I recently worked with Shelly during a lateral transfer. Throughout the process, Shelly was extremely responsive, provided helpful insight and great results. I can’t recommend Shelly enough if you are looking to work with a skilled professional recruiter who clearly has terrific connections with top law firms in the Chicago area.
Sarah helped me make a lateral move. She is prompt, pleasant, and very knowledgeable about the legal market in Chicago. Thanks to her, I was able to find a great position at a firm that was the right fit for me. I highly recommend her.
Horwood Marcus & Berk, Chartered
Gary was a pleasure to work with during my legal employment search process. He only sought to submit me for openings that corresponded to my experience, and, thereafter, he advocated on my behalf from the initial submission through the offer. His response time was lightning fast when I had questions or concerns. I highly recommend Gary!
Arnstein & Lehr
When I worked with Sarah Jane I received a job offer less than two weeks after I first contacted her. She connected me with a firm that was a good fit for my skills, offered a competitive salary, and reduced my commuting time by half. She was extremely prompt in responding to my emails and phone calls. I would highly recommend that any attorney who is searching for a new job work with her. I should also note that working with her did not cost anything. She is paid by the firms who are looking to hire.
Kopon Airdo, LLC
Sarah Jane assisted me with making a lateral move, and I really cannot say enough good things about working with her. Beyond sending my the position that I ultimately accepted, she served as a great resource to navigate making a lateral move in the Chicago legal market. In law school, we have career counselors to get advice from, but not necessarily after graduation. For me, Sarah Jane stepped well into that space. Additionally, she served as a reliable and timely intermediary between me and the firm that I interviewed with. Its stressful to have ongoing communication with a firm at which one is under consideration, and it can also be time consuming. I was grateful that Sarah Jane could take some of the stress away by taking care of those communications. All and all, I feel fortunate to have worked with Sarah Jane to make my lateral move. I ended up in exactly the kind of firm and position that I was looking for, and I have Sarah Jane to thank for presenting me with the position and assisting me at every step of the way through the lateral process.
Schiff Hardin LLP
Sarah is a fun recruiter with a very positive attitude. She also moves swiftly and is persistent. I believe these are the traits for great success. May your network continue to grow, Sarah! You make the world a better place! I am one very satisfied client!
I worked with Sarah in connection with a lateral move from a suburban firm to the downtown market and I am thrilled with the results. Sarah was able to work quickly, thoroughly and discreetly in understanding my goals and helping me find an opportunity which matched them. Within days Sarah had provided me with information on numerous viable opportunities and her thorough knowledge of the market was extremely valuable in helping me make decisions and ensure that I was adequately prepared for discussions with the numerous firms I met with and spoke to while working with Sarah. I was also very impressed with the high praise for Sarah that was relayed to me by the various firms and partners I met with while working with Sarah. Ultimately, Sarah was able to help me find the right position in little more than a month and I will undoubtedly recommend her work in the future.
Horwood Marcus & Wood
Shelly is a phenomenal legal search consultant. She went above and beyond to work with me through the entire process of my lateral move, from applying and interviewing to negotiating and giving notice. Her professionalism and knowledge of the Chicago legal market was first rate. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new position.
Sidley Austin LLP
Alan is the consummate professional. I have worked with him both as a hiring partner of a law firm, and as an individual seeking a position as in-house counsel. Whether he is representing a hiring entity or a candidate, his work is timely, professional and highly sensitive to the confidentiality issues peculiar to the industry. I would not hesitate to recommend Alan to those seeking a recruiter with the highest levels of service and integrity.
American Board of Medical Specialties
Alan and his team went above and beyond on my behalf. I had an idea about marketing myself and they not only helped me to develop my idea, but also got behind me 100%, stuck with me FAR longer than most recruiters would and landed me the job of my dreams. Alan and his team LISTEN and truly made me feel like I was something special! I cannot recommend Alan and his team highly enough.
CBS Television Distribution
Alan was a great help to me in my job search even before he ever met me. He is very knowledgeable about the Chicago market and was a great encouragement throughout the process. I’m lucky to have found him – I think it made all the difference in landing at a great firm.
Alan is a great legal recruiter. He was very responsive to my questions and concerns, and he made the process of securing a new job (while I was living in a different state) as easy as possible. If you are looking for a new job in the Chicago legal market, I highly recommend that you give Alan a call.
