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  • Dan Binstock | Legal Recruiter, Washington, DC | Head, Partner Practice Group

    Dan Binstock Partner 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 dbinstock@g-s.com 202.559.0472 Prior to becoming a legal recruiter in 2004, Dan practiced intellectual property law with Finnegan Henderson, a national intellectual property boutique based in Washington, DC. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude , from American University, Washington College of Law, where he served as editor on the International Law Review . Dan received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Maryland while working as pianist for the musical political comedy troupe The Capitol Steps. Named by LawDragon as one of the top 100 legal consultants and strategists for the past seven consecutive years (2015-Present). Past President, National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC), 2018-2021 Chair, Ethics Committee, NALSC, 2015-2018, 2023 - Present Board Member, American Bar Association Legal Career Central, 2017-2018 REPRESENTATIVE PLACEMENTS ACCOLADES AND LEADERSHIP MEDIA, WRITING, AND SPEAKING Dan has placed hundreds of attorneys, and his expertise placing partners, groups, and high-level government attorneys covers a wide range of practice areas, which he has honed over the past 20 years. Recent examples include: ​ Government investigations practice group into top-tier AmLaw firm Financial services and banking regulatory practice into top-tier AmLaw firm White collar/securities enforcement practice into top-tier AmLaw firm Privacy partner into mid-sized AmLaw firm High-level DOJ attorney from the Fraud Section into top-tier AmLaw firm Head of global clean energy practice into top-tier AmLaw firm Investment management partner into top-tier AmLaw firm High-level antitrust attorney from the FTC into top-tier AmLaw firm Banking regulatory/FinTech partner into top-tier AmLaw firm Copyright litigation partner into top-tier AmLaw firm High-level CFTC attorney as partner into mid-sized AmLaw firm Patent prosecution practice into mid-sized AmLaw firm CFIUS partner into top-tier AmLaw firm Health care practice into mid-sized AmLaw firm High level insurance litigation and regulatory firm into mid-sized AmLaw firm Structure finance practice into top-tier AmLaw Firm Global immigration practice into top-tier AmLaw firm Political law practice into mid-sized AmLaw firm Bankruptcy partner into top-tier Magic Circle firm Patent litigation practice into IP boutique Real estate/land use practice into mid-sized AmLaw firm FinTech/blockchain practice into top-tier AmLaw firm Energy practice into mid-sized AmLaw firm National security attorney from the DOJ as a partner into a technology boutique TESTIMONIALS "I’ve had the opportunity to work with many recruiters, and your acuity, professionalism and collegiality have set a new standard. I look forward to continuing to work with you." Managing Partner, AmLaw 50 Firm ​ “His advice is so well-reasoned, and he’s masterful at recognizing the real issues and helping you navigate all the emotions.” Corporate/Finance Partner, AmLaw 5 Firm ​ “I kept hearing Dan’s name as the ‘go to’ recruiter for partners and now I know why. There is truly no one like him. Recruiter, Therapist, Spiritual Guide. He is all in one. Dan is an expert on the market and on the recruiting process, and has the unique insight of someone who knows everyone in the legal field and the directions in which things are moving. His process helps the candidate clarify their goals early and do the hard work of preparation on the front end. He holds your hand during the entire process so that you will never feel alone through the difficult stages. Dan is unfailingly honest and always encouraging. Law firms trust him also, so he is able to broker a great fit for all involved. I would never work with anyone else.” Co-Chair, Financial Services Practice, AmLaw 50 Firm ​ "Dan transforms the experience of working with a recruiter. He is tough when he needs to be, but more importantly there for you when you need him the most. He is quite simply the best recruiter I have ever worked with." Co-Head, Financial Regulatory Practice, AmLaw 25 Firm ​ “Simple words on paper don’t do justice to understanding and appreciating Dan Binstock. You have to speak to Dan to fully appreciate the kind of professional guide, mentor, and friend he can become.” Co-Chair, Government Contracts Practice, AmLaw 100 Firm ​ “You achieved my objective, you were patient throughout, you corrected my missteps with grace, and you sorted out the best firms. But more than all that, you became my trusted counselor during a difficult economic and, yes, emotional time. I have never seen anyone in your business do that." Partner and Former GC of Fortune 100 Company ​ "Dan takes the time to understand law firms and lawyers on a deeper personal level that is meaningful, which translates into the genesis of a greater match when lawyers merge into a new law firm. The result is powerful because everyone is working in the same direction with common goals and methods of achieving those goals. In our case, Dan quickly assessed personalities and created a match that fits like a glove. The team could not be happier, and the law firm is thrilled. Both sides are stronger and thriving because of this match. We have Dan to thank for this." Co-Chair, Health Care Practice, AmLaw 100 Firm ​ “When my partners and I decided that our clients would be better served by combining with a firm with a national footprint, we were fortunate to have Dan Binstock by our side as we embarked on our search. He took the time to get to know us and understood what mattered most to us—finding a firm built on the principles that matched our own. Dan is, quite simply, a consummate professional and a fine person. We are so glad he was part of our team.” Former Managing Partner of a Chambers-ranked Boutique ​ "I have now made three lateral moves in my 20 years of practicing law. Dan managed the last one, and it was by far the smoothest and most rewarding. Dan found a great match for me at a firm where I have doubled the size of my practice in just one year. I highly recommend Dan and have referred colleagues to him." Partner, AmLaw 100 Firm ​ “Dan's in-depth knowledge of the DC legal marketplace, particularly coupled with his caring attitude and superior negotiation skills, makes him the most effective placement professional I have yet to come in contact with. I would not have made the move to my new firm without him -- he truly helped make the transition a success for all involved.” Partner and Head of Trademark Practice at IP Boutique I love music, and during the pandemic I developed an online piano bar concept called Virtual Piano Party . I am known to my two teenage daughters and on Instagram and TikTok as @PianoDadDan, which has over one million followers who try to stump me with piano requests. My favorite music is the 80s. ​ I also serve as the President of a charitable giving foundation supporting a range of non-profits both locally and nationally. ​ I live in Potomac, Maryland (where I grew up) with my wife, two daughters, and two Cavapoos, Maggie and Tucker. CREDENTIALS AND PAST EXPERIENCE OVERVIEW Dan heads the Partner Practice at Garrison, where he focuses on lateral partners. A veteran legal recruiter based in Washington, DC, he's placed hundreds of attorneys and brokered many high-profile partner and practice group moves, as well as high-level government transitions to private practice. His clients range from top AmLaw firms to premiere boutiques in DC and throughout the US. ​ Highlights: Ethics Chair and Immediate Past President, National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC). Writes a monthly column for The American Lawyer called "Dear Dan: Demystifying Legal Recruiters. " Named a Top 100 Global Legal Consultant and Strategist (LawDragon – 2016 – Present). Created LateralPartners.com , a free, comprehensive resource for lateral partners. Wrote "The Attorney's Guide to Using (Or Not Using) Legal Recruiters" (2016). Serves as an advisor to Harvard Law School. Working with candidates READ MORE A lateral transition has unanticipated