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

    Dan Binstock Partner 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 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: ​ 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 1.1 million followers who try to stump me with piano requests. My favorite music is the 80s. ​ Comedy is a big part of my life. Some of my favorite shows are The Office (UK version), Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nathan For You, and anything else involving observational humor, cringe, Norm MacDonald, or Kevin Nealon. ​ 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 and practice groups. He's placed hundreds of attorneys and brokered many high-profile partner and practice group moves, as well as top-level government transitions to private practice. His clients range from top-tier national and international law firms to premiere boutiques in Washington, DC and major markets throughout the US. ​ Highlights: Ethics Chair and Immediate Past President, National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC). Writes a monthly column for American Lawyer called "Dear Dan: Demystifying Legal Recruiters. " Named a Top 100 Global Legal Consultant and Strategist (LawDragon – 2016 – Present). Created , 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) "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? " (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 ," (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 ,” (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. While I'm upbeat and often laughing, my approach is discreet, precise 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

  • Matt Schwartz | Partner | Washington, DC Legal Recruiter | Garrison Search

    Matt Schwartz Partner 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 202.559.0468 WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH ME If you’re scanning my bio, it means you are wondering if a career change is right for you – I can help you think through that. You might be restless where you are, yet you aren’t certain of the options – are you wondering if they’re better than what you already have? Associates reach out to me whether they want to narrow their focus or see just how broad their professional horizon might be. What I can guarantee for you is that I’ll see your full range of options, align that with your 5-10-year career goals and help you become the best candidate you can possibly be. OVERVIEW READ MORE Regarded as among the foremost experts in lateral associate placement, Matt Schwartz is appreciated by candidates and employers alike – as the recruiter who honors candidates and clients by taking them seriously. Inside the first few minutes of conversation, they feel the difference in depth, intellect, proven track record, transparency and trust from other recruiter discussions they may have had. These qualities are evident in his success placing attorneys across a wide variety of industries and practice areas for boutiques, national and global law firms. Law schools don’t typically provide students with an education in managing their careers, navigating law firm life, or even finding their perfect fit within one of the most diverse and complex of occupations. Matt knows that his role is to help guide lawyers in their first years of practice so they can find their place in the profession. Whether helping an associate move from one firm to another for any of a myriad of reasons or helping a government lawyer transition to private practice, Matt’s second-to-none knowledge of the legal opportunities provides a distinct advantage to candidates. If it’s your first move, second or third, Matt’s process is tailored to meet you where you are – he will diligently and actively guide you until you find the right position, even if that means staying where you are. Count on Matt understanding how your motivations may have changed as your career has progressed and knowing how to help you take a clear look at the current market, craft the most compelling story of your capabilities and write cover letters that help employers quickly connect with who you are and all that you have to offer. Winning interviews combine both art and science, and Matt will rigorously prepare you. He ensures that his mock interview questions are specifically tailored to the opportunity and even more challenging than the actual ones you will be asked. Matt knows the questions and the answers that will move candidates ahead. Prior to becoming a recruiter, Matt served as a transactional associate at one AmLaw 20 firm and a litigation associate at another DC-based national firm. The competitiveness and his keen legal training at these firms, plus his own career transitions, are the foundation for the unique empathy he brings to these relationships. Because Matt is so successful on the candidate side, he is also sought after by employers who are struggling to find enough associates to meet their high standards and be a good cultural fit. Whether a law firm or legal department, they know that finding their perfect match in a new hire is as important to Matt as it is to them. This is why many of the most revered law firms in the country know Matt’s reputation and trust him completely. An important addition to his work placing attorneys, Matt is invited by Harvard and Stanford to provide real-world career coaching to their law students. He often speaks at other major law schools, such as Michigan, George Washington, Georgetown, Penn and Northwestern, and provides his deep insight into the DC legal market. CREDENTIALS AND PAST EXPERIENCE Prior to becoming a legal recruiter, Matt was a transactional associate at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells); before that, he was a litigation associate at Howrey. His legal training and previous employment in the field, his own experience transitioning from litigation to corporate law, and his established expertise recruiting in DC enable Matt to offer candidates as well as clients sound counsel on professional tracks and transitions. Matt is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center with an undergraduate degree from Brown University. REPRESENTATIVE PLACEMENTS Matt has placed at least 200 associates and counsels in the DC market at large firms and prestigious boutiques, as well as placing several people in-house. Following are selected examples: ​ Placed a tech transactional associate from the Washington, DC office of an AmLaw 25 firm in the Tech Transactions practice of an AmLaw 50 firm's Washington, DC office. Placed an FCC attorney focusing on wireline service in the Communications practice group of an large, extremely prestigious Washington, DC-based international law firm. Placed a Baltimore AUSA and former AmLaw 50 investigations associate in a Chambers-rated securities enforcement boutique. Placed a policyholder insurance associate from a top-tier international law firm in an Insurance group of a top-tier Washington, DC-based international law firm. Placed a CFIUS associate from the Washington DC office of a large international firm in the International Trade group of the Washington, DC office of an AmLaw 50 firm. Placed a senior corporate (M&A/VC) associate from the Washington, DC office of an AmLaw 50 international law firm in the Washington, DC Corporate practice of an AmLaw 50 national law firm. Placed an FDA associate at the Washington, DC office of a boutique based in New York City in the Washington, DC FDA practice of a top-tier international law firm. Placed a healthcare associate from a top-tier Washington, DC healthcare boutique in the FDA/Healthcare group of a prestigious international law firm's Washington, DC office. Placed a project finance associate from the Washington, DC office of an AmLaw 25 firm in the Project Finance group (Washington, DC office) of an international AmLaw 50 firm based in San Francisco, CA. Placed an associate from a Washington, DC environmental boutique in the Washington, DC-based Environmental group of an AmLaw 100 international firm based in Texas. Placed a tax transactional associate from the Washington, DC office of an AmLaw 25 international law firm in a Transactional Tax practice of a highly prestigious international law firm based in Los Angeles, CA. Placed an associate from the Washington, DC office of a national firm based in Milwaukee, WI in a Washington, DC energy regulatory boutique. Placed an in-house counsel, specializing in corporate governance at one of the country's largest bank holding companies located in Tysons, Corner, VA, in a Corporate Governance practice of the Washington, DC office of a premier international law firm based in Los Angeles, CA. Placed a life sciences transactional associate in the Washington, DC office of an AmLaw 100 firm in the Tech Transactions/Life Sciences Transactional group of a prestigious international law firm based in Washington, DC. Placed a Federal District Court Clerk and former associate with the DC Office of a Top-Tier New York-based law firm in an elite Washington, DC-based litigation boutique. Placed a litigation associate from the DC Office of an international