Who We Are
Shapiro Legal Search – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices, devotes its practice to providing world-class legal search services to its client law firms and companies. Our legal search consultants have developed extensive expertise within specific markets to aid in making the right match between our candidates and client’s organizational goals. We conduct custom searches for Partners looking to or open to making a move to another firm and attorneys looking to make a move in-house or to another corporate environment. We pride ourselves in our ability to identify the rare candidates to fit our firm and corporate clients’ specific needs. All of our services are conducted with adherence to the highest professional standards and the NALSC’s code of ethics.
What We Do
Shapiro Legal Search works on behalf of our clients to search for and recruit highly talented legal professionals. All fees related to the search are client-paid. In every search we establish a solid working relationship with the client. This includes developing a thorough understanding of the position specification, organizational structure and company culture, as well as the client’s expectations for the prospective partner/attorney. We then search for the best candidates, using our extensive network of referral sources and our central database of already identified attorney candidates. Our job at this point is twofold: To determine whether an attorney’s qualifications, interests and objectives are consistent with the opportunity, and to brief the prospective attorney candidate on the opportunity. Only if we determine that there is candidate interest and appropriate qualifications, will we discuss the attorney’s credentials with the client and arrange for an interview. Once a mutual interest is established between the client and candidate, we become facilitators. Your Shapiro Legal Search Consultant will brief you thoroughly on the client and the interview process. Your Consultant will, when needed, assist in negotiating all aspects of any employment offer and will help identify any problems that may arise, working with you to resolve them. Counsel on cost of living and relocation issues also can be provided.
Most of the attorneys we approach are not actively looking for a new opportunity. Frequently, they are qualified lawyers in satisfactory situations interested only in having exceptional career opportunities brought to their attention for serious consideration. If you are going to leverage your career to its fullest,you will probably make several calculated job changes over the course of your working life. In order to do that most effectively, you need to give careful thought to your professional goals and what you must do in order to achieve them. You and your family, if appropriate, need to define your values with respect to your work and desired quality of life. If we are aware of your qualifications, goals and values, we can approach you with those opportunities that are consistent with your objectives.
How to Work with Us
Legal career development is a serious process. In exploring a new opportunity with your Shapiro Legal Search Consultant, you should keep some important points in mind:
- Be honest with us. Share not only your values and career aspirations, but also any obstacles to the consideration of an opportunity.
- Give us a complete description of your professional experience.
- Send requested material promptly.
- If you have concerns, tell us in a timely manner so we can deal with them promptly.
- Listen and respond to our counseling; we know the client and his/her needs.
- Provide us with solid professional references that are familiar with your work.
- Fulfill your commitments; a call to us right after an interview is an important part of the offer development process.
You may be assured that we will be sensitive to your personal needs for confidentiality as we address your questions and concerns. Our ongoing relationships with our clients often give us continued contact with candidates we place; therefore, we want only to make good matches. Encouraging an inappropriate career move would be contrary to our philosophy and counter-productive to maintaining good client relationships. We will ask for your time only when a genuine opportunity exists.