speed bumps, and Dan's process helps you minimize disruption to your current practice while you navigate each step of your transition. “He facilitates tailored interactions with the firms you are considering and anticipates potential sticking points, which provides a “two-steps ahead” perspective that generates sound counsel at each stage of the process. This includes: - Sharing non-publicly available insight about different firms, including deep financial performance information as it relates to peers, track record of recent hires and departures, and other relevant information. - Assisting with the confidential preparation and presentation of your materials. - Coordinating and ensuring that you are well-prepared for meetings. - Guiding you through and assisting with the often voluminous and complex Lateral Partner Questionnaires (LPQs) and other due diligence. - Helping analyze competing offers and the pros/cons of each using proprietary comparison tools that help bring significant clarity to your decision-making process. - Negotiating compensation terms on your behalf, which includes analysis of market norms for leverage. - Strategizing notice to your current firm and helping you create a tailored transition plan, and helping connect you with ethics counsel when necessary. "Dan is much more than a placement agent. He’s a strategic advisor about your career. That’s a distinguishing factor that puts him in a class of his own." -Corporate/Finance Partner, AmLaw 5 Firm Working with employers READ MORE Dan’s unique approach has led to firms hiring him on a retained and/or consulting basis. He has developed useful tools to help firms develop or update their narratives in a clear and comprehensive fashion that will resonate with today’s target partners. Dan has also distinguished himself for his ability to bring candidates to the table for confidential discussions, especially those who are not on the market. As an AmLaw 10 partner on the hiring side recently shared, “Every partner we interviewed through you spent the first few minutes praising you as a recruiter and said they would not be here if not for you. We have worked with the largest search firms in the country and have never seen results like this.” "I wish Dan could be my recruiter for all of our 30+ offices. He is by far the best legal recruiter I have worked with in my 25 years…With Dan, I feel like I truly 'get what I pay for.'" -Chair, Partner Recruiting and Integration, AmLaw 100 Firm OUTSIDE THE OFFICE Dan brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the complex world in which he and his clients function. He is always willing to share what he has learned over decades of practice and what he sees as important current trends through the articles and books he writes, as well as the many interviews he gives to journalists covering the legal industry. Recent Articles (as industry commentator) "FisherBroyles Exodus Shows Rift Over Virtual Firm Profits, Taxes ," Bloomberg Law (January 8, 2024) "Law Firms Seek Flexibility in Revised Partner Comp Systems, Balancing Seniority With Productivity ," The American Lawyer (December 28, 2023) "Key Regulatory, Enforcement Practices Drove DC Law Firm Hiring in 2023 ," National Law Journal (December 27, 2023) "Law Firms Offer Income Partners ‘Skin in the Game’ With Partial Equity Status ," The American Lawyer (November 16, 2023) "Ex-Arizona AG’s Ethics Probe Follows Him to Boies Schiller Job ," Bloomberg Law (November 6, 2023) "Litigators Are 'Scrambling' to Staff Cases, Battling Rate, Revenue and Quality Challenges ," The American Lawyer (November 6, 2023) "Firms Confront Tough Questions About Single-Tier Partnerships in Wake of Surging Profits ," The American Lawyer (October 31, 2023) "Big Law Attorneys Are Hitting the Lateral Market. Should Midsize Firms Hire Them? " Law.com (October 31, 2023) "Law Firms Doing More 'Tire-Kicking' Before Hiring Lateral Partners ," The American Lawyer (October 23, 2023) "Partner Pay Climbs in DC, as NY Firms and Lateral Market Drive Up Comp Packages ," National Law Journal (October 19, 2023) "With Collections Push Underway, Some DC Law Firms Remain Optimistic About 2023 Profits ," National Law Journal (October 11, 2023) "Longer Partnership Tracks Are Fueling Lateral Recruiting ," Law360 (October 5, 2023) "Law Firm Hiring in DC Focuses on High-Demand Antitrust, Investigations Practices ," National Law Journal (September 22, 2023) "Will Lateral Battle Between Kirkland and Paul Weiss Create 'Ripple Effects'? " The American Lawyer (September 18, 2023) "AI Will Raise Novel Issues in Insurance Litigation: The Morning Minute ," Law.com (August 28, 2023) "One Big Advantage of Growth by Acquisition? Sticky Clients ," The American Lawyer (August 25, 2023) "Comp Likely to Top $10M for 3 Kirkland Laterals Jumping to Paul Weiss ," The American Lawyer (August 18, 2023) "As Pressure Grows for In-Office Mandates, Washington Law Firms Likely to Face 'Resistance' ," National Law Journal (August 7, 2023) "Willkie's Growth in DC Highlights Transition to Go Beyond a 'DC Outpost of Wall Street Firm', " National Law Journal (August 7, 2023) "Cravath, Facing Fierce Competition, Builds Out DC Office With Top Government Hires ," National Law Journal (July 31, 2023) "'Universal' Lateral Partner Questionnaire Seeks to Set Industry Standard ," The American Lawyer (June 22, 2023) "Big Law Firms in DC 'Struggling' With How to Approach In-Office Policies ," National Law Journal (June 14, 2023) "When Rainmakers Leave, Partners Ask 'Should I Stay or Should I Go?' " The American Lawyer (June 5, 2023) “Law Firm Hiring from DOJ and FTC Slows, Amid Uncertainty in Big Law ,” National Law Journal (May 24, 2023) “Antitrust Hiring Slows After Spree, but Demand Stays Steady ,” Law360 (May 12, 2023) “Where are All the Financial Regs Lawyers? Big Law Has a Need for More ,” Law.com (April 24, 2023) “DC Firms Have Strong Showing in Latest Am Law 100 ,” National Law Journal (April 21, 2023) “DC Law Firms Invest in IP Practices, Amid ‘Consistent’ Demand in Patent Practices and ITC Work ,” National Law Journal (April 11, 2023) “DC Law Firms Entered 2023 on Solid Footing, but Rate Pressure Looms ,” National Law Journal (April 7, 2023) “As Antitrust Enforcement Booms, Attorneys Eye AI and ESG as Emerging Targets ,” National Law Journal (February 28, 2023) “Why BigLaw is Rushing to Get Bigger in 2023 ,” Law360 (January 30, 2023) “4 Worries for managing Partners Heading into 2023 ,” Law360 (January 2, 2023) Recent Articles (as author) "Dear Dan: Demystifying Legal Recruiters ," The American Lawyer (Published Monthly) "Using Integration Discussions During Lateral Partner Interviews ," The American Lawyer (2023) “One Simple Strategy to Improve Lateral Partner Due Diligence ,” The American Lawyer (2022) (as co-author) “Repurposing of Associates During a Slowdown: Pros, Cons, and Unintended Consequences ,” The American Lawyer (2022) (as co-author) “High-Performing Partners Equally Plagued with Mental Health Struggles ,” The American Lawyer (2021) “Navigating the Ethical Maze When Moving from Government to Private Practice ,” The American Lawyer (2019) “Is Your Firm Guilty of Playing Lateral Partner Bingo? ” The American Lawyer (2017) “Making a Lateral Move? Here's How to Get a Signing Bonus ,” The American Lawyer (2015) Books The Attorneys Guide to Using (Or Not Using) Legal Recruiters: Answers to Important Questions Most Attorney’s Don’t Know to Ask … But Should, Amazon, 2015 WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH ME I treat every client like a longtime friend who deserves guidance, market intelligence and access that's not available elsewhere. I believe the smallest details can make the biggest difference, and my approach is discreet and exacting in a way that brings you confidence and calm. The lateral partner process brings unanticipated bumps and blind spots, and I’m at my best when helping you navigate these complexities. I'm an open book, and you'll hopefully feel more at ease by having a confidant and seasoned advocate in your corner. Representative Placements Accolades and Leadership Media, Writing and Speaking Testimonials Credentials and Past Experience Overview Outside the Office What It's Like To Work With Me

