A piece on offshoring, BusinessWeek, Iss. 3969, Jan. 30, 2006 at 56-57, did not specifically concern itself with legal work, but among its many examples of services provided US companies from India, I noted these three:
(1) as part of its market research, Evalueserve “will, within a day, assemble a team of Indian patent attorneys, engineers, and business analysts”;
(2) for those who want to market “a new mutual fund or insurance policy,” Tata Consultancy Services “are building software platforms that furnish every business process needed and secure all regulatory approvals”; and
(3) when the US company Penske buys a truck and leases it, “Genpact’s Indian staff remotely secures state titles, registrations, and permits electronically.”
I would count patent attorneys making assessments of ideas and patents, obtaining regulatory approval for financial products, and getting trucks’ paperwork squared away as services that normally land on a lawyer’s desk.