The TLS Story

Born in a Dorm Room

Raised in New York

Global Now and Forever

Our History

The TLS Story


TransPerfect Legal Solutions (TLS) empowers legal professionals to leverage AI, analytics and multi-language technology across e-discovery, forensic consulting, due diligence, privacy, managed review and staffing projects. TLS delivers software and service solutions to every Am Law 200 and Global 100 firm, and the majority of Fortune 500 corporate legal departments. Founded in 1992, TLS has a worldwide presence with over 100 offices and a global team of legal experts. TLS’s quality-focused, consultative approach is supported by a vast network of resources with proven success in solutions engineering, problem solving, and delivering a complete partnership that clients can trust.

Phil Shawe co-founded TransPerfect in 1991, while attending New York University’s Stern School of Business The company was founded with a mission to help the world's businesses navigate the global marketplace by providing the highest quality language services through a client-focused business model—something the industry lacked at the time. With no external financing, TransPerfect grew from its dorm-room beginnings into the world’s largest privately held provider of global communications solutions. Today, TransPerfect is a global family of companies and the world’s largest provider of language and technology solutions for global business.

Over the years, TransPerfect and its founders have won numerous awards. TransPerfect was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US by making the Inc. 5000. TransPerfect's founders have been recognized as Ernst and Young's Entrepreneurs of the Year and by Crain’s New York Business as Largest Privately Held and Largest Women-Owned List over 10 times. The company is also recognized for developing the industry standard for linguist certification, the TransPerfect Linguist Certification (TLC) program, which tests linguists for language proficiency and subject-area specialization.

TransPerfect has over 5,000 full-time employees, a worldwide network of certified linguists and subject-area specialists, and over 100 offices in cities around the globe. TransPerfect is certified to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 17100:2015, ensuring the highest level of quality and service for the 50,000+ projects completed each year for some of the world’s largest enterprises and most recognizable brands.

Early in the company’s history, Phil recognized the legal industry had significant and specialized needs for translation. As the company grew to handle these high-stakes projects, attention to client service became a major factor in earning the trust of many of the world’s top corporations and law firms beyond language services alone. As a result, TransPerfect Legal Solutions was born.

As a specialized division within the TransPerfect family of companies, TLS was built to 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. TLS was able to successfully grow through the support of such a broad and influential client base within the legal industry, and continuous to develop offerings that service the needs of legal professionals including forensic technology and consulting, e-discovery and early data assessment, managed review and staffing, technology assisted review, integrated translation and language services, managed services and litigation support, deposition and trial support, and paper discovery and production.

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.