Candidate Testimonials

  • David recently assisted me with a lateral associate move. I truly felt that he was invested in placing me in the right position that fit my current professional and personal needs. He was courteous, extremely responsive, as well as personable, and provided me with great insight during the interview and offer negotiation processes. Even after I formally accepted the new position, David continued to follow up and ensure that it was a smooth transition for me to my new firm. I highly recommend David for anyone who is looking to find the right fit in their legal career search.

    Jessica D. Allan, Associate

    Tribler Orpett & Meyer, P.C.

  • Alan's knowledge of the Chicago market was instrumental in helping me navigate an interstate lateral move. Alan always looked out for my best interests and made sure I landed at a firm that fits well with my practice.

    Yan Grinblat, Associate

    DLA Piper

  • Gary was great to work with. He is smart, attentive and practical, and connected me to my present home! I'm glad I worked with him, and only have positive impressions and opinions of him.

    Adam Wolek, Intellectual Property Partner

    Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

  • 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.

     

     

    Katie Lennox, Associate

    McGuireWoods LLP

  • 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!

    David Yonce, Associate

    Arnstein & Lehr

  • 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.

    Ryan Court, Trusts and Estates Associate

    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.

    John D. Mandelbaum, Chief Legal Officer

    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.

    Charles Gardner, Vice President, Business Affairs and Legal

    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.

    Amy Mahone, Of Counsel

    Baker Donelson

  • 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.

    Joshua Rafsky, Employee Benefits Associate

    Jackson Lewis

  • 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.

    Erin Mayer, Associate Attorney

    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!

    Karlie J. Dunsky, Immigration Associate

    Franczek Radelet P.C.

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    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.

    Aaron Gillett, Associate

    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!!

    Jon Goreham, Associate

    DLA Piper

  • 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.

    Anthony Ochs, Associate

    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.

    Michelle Hanlon, Attorney

    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.

    Robert Cooper, Associate

    Levin Ginsburg

  • 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.

    Rebekah Childers, Attorney

    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!

    Alicia Figueroa, Paralegal/Contract Administration

    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.

    Vishal Shah, Attorney

    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.

    Thomas M. Asmar, Associate

    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.

    Matthew J. Weiss, Associate

    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.

    Gregory Donner, Patent Agent

    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!

    Andrew T. Gorman, North America Legal Counsel

    AptarGroup, Inc.

  • “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.”

    J.S., Trust & Estates Associate

    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.”

    Erik M. Jarmusz, Real Estate Associate

    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.”

    Lyle R. Mays, Associate

    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.”

    Rupen R. Fofaria, Associate

    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.”

    Andrea D. Somerville, Litigation Associate

    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.”

    Scott J. Vold, Litigation Associate

    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.”

    Samera S. Ludwig, Associate

    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.”

    Robert T. Buday, Partner

    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.”

    Michelle K. Episcope, Associate

    Burke Warren Mackay & Serritella PC

Client Testimonials

  • Our firm has worked with Chicago Legal Search continuously over the past 20 years.  Throughout that time, we have found their team to be very capable, responsive and result oriented.  By producing quality leads that seem to fit well with our firm culture, CLS has helped us avoid the inefficiencies that often plague the recruitment process.  We have found that because CLS has taken the time to learn about our firm and our specific searches on an individualized basis, the leads they generate are not voluminous, but specially targeted to our needs with a keen eye towards “fit”.  Their approach to these intangible factors is very unique and one that is not often duplicated by other recruiting firms.

    Stephen M. Ruffalo, Managing Partner

    Fuchs & Roselli, Ltd.

  • “I have enjoyed working with Chicago Legal Search in placing attorneys at Accenture. They have taken a genuine interest in getting to know more about the company and really understanding what we are looking for in our candidates. They have placed some great candidates over the past year, and I look forward to our continuing partnership in the future.”

    Susan G. Marlow, Enterprise Recruiting

    Accenture HR Services

  • “Chicago Legal Search was very thorough about asking the right questions so that they could better understand the requirements of the position we were looking to fill. As a result, there was no time wasted in interviewing candidates that did not have the background or experience we were looking for, and in no time we had one of the candidates working with us. Chicago Legal Search was not only thorough upfront, but they remained actively involved throughout the entire process. Without a doubt, if we ever have the need to fill another position in this field our first call will definitely go to Chicago Legal Search.”

    Norma Jean Valadez, SVP/Managing Director of Accounting

    Edelman

  • “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

  • “Freeborn & Peters relies on Chicago Legal Search for more than mere resumes, we look to them for advice and counsel regarding individuals.  Chicago Legal Search consistently takes the time to learn and understand our firm’s special practice needs and goals, as well as our unique philosophy and culture, to help us achieve long-term, rewarding professional relationships.  There exists with Chicago Legal Search a sense of trust and commitment that is seldom duplicated by other professionals.”

    William N. Howard, Esq.,

    Freeborn & Peters

  • “Chicago Legal Search has made a concerted effort to understand thoroughly our firm’s culture, business and hiring criteria. We have been absolutely delighted with the caliber of attorney placed with us by Chicago Legal Search.”

    Gene Leone, Managing Partner

    Pircher Nichols & Meeks

  • “Chicago Legal Search filled 2 in-house counsel positions for us. We received prompt and professional service from CLS associates and very qualified candidates were always presented. CLS always makes sure the candidates are prepared for the interview, and know the culture of our company, and desire to live in a rural area before coming in. I anticipate future openings within the legal department as we are a growing company and I would not hesitate to contact CLS first.”

    Heidi T. Mitchell, Director, Human Resources

    Zimmer, Inc.

  • “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.