law firm based in Chicago in a Washington, DC litigation boutique. Placed a litigation associate from an AmLaw 50 firm in the Washington, DC office of a New York City-based litigation boutique. Placed a labor & employment associate from the Washington, DC office of a Philadelphia-based firm in a Labor & Employment Transactional practice at the Washington, DC office of an AmLaw 25 firm. Placed a mid-level government contracts associate from a regional firm in a Northern Virginia office of an international law firm. Placed an associate from a Washington, DC healthcare boutique firm in a premier Washington, DC FDA boutique. Placed a patent (life sciences) litigation associate from a New York City-based intellectual property boutique in a leading intellectual property boutique. TESTIMONIALS “It was an absolute pleasure to work with Matt during my lateral search. He is an expert on the legal market and the different firms, and took the time to get to know me personally, as well as understand my short- and long-term goals in order to help guide me towards the right firms. Matt helped fine-tune my application materials and held a mock interview to ensure I was fully prepared. Throughout the interview and offer process he was always available and responsive when I had questions, and proved an invaluable source of information and feedback. I ended up at the perfect firm, and I couldn’t have done it without Matt’s assistance. Lateraling can be a time-consuming and stressful process, but he made it painless and enjoyable. I highly recommend Matt to anyone considering a lateral move.” Corporate Associate, Top Five DC Firm ​ “Matt was an absolute pleasure to work with, and he did a lot more than merely pass my resume along to his contacts (as two other recruiters had done). His approach was individualized to the firm for which he was seeking placement and tailored to my credentials and needs. Matt gave constructive feedback at every stage of the process. For example, he reviewed my resume carefully and suggested a number of helpful changes. He also set aside a full hour to do a mock interview and helped me hone my interview skills. Matt was available and responsive during the in-between times to answer any and all questions that I had, which I greatly appreciated. Simply put, Matt is a professional. I would (and already have) happily recommend Matt to others.” White Collar Litigation Associate, Top Five DC Firm ​ “Working with Matt was an absolute pleasure. Shortly after the birth of my first child, as a midlevel associate in the BigLaw space in the NY metro area, I started looking for a better job fit for my family and my future ambitions. I was fortunate enough to connect with Matt, who told me about a unique position in the DC area that could be a long term fit for the career pivot I was looking to make. He encouraged me to apply for the position, vouched for the (former BigLaw) attorneys at the small firm I would be interviewing at, and guided me through the interview and offer process. It’s not hyperbole to say that the placement was a life changing one for me and my family. It was certainly a risk when I moved with my wife and 10 month old from a 400 person firm in the NY metro area to a 3 person firm in the Beltway. Six and a half years later, my now 7 and a half year old is entering 2nd grade and is the proud older sister of a 5 yr old sister and a 3 year old sister, both of whom were born in the DC area. The job ended up being a great fit, my family purchased a wonderful home in Bethesda in 2018 and I was elevated to partner as of January 1, 2022. We love the community and it has proven to be a wonderful place to raise a family. I’m home every night at 6PM to put the kids to bed and there are no midnight emails or calls from obnoxious colleagues or nasty clients. The clients are generally wonderful. All of this is possible because I took a chance on a unique opportunity in 2016 and because I trusted Matt when he told me what great potential existed here. My colleagues have been as nice and genuine as Matt said they were and despite our age differences they’ve become friends in addition to colleagues. Matt helped me find a place that has been personally and professionally rewarding for myself and beneficial for my family. I could not recommend him more highly.” Healthcare Associate, Healthcare Boutique “After meeting with so many recruiters and feeling pressured to consider firms that weren’t good fits, finding Matt was a breath of fresh air. Matt’s connections in the industry are genuine, and his recommendations were tailored to my needs. He took the time to prepare me for each step of the process and offered concrete, actionable feedback. Thanks to Matt, I ended up in a group that is a great fit and have sent several colleagues his way since then, each of whom experienced the same personalized approach and successful placements.” Corporate Associate, AmLaw 15 Firm ​ “Matt is the best. I worked with a couple recruiters prior to Matt. What a difference. First, there’s no pressure, and he works with you to identify your goals and develop a plan to achieve them. Equally important, he knows his stuff inside and out. A rock through the lateralling process. I felt he worked hard for me and went the extra mile during writing sample revising, mock interviewing, and post-interview negotiations. I have recommended him to all of my friends that express interest in lateralling. Such a pleasure to work with, and I really appreciated how genuinely happy he was for me when I got the offer at my top-choice firm.” (“V&E has been great so far. Zero regrets.”) Environmental & Natural Resources Associate, AmLaw 75 Firm ​ “I originally started my job search with a different recruiter. The search turned out to be fruitless, and the previous recruiter made to feel like a failure for not getting any responses. A friend referred me to Matt, and it was the best decision I made. Matt and I had an initial “getting to know you” conversation so he could understand the motivations for my job search and what I was looking for in my career. He was honest, never condescending or abrasive, and gave constructive feedback – even recommending that I get an additional credential, which ended up helping me get my offer. With my new certification, Matt helped me submit my material, and within three weeks I got an offer. From application date to offer, Matt was helpful and meticulous. He prepared me by setting up mock interviews with me, by giving me detailed background of the practice group and the firm, and keeping record of any areas of improvement I may need in the future. Even during the offer and decision stage, when I was anxious about hearing back, Matt was reassuring, so that I felt comfortable with every decision and every step of the recruitment process. He made sure to not only help me with obtaining my new job, but also protect my existing job during the search, and ensuring confidentiality so my relationship with my employer was not at risk. Finally, Matt Proved to be a great liaison between employer and candidate. Employers give candidates vetted and prepared by Matt a lot of credence.” Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Associate, AmLaw 200 Firm INSIGHTS AND SPEAKING OUTSIDE THE OFFICE Matt freely shares with law schools and law students what he’s learned through many years of legal recruiting. He is also interviewed by the legal media for his take on the current legal employment landscape. ​ ​Stanford University Law School and Harvard University Law School Counseling 2nd year law students about on-campus interviews (OCIs) for Washington DC law firm positions Meeting with the law school’s career services team to update them on the DC legal market Regular speaker: Michigan, Georgetown, Stanford, Pennsylvania, Northwestern, George Mason and George Washington Law Schools about the DC legal market Mock interviewing practice for nonprofits: Seeking Employment, Equality and Community for People with Developmental Disabilities (SEEC) So Others Might Eat (SOME) Presenter on the legal marketplace: Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA) The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) “Cracking the DC Legal Market,” University of Pennsylvania Law School, April 2014 “’Hot’ Practice Areas and Job Search Tips,” George Mason University School of Law, March 2014 I’m an avid sports fan, especially supporting the Washington Nationals and the Maryland Terrapins. My love of sports led me at an early age to become a sports memorabilia collector, beginning with baseball cards. Today, my dad and I attend collector shows together and buy and sell our best finds. ​ I also make a study of personal finance and have given talks to various groups on the subject, including single moms attending school and trying to effectively juggle work, kids, school and their finances. ​ And finally, I do love live musical theater and a late, after-theater supper somewhere I can indulge in my favorite dish: Maryland steamed crab. What It's Like To Work With Me Overview Credentials and Past Experience Representative Placements Testimonials Insights and Speaking Outside the Office

