Member since Apr '09

Working languages:
Norwegian to English
Danish to English
Swedish to English

Hans Wang
Attorney at Law

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Local time: 19:28 CST (GMT-6)

Native in: English Native in English, Norwegian Native in Norwegian
Account type Freelance translator and/or interpreter, Identity Verified Verified member
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Services Translation, Interpreting, Editing/proofreading
Specializes in:
Medical: PharmaceuticalsLaw: Contract(s)
Medical: Health CareLaw: Patents, Trademarks, Copyright
Science (general)Law: Taxation & Customs
Investment / SecuritiesGovernment / Politics

Norwegian to English - Rates: 75 - 150 USD per hour
Danish to English - Rates: 75 - 150 USD per hour
Swedish to English - Rates: 75 - 150 USD per hour
Conditions apply
Preferred currency USD
KudoZ activity (PRO) PRO-level points: 347, Questions answered: 182
Experience Years of experience: 13. Registered at Apr 2009. Became a member: Apr 2009. Certified PRO certificate(s) N/A
Credentials N/A
Memberships N/A
Software Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint
CV/Resume CV and references available upon request
Professional practices Hans Wang endorses's Professional Guidelines (v1.1).
Short bio:

I have been a licensed attorney for more than a decade and my area of specialty is document review of Norwegian, Swedish and Danish language documents. My focus is almost exclusively on litigation and my clients are usually law firms or corporations involved in a lawsuit where a significant number of the documents are in one or more of the three above-mentioned languages. The most important aspect of my work is to ensure that these documents are properly categorized before being produced (turned over to the other side in the lawsuit). In addition to determining whether a document is responsive (must be produced), a key part of my work consists of:

- Preventing all completely privileged foreign language documents from being produced by accident
- Redacting partially privileged foreign language documents so that everything encompassed by the privilege is completely redacted
- Locating/flagging all foreign language documents that are either beneficial or, more importantly, harmful to the client's case

There are four things that set me apart from most other attorneys doing this type of highly specialized work:

1. I am a native speaker and writer of Norwegian. A college degree or minor in Norwegian is NOT the basis on which I hire myself out as a "Scandinavian language reviewer." Translation is an add-on service in case my clients (a) want to know the contents of a foreign language document quickly and without having it formally translated, or (b) need oral or written summaries of the contents of a high number of foreign language documents.

2. I have worked on several large (more than 1 million documents) cases for some of the biggest law firms in the world. Regardless of what the specific project involves, I always deliver my work product on time and at the level of quality expected at a major law firm. My past experience includes both pharmaceutical, medical, business, and patent law cases, and work for both plaintiff and defense side firms.

3. I have a significant amount of prior experience (a) doing second attorney review (2AR) of documents that other foreign language reviewers have coded, (b) preparing foreign language privilege logs, and (c) preparing detailed chronologies of foreign language documents.

4. I code efficiently. My coding speed on past projects has averaged between 60 and 80 documents an hour and I regularly code more than 1,000 documents a day. If your project involves less than 60,000 Scandinavian language documents and there is a reasonable amount of time to complete the work, I can handle the entire project from beginning to end.

Please select the "Contact" tab to send me an email if you need CV/references, or if you are interested in discussing how I can help you with your Scandinavian language project.

Long bio:

I am a licensed attorney and I have been a member of the Minnesota Bar since October 2000. I grew up in a suburb of Oslo and lived in Norway for almost twenty years before moving to the United States in 1989 to attend college. I am a native level speaker and writer of Norwegian and English. My working languages are English, Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish. I am also fluent in French and Italian.

I have a Master's Degree (MA) in Political Science with a focus on Law & Public Policy and International Law from the University of Southern California, and I have a law degree (JD) from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Between 1995 and 1998, I was an Arthur Russell Morgan fellow at the University of Cincinnati College of Law's Urban Morgan Institute. As a Morgan fellow, I was a Human Rights Quarterly Journal staff member from 1995 until 1997. After graduating from law school, I clerked for Hennepin County District Court Judge Tony N. Leung (presently US Magistrate Judge Leung). The time spent clerking familiarized me with many aspects of civil and criminal trial practice including discovery, depositions, legal research, rules of evidence, and bench/jury trials.

