Momentum Search Partners is pleased to congratulate Kevin Trautner and Gravity Oilfield Services for his one-year anniversary as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and for Gravity’s recent hire of Zach Gaver as Commercial Counsel. A graduate of UVA Law School, Kevin has extensive experience providing legal services to the energy industry, both in private practice and in-house. Kevin was a partner at several prestigious AmLaw 100 firms in Houston, and has over 25 years of experience advising public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities filings, board matters, complex high-risk issues and corporate governance matters.
Spurred on by strict regulations, high taxes, and an inflated housing market, the mass migration of tech companies from Silicon Valley to Austin, TX, shows no signs of slowing down. Within the last year or so, Oracle, 8VC, FireTrail, and Question Pro announced plans to move their corporate headquarters to Austin, aka “Silicon Hills.”
Although we would probably prefer to do so, the last two winters are ones that residents of Austin, TX, will soon not forget. In February 2021, winter storm Uri paralyzed the area for days with a mix of freezing rain, snow, and frigid temperatures. The storm caused widespread power outages that impacted thousands of households and businesses while further – and sadly – resulting in hundreds of deaths.
Testing the job market waters on a periodic basis is a good idea and hopefully, a satisfying way to scratch that itch. A good start would be to develop a relationship with an experienced recruiter that you can periodically contact with job search questions or who will contact you with job opportunities. Our experienced team of Texas legal headhunters normally sees a spike in hiring towards the end of summer. In fact, early Fall is a busy time for most in-house legal departments and law firms as they add attorneys, paralegals and compliance staff to meet deadlines and prepare for the upcoming year.
When Monday morning rolls around, do you dread getting ready for work? Does the idea of going into the office fill you with feelings of stress or indifference? Do you feel undervalued for your contributions to the law firm or company you work for? Do you find yourself consistently complaining to coworkers or friends about your job frustrations?
Interested in a making a career move either within or as a new participant in the Texas legal job market. Whether a law firm or the legal department of a corporation, here are 5 steps for success:
Many companies begin with employing outside lawyers and law firms for their company’s business needs. As a company grows, these needs can be business formations, intellectual property, real estate, employment law, and other functions. Eventually, the scales will tip, and it will be time to hire their first in-house lawyer.
In-house is often seen as nirvana, the state of perfect happiness, peace, and no billable time. At Momentum Search Partners, we often from law firm associates seeking this path begin monitoring opportunities as a 3rd & 4th year (sometime earlier!). It’s never too early to begin getting familiar with the needed skill set and other qualifications to make you more appealing to a General Counsel. Once you take this leap, there is typically no going back to law firm life. So, give serious consideration to whether it’s the right time leave your law firm career behind.
What Is a Legal Headhunter?
Headhunters and recruiters are often used as interchangeable terms because both are responsible for matching candidates with available job. However, headhunting is the process of recruiting very skilled and experienced individuals to for a particular job. A headhunter resembles a talent scout looking for specific talent. Some call this sourcing.