LegalZoom already exceeding this year’s hiring goal for new Austin office
Just six months after announcing it was setting up an Austin office, LegalZoom.com Inc. is employing about 50 people in Central Texas and is hiring another 25.
Positions that LegalZoom, a provider of online legal services, is filling for its call center, sales and back-office operations in Austin include customer service manager, customer service specialist, inbound sales specialist, outside sales specialist and legal document preparation specialist. LegalZoom’s average annual salary for a manager in Austin is $125,000; it’s $65,000 for a supervisor.
In March, privately held LegalZoom occupied about 25,000 square feet at Quarry Oaks in Northwest Austin. The company plans to employ 600 people in Austin within 10 years.
Under an agreement with the City of Austin, LegalZoom promised to create 50 full-time jobs here by the end of 2010. The 10-year agreement targets December 2014 for LegalZoom to reach the 600-job mark; LegalZoom is supposed to receive incentive money from the city each year through 2019.
“We are very pleased with our decision to make Austin our home to support the continued growth and expansion of the LegalZoom business, and fully intend to meet the 600-job target over the 10-year period,” says Mike Wilson (photo), the company’s vice president of operations in Austin.
LegalZoom, founded in 2000, received $1 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund and $200,000 in incentives from the City of Austin to set up a regional office here. The Austin location is LegalZoom’s first away from its headquarters in Los Angeles. LegalZoom says it’s making a capital investment of more than $11.7 million in Austin from 2010 through 2012.
According to the City of Austin agreement, the average annual salary this year for LegalZoom jobs in Austin is $42,000.
Austin was one of three finalists for LegalZoom’s regional headquarters. The company employs about 400 people in Los Angeles.