  • In-House Legal Recruiters in Washington, DC | Garrison Search

    2. A candid and experienced partner We are candid and will tell you if what you are trying to achieve with an in-house move is attainable in the current economic climate and what the impact of such a move has on your future career opportunities. We will share with you the experiences of similarly situated attorneys who have made analogous moves and how the compensation structures compare to other like-kind positions. < Back to For Candidates In-House For Candidates In-House Home Kaitlyn Hunter Bio Nancy Palermo Bio Key Contacts: 1. Credibility and access The relationships we have with our corporate clients in the DMV are longstanding and deep, and we frequently work with clients where we’ve made multiple placements. This longevity provides us with immediate credibility and excellent access. If we work with you and endorse your candidacy, this serves as independent verification of your cultural and experience fit. 5. Offer and acceptance assistance When you receive an offer, we negotiate on your behalf when warranted. We ask our clients the difficult or awkward questions you can’t or shouldn’t ask a potential employer. We know what and whom to ask and how to uncover information that is important to you. We also help you with unanticipated issues that can arise around acceptance, counter-offers, giving notice, start dates, and the like. 3. Confidentiality Confidentiality is an essential priority for us. We guard your reputation as we would our own. We also ensure our employer clients understand the importance of this. 6. Partners at every stage of your career It is common at Garrison for us to work with a lawyer at different points in their in-house career. We are the perfect partner and career advisor as you advance professionally because we understand the challenges and priorities that lawyers like you have at different stages of your in-house career. 4. Presenting you in the best light When Garrison contacts you about an in-house search, we do more than simply collect resumes and present you. We provide an extra level of personal touch and assistance that helps you put your best foot forward during the process. We have a deep understanding of what our in-house clients are seeking, and we provide expert input and advice on how to best prepare your materials to convey your experience. We also offer effective and personalized interview preparation to ensure you most effectively communicate your background, relevant skills and other intangibles for the particular position. 2. A candid and experienced partner 1. Credibility and access 5. Offer and acceptance assistance 3. Confidentiality 6. Partners at every stage of your career 4. Presenting you in the best light Kaitlyn Hunter Bio Nancy Palermo Bio Key Contacts: Over the past 35 years, Garrison has been a consistent leader when it comes to in-house placements in the DC, Maryland and Virginia region, and we offer access to a diverse range of opportunities at all experience levels. We work with a broad range of public and private companies (both industry leaders and start-ups) as well as non-profits and trade associations. Benefits of Working with Our In-House Division High touch. High truth. High trust. 500+ In-House Placements in Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia 100+ Corporations at which we have made placements 1986 Year we began recruiting attorneys 98.2% Of our candidates stay with their new employer for at least one year Our Recruiters Reach out to our team:

  • Candidates Seeking Placement as Partners, Associates or In-House Counsel | Garrison Search

    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. American Lawyer new column, "Dear Dan", written by Garrison partner Dan Binstock In the first column of 'Dear Dan: Demystifying Legal Recruiters,' Dan Binstock addresses the challenge of certain legal recruiters... Garrison News and Media Wed Nov 08 2023 Garrison quoted in American Lawyer Dan Binstock was quoted in "Litigators Are 'Scrambling' to Staff Cases, Battling Rate, Revenue and Quality Challenges." (American Lawyer... Garrison News and Media Mon Nov 06 2023 News and Updates 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

  • Kendall Kiley | Partner Practice Manager | Garrison Search

    Kendall Kiley Partner Practice Manager 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 202.618.6958 WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH ME Every aspect of my role at Garrison includes keeping things on track – this means I have to be simultaneously detail-focused and strategic. My goal is to leave no question unanswered while never being shy about asking questions myself. Colleagues and friends describe me as driven, focused, organized, efficient and responsive – but I balance this by being calm, warm and friendly because that’s my nature. OVERVIEW As the Partner Practice Manager for Garrison, Kendall is known as the one who “keeps the trains running” on the lateral partner side of the firm’s practice. Working with both the Garrison partner practice team and law firm candidates, she is adept at managing the process of identifying suitability and fit and successfully placing lateral partners in key roles at client law firms. Kendall is an essential part of the administrative team that has helped place Garrison at the top of the legal recruiting industry. Kendall’s critical role includes assisting with the research necessary to identify the best laterals, supporting search activities, and organizing recruiter marketing. She assists in developing communications, scheduling meetings, following up on all projects and much more. CREDENTIALS J.D. in progress (graduating 2026), American University Washington College of Law M.A, political science, American University, 2020 B.A. magna cum laude, political science (minors in law and society, philosophy), American University, 2019 OUTSIDE THE OFFICE When not keeping the partner recruiting trains running at Garrison, being a law student keeps me very busy. But I love to make time for trying new art activities, such as crocheting, watercolor painting, and whatever intrigues me in a given moment. When the law books are not calling, I will read almost anything, but I especially like historical fiction and science-focused nonfiction. ​ Other activities I love include thrifting, trying new restaurants, and going to see new movies with friends. Originally from St. Michaels, Maryland, I try to visit with family as often as I can. What It's Like To Work With Me Overview Credentials Outside the Office

  • Garrison Legal Search Firm | Top Legal Recruiters Washington, DC | Garrison Search

