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jane pollard
J.D.

jane pollard    
  Managing Principal
512-524-4241
Jane@MomentumLegal.com 

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 throughout Texas, as well as in other states.  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 currently spends her free time biking, trying to keep up with the reading for two very fun book clubs, and badgering her son about the college application process. 

jennifer nelson

jennifer nelson    
  PRINCIPAL
512-663-1570
Jennifer@momentumlegal.com  

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 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 lives in Austin with her husband and two sons, a freshman at The University of Texas and a junior in high school 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.


mary alice naiser

mary alice naiser    
  SEARCH DIRECTOR
512-270-4739
maryalice@momentumlegal.com

A native Austinite, Mary Alice has spent 20 years 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.

Mary Alice lives in Austin with her husband and two teenage daughters.  She enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s schools, gardening, supporting community theater productions and cat herder to her 3 cats.


allison mccowan

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

allison@momentumlegal.com



Allison comes to Momentum with fifteen years of legal recruiting experience in Austin. Allison is passionate about her work and prides herself on offering timely and exceptional service to clients and candidates alike. She places 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 and her family recently relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina due to her husband’s career, so she will be leading Momentum’s effort to expand into the Charlotte market. However, Allison will also continue her placement work in Austin and travel to Austin on a regular basis. She will also remain 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.

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


amber shockey
J.D.

amber shockey    
  Principal
214-821-1222
Amber@MomentumLegal.com



Amber Shockey is a Principal of Momentum Search Partners.  Her legal recruiting experience includes six years as one of the top producers at another legal recruiting firms where she also served as a member of the National Energy Team-handling searches inside and outside of Texas for energy companies. Amber focuses on legal recruiting for in-house attorneys for corporate clients, specifically in the energy industry. In this space, she has successfully completed searches resulting in attorney placement at all levels from executive level to counsel roles nationwide. She has developed a niche and reputation for being astute on particularized needs within the energy industry.

Before recruiting, Amber practiced law for five years with the national firms. After starting her practice as a litigator, Amber's practice became a dedicated energy practice, including both energy transactional work (M&A and other transactional agreements) and litigating large-scale disputes involving oil and gas issues.  She also served on one of the firm's recruiting committee.

Amber received her BA, Finance with a minor in economics from the University of Oklahoma in 1998 and her JD, cum laude, from The Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University in 2001. While at SMU, Amber served on the International Law Review and was a finalist in the Jackson Walker 1st Year Moot Court Competition.

Amber lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three little girls, and the family English Pointer, Remington. She remains actively involved in her community as the founding board member for the Women Energy Network's first national chapter, where she served two terms as WEN-North Texas's Membership Director and continues to serve on the board for Lakewood Early Childhood Parent Teacher Association. She has also served a term on the Texas General Counsel Forum board of directors. Amber is a current member of the Women's Auxiliary, a former member of the Junior League of Dallas, and was recently elected to the board of directors for the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC).


nikki crosby
J.D.

nikki crosby    
  Search Director
214-821-1220
nikki@momentumlegal.com



Nikki Crosby is an Attorney Search Director at Momentum Search Partners, who focuses on firm and in house search. She received her BBA in Marketing in 1995 from Texas A&M University, where she was on the Dean's List and graduated cum laude. In 2001, she received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. In law school, Nikki was President of the International Law Review Association and a member of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Fraternity. As an attorney in private practice in Dallas at Jenkens & Gilchrist and then at Fulbright & Jaworski, Nikki's practice covered all aspects of complex commercial litigation. She specialized in defending major brokerage firms, correspondent firms, officers and directors, and registered representatives in securities-related matters. At both law firms, Nikki was active in recruiting, including holding positions on the recruiting committees at various times. Nikki is also a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court (2005), and has been a "Texas Rising Star", published in Texas Monthly (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011).

Nikki lives in Dallas with her husband, an elite cyclist, daughter, and two Italian greyhounds. She spends her free time with her family, running, and practicing yoga.


micah hurt
J.D.

micah hurt    
  SEARCH DIRECTOR
713-432-1499
micah@momentumlegal.com



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.


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