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jane pollard
J.D.

jane pollard    
  Managing Principal
512-524-4241
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In addition to experience as both a CPA and an attorney, Jane has fifteen years of legal recruiting experience.  She has successfully completed national searches for companies seeking attorneys and compliance professionals ranging from executive-level general counsels and chief compliance officers to staff attorneys and compliance analysts.  She has also worked with international, regional, and local law firms to help them find top partner, associate, and law technology talent. 

Jane currently serves as Managing Principal of Momentum Search Partners and continues to recruit for companies and law firms.  Her recruiting experience spans legal and compliance departments in many industries, including financial services, energy, renewable energy, healthcare, biotech, manufacturing, retail and technology companies.

Jane obtained her JD with honors from the University of Texas, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and an associate editor of the Texas Law Review.   After law school, she practiced law with Thompson & Knight, an AmLaw 200 firm based in Dallas, focusing on commercial and oil and gas litigation.  She obtained her undergraduate degree with high honors in Accounting from the University of Arkansas, and worked for Price Waterhouse as a tax accountant prior to law school.

Jane lives in Austin with her lawyer husband and teenage son.  She has been a speaker on legal hiring/attorney placement and career development, and she has served on various boards of directions in the Austin community.  She spends her free time biking, gardening and trying to keep up with the reading for two very fun book clubs. 


mary alice naiser

mary alice naiser    
  SEARCH DIRECTOR
512-270-4739
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Mary Alice has 20 years experience in the legal recruiting industry.  After attending the University of Texas, she began her legal career in 1986 as the Recruiting Coordinator for a large Texas law firm, where she managed the attorney recruitment efforts for their offices, state wide.  In 1996, she joined one of the largest legal search firms in the country and began a successful career as a business developer and legal recruiter.  She has sourced, recruited and marketed candidates to law firms and corporations, managed existing clients and developed new business.  She has experience recruiting and placing legal secretaries, paralegals, legal nurse consultants, office administrators, contracts administrators and attorneys.  Mary Alice secured the business for a 100 lawyer document review for an international financial software, data and media corporation and managed this project for 4+ years.  She has been an active member of the Capital Area Paralegal Association, the Austin Legal Professionals Association and served on the Board of Women in eDiscovery.

A native Austinite, Mary Alice lives in Austin with her husband and two teenage daughters.  She enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s schools, gardening, and supporting community theater productions.


jennifer nelson

jennifer nelson    
  PRINCIPAL
512-614-0211
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Jennifer is a founding Principal of Momentum Search Partners and specializes in helping law firms and companies alike find top talent in attorney, paralegal and compliance professionals. Jennifer Nelson, a native Texan, is a third generation graduate from The University of Texas, Austin. During her early years she worked in the advertising field, specializing in radio and print in Houston and Austin. Jennifer was recruited by a fortune 100 company to open their Austin office and develop a business base, serving law firms and large corporate clients with innovative facilities management solutions. She performed in-house complex business analyses of customer's capital costs, personnel and internal communication requirements in order to develop a smarter and more cost effective way to manage their operations. Law firms and corporations across Texas partnered with Jennifer due to her customer driven focus, professionalism and tailored solutions in helping them manage their personnel and business needs. 

Jennifer lives in Austin with her husband and two sons. She values her family, friends and faith and can often be found cheering on her son playing basketball or sitting by the beautiful Guadalupe River in Hunt, Texas.


micah hurt
J.D.

micah hurt    
  SEARCH DIRECTOR
713-432-1499
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Micah comes to us with a depth of experience from public relations, practicing law, and legal recruiting. After beginning his career with a large New York-based public relations firm in Houston, Micah Hurt became an attorney in 2001. He practiced as a commercial litigator in both Dallas and Houston until 2008. Most recently, Micah recruited for a large, nationwide executive recruiting firm where he focused on both law firm and Fortune 500 company-clients. He has experience working with Associates, Partners and in-house attorneys at all levels.

As a native Houstonian, Micah has emphasized the energy industry on many of his searches. In that regard, he has worked with major energy and energy services companies on in-house legal searches ranging from General Counsel to staff attorneys. In fact, the energy industry has been part of his life for as long as he can remember, as his father was an attorney with ExxonMobil for over 30 years. Micah's wife works in the energy business as well. So, the energy industry is completely intertwined with his life experience -- both past and present. Because of these personal ties, Micah especially enjoys working with energy companies to add legal talent in an ever-changing global marketplace.

Micah obtained his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 2001, where he served as Articles Editor on the Computer Law Review & Technology Journal. Prior to law school, Micah earned his Bachelor's degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.

Micah lives in Houston with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys football, soccer and spending time with his wife and three daughters, and  his boxer, Rex.


allison mccowan 

allison mccowan    
  SEARCH DIRECTOR
512-758-7433
704-512-0010

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Allison has fifteen years of legal recruiting experience in Austin. She is passionate about her work and prides herself on offering timely and exceptional service to clients and candidates alike. Allison recruits attorneys, paralegals, and administrative staff in both Austin law firms and in corporate legal departments on a temporary, temp to perm, and direct hire basis. In addition, Allison has extensive experience staffing document reviews on both a national and local level and with both English speakers and those fluent in foreign languages.

Allison is active in all of the Austin legal networking and professional groups she has always enjoyed, such as Women of Wind Energy, Capital Area Paralegals Association, the Austin Legal Professionals Association.

Allison is active in her two young children’s schools and sports activities. In her spare time, she loves to travel, cook and spend quality time with friends and family.