    American Lawyer new column, "Dear Dan", written by Garrison partner Dan Binstock In the first column of 'Dear Dan: Demystifying Legal Recruiters,' Dan Binstock addresses the challenge of certain legal recruiters... Garrison News and Media Wed Nov 08 2023 Garrison quoted in American Lawyer Dan Binstock was quoted in "Litigators Are 'Scrambling' to Staff Cases, Battling Rate, Revenue and Quality Challenges." (American Lawyer... Garrison News and Media Mon Nov 06 2023 News and Updates Keep up with Garrison and the industry Get to know us. Having placed over 2,000 lawyers into permanent positions, we run our business with a complete mastery of the lateral attorney market. When working with us you can expect: Active listening and a deep understanding of your needs Collaboration Responsiveness Honesty and directness Accountability A combination of expertise and emotional intelligence No pressure Learn More High touch. High truth. High trust. A Washington, DC-headquartered legal search firm, Garrison's long track record of loyal clients across the country is a testament to how we've chosen to run our business. Our clients are the most discerning in the legal industry and demand what we offer: a recruiting team that invests the time to fully understand your goals and provide unparalleled market intelligence, insight and access. Recruiting Associates Recruiting Partners and Groups Recruiting In-House Counsel Employers Candidates In-House Associates Partners and Practice Groups Government to Law Firm Minds behind the moves. Elite attorneys, law firms, and corporations align with Garrison because of our approach: a blend of intellectual rigor and emotional understanding. For decades, we've been entrusted with handling sophisticated lateral moves while serving as partners for employers and advocates for attorneys. Photo: Garrison Offices “[T]he highest levels of professionalism with good people you just want to be friends with” Director of Partner Recruiting, AmLaw 25 Firm 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 Our Recruiters Reach out to our team: What clients are saying: After meeting with so many recruiters … finding Garrison was a breath of fresh air. Associate AmLaw 50 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 Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer Private equity fund Clients get 110% from Garrison. They pay attention to your needs and won’t waste your time. Garrison gets a 10 out of 10 for professionalism, responsiveness, consistency and efficiency. Our Team For Candidates For Employers More By the Numbers

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  • Kaitlyn Hunter | Washington, DC Legal Recruiter | Garrison Search

