The TLS Story

Born in a Dorm Room

Raised in New York

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Our History

The TLS Story


TransPerfect Legal Solutions (TLS) is a diversified global provider of legal support services and technologies, with offices in over 90 cities worldwide. The TransPerfect story began in 1991 when co-founders Liz Elting and Phil Shawe met at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Their vision in launching TransPerfect was to provide the highest quality language services through a client-focused business model—something they felt the industry lacked. With no external financing, TransPerfect grew from its dorm-room beginnings into the world’s largest privately held provider of global communications solutions.

Early in the company’s history, Liz and Phil recognized the legal industry had significant and specialized needs for translation services. As the company grew to handle these high-stakes projects, they found that attention to client service was a major factor in earning the trust of many of the world’s top corporations and law firms. As a result, they decided to form TransPerfect Legal Solutions, a specialized division that would provide end-to-end legal support services, including the expert language services for which TransPerfect was known. The foundation of this division was derived from its commitment to serving the client’s best interests. Through the support of such a broad and influential client base within the legal industry, TLS was able to successfully launch and grew these new service offerings, including forensic data acquisition, e-discovery, paper discovery and production, managed review, staffing, and court reporting.

As TLS has matured into a complete legal support partner, the common thread of client service still runs through each arm of the organization. With a global family of employees made up of industry experts and people with experience working at law firms and major corporations, TLS represents a vast network of resources with proven success in solutions engineering, problem solving, and delivering legal support services that clients can trust—anywhere in the world.