  • Erin Sears | Vice President | Garrison Search Legal Recruiter

    Erin Sears Vice President 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 esears@g-s.com 202.370.7684 WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH ME My professional core values include honesty, integrity, and just the right balance of focused commitment and patience. My candidate clients know that I appreciate how much a career change is a defining moment in one’s life both professionally and personally. Giving candidates the confidence to know they are making the “right” decision is a combination of many factors, but in my recruiting approach this often begins and ends with market intel and a careful weighing of the pros and cons of a lateral move. My candidate clients describe me as a “consummate professional with an incredibly ‘high touch’ approach.” ​ My law firm clients trust me to know the marketplace intimately, do the research that identifies the best candidates, and always keep them informed. Having myself practiced for nearly fifteen years at an AmLaw 30 firm, my law firm clients have shared that I am “relatable,” “bring instant credibility,” and “know what [I’m] talking about.” OVERVIEW READ MORE As Vice President of the Partner Practice, Erin handles partner-level searches for a range of top-tier firms across regulatory, transactional and litigation practices. She also works with highly credentialed counsel and associates on lateral moves to full-service, AmLaw-ranked firms; medium-sized firms that are DC-based; and highly specialized boutiques in major markets around the country. Candidate clients looking for a career change rely on Erin for guidance throughout the entire lateral process. Her thorough and detailed knowledge of the market means she is clear about their best options as she helps them identify firms to consider and pursue; polish and submit materials (e.g., LPQ, business plan, resume, deal sheet); prepare for initial and multi-stage interviews; negotiate offer terms; and navigate conflicts. Erin’s understanding of each candidate’s goals, strengths and personality lead to placements that are a great fit for both the candidate and the employer. Law firm clients have Erin on speed-dial because time after time she succeeds in bringing them not just the top talent – who sometimes don’t even plan to be in the market – but candidates with the highly specific and sometimes hard-to-find skills and experience these firms need. She invests significant time in really getting to know her law firm clients and their individual practice groups – consulting with law firm management, practice leads, partners and their recruiting team – to bring in-depth information about a particular search to the market on a narrow and targeted basis. Erin’s clients trust her and know she “gets it.” CREDENTIALS J.D., Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, 2004 Member, Washington University Law Quarterly B.S., magna cum laude, University of Maryland at College Park, 2001 Double Degrees: International Business and Logistics & Transportation Double Minors: Portuguese and Spanish Prior to joining Garrison, Erin practiced for twelve years at Paul Hastings in DC, as well as at Three Crowns, an elite international arbitration boutique. Her law firm experience has proved an invaluable asset to her law firm and candidate clients. REPRESENTATIVE PLACEMENTS Erin has an impressive track record of placing attorneys in a wide range of regulatory, transactional, and litigation/investigations practices. Recent Partner/Counsel Placements and Engagements: Privacy partner at Chambers-ranked Data Privacy practice. Former Enforcement Section Chief at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control with a Chambers-ranked National Security practice of an AmLaw 50 firm Senior Associate from leading PTAB/Hatch-Waxman practice with prestigious patent litigation boutique as Counsel Senior Associate from top, regional Chambers-ranked practice with elite, nationwide, finance-focused firm as Senior Counsel for Commercial Lending Government Contracts partner search for Chambers-ranked practice of AmLaw 100 firm Litigation partner search for AmLaw 30 firm Broker-Dealer/Investment Adviser partner search for AmLaw 50 firm Healthcare partner search for Chambers-ranked practice of AmLaw 100 firm Regulatory Placements: (e.g., BD/IA, Funds, Healthcare, Privacy, Energy, Financial Services and National Security) Broker Dealer/Investment Advisers Associate of Magic Circle Firm with AmLaw 30 firm Financial Services Associate of AmLaw 100 firm with Chambers-ranked practice of AmLaw 50 firm Privacy/Cyber Associate at AmLaw 100 firm with leading practice of AmLaw 50 firm Energy Associate at AmLaw 100 firm with Chambers-ranked practice of AmLaw 50 firm Healthcare Associate at AmLaw 200 firm with AmLaw 10 firm National Security Associate at highly regarded D.C. firm with Chambers-ranked practice of AmLaw 50 firm In-house Counsel at wireless communications manufacturer as Export Controls Associate with Chambers-ranked National Security practice of AmLaw 50 firm Corporate, Finance & Real Estate Placements: Leveraged Finance/Commercial Lending Associate at AmLaw 100 firm with elite, nationwide finance-focused firm Capital Markets Associate at Magic Circle firm with AmLaw 10 firm Project Finance Associate at AmLaw 100 firm with prestigious boutique M&A Associate at AmLaw 50 firm with leading Media/Publications practice for preeminent firm M&A Associate at AmLaw 50 firm with top-ranked Technology Transactions practice of AmLaw 10 firm Real Estate Associate at boutique firm with AmLaw 25 firm Litigation & Investigations Placements: (e.g., Civil, White Collar, Antitrust, Government Contracts, Intellectual Property, Patent Litigation) Government Contracts Counsel at AmLaw 200 firm with AmLaw 50 firm Investigations/FCPA Associate from AmLaw 50 firm with Chambers-ranked practice of AmLaw 50 firm Antitrust Associate at AmLaw 20 firm with Chambers-ranked practice of AmLaw 10 firm Intellectual Property Associate at AmLaw 50 firm with Chambers-ranked boutique Litigation Associate at AmLaw 10 firm with leading Financial Services Litigation practice of AmLaw 20 firm Litigation Associate at AmLaw 25 firm with leading Communications Litigation practice of AmLaw 100 firm TESTIMONIALS Below are some of the endorsements Erin has received from her law firm and attorney clients: ​ Law Firms “Erin is a trusted resource for our firm. Our recruiting team and practice leaders ask for her by name. She invests energy and enthusiasm into learning about her clients’ practices and priorities which leads to great results for her candidates and our firm. Erin consistently presents female and diverse candidates, which is phenomenal and reflective of our firm’s shared values.” Lateral Recruiting Coordinator, AmLaw 30 Firm “I trust Erin with exclusive and unpublished searches because she knows the lateral market, our firm, and the candidates who meet our requirements and fit within our firm culture. There’s a presumption that any candidate that Erin sends our way is worth careful consideration." Lateral Recruiting Coordinator, AmLaw 10 Firm Candidates “I was unsure about leaving my firm, but also felt that something needed to change. With thanks to Erin, she set up informal meetings with several attorneys at what is now my current firm, and that enabled both sides to learn more about each other and whether it would be a good fit. I really didn’t expect to leave, but so glad she facilitated the opportunity for me to see my options. That approach worked with my comfort level, and I am now extremely grateful to be where I am.” Technology Transactions, AmLaw 10 Firm ​ "Erin is a thoughtful and patient listener and a fierce advocate - throughout the process, her informed market acumen, precision, care and clear communication style were ever-present. She is a consummate professional with an incredibly ‘high-touch’ approach - I was confident at all times throughout the process that I was in the most capable of hands. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to make a move (and even, perhaps, if you aren't yet sure)." Leveraged Finance/Commercial Lending, Chambers-Ranked Practice “I receive so many emails from recruiters, but responded to Erin because it stood apart from the rest – she had taken the time to read my biography and understand my practice. She was sharing details about a specific law firm opportunity, and it was clear she knew so much about that firm and their real estate practice. By far the best experience I’ve had with a recruiter. I would recommend her to anyone making a move.” Real Estate, AmLaw 20 Firm “Several years passed from my initial conversation with Erin to the time I reached back out to her to explore lateral opportunities. Her initial approach was so refreshing in comparison to other recruiters that I held onto her details. She is professional, thorough, relatable – and very patient. We let several opportunities pass to find the right one and it was worth the wait. Plus, I appreciate other working parents – it’s a valuable perspective.” Antitrust, AmLaw 10 Firm "I appreciated Erin's patience and expert insights throughout the lateral process, particularly in suggesting and negotiating offer terms, and in navigating potential conflicts. She was also adept at leveraging my technical background. The results Erin delivered were beyond what I'd thought possible, and she made it seem easy. When someone asks for a referral, I always point to Erin and let them know she's the only recruiter I'd ever want to work with.” Patent Litigation, Elite Boutique ​ “I was referred to Erin by a friend who she had also helped with a lateral move. I was returning to the U.S. from London and interested in top-tier practices in New York, Boston and DC. I cannot say enough about how seamless she made the entire process – everything was streamlined, including identifying firms and review of my deal sheet, which saved me an incredible amount of time.” Capital Markets, AmLaw 10 Firm ​ “Erin identified a select handful of firms and provided meaningful insight into each that proved invaluable as I was making my decision. She tailored her approach to fit my (very) specific goals, and I appreciated her deep knowledge of the market." Financial Services, AmLaw 30 Firm OUTSIDE THE OFFICE I live in Cleveland Park near the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. ​ Like most parents, the simplest pleasures come from spending time with my family. So, for my two boys, this means cheering loudly on the sidelines for their travel soccer and baseball teams (and alongside them for a Nats game or Real Madrid match). For our beloved german shepherd, Rocky, this means a lot of scratches and fetch. ​ Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, I still enjoy being on the water – boating, paddleboarding and hosting the traditional crab feast. I also support and volunteer with the Virginia German Shepherd Rescue. What It's Like To Work With Me Overview Credentials Representative Placements Testimonials Outside the Office

  • Employers seeking In-House Counsel, Partners or Associaties | Garrison Search

    Recruiting Associates Recruiting Partners and Groups Recruiting In-House The Garrison Difference We make you look your best in the lateral market. When you work with Garrison, you will immediately notice a difference. We take the time to understand your search far beyond the obvious and common talking points. In this highly competitive legal talent market, we are experts at helping you develop your search narrative and highlight your unique strengths, which effectively distinguishes you from your peers. Employers routinely tell us that candidates comment that they “rarely respond to recruiter calls,” but our distinctive and impactful approach led to their accepting the meeting. For Employers What clients are saying: I look forward to working with them, and I can’t say that about many other search firms. Hiring Partner Top-tier litigation boutique I’ve never used any firm other than Garrison for legal searches. That’s how good they are. President and former General Counsel Leading media technology company Associate Director of Recruiting AmLaw 25 firm On multiple occasions, I’ve called over, thinking that I have an impossible need to fill but the team at Garrison is always ready for the challenge and ends up delivering time and time again. Garrison quoted in American Lawyer Dan Binstock was quoted in "Law Firms Seek Flexibility in Revised Partner Comp Systems, Balancing Seniority With Productivity." (American... Garrison News and Media Thu Dec 28 2023 Garrison quoted in National Law Journal Dan Binstock was quoted in "Key Regulatory, Enforcement Practices Drove DC Law Firm Hiring in 2023." (National Law Journal, 12/27/23). Garrison News and Media Wed Dec 27 2023 News and Insights Keep up with Garrison and the industry High touch. High truth. High trust. 2000+ Attorneys placed 175 Law firms have hired our candidates 98.3% Of our candidates stay with their new employer for at least one year 75% Retention rate of partners after five years (industry average is 50%) Our Recruiters Reach out to our team:

  • Lateral Associate Recruiters in Washington, DC | Garrison Search

    Representative placements Garrison places associates in all practice areas. Below are some examples. Antitrust associate from a California-based firm into the Washington, DC office of a specialized antitrust and intellectual property litigation boutique. Antitrust attorney from the United States Department of Justice into an AmLaw 25 firm. Antitrust litigation associate from an AmLaw 100 firm into the Washington, DCD.C. office of a NYC-based litigation boutique. Antitrust litigation associate from an AmLaw 50 firm into a leading plaintiff’s firm. Appellate & white-collar associate from a New York-based firm at an AmLaw 100 firm. Banking/lending associate from an AmLaw 100 firm to an AmLaw 50 firm. Banking/lending associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to another AmLaw 50 firm. Commodities and derivatives associate from SEC to an AmLaw 100 firm. Communications associate from a Los Angeles-based international law firm at an AmLaw 100 firm. Consumer finance associate from a consumer finance boutique to an AmLaw 50 firm. Consumer finance associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to another AmLaw 50 firm. Corporate, privacy equity associate from the Washington, DC office of an international AmLaw 100 firm at an AmLaw 25 firm. Corporate/M&A associate from an AmLaw 100 firm at an AmLaw 50 firm. Corporate associate from a Fortune 100 information technology company to an AmLaw 25 firm. Corporate associate from an AmLaw 100 firm into position as a permanent staff attorney for an AmLaw 50 firm. Corporate associate from an AmLaw 100 firm to an AmLaw 50 firm. Corporate associate from an AmLaw 50 firm into the banking group of another AmLaw 50 firm. Corporate associate from an AmLaw 50 firm into the Life Sciences, Transactions Group at another AmLaw 50 firm. Corporate associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to another AmLaw 50 firm. Cyber security associate from the Washington, DC office of a global firm at an AmLaw 25 firm. Economic sanctions associate from the Office of Foreign Assets Control at an AmLaw 50 firm. Energy associate from an AmLaw 200 firm to an AmLaw 100 firm. Energy associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to leading energy boutique. Energy regulatory associate from a national firm at a Washington, DC energy regulatory boutique. Environmental associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to an AmLaw 200 firm. Environmental associate from a Seattle-based national law firm at an AmLaw 50 firm. FERC attorney from the Office of Energy Market Regulation into an energy regulatory boutique. Finance associate from an AmLaw 100 firm at an AmLaw 50 firm. Food & drug associate from an AmLaw 50 firm into an FDA boutique. Food & drug associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to another AmLaw 50 firm. Food & drug associate from well-regarded regulatory boutique into an AmLaw 50 firm. Government contracts associate from a corporate legal department into an AmLaw 50 firm. Government contracts associate from an AmLaw 100 firm to an AmLaw 50 firm. Government contracts associate from a Washington, DC-based boutique at an AmLaw 50 firm. Healthcare associate from an AmLaw 100 firm to another AmLaw 100 firm. Healthcare associate from an AmLaw 200 firm at an AmLaw 25 firm. Healthcare associate from a regional firm to another regional firm. Insurance litigation associate from a regional firm into a litigation boutique. International Trade/customs associate from an international trade boutique into an AmLaw 50 firm. International trade associate from an AmLaw 100 firm to an AmLaw 50 firm. Investment management attorney from the SEC into an AmLaw 100.Junior tax transactions associate from an AmLaw 50 firm into the project finance group of a Magic Circle firm. Labor & employment associate from an AmLaw 100 firm to another AmLaw 100 firm. Labor & employment associate from a regional firm at a North Virginia-based employment law and government contracts boutique. Litigation/investigations associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to another AmLaw 50 firm. Litigation associate from a litigation and white-collar boutique at an AmLaw 200 firm. Litigation associate from an AmLaw 200 firm at an AmLaw 25 firm. Litigation associate from an AmLaw 50 firm into the ERISA litigation group of a prestigious boutique. Litigation associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to an AmLaw 200 firm. Litigation associate from an international-based firm in Chicago into a Washington, DCD.C. litigation boutique. Litigation associate from a regional firm into a labor & employment and government contracts boutique. Litigation associate from a regional firm into an AmLaw 50 firm. Litigation attorney from the United States Department of Justice at an AmLaw 25 firm. National security associate from the Washington, DC office of a global firm at an AmLaw 50 firm. Patent/IP (337) litigation associate from an AmLaw 100 firm to another AmLaw 100 firm. Patent/IP litigation associate from an AmLaw 100 firm to a leading IP boutique. Patent agent from a research university into the DC office of a West Coast-based firm with a leading IP practice. Patent litigation associate from an AmLaw 100 firm to an AmLaw 50 firm. Patent litigation associate from a regional firm into a leading intellectual property boutique. Patent prosecution associate from an AmLaw 100 firm into a Washington, DC intellectual property boutique. Political law associate from an AmLaw 50 firm into the Chambers-ranked political law practice of another AmLaw 50 firm. Privacy associate from a corporate legal department into the New York office of an international AmLaw 25 firm. Privacy associate from the Washington, DC office of a global firm at an AmLaw 25 firm. Project finance associate from an AmLaw 200 firm at a project finance boutique. Project finance associate from an AmLaw 50 firm into a project finance boutique. Real estate associate from a regional firm to an AmLaw 100 firm. Securities enforcement associate from an AmLaw 100 firm to newly formed enforcement group of a Magic Circle firm. Securities litigation associate from an AmLaw 200 firm at a Washington, DCD.C. securities enforcement boutique. Tax associate from an AmLaw 100 firm into a Washington, DC large boutique. Tax associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to a leading tax boutique. Tax associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to an AmLaw 100 firm. Tax transactional associate from a Big 4 accounting firm to an AmLaw 50 firm. Technology transactions associate from an AmLaw 100 firm at an AmLaw 25 firm. Technology transactions associate from an AmLaw 50 firm into a life sciences transactional group of another AmLaw 50 firm. Trademark litigation associate from leading intellectual property boutique into an AmLaw 25 firm as a patent litigation associate. White collar/investigations associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to IP litigation practice of another AmLaw 50 firm. 2. Market access and analysis READ MORE We work across the legal industry from BigLaw to mid-sized firms to elite boutiques. With our decades of experience and a large team of recruiters, we are uniquely positioned to provide inside information about DC's legal market. When appropriate, we suggest considering "hidden gem" firms that may be unfamiliar to you but could be a fit. With our decades of trusted recruiting relationships with firms, we help create opportunities with firms that do not have active searches but might still be interested in considering you. For Candidates Associates Home < Back to For Candidates Associates Kaitlyn Hunter Bio Erin Sears Bio Gary McGinnis Bio Matt Schwartz Bio Key Contacts: The Highest Level of Guidance We have one aim: to assist you in making the most knowledgeable and informed career decisions, even if the best choice is to stay at your current firm. Our unrivaled command of the Washington, DC market and experience working with thousands of candidates just like you allows us to counsel you though every phase of this pivotal career decision with precision, sophistication, thoroughness and confidentiality. Kaitlyn Hunter Bio Erin Sears Bio Matt Schwartz Bio Key Contacts: 1. Meeting and getting to know you We'll meet with you either via video conference or in-person in our downtown DC offices. By spending time discussing key elements of your practice, priorities and goals, we can provide guidance on whether a lateral move is right for you. Associates consistently tell us they gain invaluable insights and perspective from these conversations. 5. Effective and tactful negotiating Based on our extensive knowledge of the market, we will give you a fair assessment of your offer. When appropriate, we go to bat for you, serving as skilled liaisons during negotiations. We navigate these discussions on your behalf in a way that maximizes your chances of a successful outcome in a manner that remains mindful of the future working relationship. 3. Putting your best foot forward READ MORE Given our many years of experience, we have a keen sense of what firms are looking for when they review your resume and other materials. We will work extensively with you to ensure each document is just right and best portrays your experience. Our candidates routinely comment that our involvement makes a significant improvement to their materials. In addition to your resume and other materials, we present a detailed cover letter that addresses key information firms want to know at the outset but can’t be found on a resume. This presents you in the best possible light and helps you stand out from other applicants. Lastly, we take your confidentiality seriously. We will never send your materials anywhere without your express approval. 6. Making the best decision We realize circumstances can differ greatly between people, and deciding can be difficult. We advise on the pros and cons of accepting a particular offer, deciding between multiple offers, or staying at your current employer. We play the long game and realize that giving you the best advice – even if it means not moving – has been the key to our success for multiple decades. 7. Guidance through the final steps As we get close to the finish line, we help you navigate the background check, conflicts process, and securing references. When everything is cleared and you’ve made your decision to accept, it’s time to give notice, which we know is challenging and emotional. Together, we strategize how to address your reason for leaving and maximize the likelihood that you remain on good terms. If things get more complex with potential counteroffers, disappointed colleagues or other unanticipated speedbumps, we help you navigate them. We assist you in drafting emails, preparing for conversations, and striking the right balance during this crucial time. 4. Impactful interview guidance READ MORE Our candidates benefit from our advising throughout the interview process. In addition to providing information on the interviewing law firm, we help you prepare for the interview itself. We’ll discuss questions you can anticipate and any issues specific to your candidacy and how to best navigate them. Candidates frequently tell us that our interview preparation made all the difference in securing an offer. We will continue to be by your side at each stage of the interview process, providing you with ongoing feedback and guidance. You can rely on us to handle all of the scheduling and logistics and to navigate all of moving pieces such as timing and balancing interest from multiple firms. Representative Placements 2. Market access and analysis 1. Meeting and getting to know you 5. Effective and tactful negotiating 3. Putting your best foot forward 6. Making the best decision 7. Guidance through the final steps 4. Impactful interview guidance What clients are saying: Always available and responsive when I had questions, and proved an invaluable source of information and feedback. Associate Top-tier Global Firm A rock through the lateralling process. Associate Top-Tier National Firm Associate 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. 2000+ Attorneys placed 175 Law firms have hired our candidates 98.3% Of our candidates stay with their new employer for at least one year 75% Retention rate of partners after five years (industry average is 50%) Our Recruiters Reach out to our team:

