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 was able to deliver even with hard to find criteria for our in-house legal needs. CLS took time to fully understand our business and exactly what we were looking for in a great match, not just from a technical aspect, but also from a company fit. I appreciated their flexibility and consistency in providing top talent for our company in a timely manner.”

    Sarah Wahlstrom, Human Resources Manager

    Dyson, Inc.