Jane Pollard, Austin Legal RecruiterJane Pollard


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.


Jennifer Nelson, Austin Legal RecruiterJennifer Nelson


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 is a native Texan and 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, Houston Legal RecruiterMicah Hurt, J.D.

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In his eighth year as a legal recruiter, Micah came to the recruiting profession with prior experience in both public relations and in private law practice. After beginning his career with a large New York-based public relations firm in Houston, Micah became an attorney in 2001. He practiced as a commercial litigator in both Dallas and Houston until 2008. Micah has recruited attorneys for both law firms and Fortune 500 companies, as well as smaller companies. 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.



Mary Alice Naiser, Austin RecruiterMary Alice Naiser

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Mary Alice has almost 30 years’ experience in legal recruiting. After attending the University of Texas, she began her legal career as the Recruiting Coordinator for a large Texas law firm, where she managed the attorney recruitment efforts for their offices state-wide. She later became an outside legal recruiter and has completed hundreds of searches for law firms and corporations, managed existing clients, and developed new business.

Mary Alice has experience recruiting and placing legal secretaries, paralegals, legal nurse consultants, office administrators, contract administrators, and attorneys. She has almost managed many large document review projects, including a 100 lawyer document review for an international financial, software, and media corporation. 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.


Allison McCowan, Austin RecruiterAllison McCowan

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Allison has more than fifteen years of legal recruiting experience in Texas. She recruits attorneys, paralegals, and legal support staff for law firms and in corporate legal departments, all 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 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.

512-758-7433 or 704-512-0010

Amydell Beardshall, Houston Legal RecruiterAmydell Beardshall

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Amydell is a long-time Houstonian and excited to be part of the Momentum recruiting team. Amydell obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration from The University of St. Thomas in Houston with a minor in Economics and has over 18+ years of experience in strategy and business/I.T. consulting for the retail energy, oil and gas, banking, chemicals, and airline industries. A recognized thought leader and creative thinker with the ability to build meaningful relationships with cross-functional teams, Amydell is an innovative professional who brings energy and dedication to every search she undertakes.

Amydell recruits and places legal professionals in the areas of administrative support, law technology, contract attorneys, firm administrators, and paralegals for both law firms and companies in Houston and surrounding areas, including temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct-hire positions. In addition to her ability to service our client’s legal and staffing needs, Amydell also possesses a unique skill set that enables her to place hard-to-find IT talent within Houston’s law firms with a need for law technology professionals.

Amydell lives in “The Pumpkin House”, a Queen Anne Victorian, in the Historic Houston Heights district with her husband and 11 year old twins. Most Saturdays during football season, you can find her at an Aggie football game, tailgating with friends and family members who attended A&M. She is very involved with her children’s school and enjoys boating, watersports and hikes in and around the Sam Houston National Park and piney woods of East Texas.