Jane Pollard, Austin Legal RecruiterJane Pollard


A founding member of Momentum Search Partners, Jane had experience as both a CPA and an attorney prior to transitioning to legal recruiting, almost In addition to managing all aspects of Momentum's operations and many of its client relationships, she also recruits.   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  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.  She  has served on various boards of directors in the Austin community, and is currently a board member and secretary of the Board of Directors for NALSC, the national professional association for legal search consultants.  She spends her free time cycling, walking with friends, playing racquet sports, and enjoying her family, reading, and gardening.


Jennifer Nelson, Austin Legal RecruiterJennifer Nelson


As a founding member of Momentum Search Partners, Jennifer has developed longstanding and invaluable relationships with both corporate in-house legal departments and law firms across the state of Texas, partnering with them to achieve their hiring objectives. She handles complex searches that require deep industry knowledge and focuses on identifying high-caliber attorneys and compliance professionals. Jennifer's understanding of her clients' cultures, dynamics and strategic needs allows her to facilitate successful and lasting matches. Jennifer also acts as a career counselor to her candidates, who appreciate her ability to listen and understand their short-term and long-term goals, and effectively identify appropriate opportunities where they can excel. Jennifer is passionate about her career and executes her searches with professionalism and commitment. 

Prior to recruiting, Jennifer opened the Austin office of a Fortune 100 company that served 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. 

A native Texan and third generation Longhorn, Jennifer lives in Austin with her husband and values her family, friends and faith. She has two sons who followed her at The University of Texas, and outside of the office you're likely to find her cheering for the Longhorns, riding her bike through the hill country, playing racquet sports with friends or family, and volunteering in the newborn nursery at a local hospital. 


Allison McCowan, Austin Legal RecruiterAllison McCowan

Search Director

Allison has almost twenty years of legal recruiting experience in Texas.   The consummate professional who works tirelessly to fill every search she's engaged on, Allison recruits attorneys, paralegals, and legal support staff for law firms and in-house 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 has been a top performer in every recruiting firm she's been with, and she has especially enjoyed being with Momentum for the past six years.  She is active in and enjoyed many Austin legal networking and professional groups such as the Austin Legal Professionals Association (ALA),  Women of Wind Energy, Capital Area Paralegals Association (CAPA), and the Women in e-Discovery, where she was the former board secretary. 

Allison is also very engaged in her middle school son's and elementary age daughter's sports and extracurricular activities, and volunteers at their schools. In her spare time, she loves to travel, cook, garden, and spend quality time with friends and family around her pool.


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

Search Director

A native Austinite, Mary Alice has two decades of success and 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 100 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 the Austin chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators.

An empty-nester with two daughters in college, Mary Alice  enjoys volunteering for Austin Pets Alive, exploring the Texas Hill Country, and wandering nearby hiking trails.



Micah Hurt, J.D.

Search Director

Micah joined the recruiting profession more than ten years ago 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 family 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.