    Kaitlyn Hunter Managing Director 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 202.559.0467 WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH ME Recruiting is more than placing candidates. I find it extremely fulfilling to assist attorneys in analyzing their current situations and how to accomplish their goals, whether today or down the road. With extensive knowledge of the lateral market, I approach every search with care, meticulous attention to detail, and sensitivity to the various moving pieces. Aside from my lighthearted and candid nature, you can be confident that I’ll handle every step with the right mix of empathy and guidance. OVERVIEW Kaitlyn collaborates with employers and candidates alike, adeptly facilitating connections that align on both ends. She excels in guiding lateral associate candidates through successful transitions to another firm or company, while catering to their various needs. Simultaneously, Kaitlyn seamlessly assists law firms and in-house corporations in strengthening their practice capabilities by identifying and recruiting exceptional talent. Working with candidates READ MORE Candidates find in Kaitlyn a trusted and effective advisor, who will guide them throughout the entire search process. She invests in getting to know her candidates and understanding their specific desires when it comes to a new position and their short- and long-term career objectives. This encompasses comprehensive market analysis, candid advice, in-depth resume guidance (drawing on Kaitlyn's deep understanding of what resonates with employers), thorough assessment of opportunities, interview preparation, skillful negotiation of offers and counteroffers, and ultimately, providing support during the resignation process. Kaitlyn is committed to your long-term success, investing whatever time it takes to identify the perfect opportunity. Her approachable nature and ability to foster a comfortable environment make conversations with her enjoyable and engaging. Candidates not only benefit from her expertise but also appreciate the lightheartedness she brings to what can sometimes be a complex process. "Kaitlyn provided a stellar experience of the recruitment process from the very start! Kaitlyn has been a consummate professional from my first conversation with her, and she has been there for every step of my career search process." Midlevel corporate associate Working with employers READ MORE Kaitlyn has earned the trust and confidence of some of the most esteemed law firms and in-house legal departments throughout the region. Her track record of success and her commitment to excellence have positioned her as a trusted partner. Kaitlyn's approach is characterized by her commitment to providing comprehensive feedback on the lateral market, conducting thorough research tailored to the specific needs of each client, successful outreach strategies, and assistance with negotiating delicate situations. Kaitlyn is candid, thoughtful, and brings an unrelenting desire to make placements that truly fit on all sides. CREDENTIALS B.S., magna cum laude, criminal justice, Old Dominion University, 2016 REPRESENTATIVE PLACEMENTS Kaitlyn has worked with many law firm and in-house attorneys across various practice areas. Recent placements include: General counsel for Whitman Walker Health. Government contracts senior counsel in the federal division of a large global IT and business consulting services firm. International arbitration associate at a premier international litigation boutique. Associate general counsel (ERISA) at a leading global association for regulated investment companies. Senior real estate counsel at DC regional office of a global real estate developer. Government contracts counsel at a global leader in federal sector management technology and security consulting services. Government contracts counsel at a top California-based AmLaw50 firm Real estate counsel at a large local real estate developer. Associate general counsel (securities regulation) at a leading global association for regulated investment companies. Corporate governance & ESG counsel at a global leader in federal sector management technology and security consulting services. Investigations/FCPA associate into an AmLaw 50 firm’s top-ranked investigations practice. Deputy general counsel at a leading Maryland-based biotech company with a technology partner. Government contracts counsel (M&A transactions) at a global leader in federal sector management technology and security consulting services. Corporate counsel at a global enterprise software company. TESTIMONIALS The following are among the frequent recommendations and endorsements Kaitlyn receives from candidates she has placed in both law firm and in-house positions. ​ "Kaitlyn and her team at Garrison are hands down the best legal recruiters I’ve ever worked with! Each time we spoke, Kaitlyn was professional, empathetic, responsive and well prepared. She went out of her way to answer all of my questions and made sure I had everything I needed to evaluate the role and, later, an employment offer. She and her team took the time to prepare me for each interview, advocated for me during the offer phase, and were a wealth of knowledge and advice throughout the entire process. Kaitlyn’s thorough preparation and knowledge about the role and legal market made me feel supported every step of the way. I cannot recommend her enough!!" Real estate counsel at a large local real estate developer ​ “Kaitlyn was an indispensable resource in my career transition. She went above and beyond in finding great opportunities and provided insight and coaching about each opportunity. Kaitlyn never relented in her search for the right opportunity which finally presented itself. She made the whole process seamless and easy and went the extra mile to help find me my new role. Kaitlyn cared deeply about finding me a good fit and I cannot thank her enough for her help in this process. I would highly recommend anyone looking to make a career transition to work with Kaitlyn as well as the other professionals at Garrison.” Midlevel government contracts associate from prestigious global firm ​ “From my first discussion about an open role with their client, to coaching me through interview preparation, to periodically checking in with me about my other pursuits, I could tell that Kaitlyn showed me how much she cared about my success as a candidate, regardless of whether or not I was placed with her client. I cannot recommend Garrison enough for both professionals and for companies. This firm is light years ahead of the competition in every sense!” Midlevel corporate associate from regional law firm ​ “Kaitlyn was nothing short of spectacular throughout the process of placing me in my current in-house role (which I love)! From the initial outreach all the way through the accepted offer, her organization, preparation, and experience truly helped me put my best foot forward. I cannot thank her enough!” Technology transactions counsel from an international security and defense contractor ​ “Kaitlyn was terrific to work with. I found her to be knowledgeable, responsive and proactive. I am very happy with my new role and have Kaitlyn to thank for bringing it to my attention and working with me throughout the process.” Associate General Counsel, investment management, from a large government agency INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT Kaitlyn collaborates annually with The Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA) and Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) on hosting networking and educational events. Kaitlyn partners with the So Others Might Eat (SOME) organization, which helps prevent poverty and homelessness in the DMV. She helps prepare individuals for job interviews by conducting mock interviews and providing other job-search advice. OUTSIDE THE OFFICE Growing up, I was a competitive cheerleader and now I have transitioned that passion into coaching. At FAME Allstars, I coach children ages 12 -18 and prepare them for local and national competitions. I am an avid supporter for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) and one of my favorite annual events to raise awareness is the Light the Night Walk. I love spending time with my husband and rescued French bulldog, and always welcome the chance to indulge in my passions for tennis, pasta, and wine, but not necessarily in that order. What It's Like To Work With Me Overview Credentials Representative Placements Testimonials Industry Involvement Outside the Office

