Northwest Legal Search

Northwest Legal Search, Inc.
The Northwest's
Leading Attorney Search
Consulting Firm.

Our Services

Our Services -- Corporate Counsel Search; In-House Counsel Search Specialists

In order to accommodate our clients' needs, NWLS offers three flexible fee options:

Retained Search: -----

This option is often appropriate for client search assignments that are urgent, sensitive or confidential in nature. In addition, we:

Negotiate a fee amount up front and collect a portion at the beginning of the project and at the mid-way mark. Provide scheduled weekly updates on the progress of candidate identification. Limit the number of retained searches that we accept at any one time; we are committed to finding and ultimately hiring a highly-qualified candidate for each assignment.

Engagement Fee: -----

The engagement fee search indicates a commitment between the recruiter and the client to find and hire the most qualified candidate. In this arrangement, the:

Client company pays a non-refundable fee at the beginning of the search. Fee is less than that in a retained search and will be deducted from the total fee of any hired candidate. Candidates presented to the client for possible hire will not be shared with any other clients for 30 days.

Contingent Search: -----

This option is ideal for regularly recurring assignments and those with a minimal level of urgency. In addition:

An up front financial investment from the client is not required. The client will pay a percentage of the hired candidate's annual compensation. The fee is collected once the candidate begins employment..

Whether you want to fill a General Counsel role or are seeking the first attorney the company has ever hired, we are your premier source.  We are skilled at assessing the basics of legal skill and education, but also business acumen, leadership, people management and interpersonal skills.  Not every lawyer can be a successful in-house corporation fit.  This is something we know from more than 20 years of experience in placing them.

To Corporations We Offer

  • Our multi-decade database of Northwest candidates and our strong supply of candidate sources
  • Knowledge of and access to a national lawyer market base
  • Practice areas knowledge
  • Obtaining references 
  • Objective view
  • Comparative analysis on our candidates to others you have on file (on exclusive, retained searches) 
  • Outside consultant experiences
  • Confidence, confidentiality and quality
  • To Attorneys Whom we Select as Candidates We Offer

  • Resume review and recommendations for change for specific positions 
  • Interview preparation and coaching, particularly on Northwest culture and style
  • In-depth current and historic knowledge of the Northwest market 
  • Role of post-interview advocate
  • Compensation and benefits information
  • Negotiation and recommendation on offer terms
  • Counseling on references and giving notice
  • Confidentiality -- your resume is in the hands of those employers most appropriate, with your pre-approval.  We never mass mail or send an unsolicited resume to our clients.
  • Please note:  We handle the lateral placement of attorneys only. We unfortunately cannot assist current law students or new graduates who have less than two full years of law practice experience after graduation from law school.