here to read more of Solvaire’s commentary, as well as hear from other legal leaders on the captive ALSP pricing topic.

How Alternative Legal Service Providers Can Add Efficiencies, Create Value

With companies consistently scoring law firms an average of just 2 to 3 (on a scale of 10) on the value they receive for legal services, businesses and firms alike are increasingly employing the value-added services of alternative legal service providers (ALSPs). Smart Business spoke with Christian Farmakis, shareholder and chairman of the board at Babst Calland —and president of its affiliated ALSP, Solvaire — about how ALSPs can help businesses get more value from their legal providers.

Click here to read the entire Smart Business article and interview with Christian.

Solvaire Unveils New Website – Facilitates Access to Diligence, Discovery, and Document Services

Pittsburgh, PA, January 27, 2021 – For more than 21 years, Solvaire has effectively designed, performed, and implemented complex buy-side diligence projects, discovery projects, and tailored document management solutions. Our track record and satisfied clients speak for themselves.

Today, in order to properly reflect our expansive diligence, discovery, and document capabilities and services within the Alternative Legal Services Provider space, we have unveiled our “new and improved” online presence at The new website provides access to our comprehensive service offerings, the talented and growing Solvaire Team, a timeline and track record of our service delivery and client projects dating back to the late 1990s, and examples of successful diligence, discovery, and document projects within our case studies and testimonials pages. Solvaire Technologies has also enhanced its LinkedIn profile and presence.

Now, more than ever, Solvaire realizes how critical it is for organizations to seek cost efficiencies while making legal, operational, financial and ‘game changing’ business decisions. With our enhanced AI-enabled processes and machine learning capabilities – the Solvaire Team can help to increase efficiencies while lowering project costs.

We invite organizations and law firms alike to take advantage of our free consultation and discover how Solvaire provides superior diligence, discovery, and document management services – on time, with accuracy and consistency, and within a budget that provides price certainty.

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