  • Nancy Palermo | Partner | Washington, DC Legal Recruiter | Garrison Search

    Nancy Palermo Partner 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 202.559.0470 WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH ME Whether I’m helping a candidate move from one in-house position to a new one or helping a company recruit the perfect candidate, our clients count on me to fully understand their goals, conduct thorough research and apply my insight, and counsel them through to a successful result. They trust me as a knowledgeable advisor not only because of my decades of experience, but also as one who will always be honest and direct regarding their search, while at the same time being a compassionate and genuinely warm person. OVERVIEW READ MORE Nancy is both the head of Garrison’s in-house practice and the firm’s COO. She uses her decades of experience in legal recruiting to help companies enhance their in-house legal capabilities by adding one or more attorneys to fill general counsel and/or associate general counsel other attorney positions in various practice disciplines. She does this in two ways: counseling candidates coming from law firms who wish to transition to in-house practice and advising those currently in-house on opportunities to achieve their career objectives with a new company. In both cases, the goal is to match candidates with companies and available positions she knows will be a great fit all around. Prior to becoming a legal recruiter, Nancy was corporate counsel to an environmental services company in Maryland. She also gained private practice experience as a litigation associate with a Maryland law firm. Nancy received her J.D. from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law in 1997. She was appointed to the Board of Visitors in 2007 and serves as Chairperson of the Board’s Career and Professional Development Committee. She received her B.A. from the University of Richmond in 1989 and has five years of prior business experience in marketing and sales for two consumer product companies in New York. Working with candidates READ MORE Nancy first gets to know candidates’ objectives and personal and professional motivations. The better she understands these, the more efficient, refined and effective her searches and counseling can be. With this knowledge as the foundation of Nancy’s work with lawyers seeking a transition, she identifies the types of positions that would be most appropriate and informs them of the opportunities that fit. Nancy’s experience and instincts are key in counseling the candidate on his/her best options and matching them with the positions she’s seeking to fill. From there, Nancy works side-by side with the candidate, from the resume and interview rehearsal through an offer negotiation. Nancy often hears from candidates that she is the most professional and comprehensive recruiter they’ve worked with. She doesn’t sugar-coat - she is always honest and gets results. Working with employers READ MORE Focused largely in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) region, and with a reputation for excellence and success second to none, Garrison has assisted more than 100 companies with candidate searches, and Nancy has been the recruiter for most of them. Today, largely because of her DMV focus, many of her searches are for attorneys with specific government contracting and technology transactions experience, so she has developed a particular expertise in those areas. Nancy’s success placing in-house attorneys plus the broad and detailed subject matter with which she is familiar, have positioned her to expertly handle in-house searches that call for lawyers with varying and specific practice focuses. In her COO role, Nancy helps determine and implement Garrison’s business strategies and manages its day-to-day operations. She provides leadership, management and vision to help Garrison grow and ensure its financial strength and operating efficiency. REPRESENTATIVE PLACEMENTS CREDENTIALS AND PAST EXPERIENCE Across two decades of legal recruiting, Nancy has successfully filled a wide range of in-house legal positions, including, among many others, the following: ​ Deputy general counsel at a leading, Maryland-based biotech company with a technology partner from a Florida-based firm (remote) Associate general counsel, government contracts position at a global leader in federal sector management, technology and security consulting services with a senior corporate counsel from a non-profit, management consulting firm Associate general counsel position at a national real estate finance and development fund based in suburban Virginia with a mid-level real estate finance associate from an AmLaw 30 firm Associate general counsel, corporate and securities position at a high-growth, Mid-Atlantic-based regional bank with a counsel from the Raleigh office of an AmLaw 100 firm (remote) Associate general counsel, privacy position at a leading, online educational technology company with a counsel at an education research, technology and consulting firm Associate general counsel, M&A position at a DC-based, pre-IPO software, data and media company with a senior counsel at a multinational specialty biopharmaceutical company Vice president and associate general counsel, commercial transactions position at a leading, DC-based self-regulatory organization for brokerage firms and exchange markets with a corporate counsel at a global, mission-driven trade association Senior director and assistant general counsel, government contracts position at a global Leader in cloud infrastructure technology with a deputy associate solicitor at the Department of Labor Vice president and assistant general counsel position at a DC-based solar energy finance, trading and development company with a counsel in an AmLaw 30 firm with a leading project finance practice Investigations counsel position at a premier global government contractor with an assistant United States attorney (AUSA) who had prior tenure at an AmLaw 50 firm Senior vice president and associate general counsel position at a Virginia-based, publicly traded asset management and real estate development company with a counsel at a D.C.