Search Options

Contingency Search

  • Our fee is 25% of the total guaranteed first-year compensation.
  • The fee will be due on or before the candidate’s employment start date.
  • On-point candidates will be presented as soon as possible after they are identified.
  • Six (6) month pro-rata guarantee period.

Exclusive Search

  • Our fee is 20% of the total guaranteed first-year compensation.
  • The fee will be due within seven (7) days of the candidate’s employment start date.
  • Chicago Legal Search, Ltd. will be the only outside search firm utilized for the search and from whom candidate resumes may be accepted for a ninety (90) day period. You may continue your internal recruiting efforts.
  • On-point candidates will be presented within ten (10) business days of the commencement of the search.
  • Your search will take priority status over all contingency searches.
  • Six (6) month pro-rata guarantee period.

Retained Search

  • Your search will take priority status over all other searches.
  • CLS Executive Search, the retained division of Chicago Legal Search, Ltd., will be the only source of candidates submitted and considered for the position.
  • On-point candidates will be vetted immediately upon commencement of the search.
  • Our fee is 30% of the placed candidate's total guaranteed first-year compensation.
  • The fee is due as follows: One-third (1/3) upon execution of the contract and the commencement of the search; one-third (1/3) within 45 days; and one-third (1/3) on or before the candidate’s employment start date.
  • Twelve (12) month pro-rata guarantee period.
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  • “Chicago Legal Search has assisted us with our in-house attorney searches. Their recruiters quickly presented resumes of several exceptional candidates and assisted us throughout the hiring process. The attorneys we hired have been great additions to our legal department. We are extremely pleased with the results of our recruiting relationship with Chicago Legal Search.”

    Mary E. Doohan, Group Counsel

    Morton International, Inc., Morton Salt


Chicago Legal Search, Ltd. 180 N. LaSalle St., Suite 3525, Chicago, IL 60601 312.251.2580.