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

Lawyer Placement

  • A slate of fully-vetted candidates -- delivered to you quickly! We primarily conduct searches for in-house counsel:    General Counsel, Associate or Assistant General Counsel, Divisional Counsel, Group Counsel, Corporate Counsel, Patent Counsel, IP Counsel and specialty counsel positions, such as Chief Compliance Officer, as well as first in-house counsel positions.  

Recruiting for Corporate Law Departments -----

If you are a Corporate Counsel  or Human Resource Talent Specialist seeking an addition to the legal team, contact us in confidence. We will be pleased to learn about your company, the goals for the department, the unique challenges your industry may face and the expertise and skills required from the individual you wish to hire.  NWLS' clients appreciate the time saved in candidate vetting and critical skill assessment, in managing the hiring process expectations (on both sides), in discharging candidates not selected with dignity, and in providing a manageable list of company culture-matched, finalist candidates.  NWLS vows to be professional, mindful of valuable management time and to be a value-added vendor.

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 and Select Law Firms 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:   The attorney candidates we most often are called upon to recruit are attorneys with JD degrees from the top 30 nationally ranked law schools, who graduated in at least the top 25%, but preferably at or near the top of their classes, and with a progressive employment record at top-tier law firms or corporations.

Please note:  We handle the lateral placement of attorneys only. We unfortunately cannot assist current law students or new graduates who have less than three full years of law practice experience after graduation from law school.