Alan really cares about the people he works with and gets to know potential candidates so that he is able to best place them somewhere they really fit.
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney
Gary was fantastic to work with. Not only did he connect me up with my ideal opportunity, he worked with me through the recruitment process to make sure that I was completely prepared to put forth my best in interviews, to facilitate communication, and to advocate for me as a candidate. His energy, enthusiasm and professionalism make working with him both productive and enjoyable. I could not have been more apprised of what was going on at all times, and it was great to have someone cheering for me when I got my offer. Thanks for all of your help, Gary!
Franczek Radelet P.C.
Shelly has great insight into firms, the job market, and the interview process. She was responsive and very easy to work with. I highly recommend her.
Bronson & Kahn LLC
Gary is a phenomenal recruiter. From the beginning of my search process through to accepting an offer, Gary was responsive and provided an incredible amount of insight. He has great contacts at the major law firms and really guided me through the entire process. With Gary's help, I got an offer from the firm that was at the top of my list. Thanks Gary!!
Sarah Simons is incredibly warm, helpful, and an excellent communicator. In her work as an attorney, I have seen her act to advance the interests of clients and the company as a whole. As a consultant she was able to effortlessly connect me to an amazing position. Sarah has been instrumental in guiding me to my current status professionally, but outside of that is genuinely a joy to work with.
Katz Law Office, Ltd.
Shelly was great to work with and was very helpful in placing me at a new law firm. She spent a lot of time with me to discuss potential job opportunities and I enjoyed hearing her advice for the interview process. She also continued to provide her service until the right job opportunity presented itself.
Additionally, Shelly utilizes contacts from a wide-variety of firms and organizations in order to place candidates in the best place for them. I am grateful for working with Shelly in my job search and I recommend her to anyone looking for job opportunities in the legal field.
Liston & Tsantilis, P.C.
Shelly is a first-class recruiter. She is extremely professional and personable, organized, and sharp. Her advice, guidance, and optimism gave me the confidence I needed to succeed in the interview. She helped me find a position that was exactly what I was looking for. I would work with her again without a doubt, and I highly recommend Shelly as an advocate for any job seeker.
Enoch Kever PLLC
Shelly is a skilled professional with a real knack for placing the right people in the right positions. She successfully placed myself and my wife into our ideal jobs and made the process as painless as possible. Shelly is personable, responsive and persistent; all the qualities one would want in a recruiter. Beyond that, Shelly draws on a large network of contacts to provide you with plenty of options during your job search. I highly recommend Shelly to anyone looking to make a change within the legal field.
Shelly is a seasoned professional with great contacts, and is very easy to work with. Shelly was my recruiter for only a few weeks because, with her help, I quickly transitioned to a great firm. Throughout my job search she provided feedback but was always responsive to my preferences. Communication with her was consistently prompt and to the point. I highly recommend Shelly to all of my colleagues in the legal community.
Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney
Simone goes above and beyond in her role. She ensures her recruits are placed with a company where their expertise is utilized, but where there is still room for growth. Simone was very available when I had questions, attentive when I had concerns, and proactively responsive when I was anxious. I highly recommend Simone as a legal recruiter and would work with her again, if needed. Simone is a pleasure to have worked with and I wish her much success in the future!
AIT Worldwide Logistics, Inc.
Gary was recommended to me and I can absolutely see why. His detailed-oriented approach and knowledge about legal placement are truly first-class. Gary provided critical insight during my transition and helped me navigate potential pitfalls. Above all, Gary is incredibly responsive, which is certainly appreciated when one has a time-sensitive issue. Of course, I recommend Gary and his services.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Gary is an outstanding recruiter who took a sincere interest and active approach in helping to secure a job offer for me. Gary and I worked together in identifying potential employers, developing a business plan, preparing for interviews, securing phone interviews and office visits, and eventually obtaining the offer. Throughout this process, Gary was very responsive and provided much appreciated guidance based on his extensive experience in placing attorneys with top law firms. Gary was truly a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend his services going forward.
