Legal and Compliance Executive Search Blog

100 Years of Legal Recruiting Experience

Posted by Mary Alice Kuykendall on Fri, Jun 14, 2019


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Momentum Search Partners and Momentum Legal Staffing offer an A-Team of highly experienced recruiters that have spent their careers working for National and Regional law firms and law departments before joining Momentum.  With a combined 100+ years of legal recruiting experience, we offer a level of experience that's hard to top!  Meet our team:


Jane Pollard, JD, Principal Jane Pollard

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. In addition to experience as both a CPA and an attorney, Jane has eighteen 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.

Jennifer Nelson, PrincipalJennifer 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. 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.


Allison McCowan, Search Director Allison McCowan

Allison has 19 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 both English speakers and those fluent in foreign languages.


Mary Alice Kuykendall, Search Director Web-Mary_Alice_Naiser-2312-Edit-1

A native Austinite, Mary Alice has over two decades of experience in the legal placement industry.  After attending the University of Texas, Mary Alice began her career as the Recruiting Coordinator of a large Texas law firm. Since 1996 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, compliance professionals, office administrators, contract administrators and attorneys.


Micah Hurt, JD, Search Director Micah Hrrt

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.


Nancy McClain, Search Director Nancy McCalin

Nancy has twelve years of experience working as a recruiter and in legal support services.  Prior to recruiting Nancy spent several years in legal support at a Silicon Valley-based high-tech law firm in Austin, Texas and an Am Law 200 firm in Houston. Upon graduating from college, Nancy began recruiting for a leading professional staffing agency. She has successfully placed candidates in all walks of legal staffing and, as the newest member of the Momentum team, is looking forward to helping law firms and companies in both Houston and San Antonio find top legal talent.


Ella Zhang, Operations & Recruiter Support Ella Zhang

We happily added Ella to our team in 2019. A graduate of the Language Arts & Science Academy (LASA) in Austin and a 2018 graduate of The University of Texas, Ella provides all administrative and operations support to our recruiting team.


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