-based, privately held real estate development and property management company Corporate counsel position at a leading, global defense contractor with a senior attorney, procurement law at the Government Accountability Office Labor and employment counsel position at a rapidly expanding, global government contracts services company with a Paris-based labor and employment attorney at a leading airline carrier Chief privacy officer position at a leading online educational technology company with the chief privacy officer at the Federal Trade Commission Associate general counsel position at a regional infrastructure and development company with a senior associate at an AmLaw 20 firm Senior counsel, commercial transactions position at a Maryland-based, pre-IPO software company with a mid-level corporate M&A associate at an AmLaw 50 firm Associate general counsel, government contracts position at a global leader in federal sector management, technology and security consulting services with a principal and associate general counsel at a leading provider of information technology and consulting services to commercial and governmental entities Associate general counsel, disputes and litigation position at a Virginia-based consumer oriented technology company with a senior associate at a nationally recognized media law boutique firm Tax counsel position at a global trade association for regulated funds with a senior tax associate at a global firm General counsel for a privately owned real estate investment, advisory and management company with a counsel at a national firm with a premier real estate practice TESTIMONIALS “Nancy provides the specialized type of service that makes me feel like I am her most important client. Her meticulous work when developing each search we've done has paid off in the quality of candidates netted and, ultimately, in the quality of attorneys we've hired. She has also made herself readily available to help me work through how to think about different positions before we even committed to running a search.” Todd Glassman, General Counsel, 2U, Inc. “I have worked with Nancy Palermo and Garrison over the last 10 years, starting with my own placement as general counsel. I have found her/them without fail to be the best recruiter/recruiting agency that I’ve worked with over the years, and they have successfully placed candidates who have not only the right skill set, but the right cultural fit for the organization.” General Counsel, North America, leading transportation management and development company ​ “We have used Garrison for our recruitment on an exclusive basis for years. Nancy takes the time to understand the position and thoroughly vet candidates so that only the highest qualified make the interview process. Her unique ability to match the right candidate to our corporate culture has proved invaluable.” Jubal Thompson, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. ​ “I greatly appreciated Nancy’s guidance and partnership during my search for a senior level attorney. The candidates were top-notch, and Nancy took pains to accommodate all of my requests and those of my Human Resources group. Best of all, thanks to her, I got a great hire.” Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, financial services industry leader ​ “Working with Nancy and the Garrison team was a pleasure. Job searching alone is a tremendously difficult and stressful task, but then, once the searching is done, interviewing begins. Interviews are also stressful and anxiety inducing, but Nancy and her team made the entire process so much easier. Not only did the team provide me helpful information and interview preparation, they also provided me with emotional support to alleviate my stress and boost confidence. Nancy genuinely takes an interest in you and listens. Nancy and her team guide you through the entire process and also follows up with you after you’ve secured the position." Associate Counsel, global enterprise technology company INSIGHTS AND SPEAKING “Staying Connected and Advancing in your Organization in a Remote Work Environment,” moderator, ACC NCR Career Development Program, May 11, 2022 “What’s Age Got to Do with It?,” moderator, ACC NCR Career Development Program, June 24, 2021 “Shifts & Transitions in Legal Careers,” moderator, Catholic University, Columbus School of Law presentation, January 28, 2021 “Overview of Washington, DC Legal Market & Changes in Light of Covid-19,” co-presenter, Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, August 12, 2020 “Amazing Women Who Lead,” moderator, ACC NCR Career Development Program, June 25, 2020 “Strategies to Increase Your Visibility and Raise Your Profile Inside Your Company and Beyond,” moderator, ACC NCR Career Development Program, December 4, 2019 “Behind the Scenes with In-House Antitrust counsel,” moderator, Women’s Antitrust Forum Program, December 13, 2018 “Overview of Washington, DC Legal Market,” co-presenter, Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, September 15, 2018 “Current State of the Legal Hiring Market and Compensation Trends,” panelist, ACC Baltimore Program, February 27, 2018 OUTSIDE THE OFFICE When not deep into a candidate search, in my free time I find it important to give back to the educational institutions that have had an important impact on my life and my children’s lives by volunteering, serving on their boards and committees, etc. I’m very involved with The Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Georgetown Preparatory School, University of Richmond, and St. Bartholomew Catholic School. ​ On the home front, we’re always engaged in an enhancement or remodeling project, and honestly, I’m a great designer – I just have a knack for it and love doing it. I play golf and am active with my country club, and I entertain at home every chance I get – being a wine enthusiast helps with that. My favorite place in the world – where I go with my family every year to recharge – is Nantucket, MA. The island is simply magic for me. I have a husband, three wonderful children and an English Bulldog named Beauregard. TV and movies? It's got to be either a crime drama or a fantasy – my two favorite genres. What It's Like To Work With Me Overview Representative Placements Credentials and Past Experience Testimonials Insights and Speaking Outside the Office