Latham & Watkins LLP
Gary is a top notch recruiter who delivers results for his clients. In addition to being a supportive and incredible advocate for me and my candidacy, Gary provided me with valuable advice and counsel on the interview process and how to best present my candidacy during interviews. He also sent me articles and other information on the firms and attorneys that I was interviewing with that proved invaluable during the interview process. Thanks to Gary's advocacy, advice and counsel, I got the ideal position at the ideal firm.
NEAL, GERBER & EISENBERG LLP
I had a great experience with Chicago Legal Search while looking for a position in Intellectual Property Law in a Chicago Firm. I had been looking for the right job for quite some time and consider working with Gary D’Alessio to have been a high point of my search. Gary’s diligence and perseverance in helping me find a perfect match for my skill set are unparalleled. Gary’s willingness to share his experience and ideas were most beneficial, and I consider myself as having been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him. Gary knew exactly what I was looking for and helped me pursue the opportunity with polite urgency and dedication, and I will always be grateful for that.
Banner & Witcoff, LTD.
Shelly Remen Sibul recently placed me with a wonderful counsel position at a large multinational corporation. Shelly was incredibly professional and kind throughout my search. What impressed me most about Shelly was how careful she listened to me and made my goals and objectives the focus of her search for me. Never did she try to force opportunities onto me that were inconsistent with my plans. To the contrary, Shelly was very patient and strategic with respect to what opportunities she shared with me. I have worked with other recruiters in the past, and I can state with certainty that none of them displayed the “candidate first” mentality that was characteristic of Shelly.
Besides being a very savvy recruiter, Shelly was incredibly responsive to calls and emails; in fact she routinely returned emails promptly on nights and weekends.
Thanks in large part to Shelly, I am now in a role that I absolutely love and is a great fit for my background. I highly recommend Shelly Remen Sibul as a recruiter!
“Shelly Remen Sibul is a consummate professional. I found her to be of great assistance in not only identifying an appropriate and rewarding position, but also in assuring that I was well-prepared for the process and ultimate transition. Her attentiveness to both the market and finding the ‘best fit’ opportunity for me showed an interest in my long-term success and well-being not often found in this industry. I would not hesitate to recommend Shelly’s services to friends or colleagues in the market for a new position.”
National Law Firm - Chicago Office
“The process of searching for the perfect opportunity is much more difficult than I would have ever thought. I personally do not believe I could have landed my ideal position without Gary D’Alessio’s help. During my search, I have spoken with numerous recruiters both in Chicago and nationally. I have found that the very best recruiters, such as Gary, are those that take the time to really listen and understand the candidate’s interests, values and experiences, rather than try to stick a square peg in a round hole. In this realm, Gary was the best. He did an excellent job in understanding me and properly focusing my search. Gary is also very personable and working him is like working with a friend, which made a challenging process seem fairly easy.”
Arnstein & Lehr LLP
“The decision to leave my law firm and change practice areas was not easy. Furthermore, doing so in a difficult hiring market made the task that much more challenging. To my good fortune, a colleague of mine recommended Alan Rubenstein. Alan’s contacts and knowledge of the Chicago legal market cannot be understated. However, what truly sets Alan apart is his personal touch. Specifically, in Alan I found a true representative throughout the hiring process. Alan is genuinely interested in his candidates' immediate and long term career goals and spends substantial time preparing and counseling his candidates throughout the process. I am so impressed with Alan’s skills that I have recommended his services to several of my friends. They echo the same praise for Alan as I do. He is simply the best.”
Chuhak & Tecson, Ltd.
“I felt an immediate boost in confidence after meeting with Gary D’Alessio. Gone were the anxiety and stress, replaced instead by focus and an action plan that Gary tailor-made for my needs and desires. Gary’s ability to help you transform your resume is unquestionable. Case in point: I targeted the law firm I wished to join and sent my resume long before meeting with Gary. I heard no response. With Gary's assistance, I overhauled my resume, revitalizing and refocusing it. I heard from Loeb & Loeb within a week.
Gary’s commitment to learning what made me tick, and what truly would make me happy, was as evident in the care he took targeting job opportunities as it was in his unique approach to marketing my skills. Rather than gather my resume and mass reproduce it to the highest bidders, Gary met with me one-on-one, meticulously researched my strengths, consulted his vast network of resources and pursued only those opportunities that made sense for my career aspirations.