I specialize in document review and other related work on Norwegian, Swedish and Danish language documents, and my focus is almost exclusively on litigation. I have worked on complicated pharmaceutical, medical, business and patent law cases in the past. As discussed in more detail below, I can also provide translation related services. I am normally hired on when a case is in the early stages of discovery and I usually agree to be available for any follow-up work (after the document review stage is completed) until the case is resolved. I bill by the hour and I am willing to work 10-12 hours a day and during weekends if necessary.

I can work on a direct hire basis or be employed through legal employment agencies. I have a LLC with its own EIN for direct hire invoicing purposes. I have worked for a number of well known agencies including Special Counsel, Mergis/Randstad, Lexolution, US Legal Support, Dine Group and Legal Placements. I have worked for several major law firms, including firms that are among the largest in the world (DLA Piper) and among the largest in their particular field of specialization (Finnegan Henderson). My billing rate is negotiable and depends on the hiring arrangement.

My past work has included reviewing and coding foreign language documents, letters, and emails for responsiveness, privilege and confidentiality. I have also made privilege and confidentiality-based redactions, and I can perform these as part of the review. I am frequently asked to do additional coding to classify documents, for example coding for names of pharmaceuticals, companies and specific words or topics. My speed for regular coding (without redactions or additional coding) has averaged between 60 and 80 documents an hour on past projects, and I regularly code more than 1,000 documents a day.

My work on past projects has also included a significant amount of second attorney review (2AR). In addition, I have experience doing second attorney review of privileged documents, and I have added coding to privileged documents for inclusion in privilege logs (adding priv authors, priv recipients, priv dates and priv reason/basis). I have also edited several large foreign language privilege logs. One of my recent projects included editing a privilege log with 3,300+ separate documents and 4,800+ Excel spreadsheet entries. I have also prepared detailed chronologies in the past.

I have traveled to Scandinavia several times to assist with interviews of potential fact witnesses and to take part in document selection and harvesting. I have reviewed/coded documents in French and Italian in the past, and could do so as part of a Scandinavian language review if necessary.

In terms of translation, I have translated documents for the US Government in the past. I have also passed the requirements to translate for several US-based translation agencies and I currently grade translation tests taken by other translators for employment with a major US translation agency.

I do the following types of translation (as part of a foreign language document review):

- formal written translations (certified)
- informal written translations including editing computer translated documents
- English language summaries of foreign language documents

I have translated written documents in all of my working languages in the past, though I have more experience with Norwegian/Danish to English than with Swedish to English. I am willing to provide sample translations and I can certify my translations if they are to be used in court.

I am based in Minneapolis and my preference is to work remotely. I am willing to execute any documents necessary in terms of law firm and/or client requirements. In the past, these have included: conflict forms, confidentiality agreements, non-disclosure agreements and authorization forms. If necessary, I am willing to be admitted in the jurisdiction where the litigation is going to take place. Lastly, I am familiar with Norwegian, Swedish and Danish privacy laws as they relate to foreign language document reviews and the Norwegian and Danish equivalents of FOIA requests (known as "Innsynsrett" (Norway) and "Aktindsigt" (Denmark)).

Project size considerations:

- If the project involves less than 60,000 Scandinavian language documents and there is a reasonable amount of time to complete the work, I can handle the entire project from beginning to end.

- If the project involves more than 60,000 Scandinavian language documents or must be completed in a limited amount of time, I can bring in up to three additional attorneys who also specialize in reviewing Scandinavian language documents. I have worked with all three of these attorneys on past projects, I have done second attorney review of documents they have coded, and I am confident in their ability to review documents quickly and accurately. In addition, all three of the other attorneys are native speakers, something that is an absolute necessity in terms of being able to have confidence in the quality of the review.

I have above average computer skills and I am willing to become proficient with whatever type of document review software package will be used for the review. Some of the major platforms I have used in the past include: Recommind Axcelerate, kCura Relativity, Lexis-Nexis Concordance and Storm Viewer, Xerox OmniX (previously known as XLS or Amicus) and KPMG's Forensic Technology Services (FTS).

Please select the "Contact" tab to send me an email if you need CV/references, or if you are interested in discussing how I can help you with your Scandinavian language project.
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Mar 20, 2018

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