Jane Pollard, Austin Legal RecruiterJane Pollard


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.

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 and has been a speaker on legal hiring/attorney placement and career development and has served on various boards of directors in the Austin community.   She is also on the national Board of Directors for NALSC, the professional association for legal search consultants.  She spends her free time with her husband, who is also a lawyer, traveling, biking, gardening, and reading.


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 has two sons in college. She values her family, friends and faith and can often be found cheering on her Texas Longhorns, riding her bike through the hill country or sitting by the beautiful Guadalupe River in Hunt, Texas.


Allison McCowan, Austin Legal RecruiterAllison McCowan

Search Director

Allison has seventeen 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.

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.


Web-Mary_Alice_Kuykendall-2312-Edit-1Mary Alice Kuykendall

Search Director

A native Austinite, Mary Alice has 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.  

In addition, Mary Alice has experience staffing large document review projects, including a one hundred lawyer project for an international company that lasted over four years. Mary Alice has been an active member of the Capital Area Paralegals Association, the Austin Legal Professionals Association, and served on the Board of Women in eDiscovery.



Micah Hurt, J.D.

Search Director

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.




Nancy McClain

Search Director

Nancy has twelve years of experience working as a recruiter and in legal support services. She also has ten years of experience as a high school English teacher, which equipped her with the tools necessary to educate candidates about their career possibilities and opportunities, coach candidates, and provide advice on their resumes. 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. She is active in the Houston Metropolitan Paralegal Association and the San Antonio Association of Legal Administrators.

Nancy is a native Houstonian and enjoys volunteering at her local school district where she once taught and at a non-profit women’s training organization which prepares ladies for the workforce with counseling, resume building, interview techniques, basic MS Office training, professional dress and demeanor skills. She is the proud mother of one smart, precious daughter and enjoys vacationing, home decorating and spending quality time with friends and family.