Legal and Compliance Executive Search Blog

What’s in a name?  Titles for In-House Attorneys

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Tue, Aug 06, 2019

As legal recruiters, we are often asked about appropriate titles for in-house lawyers by our corporate clients as well as by candidates interviewing for a corporate legal department position.  They ask: “What should we call this new attorney we need to hire?” or ”Is the position title commensurate with the level and duties of the job?”  Title choices and designations vary widely among various companies and all use  different systems of nomenclature .  What is important, however, is to choose one system and stick with it so that all titles within the department are consistent and related to one another in a uniform way.  Candidates should consider a title as one of many factors in evaluating a potential job, but should not over-value a  specific title.  Some  companies intentionally eschew lofty titles to minimize hierarchy and to maximize collaboration, which can be a positive for incoming lawyers, regardless of title.

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Enthusiastic Job Seekers Sought

Posted by Mary Alice Kuykendall on Tue, Jul 30, 2019


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100 Years of Legal Recruiting Experience

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


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Ready to accept that job offer?  Thinking about a counteroffer?

Posted by Mary Alice Kuykendall on Mon, Apr 29, 2019

While working with legal professionals looking for a new job, compensation is of course one of the primary things we discuss.  Unless you’re a lawyer working for a big AmLaw firm with stair-step salaries, it’s important to do your homework and have all the facts before you accept an offer, or a counteroffer is made.  Maybe they did “hit you with their best shot”, putting significant thought and consideration into your offer.  If you’re working with a recruiter, they should be able to offer insight into their client about “wiggle room” in the budget, additional equity or that available corner office.  But, before you accept or a potential insult is delivered and a counteroffer ill received, know the facts.

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Legal Recruiting News from Momentum Search Partners

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Thu, Apr 25, 2019
News From Texas' Leaders in Legal Recruitment | April 2019
We have seen an abundance of attorney jobs in Texas during the first quarter of 2019. Law firms are hiring lateral associates and in-house legal departments are hiring attorneys in specialty areas and to support operations. We are seeing a record number of in-house jobs for lawyers across the state, but particularly in Austin, with technology and financial services companies leading the way.
Hot Practice Areas
Privacy and security related work has grown significantly in the past year. LinkedIn currently shows over 4000 job openings for Chief Privacy Officers, Analysts and Cybersecurity professionals across the U.S.  Most of these jobs require or highly prefer a JD and we expect to see this demand grow.  The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) apply not only to organizations within the EU, but also US companies who collect, maintain or process the personal data of individuals located within the EU.  Compliance will be a big task - and is compulsory. The GDPR has been labeled by some tech industry experts as the "privacy equivalent of SOX". 

Texas Still A Top Place to Live and Work
US News & World Reports once again has Austin in the number 1 spot for places to live for the 3rd year in a row. They analyzed 125 metropolitan areas in the United States, assessing numerous quality-of-life factors and the job market in each metro area, as well as the cost of living and people's desire to live there. Also, Texas continues to draw Millennials. The median age of the 4 largest cities is 34.4 years old.

Along with Austin, DFW (#21), Houston (#30) and San Antonio (#34) also made the list. Here are few comparisons of the metropolitan areas:

Population - 2 million
Average commute - 26.8 minutes
Average Salary - $51,800
Median Age - 34.2

Dallas/Ft. Worth:
Population - 7 million
Average commute - 28.1 minutes
Average Salary - $51,250
Median Age - 34.2
Population - 6.6 million
Average commute - 29.7 minutes
Average Salary - $53,820
Median Age -34.0

San Antonio:
Population - 2.3 million
Average commute - 26.0 minutes
Average Salary - $46,200
Median Age - 34.4

Record Number of Law Firm Partners Added in 2018
According to The Texas Lawyer, twenty-one of the 25 firms with the most lawyers in Texas made a total of 98 new partners in 2019, considerably more than last year. The increase in new partner promotions at the big firms is in an indication that Texas firms are bullish on the strength of the Texas economy and the market for legal work. In addition to rewarding great lawyers for their work, the firms could also be trying to stave off departures of senior associates, considering the Texas later hiring market has been hot. 

The Texas Lawyer has tracked new partner announcements for years. Their statistics provide an indication of the growth at Texas firms and the strength of the Texas Legal market.

Job Boards VS. Traditional Recruiting
While Job Boards such as Indeed and Zip Recruiter continue to attract more legal postings, the need for legal recruiters like Momentum is not going away anytime soon. With employment at the highest rate it's been in over 50 years, employers are finding that we add value to the hiring process by bringing candidates to the table who are not responding to postings but who are interested after being contacted and educated about the position and the opportunity. The best candidates are often not watching or responding to postings, but we know where they are and what types of opportunities they would be interested in hearing about. We are busier than we have ever been and expect to be as long as the job market is this hot. The knowledge and relationships that are built over decades in the legal industry cannot yet be replicated by passively posting a position.


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Momentum Recruiter Elected Officer of NALSC

Jane Pollard was elected as Secretary of the NALSC Board at the Spring Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  

Austin Just Keeps Booming


As large cities lose residents, Austin is adding them faster.

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Is the Grass Really Greener?

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Sun, Mar 31, 2019
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Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Tue, Mar 19, 2019

The 2019 National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC) conference was held in Las Vegas this past weekend.  The consensus was that it was one of the best conferences ever!    The M Resort Spa & Casino was a terrific venue, the content of programs superb, the food and drink excellent, and participation high.   Our own Jane Pollard joined the NALSC Board of Directors last year, and was elected as Secretary of the Board at the Town Hall Meeting.  Congratulations Jane!

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Do companies and law firms need to retain a recruiter for their hiring needs?

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Wed, Feb 20, 2019

With the ease of making connections via social media and job postings reaching more people than ever before, many people ask if a recruiter’s fee remains a beneficial expense.   Companies and law firms face mounting cost-containing pressures, and external recruiters are often a cost targeted for reduction.  All employers agree that their most valuable resource is its employees and hiring the right – or the wrong – person is a decision critical to the bottom line.  So the question becomes whether a recruiter can result in a better hire?  Our clients say yes – when certain conditions exist.  

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In-house legal job trends

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Mon, Feb 11, 2019


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Recruiting Strategies to hire Attorneys in 2019

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Mon, Feb 04, 2019

Looking to hire an attorney in 2019?  With the continued increasing demand for top legal talent across the state of Texas, companies and law firms alike need to step up their game throughout the recruitment process. Great candidates now have several opportunities in hand once they are looking to make a move, and your firm/company may not be under consideration if your process has been too protracted, you have not spent time courting the candidate or you have simply not put your best foot forward.  By thinking tactfully and creatively, you can differentiate yourself from others competing for the same top legal talent!

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