I highly recommend Gary’s services. The job search is an exhausting and stress-filled endeavor, but when I started working with Gary I stopped dreading the daily job hunt and approached it with excitement and a renewed sense of hope.”
Loeb & Loeb
“When I decided to relocate to Chicago after practicing law on the East Coast for two years, I turned to my law school’s career development department for assistance. After revising my resume no less than ten times, I arranged meetings with alums from my law school who were practicing in Chicago to obtain more information about the Chicago legal market. After a few informational interviews, I found myself across the desk from a partner in a very prominent law firm in Chicago who gave me the one piece of advice that would ultimately land me the opportunity of my dreams: ‘stop wasting your time networking and go see Gary D’Alessio!’ This partner explained that Gary is the best in the business at matching job-seeking associates with firms that are both a social and professional fit. Indeed, when this partner was a junior associate, Gary helped her find her current firm where she later made partner.
So, I headed over to Gary’s office for our initial meeting. During this meeting, Gary and I spoke at length about what type of firm I was interested in pursuing, what type of law I practiced and hoped to practice, my resume, strengths, potential challenges, and my timeline. Gary was very attentive and really understood where I was trying to go with my practice. I felt confident that he would be able to steer me in the right direction.
After our initial meeting, Gary insisted I completely rewrite my resume, which, according to Gary, was a law student’s resume. Gary and I spent hours rewriting my resume. Every descriptive word, formatting mark, and punctuation mark was scrutinized. Six substantive revisions later, my resume was complete and we were ready to initiate the search.
Within days of completing my resume, Gary generated a list of firms for me to consider. The list was based on the factors we discussed in our initial meeting. My resume was sent only to the firms I selected.
Within three weeks of Gary transmitting my information to the firms, I had five interviews. Before each interview, Gary gave me a packet of information about the firm and each of the interviewers. In most cases, the information was not available on the website or online. Gary even made himself available for mock interviews. In the end, I was thoroughly prepared for each interview and everything went very well.
In addition, throughout the interview process, I was consistently complemented on my resume. One interviewer said the layout of my resume and the manner in which the information was conveyed was the best he had seen.
One of the firms, Freeborn & Peters, stood out. The firm was the exact size I was seeking, extremely reputable, and an all around perfect social and professional fit. I received an offer within days of my final interview with the firm. Although firms continued to request an interview (because Gary continued to follow-up and chase leads), I removed myself from consideration and accepted Freeborn & Peters’ offer.
I do not know whether my experience was unique, but even if it was, I could not have replicated Gary’s efforts or achieved the same result on my own. From start to finish, Gary found me my dream job—in just under six weeks, and I could not be happier at my firm.”
Freeborn & Peters LLP
“The decision to leave my first and only firm did not come easily. I had one previous experience with a recruiter that was immensely unsatisfying. The recruiter repeatedly made vague references to all of the candidates with credentials similar to mine that he had placed at ‘top firms’ but, when pressed for details, he became awkwardly combative. Rather than devising a list of firms that reflected my professional values, he simply handed me a preprinted list of the twenty-five largest firms in Chicago and asked me to pick the firms that were of interest. After this experience, I tried to find a job on my own.
When I had exhausted my contacts at other firms, a friend suggested that I call Gary D’Alessio. My friend recounted his experience trying to find a job on his own, and insisted that he never would have landed his current job without Gary’s help. Skeptical of my friend’s effusive praise, I spent part of the afternoon researching Gary—I spoke with other friends about the recruiters they had used in making their lateral moves, surveyed the Chicago recruiting market and spoke with some contacts involved in lateral hiring at other firms. My research confirmed that Gary was the preeminent recruiter in Chicago, and I called him the next day.
After a few minutes on the phone with Gary, I understood why he is so highly regarded and knew that he would help me find precisely the kind of position I was looking for. Gary and I spoke at length about my professional experience and practice. Because he is a lawyer with several years of practice, Gary understood exactly what I described and knew the value it could add to another firm’s practice. He then suggested we meet in person.
Gary put me through the most exacting interview I had during my entire search. He also helped me craft a vastly superior resume to the one I had previously used. It was clear to me that Gary was more interested in my long-term career goals and professional values than he was in finding a quick-fix to my job search by placing me in a firm that might not be a good fit. In stark contrast to the other recruiter I met, Gary produced a narrowly tailored list of target firms. What mattered most was how well I would fit in with the firms and the value I could add versus whether the firm made the AmLaw 100 list.
