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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 eight consecutive years (2017-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 top law schools on the DC market. Working with candidates 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 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) "Morrison Cohen Leaders Tout Revised Pay for Firm Originators ," Bloomberg Law (April 25, 2024) "FTC's Noncompete Ban Could Encourage Mobility Among Legal Recruiters ," The American Lawyer (April 26, 2024) "In Big Law Partner Hiring, Business Plans Become 'Litmus Test' For Government Hires ," National Law Journal (April 9, 2024) "Government Lawyers, Particularly at DOJ, Are 'Flooding' the Job Market ," National Law Journal (April 3, 2024) "Anticipating Transactional Rebound, Am Law 50 Steps Up Partner Hiring in Early 2024 ," The American Lawyer (March 12, 2024) "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

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

    Matt Schwartz Partner 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 mschwartz@g-s.com 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 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 “If you’re looking for a position in DC you need to call Matt. Matt makes no promises, and will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. Matt has strong connections with the biggest and best law firms in DC; if he submits you, it’s highly likely you will be interviewed and he helps you prepare for that as well. There are so many recruiters that it’s really hard to differentiate between them. Garrison and Sisson is the gold standard in DC. Matt is different because he doesn’t hound you and he is honest about the market and your prospects from the start. On top of all these great attributes, Matt is genuinely just a good guy, always pleasant to speak with, and funny as hell. Hopefully I won’t be moving again for a long time, but if I decide to, he’s my first and last call as far as recruiters go.” Corporate Associate, AmLaw 25 Firm “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 has generously made time to speak to our students about the Washington D.C. legal market for years now and has become an invaluable resource to our students who are considering entering the DC market. His presentations are well-informed, insightful, and chock full of so much useful information that one of our students recently reported watching the video recording of it twice just to make sure they didn't miss anything! Not only does Matt provide excellent insight into the unique aspects of the legal market in DC, but he also has spot-on advice to students for how to effectively approach their job search and how to best prepare themselves to maximize their success. I consider his program to be required viewing for any student who is even considering working in DC, and I have also recommended him without hesitation to alums who are seeking to lateral into the DC market." Northwestern Pritzker School of Law ​ “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

  • Lateral Partner Recruitment in Washington, DC | Garrison Search

    8. Getting over the finish line 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 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 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 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:

  • 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 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

  • Government Attorney Recruiters in Washington, DC | Garrison Search

    < Back to For Candidates Government Attorneys For Candidates Government Attorneys Home Kaitlyn Hunter Bio Erin Sears 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:

  • 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:

  • Tiffany Manukure | Associate and In-House Practice Manager | Garrison Search

    Tiffany Manukure Associate and In-House Practice Manager 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 tmanukure@g-s.com 202.559.0476 Picture Coming Soon WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH ME I like to think of myself as having a very positive attitude that makes things easier for those around me. I’m a hard worker, focus on maximizing efficiencies, and take a very collegial and collaborative approach. I am always striving to put my best foot forward so I can help our clients do the same. OVERVIEW Tiffany supports Garrison’s Associate and In-House teams. Among her many responsibilities, she assists with researching and identifying potentially suitable candidates for searches, helping to research the market for law firm associates, preparing spreadsheets and managing interview scheduling, and generally supporting all of the other steps of the search process for the Associate and In-House recruiters. She also assists with many administrative matters within the company that support day-to-day operations. CREDENTIALS B.A. magna cum laude, Political Science, concentration in Race, Gender, & Politics (minors in American Studies), American University, 2022 OUTSIDE THE OFFICE When not assisting Garrison reach company goals, I am either catching up on some me time or hanging out with friends. As a Maryland resident, there’s always much to explore around me. I spend most of my weekends enjoying the views in Baltimore or trying new food spots in DC. Other activities I love include walking, shopping, and reading. I also enjoy traveling and am making it a goal to visit different states and countries this year! What It's Like To Work With Me Overview Credentials Outside the Office

  • Contact Garrison & Sisson | Garrison Search Washington DC Legal Recruiters

    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

  • Kendall Kiley | Partner Practice Manager | Garrison Search

    Kendall Kiley Partner Practice Manager 1627 I Street, NW Suite 1230 Washington, DC 20006 kkiley@g-s.com 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

  • 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 "FTC's Noncompete Ban Could Encourage Mobility Among Legal Recruiters." (American Lawyer Online, 4/26/24). Garrison News and Media Fri Apr 26 2024 In-House Commercial/Technology Transactions Hiring in the D.C. Region Important Recruiting Strategies for Employers By: Kaitlyn Hunter & Nancy Palermo Lawyers with Commercial and/or Technology Transactions expertise are among the most highly sought... Garrison News and Media Wed Apr 24 2024 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:

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    Garrison quoted in American Lawyer Dan Binstock was quoted in "FTC's Noncompete Ban Could Encourage Mobility Among Legal Recruiters." (American Lawyer Online, 4/26/24). Garrison News and Media Fri Apr 26 2024 In-House Commercial/Technology Transactions Hiring in the D.C. Region Important Recruiting Strategies for Employers By: Kaitlyn Hunter & Nancy Palermo Lawyers with Commercial and/or Technology Transactions expertise are among the most highly sought... Garrison News and Media Wed Apr 24 2024 News and Insights 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 Job Openings 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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    2. Extensive research and outreach 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 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 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 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 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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