  • Sam Schroeder | Associate and In-House Practice Manager | Garrison Search

    Samuel Schroeder Associate and In-House Practice Manager 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 202.559.0466 WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH ME Because I cover multiple administrative functions within the firm, my dedication, curiosity, strategic approach and drive to make things function optimally make every day exciting. I am both a quick learner and an advocate for change when I see an opportunity for improvement. While striving to be thorough and accurate, I am also an efficient and effective juggler of multiple simultaneous projects. Some have called me “a bit boisterous” because I’m so passionate about our firm and what we do. OVERVIEW Sam’s role at Garrison is to assist the firm partners who place associate-level attorneys in law firms and in-house lawyers in corporate legal departments. Much of his responsibility in supporting these colleagues includes researching and identifying suitable candidates based on the unique criteria provided by each client. He creates detailed reports to assist in the candidate selection process, manages candidate logistics and interviews and provides other as-needed support to the Garrison team. Sam is a master of database management, fully understanding how critical pristine data is to candidate identification. In addition, Sam is responsible for running firmwide weekly status meetings, planning firm events, writing internal operational how-to guides, and serving as primary contact for both the firm’s outside IT and database support services. His multi-faceted role also includes internal technical support and training for all Garrison employees when needed. CREDENTIALS B.A., C.L.E.G. (communications, legal institutions, economics and government), American University, 2021 OUTSIDE THE OFFICE When not busy helping Garrison provide superior client service, chances are I’m either watching football or a great movie. Because I’m originally from Seattle, I’m a die-hard Seahawks fan. I also love movies, especially action and science fiction, which goes along with my taste in literary fiction: political novels such as George Orwell’s dystopian works are my favorite. ​ Whenever I can, I go to plays, play flag football with friends, go on a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains or just locally in Rock Creek Park and travel overseas. I’ve traveled to both Europe and the Middle East. What It's Like To Work With Me Overview Credentials Outside the Office

  • Associate Recruitment in Washington, DC | Garrison Search

    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 Gary McGinnis 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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