Legal Grind Shark Tank Update

Jeff and Annie Hughes from Legal Grind walked into the tank in episode 114 to demonstrate their innovative coffee-shop concept.

They are a coffee house that provides legal assistance through their company, Legal Grind.

Jeff had just graduated from law school at UCLA and had passed the Bar Exam; however, the economy was in a slump, and he had fewer opportunities to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer.

He decided to seek other options, one of which was opening a coffee shop, something he had always wanted to do.

Because he spent a disproportionate amount of time at coffee shops and very little time in court, he decided to merge his two hobbies.

He returned to his hometown and established Legal Grind with the assistance of his family.

He is searching for an investment that will allow him to expand his firm by franchising it.

Legal Grind is a firm that offers low-cost legal representation for uncontested legal situations, such as spousal maintenance and child support, divorce, and will draft.

The attorneys at Legal Grind can help you put together the documents you need to represent yourself in court.

Legal Grind representatives meet with clients at coffee shops, in their offices, or over the phone or the internet.

Attorney Jeff Hughes founded the “Coffee and Counsel” model in 1996. Acting as both a coffee shop on Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica and a law firm offering low-cost, face-to-face legal services at the tables, Legal Grind was established.

The novel business model enabled “the rest of us” who had never been able to access expert legal representation to have our legal conflicts and concerns reviewed and presented in the same expert manner as the wealthy had done since time immemorial.

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Many national news outlets ran stories about Legal Grind, which assisted thousands with personal injuries, bankruptcies, divorces and custody problems, contract disputes, and DUIs, among other legal matters.

Legal Grind® shows the kind of commitment to innovation that the legal profession must strive for, says Mary K. Ryan, Chair of the American Bar Association’s standing committee on the delivery of legal services.”

Legal Grind remains led by Jeff, who is also heavily involved in the company’s daily operations. He directly selects the attorneys to whom clients are referred for legal requirements.

The firm chooses attorneys who meet high standards of professionalism, honesty, empathy, and sense of mission so that those who would not have access to legal representation would benefit from their skills. 

Company NameLegal Grind 
EntrepreneurAnnie Hughes and Jeff Hughes
ProductLegal Resource Centers In Coffeehouses
Investment Asking For$200,000 for 15% equity in Legal Grind
Final DealNo Deal
SharkNo Shark
Episode Season 1 Episode 13
Business StatusIn Business
WebsiteVisit Website

Jeff Hughes started Legal Grind in 1996. Jeff is a certified attorney whose passion is to discover how to provide high-quality legal advice to as many individuals as possible.

Legal Grind is still run by Jeff today, though it is unknown whether the Coffee and Counsel service is still available.

The founder of Legal Grind, Jeff Hughes, began the business on the premise of delivering affordable legal counsel to low- and middle-income workers via a Santa Monica coffee shop.

Jeff’s original proposal attracted widespread media attention, offering thousands of Americans a chance to obtain legal representation who otherwise could not afford an attorney.

Jeff’s organization has expanded in scope and scope of services over time, but his key premise of making sure that all are entitled to the protection and rights afforded by the US legal system remains the same.

Jeff and Annie Hughes are at Shark Tank newcomers from Los Angeles. The couple created Legal Grind’s concept, combining two quite disparate ideas.

Their concept may be typical of a café where you can get some coffee and a bite of pie, but it’s unique.

Legal Grind also offers legal counseling, if necessary, so that you can order coffee and seek advice.

Annie Hughes and Jeff Hughes chose to combine their concepts because Jeff Hughes recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and passed the Bar Exam, but could not find a steady job as a lawyer.

He had always wanted to open a coffeehouse as a child, and when he failed to get a job as a lawyer, he decided to follow his dream and open his coffeehouse.

He surmised that most of the customers who came in for coffee had various issues they wanted to discuss with him when he worked as a barista.

He created legal Grind since he is a lawyer by trade, and therefore, he provides legal assistance within his coffeehouse.

Jeff and Annie Hughes are looking to the Sharks for investment in their business to franchise it.

Jeff and Annie entered the tank seeking a $200k investment and 15 percent ownership in exchange for Legal Grind.

Jeff shares his own experience with the company. Daymond John believes that their company may achieve greater success with a little guidance and direction, but he is opposed to the concept of dealing with lawyers. He’s no longer here.

Barbara Corcoran likes the concept but does not think they can franchise it successfully.

Moreover, she is concerned that Jeff and Annie are still uncertain about what they intend to do with their money. She has left.

Kevin Harrington says franchises will not succeed because they haven’t worked out all of the flaws and kinks in the system. Kevin Harrington is not involved anymore.

Robert Herjavec is adamantly opposed to the proposal. He is no longer in the picture.

Kevin O’Leary reports that the only worthwhile thing he saw was some “very awful theatrical.” He believes that there is no business to be had. He no longer participates.

The outcome of the Shark Tank was a no-deal.

Final Deal: No deal between Sharks and Legal Grind.

Jeff and Annie Hughes certainly had a unique concept when they appeared on Shark Tank the first time.

Legal Grind had been in business for several years and had hundreds of satisfied customers.

While there was a list of possible franchisees, the Sharks were not interested in franchising the company.

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Legal Grind was not mentioned as one of the best or worst Shark Tanks; nevertheless, it seemed as though several Sharks found the idea of a coffee shop incorporating legal advice appealing.

Jeff and Annie Hughes, in my opinion, might have done more homework before coming on Shark Tank.

Legal Grind Shark Tank Update

Jeff Hughes frequently forgot what he was supposed to say, making his performance quite poor. Additionally, they failed to conduct adequate research into franchise development.

After appearing on Shark Tank, Jeff Hughes and Annie Hughes decided not to franchise their Legal Grind store.

Legal Grind’s official website can be found at http://www.legalgrind.com. Visit this page to learn more about Legal Grind its services, and contact them.

Legal Grind has been in business since its appearance on Shark Tank. They do, however, have a single store.

They do not appear to be franchising at the moment. Jeff remains active in the community and blogs regularly about legal matters – in addition to serving customers hot espresso.

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Legal Grind’s actual location was closed in June 2021. Jeff continues to offer legal services through the website and post legal blogs regularly.

Legal Grind is still in business as of 2022. However, they closed their physical office in June 2021. But they still offer online services through their website and offer legal advice through the website’s blog.

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