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    Representative placements Garrison places partners and practice groups in all practice areas. Below are some examples. Antitrust attorney (Chief-level) from the Criminal II Section, Department of Justice to an AmLaw 50 firm as partner in their antitrust practice group. Antitrust attorney (Chief-level) from the Department of Justice to the DC office of an AmLaw 15 firm as a partner in their antitrust practice group. Antitrust counseling and litigation practice group into the DC office of an AmLaw 50 firm. Antitrust partner (promotion from associate) from an AmLaw 50 firm to an AmLaw 50 global law firm. Antitrust practice group into the DC office of a New York firm to complement the firm’s existing antitrust counseling practice. Banking regulatory practice group into AmLaw 25 firm. Bankruptcy partner from a leading international law firm to a leading Magic Circle law firm. Capital markets partner (formerly in-house) into AmLaw 50 firm. Capital markets partner from the DC office of an international law firm to the DC office of an AmLaw 75 firm. CFIUS partner from an AmLaw 100 firm to head the CFIUS practice at an AmLaw 50 firm. Commercial litigation partner from a leading DC-based firm into an AmLaw 200 firm with litigation as its core strength and a more modest rate structure. Commercial litigation partner from the DC office of a global firm to the DC office of a large national firm. In prior firm, partner was head of the commercial litigation group in DC. Consumer finance/CFPB partner into AmLaw 50 firm. Corporate/finance partner into DC office of leading national firm to help grow firm's east-coast corporate/finance practice. Corporate (M&A) partner from an AmLaw 50 firm to another AmLaw 50 firm to lead its corporate practice. Corporate and securities, bank regulatory, and healthcare partners at a Southeastern-based, mid-sized firm seeking to establish a Washington office to complement its existing lobbying practice. Corporate partner from an AmLaw 100 firm to an AmLaw 200 firm to establish its corporate practice on the east coast. Corporate practice group from a UK-based firm into an AmLaw 100 firm to expand international capabilities within U.S. Energy/FERC partner from an AmLaw 50 firm to DC office of Northeast-based firm. Energy/FERC partner from Texas-based AmLaw 200 firm into Washington office of an AmLaw 50 firm to provide energy regulatory expertise in support of the firm’s projects practice. Energy/project finance (renewable) practice head into AmLaw 50 firm. Energy partner from an AmLaw 15 firm to a Texas-based firm with a growing office and energy practice in DC. Energy partner into regional firm to enhance its east-coast energy practice. Environmental/infrastructure regulatory and litigation practice from boutique firm into an AmLaw 10 global law firm. Export control partner from an AmLaw 100 firm to Washington, DC boutique. FDA partner from a full-service, AmLaw 100 firm into a specialized FDA boutique. Federal government department GC (former partner at a top-tier, DC-based firm) into an AmLaw 100 firm to create the firm’s privacy practice. Financial services enforcement/FinTech group into AmLaw 25 firm. Former Deputy Chief Trial Counsel from the Federal Trade Commission to an international AmLaw 100 firm as partner in their antitrust practice group. Government contracts practice group from an AmLaw 200 firm into an AmLaw 100 firm to co-lead and expand the firm’s existing government contracts practice. Government relations and regulatory affairs counsel from a Congressional committee into an AmLaw 100 firm’s existing political law practice. Healthcare/life sciences practice into AmLaw 100 firm. Healthcare regulatory and transactional attorney from mid-Atlantic regional firm to an AmLaw 100 firm. Healthcare transactional and regulatory practice in New York into the NY office of a mid-Atlantic firm. Immigration group from an AmLaw 15 firm to another AmLaw 15 firm. Insurance litigation practice with the DC office of an AmLaw 150 global firm. Intellectual Property/Internet Governance practice group into the DC office of an AmLaw 100 firm. Investment management/funds partner into AmLaw 50 firm. Investor-focused project finance practice group into an AmLaw 50 firm. IP/ITC litigation practice co-head from an AmLaw 100 patent litigation practice to another AmLaw 100 patent litigation practice. IP (337) litigation partner from leading IP litigation practice to an AmLaw 50 firm to create/chair its Section 337 practice. IP (patent litigation and prosecution) practice group into DC office of AmLaw 100 firm. IP appellate practice co-head from a litigation boutique to a prestigious patent boutique. IP litigation practice into east and west coast offices of AmLaw 50 firm. IP partner from an AmLaw 25 firm to an AmLaw 75 firm. IP practice group into a DC IP boutique. Large government contracts counseling and litigation group into the DC office of a global law firm. Litigation/appellate and commercial trial group into the DC office of a national law firm. Litigation partner from an AmLaw 100 firm to a DC-based litigation boutique. Litigation partner from an AmLaw 25 firm to the DC office of another AmLaw 25 firm. Patent litigation partner from an AmLaw 100 firm to DC office of an AmLaw 200 firm to enhance its intellectual property practice. Patent litigation practice from a litigation boutique to a prestigious patent boutique. Patent litigation practice group to co-head patent litigation practice at top-tier IP firm. Patent litigation practice into an AmLaw 50 firm. Patent partner from an AmLaw 100 firm into newly opened West Coast-based firm’s Washington, DC office to serve as firmwide co-head of patent prosecution practice. Patent prosecution practice from an AmLaw 100 firm to another AmLaw 100 firm. Political law practice from an AmLaw 25 firm to another AmLaw 25 firm. Privacy practice group from a Northeast-based AmLaw 200 firm to Midwest-based AmLaw 200 firm to establish and co-head practice. Privacy practice group into an AmLaw 100 firm to co-head global privacy practice. Private equity and transactional practice into the DC office of an AmLaw 50 firm. Products liability partner from an international trial and litigation firm to a DC-based litigation boutique. Project finance/energy partner into AmLaw 100 firm. Project finance practice group into the DC office of a UK firm to expand its agency-lender-focused project finance practice and enhance the firm’s international capabilities. Real estate counsel from AmLaw 50 firm to a suburban business and real estate firm as a partner. Real estate counsel from an AmLaw 50 firm to DC office of an AmLaw 200 firm as partner and head of real estate practice. Real estate partner into large AmLaw firm to help grow its national real estate practice. Real estate practice group into the DC office of an international law firm. Securities enforcement/white collar practice group into multiple offices of AmLaw 50 global firm. Securities regulatory partner from an AmLaw 50 firm into Washington, DC office of a Magic Circle firm. Structured finance practice group into the DC office of an AmLaw 15 global firm. Tax partner into the Washington office of another AmLaw 100 firm. Telecommunications regulatory and transactional practice into the DC office of an east coast-based firm. Transportation practice from an AmLaw 100 firm to a DC office of another AmLaw 100 firm with a nationally ranked transportation practice. White collar litigation and investigations practice into an AmLaw 50 firm. White-collar partner (formerly high-level in the DOJ Fraud Section) into an AmLaw 10 firm. Our results are superior Our track record in partner and group placements far outpaces the market. Our five-year retention record of placed partners is 75%, compared to the industry average of 50%. 1. What's beyond your biography We see you as a person beyond the breakdown of your practice and portable business. At the outset, we gain a substantive understanding of your practice that goes far beyond what’s in your biography. We also discuss your priorities and goals in depth and advise whether they are more likely to be achieved through a lateral move or by remaining with your current firm. < Back to For Candidates For Candidates Partners and Groups Home Erin Sears Bio Dan Binstock Bio Key Contacts: 2. Thorough analysis of the market READ MORE Based on our 30+ years of experience and market intelligence, we provide insight about law firms that is not generally accessible elsewhere. We study law firm economics, such as profit margins, multi-year trends and other factors that can be important when analyzing options. We also have a comprehensive suite of the most powerful tools in the industry, including our proprietary database where we have captured and analyzed years of market data. Our command of the market – from well-known firms to “hidden gems” – allows us to save you time by only presenting options that specifically align with your goals and priorities. Partners and Groups 5. Negotiating for your advantage READ MORE At the outset, we help you place into context how your offer compares to other similarly situated partner candidates, whether negotiation is warranted and how to implement the most effective negotiation strategy to maximize your compensation. Many partners are excellent when negotiating for clients but fall short when negotiating on their own behalf. As your recruiter, our role in the process enables us to advocate for you more effectively. For example, it’s routine for recruiters to inform firms about competing offers, potential counter-offers, and other dynamics that are important but challenging for candidates themselves to convey appropriately. You benefit by having a skilled liaison during this delicate period, which often increases the strength of the offer itself and eliminates tensions with your potential future colleagues. 3. Preparing and presenting your materials READ MORE We know what firms look for, what your materials should emphasize and how best to present your candidacy. Additionally, we are experts at carefully conveying detailed practice information and your reasons for contemplating a move, which ensures you are putting your best foot forward and avoiding pitfalls. When it’s time to go to market, we take confidentiality seriously and always discuss whether an anonymous approach to firms – at the outset – is advisable. And when we share your name and relevant materials, we ensure you are considered in the most appropriate manner by the most relevant partners. Oftentimes the point of entry can make an important difference in the outcome. 6. Providing notice This is perhaps the hardest part of the process. We strategize with you. We prepare you for what you can anticipate and how to best respond. If you receive a counter-offer, we provide advice and help you with any post-notice negotiations that may be appropriate. Lastly, we advise on whether to consider engaging ethics counsel given your bar obligations, fiduciary responsibilities and contractual provisions in your partnership agreement. And if needed, we have a strong network of experienced ethics attorneys to whom we can refer you. 4. Expert guidance on interviewing and due diligence READ MORE Many partners haven’t interviewed in a long time. Even the most sophisticated partners approach interviews wearing their lawyer-practitioner hat instead of their lateral partner hat. In addition to detailed information on the firm and relevant partners, we provide guidance on the questions you can anticipate and how to best address them. We also save you time, minimize stress, and maximize confidentiality by coordinating and scheduling all of your interviews. Regarding due diligence, we assist you on all stages of completing the Lateral Partner Questionnaire (LPQ). Certain terms can be misinterpreted, and questions are often inadvertently narrow, leading candidates to omit vital practice information. We are experts on helping you answer these questions accurately and, when needed, with appropriate and necessary context. Most importantly, our guidance can help avoid misunderstandings and any uncomfortable discussions resulting therefrom. Our law firm clients frequently praise our candidates for the quality and comprehensiveness of their LPQs. And when you are seriously considering a firm and it’s time to dig deeper, we help you perform your own due diligence, providing extensive information on firms using tools not publicly available, as well as intelligence routinely received from our extensive and discreet personal network. 7. Guidance during the transition We are there for you throughout this process, including helping you recruit prior team members, if needed, and when appropriate and allowed. We will serve as a sounding board and source of advice regarding clients to help maximize the likelihood that they follow. No matter what arises, our partners feel better knowing they have a skilled advisor and confidante in their corner. Representative Placements 1. What's beyond your biography 2. Thorough analysis of the market 5. Negotiating for your advantage 3. Preparing and presenting materials 6. Providing notice 4. Expert guidance on interviewing 7. Guidance during the transition What clients are saying: Professional, personable, detail-oriented, prepared – that’s what you get with Garrison. Hiring Partner Top-tier litigation boutique Your help throughout the process was critical. There’s no way I would have actually made the move without you. Partner, Investment Management AmLaw 100 firm Office Managing Partner AmLaw 100 firm Garrison does three things better than any other firm: (1) They listen. (2) They observe and learn. They pick up information about the firm – what we’re about, our people, our practices -- without our telling them. And, (3) They’re honest. High touch. High truth. High trust. 2000+ Attorneys placed 175 Law firms have hired our candidates 98.3% Of our candidates stay with their new employer for at least one year 75% Retention rate of partners after five years (industry average is 50%) Our Recruiters Reach out to our team: Our Process and Track Record The partners we assist fall into two categories: You have decided that it’s time to move, or You’re not sure and could use some insight and guidance. Our goal: to help you make an intelligent decision regarding your choices, even if you decide not to move. We have a powerful, insightful command of the lateral market and can guide you through every step of this crucial decision with precision, discretion and professionalism Erin Sears Bio Dan Binstock Bio Key Contacts:

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    8. Getting over the finish line READ MORE Even once a partner accepts, there’s still the possibility of counter-offers, cold feet, or other unexpected complications that can undermine the deal. We understand the nuances of making a move and the deep level of trust we develop with candidates makes an important difference. We are skilled at helping partners address issues such as giving notice effectively, handling counter-offers, and ultimately making the transition with minimal disruption. We address some of these issues early in the process, ensuring they are anticipated and dealt with appropriately if they develop. 2. Reflecting your brand in the market READ MORE When working on your search, we positively project your firm’s image and brand. Partners consistently tell us, “I never call recruiters back, but your approach was so refreshing I had to return your call.” Based on many years of experience, we know what stands out from the noise and resonates with partners, especially those who may not be actively looking. When a partner receives a call from Garrison, they likely know our firm and reputation for selectivity. The fact that we are conducting a search on your behalf reflects our belief in the quality of the opportunity, and this is consistently reinforced through our approach. Recruiting Partners and Groups < Back to For Employers 1. Designing the strongest search narrative READ MORE The partners you seek are contacted multiple times a week by multiple firms and the outreaches begin to all sound the same. This is where we are different. We have learned that the most important ingredients for attracting a lateral partner are a strong strategic vision and a well-articulated search narrative. Marketing a search to lateral partners is much different than marketing your law firm services to clients, and we are experts in knowing what resonates with your target partners. To develop the strongest narrative, we go beyond “why are you looking?” and uncover selling points that will better position you in the market. Our detailed and comprehensive approach stands out and maximizes the likelihood of a favorable response. 5. Transparency and efficiency READ MORE We are straight shooters, which ensures that we aren’t time wasters. We tell you the good, bad and sometimes ugly, all with a goal towards maximizing your efforts. While some search firms avoid uncomfortable conversations, we view them as essential. We will help you avoid embarking on searches without a realistic sense of the market and your likelihood of success. Our approach enables you to make the smartest business decisions when it comes to investing your time and resources. 3. Access to the “invisible partner market” From our many years in the market, we have a broad network of partners and trusted relationships at high levels. Some of these partners are not actively in the market and don’t respond to recruiter outreach - but they do trust us to quietly inform them of certain standout opportunities. 6. Responsiveness and clear expectations From the moment we begin working together, you will realize that responsiveness and clear communication are woven into everything we do. We are always available, including evenings and weekends, and our response time is usually within a couple of hours. We also set expectations in terms of search updates and check-ins and keep you well informed at every stage. 4. Highest likelihood of success We are always gratified to hear comments such as, “We tried this search in the past, and the difference is night and day. We have never received as many meetings.” While we cannot guarantee a placement for every search, we do guarantee that our proven approach will provide you the highest likelihood of success. Erin Sears Bio Dan Binstock Bio Key Contacts: Our Track-Record and Approach We are highly selective with our searches to ensure our full focus and attention. As a result, our track record outpaces the market. After five years, our retention rate is 75%, compared to the industry average of 50%. Our unique process helps you stand out in a highly competitive market, so you can attract and engage a broader range of partners and groups – not just read about them in the news. For Employers Recruiting Partners and Groups Home 7. Close contact and insight throughout the process We go far beyond presenting candidates and scheduling interviews. Once discussions begin, we remain in the trenches skillfully guiding and navigating the process at each stage, such as advising on interview strategies, candidate feedback, negotiation, and assisting with due diligence. At the same time, we know when to step back to enable you to develop organic connections with the partners. Representative placements Representative Practice Groups Antitrust counseling and litigation practice group into the DC office of an AmLaw 50 firm. Antitrust practice group into the DC office of a New York firm to complement the firm's existing antitrust counseling practice. Appellate/commercial trial group into the DC office of a national law firm. Banking regulatory practice group into AmLaw 25 firm. Corporate and securities, bank regulatory, and healthcare partners at a Southeastern-based, mid-sized firm establishing a Washington office to complement its existing lobbying practice. Corporate practice group from a UK-based firm into an AmLaw 100 firm to expand international capabilities within the US. Government contracts counseling and litigation group into the DC office of a global law firm. Government contracts practice group from an AmLaw 200 firm into an AmLaw 100 firm to co-lead and expand the firm's existing government contracts practice. Health care transactional and regulatory practice in New York into the NY office of a mid-Atlantic firm. Immigration group from an AmLaw 15 firm into another AmLaw 15 firm. Insurance coverage firm (Chambers ranked) acquisition into an AmLaw 150 global firm. Intellectual Property/Internet Governance practice group into the DC office of an AmLaw 100 firm. Investor-focused project finance practice group into an AmLaw 50 firm. IP (patent litigation and prosecution) practice group into the DC office of an AmLaw 100 firm. IP litigation practice in east and west coast offices of an AmLaw 50 firm. IP practice group into a DC IP boutique. Multi-city white collar/securities enforcement practice group into NY and DC offices of AmLaw 50 firm. Multi-office environmental/infrastructure regulatory and litigation practice from boutique firm into an AmLaw 10 global law firm. Patent litigation practice group to co-head patent litigation practice at top-tier IP/patent firm. Patent litigation practice into an AmLaw 50 firm. Patent prosecution practice group from an AmLaw 100 firm to another AmLaw 100 firm. Political law practice from an AmLaw 25 firm to another AmLaw 25 firm. Privacy practice group from a Northeast-based AmLaw 200 firm to Midwest-based AmLaw 200 firm to establish and co-head practice. Privacy practice group into an AmLaw 100 firm to co-head global privacy practice. Private equity/transactional practice into an AmLaw 50 firm. Project finance practice group into the DC office of a UK-based firm to expand its agency-lender-focused project finance practice and enhance the firm's international capabilities. Real estate practice group into the DC office of an international law firm. Structured finance group from top Wall Street-based firm into AmLaw 15 global firm. Telecommunications regulatory and transactional practice into the DC office of an east coast-based firm. Transportation practice from an AmLaw 100 firm to another AmLaw 100 firm. White collar litigation and investigations practice into an AmLaw 50 firm. ​ Representative Individual Partners Antitrust attorney (Chief-level) from the Criminal II Section, Department of Justice to an AmLaw 50 firm as partner in their antitrust practice group. Antitrust attorney (Chief-level) from the Department of Justice to the DC office of an AmLaw 15 firm as an antitrust partner. Bankruptcy partner from international law firm to a leading Magic Circle firm. Capital markets partner (formerly in-house) into AmLaw 50 firm. Capital markets partner from the DC office of an international law firm to the DC office of an AmLaw 75 firm. CFIUS partner from an AmLaw 100 firm to lead the national security/CFIUS practice at an AmLaw 50 firm. Commercial litigation partner from a leading DC-based firm into an AmLaw 200 firm. Commercial litigation partner from the DC office of a global firm to the DC office of a large national firm. Consumer finance/CFPB attorney as partner into AmLaw 50 firm. Corporate/finance partner into DC office of leading national firm to help grow firm's east coast corporate/finance practice. Corporate/M&A partner from an AmLaw 50 firm to another AmLaw 50 firm to lead its corporate practice. Corporate partner from an AmLaw 100 firm to an AmLaw 200 firm. Energy/FERC partner from AmLaw 200 firm into AmLaw 50 firm. Energy/project finance (renewable) practice head into AmLaw 50 firm. Energy partner from an AmLaw 15 firm to a Texas-based firm with a growing office and energy practice in DC. Energy partner into regional firm to enhance its east coast-based energy practice. Energy regulatory partner from an AmLaw 50 firm into DC office of Northeast-based firm. Export control partner from an AmLaw 100 firm to Washington, DC boutique. FDA partner from a full-service, AmLaw 100 firm into a high-end FDA boutique. Federal government department GC (former partner at a top-tier, DC-based firm) into an AmLaw 100 firm to serve as privacy partner. Financial services enforcement/FinTech group co-head into AmLaw 25 firm. Former Deputy Chief Trial Counsel from the Federal Trade Commission to an international AmLaw 100 firm as antitrust partner. Government relations and regulatory affairs counsel from a Congressional committee into an AmLaw 100 firm’s political law group. Health care/life sciences partner as co-head in AmLaw 100 firm. Health care regulatory/transactional attorney from mid-Atlantic regional firm to an AmLaw 100 firm. Investment management/’40 Act partner into AmLaw 50 firm. IP/patent (337) litigation partner from leading IP litigation practice to an AmLaw 50 firm to lead its Section 337 practice. IP appellate practice co-head from a litigation boutique to a prestigious patent boutique. IP partner from an AmLaw 25 firm to an AmLaw 75 firm. ITC/337 patent litigation practice co-head from an AmLaw 100 patent litigation practice to another AmLaw 100 firm’s patent litigation practice. Litigation partner from an AmLaw 100 firm to a DC-based litigation boutique. Litigation partner from an AmLaw 25 firm into another AmLaw 25 firm. Patent litigation partner from an AmLaw 100 firm to DC office of an AmLaw 200 firm. Patent litigation practice co-head from a dominant trial boutique to a prestigious patent boutique. Patent partner from an AmLaw 100 firm into west coast-based firm’s DC office. Principal Assistant Chief of the DOJ Fraud Section into an AmLaw 10 firm as a white-collar partner. Products liability partner from an international trial and litigation firm to a DC-based litigation boutique. Project finance/energy partner into AmLaw 100 firm. Promotion placement of an associate from an AmLaw 50 firm to an AmLaw 50 global law firm as a partner in their antitrust practice group. Real estate counsel from AmLaw 50 firm into a suburban business/real estate firm as a partner. Real estate counsel from an AmLaw 50 firm as partner into AmLaw 200 firm. Real estate partner into large AmLaw firm to play a key role in its national real estate practice. Securities regulatory partner from an AmLaw 50 firm into a Magic Circle firm. Tax partner from an AmLaw 100 firm into role as tax partner in another AmLaw 100 firm. Our proven process 8. Getting over the finish line 2. Reflecting your brand in the market 1. Designing the strongest search narrative 5. Transparency and efficiency 3. Access to the “invisible partner market” 6. Responsiveness and clarity 4. Highest likelihood of success 7. Close contact and insight throughout Representative Placements What clients are saying: You want them involved in the entire process, not just in making the introduction. I absolutely value their insights. Managing Partner AmLaw 100 firm Garrison is in the elite group that does their job very, very well. They are far more than recruiters – they are also trusted business advisors who understand the long-term. Chief Operating Officer Top-tier boutique Head of Lateral Partner Recruitment AmLaw 25 Firm What do you get when you mix the highest levels of professionalism with good people you just want to be friends with … Garrison. High touch. High truth. High trust. 2000+ Attorneys placed 175 Law firms have hired our candidates 98.3% Of our candidates stay with their new employer for at least one year 75% Retention rate of partners after five years (industry average is 50%) Our Recruiters Reach out to our team:

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    2. Extensive research and outreach READ MORE Using a suite of market-leading tools and our proprietary database, we develop a finely tuned list of candidates for your search. You’ll feel confident knowing that every associate on this target list will receive multiple impactful overtures on your behalf. We are often successful at recruiting associates who may not have been looking but were intrigued by our outreach and how the opportunity was presented. And our thoughtful approach leaves every candidate–even those who decide not to consider a move–with a positive impression of your firm. Additionally, we work with a large network of top associates who are not actively on the market but are open to hearing about unique opportunities. These candidates trust our market expertise and endorsement, leading to more successful introductions with our law firm clients. < Back to For Employers Recruiting Associates Kaitlyn Hunter Bio Erin Sears Bio Gary McGinnis Bio Matt Schwartz Bio Key Contacts: Our Proven Approach We are selective in the law firms we represent, meaning you can be assured of our dedication to and enthusiasm for your search. We take the time to understand the elements of your need beyond what is in a typical job posting. Our approach to recruiting associates has been finely honed over the past 35 years, and we know the important questions to ask at the outset. With this foundation, our process ensures that you will have the highest likelihood of attracting and recruiting the most on-point candidates. Kaitlyn Hunter Bio Erin Sears Bio Matt Schwartz Bio Key Contacts: 5. Negotiation support We serve as skilled intermediaries on negotiation-related discussions. We take a thoughtful approach and ensure that candidates are realistic with their expectations and understand market norms. By entrusting these discussions to us, you reduce the risk of unanticipated tensions impacting the deal. 3. Presenting candidates READ MORE We only introduce candidates who fully meet your criteria. We meet with each candidate we present–either in-person or virtually–to learn more about them on multiple levels. Based on these meetings, we prepare a detailed cover letter answering questions far beyond what’s in their resume, including their practice breakdown, motivations to move, performance reviews, explanations for previous job changes, and other key information. 6. Counter-offer guidance READ MORE For top candidates, counter-offers are common. When a candidate gives notice, we have prepared them on what to expect. If they receive a counter-offer, we carefully guide them through a multi-factor decision-making matrix, and we advise them on how to handle the most common strategies firms use to convince departing associates to stay. This ensures they are not caught off-guard and are less susceptible to making a rash decision or changing their mind as a result of undue pressure from their current employer. 7. Everything else Consider us your guidepost for all things recruiting or market-related. Clients frequently call us for advice on questions that arise outside of our searches – including tricky situations with unrelated candidates or other search firms – and we welcome the opportunity to share advice or a second opinion. 4. Interview advising During interviews, we provide feedback on behalf of candidates, flag items that could be points of potential misunderstanding, and offer advice on recruiting the candidates of your choice. For Employers Recruiting Associates Home 1. Developing your search narrative READ MORE The competition is fierce for in-demand associates. We have a unique ability to break through the noise by understanding and communicating what resonates with elite candidates. At the outset, you’ll meet with a Garrison recruiter to discuss your requirements and preferences. We’ll also help you uncover the intangibles most likely to help your search stand out in a crowded market. Our approach is thorough and thoughtful, and we have years of proof that it works. 2. Extensive research and outreach 5. Negotiation support 3. Presenting candidates 6. Counter-offer guidance 7. Everything else 4. Interview advising 1. Developing your search narrative What clients are saying: They are my go-tos for all searches but specifically my trickier searches. Associate Director of Recruiting AmLaw 25 firm Simply put, Garrison is the best at what they do. Hiring Partner Top-tier litigation boutique Director of Recruiting AmLaw 50 firm They are experts in the DC market. They take the time to meet with firm recruiters and partners to understand the firm’s practices and culture fully and precisely what firms are looking for in candidates. They also meet with their candidates, and I trust that any candidate they present to the firm has been vetted and fits our hiring criteria. High touch. High truth. High trust. 2000+ Attorneys placed 175 Law firms have hired our candidates 98.3% Of our candidates stay with their new employer for at least one year 75% Retention rate of partners after five years (industry average is 50%) Our Recruiters Reach out to our team:

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    Sitemap Dan Binstock Kaitlyn Hunter Gary McGinnis Nancy Palermo Matt Schwartz Erin Sears Kathy Charlwood Kendall Kiley Sam Schroeder Our Team Services For Candidates Partners and Groups Associates In-House Government Recruiting Partners and Groups Recruiting Associates Recruiting In-House For Employers About Us William Sjoberg joins Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg December 16, 2023 Brandon Sherman joins Saul Ewing December 7, 2023 In-House Government Contracts Hiring in the D.C. Region: Recruiting Strategies for Employers December 7, 2023 Varu Chilakamarri and Michael Culhane Harper join K&L Gates December 4, 2023 Rachel Alexander joins Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo December 3, 2023 Vanessa Richelle Wilson joins Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld November 28, 2023 Peter Farrell joins Brown Rudnick November 28, 2023 Garrison quoted in National Law Journal November 21, 2023 Garrison quoted in American Lawyer November 16, 2023 Eugene Elrod joins Bracewell November 14, 2023 Tom Firestone joins Squire Patton Boggs November 13, 2023 Russell Fecteau joins Davis Wright Tremaine November 12, 2023 Jarryd Anderson joins Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison November 12, 2023 American Lawyer new column, "Dear Dan", written by Garrison partner Dan Binstock November 9, 2023 Matthew Howard joins Kirkland & Ellis November 7, 2023 David Oberly joins Baker Donelson November 7, 2023 Garrison quoted in Bloomberg Law November 7, 2023 Garrison quoted in American Lawyer November 7, 2023 Brandi Howard joins Brown Rudnick November 5, 2023 Garrison quoted in Law.com November 3, 2023 Garrison quoted in American Lawyer November 1, 2023 Garrison quoted in Pro Mid-Market Report November 1, 2023 Matthew Comstock joins Willkie Farr & Gallagher October 31, 2023 Ketan Bhirud joins Cozen O'Connor October 30, 2023 Garrison quoted in American Lawyer October 24, 2023 Load More > News/Updates Contact Search Results Privacy Policy Disclaimer

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    Partners and Groups Associates In-House Government Attorneys > Law Firms Align With Garrison Garrison is selective in the lawyers we represent. Our employer clients know if you are being presented by us, you are sought after. Even if you are not seeking a change today, you recognize that aligning with market experts who can closely guide you on every stage of this process has immense value once your circumstances change. You’re busy with your practice, and we’re busy handling sophisticated lateral moves. For over 35 years, legal employers have consistently told us that our candidates rise to the top because our endorsement and representation carries weight and trust. Job Openings What clients are saying: They’re fun to work with and very down-to-earth. It’s all about the relationship with them. Managing Partner AmLaw 100 firm In an industry in which the majority of players are not known for playing above-board, I completely trust Garrison. Director of Legal Recruiting AmLaw 50 firm Director of Recruiting AmLaw 50 firm I have been working with recruiters at Garrison since I started recruiting in 2006 and cannot recommend them enough. As a legal recruiter, I seek out search firms that I find knowledgeable, responsive, and trustworthy. The recruiters at Garrison embody these characteristics, and I honestly find working with them fun. High touch. High truth. High trust. In-House Government Contracts Hiring in the D.C. Region: Recruiting Strategies for Employers By: Kaitlyn Hunter & Nancy Palermo Government Contracts is among several highly D.C.-centric practice areas and one of the most in demand... Garrison News and Media Thu Dec 07 2023 Garrison quoted in National Law Journal Erin Sears was quoted in "'Wait-and-See Mode' for Associate Pay: Law Firms in DC Bide Time." (National Law Journal, 11/20/23). Garrison News and Media Tue Nov 21 2023 News and Insights Keep up with Garrison and the industry For Candidates 2000+ Attorneys placed 175 Law firms have hired our candidates 98.3% Of our candidates stay with their new employer for at least one year 75% Retention rate of partners after five years (industry average is 50%) 95% AmLaw firms in the DC region with which we've worked 100+ Corporations at which we have made placements

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    < Back to For Candidates Government Attorneys For Candidates Government Attorneys Home Kaitlyn Hunter Bio Erin Sears Bio Gary McGinnis Bio Matt Schwartz Bio Dan Binstock Bio Key Contacts: 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? Associates 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. Associate Top-tier Global Firm A rock through the lateralling process. Associate Top-Tier National Firm Associate 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. 2000+ Attorneys placed 175 Law firms have hired our candidates 98.3% Of our candidates stay with their new employer for at least one year 75% Retention rate of partners after five years (industry average is 50%) Our Recruiters Reach out to our team:

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    Garrison Headquarters 1627 I Street, NW, Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 (202) 429-5630 gs@g-s.com Metro Parking There are multiple parking garages along I Street. We are conveniently located next to Farragut Square, in close proximity to the Farragut North, Farragut West and McPherson Square Metro lines. Our Recruiters > Contact Us Photo: Garrison Offices

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