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Government Attorneys

Government Attorneys

Kaitlyn Hunter

Erin Sears

Matt Schwartz

Dan Binstock

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Decades of Experience

For over three decades, we have placed countless government attorneys in private practice–both those with prior law firm experience and those without. Our government candidates range from those at the highest leadership levels in agencies to those who would slot in as junior or mid-level associates. 

Broad range of agencies

We work with lawyers from a wide range of agencies, offices, commissions, boards and other governmental bodies, including (but not limited to):

  • Department of Justice (DOJ) 

  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 

  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 

  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) 

  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Department of Treasury (DOT)

  • Federal Reserve Board

  • Consumer Fraud and Protection Board (CFPB)

  • Commodities Futures Trading Commission  (CFTC)

  • Federal Courts (with the exclusion of judges, who must have prior law firm experience)

  • International Trade Commission (ITC) 

  • White House 

  • The Hill

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)

  • Federal Communication Commission (FCC)

Partners and counsel

Making a move from the government to private practice (whether returning to private practice or entering for the first time), requires addressing numerous questions at the outset, such as:

  • Is my background best suited for equity partner, non-equity partner, or counsel?

  • What are the ethical limitations and how can I approach firms without unnecessarily triggering recusals?

  • What’s a fair compensation range, given my background, and can I expect a multi-year guarantee?

  • How competitive is the market for similarly situated people, and is this the right time to enter the market?

  • How do I begin developing a compelling business plan?

We have placed many government attorneys into law firms - here are some of the most common questions we help associate candidates address:

  • Do I have the skills needed to make a move to a law firm? If not, what can I do to make myself more marketable?

  • What is it like to work in a law firm? What differences can I expect from my current job?

  • When is the right time for me to make a move?

  • How long is too long to stay in the government if I ultimately want to go to a firm?

  • Will I lose any class years if I move to a firm?

  • If I am ready to move, what does the market look like? What firms will appreciate my skillset?

  • What can I expect in compensation?


Once we help you address the relevant questions at the outset and you decide to go to market, we assist you in navigating each subsequent stage of the process. We will help you with your resume, develop your brand for private practice, work closely with you on your business plan (when relevant), utilize our network to make introductions, present your materials, schedule your interviews, conduct mock interviews with you, handle negotiations and guide you through everything else that arises. We provide concierge-level guidance, minimizing stress and maximizing the strength of your opportunities and offers.

How we help you


What clients are saying:

Always available and responsive when I had questions, and proved an invaluable source of information and feedback.


Top-tier Global Firm

A rock through the lateralling process.


Top-Tier National Firm


Top-Tier Global Firm

After meeting with so many recruiters and feeling pressured to consider firms that weren’t good fits, finding Garrison was a breath of fresh air.

High touch. High truth. High trust.


Attorneys placed


Law firms have hired our candidates


Of our candidates stay with their new employer for at least one year


Retention rate of partners after five years (industry average is 50%)

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