What I appreciated most about working with Gary was his complete candor in assessing my lateral options. He was refreshingly blunt. Gary plainly told me which firms I had a realistic chance of success with and which firms were unlikely to consider me as a candidate. But, Gary’s pragmatism was counterbalanced by his encouragement and constant support when I decided to apply to firms we considered to be reaches.
While working with Gary, I felt as if I was his only candidate, and finding me the ideal job was his only priority. Gary was proactive and aggressive in developing potential job leads, scheduling interviews and following up with each firm after I concluded my interviews. It was an enormous comfort when I realized that Gary works ‘attorney hours.’ Just as the practice of law extends past the hours of 9—5, so does Gary’s work hours. He was extremely responsive and I always felt like we were in this job search together. Every phone call was returned the same day and every email was answered, often within a few minutes. And just when I would begin to take things too seriously, Gary’s wry humor would put my job search in the proper perspective.
Ultimately, I landed my dream job. I moved from a respectable firm with a narrow practice focus to an elite international law firm with a highly sophisticated and comprehensive litigation practice. I’ve changed the focus of my practice entirely and now have the opportunity help grow my new firm’s Chicago office. I’m certain that I never would have been able to land my new position without Gary’s help.”
STEPTOE & JOHNSON LLP
“Moving from New York and knowing very little about the Chicago legal market, I expected that my job search would be long and painful, and cause considerable stress. I began working with Gary D’Alessio and quickly learned that I was putting my future in the hands of a very seasoned, skilled and qualified legal search consultant.
Unlike other consultants with whom I have worked in the past, Mr. D’Alessio did not ‘disappear‘ after my first conversation with him. During my job search, he kept in constant contact with me and tailored his searches to exactly what I requested, including the size of the firm, my legal field preference and the firm atmosphere I wanted for my new position. What became clear is that Gary listened to my preferences and with his exceptional knowledge of the Chicago legal environment, he knew where I would be a good fit.
Throughout the interviewing stages of my job search, Mr. D’Alessio called to discuss—at length—a particular firm’s history, environment and culture, as well as his personal impressions of other candidates who had interviewed there previously. He asked me tough questions just like a partner interviewing me would. He mailed several packages of information about firms to me before an interview so I was armed with as much knowledge before walking into an interview.
Needless to say, my transition from New York City to Chicago went very smoothly—I secured several interviews within days of my initial conversation with Mr. D’Alessio, having never stepped foot in Chicago. All in all, I made only two trips back and forth from New York City and got the job I wanted on my second trip. Moving from out of state, I thought it would have taken me at least a month to find my ideal job. To my happy surprise, as a result of working with Mr. D’Alessio, the job search process took only two weeks!!!
I recommend Mr. D’Alessio to any attorney moving from out of state to Chicago. You will not find any legal search consultant who knows the Chicago legal market so thoroughly. He provides up to date information and extensive research about the law firms, is careful to secure interviews that correlate to your personal preferences, and keeps in touch throughout the entire process. In the end, I could not have placed my future in better hands.”
Ungaretti & Harris
“The decision to leave my former firm was difficult, but the thought of conducting a job search in Chicago while continuing to practice in Indianapolis was simply overwhelming. Fortunately, I was referred to Alan Rubenstein by a friend. Alan’s knowledge of the Chicago legal market and the different cultures within various law firms was invaluable. The information and resources Alan provided gave me a competitive advantage and allowed me to negotiate a superior arrangement, but most importantly, he helped me select the firm best suited for my personal and professional goals. I have since referred several of my friends to Alan and they have each had equally rewarding experiences.”
Latham & Watkins
“After taking a brief hiatus from the practice of law, I was looking for a position which would enable me to enjoy a better balance between work and my personal life. I turned to Gary D’Alessio not only for his assistance in exploring opportunities for me, but to provide me with the counseling and guidance I needed. Gary’s personal experiences, familiarity with the Chicago legal market and timely knowledge of various opportunities ultimately led me to a part-time position at which I have never been happier.”
Burke Warren Mackay & Serritella PC