Meet the West Coast's Top Recruiting Team
Swan Legal Search focuses on creating opportunities and building long term relationships with lawyers, law firms and corporate legal departments. We know the attorney job market from the inside out, which enables us to provide the best possible consultations. Our success is a direct reflection of the commitment, accountability and integrity we bring to each search. We understand the critically important need for confidentiality and conduct ourselves accordingly. We have an unprecedented passion for facilitating a fit on both a personal and professional level.
Industry-Leading Experience in a Diverse Group
Swan Legal Search was founded 24 years ago with an all-women, culturally diverse team. We're comprised of former legal professionals who focus on creating opportunities and building long term relationships with lawyers, law firms and corporate legal departments. Swan Legal Search knows the attorney job market from the inside out, which enables us to provide the best possible consultations. We pride ourselves on being well-ahead of the awareness curve, and bring our unique perspective to all our dealings with attorney applicants and clients. While we didn't write the book on diversity, we do practice what we preach. This allows us to find the perfect fit for lawyers and firms. CONTACT US and we'll show you how we do it.
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Andrea Hartwell
As Swan Legal's Senior Recruiter, Andrea has placed candidates at many of California's leading large law firms, as well the state's most prestigious boutique groups. By keeping a close eye on our clients' needs, she's able to advise attorneys on whether a move will be beneficial in reaching their goals, identify firms that can advance an attorney's practice and interests, all whilst managing the recruitment process from start to finish. Andrea previously practiced commercial litigation and labor and employment law in California with a top international firm for over six years prior to joining SLS. She's a UC Berkeley and UC Davis Law School graduate.
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Carla Khalife
Carla practiced at Norton Rose Fulbright in London for five years in the Communications, Media and Technology team, where she advised on IP, commercial and technology transactions matters. She served as legal counsel at ICAP plc, a leading UK financial services company, working on a range of commercial matters. Carla graduated from University College London (LLM) and Queen Mary, University of London (LLB), and the College of Law (PgD). She will bring you a unique perspective of private practice and in house legal markets. Carla has been living and working in Los Angeles since 2012.
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Mindy Baggish
Mindy is a seasoned legal recruiter with 21 years of experience in legal recruitment and career counseling, 10 of which as Director of Career Services at UC Davis School of Law. She also practiced law as an IP litigation associate at a preeminent AmLaw 100 firm in Los Angeles and worked for many years as a legal recruiter for another prestigious search firm. She has presented at numerous conferences and law association events and has been interviewed by legal publications on career-related topics. Mindy is a graduate of Vassar College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
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Lorraine Connally
Lorraine has directed the recruitment process in some of the most-respected law firms in the country, including White & Case, Latham & Watkins, Heller Ehrman, Crosby Heafey, Reed Smith and Allen Matkins, for over 20 years. She has presented on legal recruiting topics at law schools and national professional organizations. Her background and experience working with attorneys at all levels and different firm structures provides her with a unique perspective in the lateral recruitment process. She understands the needs of firms and candidates alike. Lorraine is a graduate from Azusa Pacific University.
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Shumi Brody
Shumi has managed the hiring processes of lateral partners and associates, as well as summer associate programs, for the last 12 years at top AmLaw firms such as WilmerHale, Winston & Strawn, and BakerHostetler. She has expertise in coaching attorneys to use the behavioral interviewing method and guidance on reaching core competencies at a firm. She received her JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University.
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Zsaleh Harivandi
Zsaleh is a former lawyer who practiced complex civil litigation at a national firm and clerked for two different federal district court judges before finding recruiting. She came to Swan Legal with recruiting experience from another company, and was drawn to SLS's integrity and dedication to its clients. Zsaleh earned her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and her law degree at Cornell Law School, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Law Review.
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Jennifer Meyer Swan
Jennifer has been immersed in the world of legal recruiting all her life (she is Delia Swan's daughter), and fully understands the mechanics behind the industry. She enjoys cultivating strong client relationships and is committed to finding the perfect job for each of her candidates. Prior to joining SLS, Jennifer worked in account management and brand partnerships for startups in Austin, New York and San Francisco for six years. She hopes to offer a fresh perspective on legal recruiting. Jennifer is a graduate of Boston University, and is excited to be working with her mom.
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Delia Swan
The SLS Team is led by its founder, Delia Swan. Delia earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA, and she graduated from USC Law School. During law school, Delia externed for The Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She practiced transactional law for six years in Los Angeles prior to starting SLS. SLS emerged in November 1997, and within three years was named by The Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California's top ten recruiting firms for the placement of both partners and associates. After 23 years, Delia still has a passion and love for her work.
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2021 brings a new outlook. The lawyer job market is recovering with a vengeance. If you're an associate or partner practicing litigation, bankruptcy, corporate, tax, real estate, intellectual property labor & employment, antitrust, health care or any number of other legal disciplines, our legal recruiters will help you chart a course in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Sacramento, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Irvine, Napa, Portland, Seattle -- all of California and the Pacific Northwest. We are experts at attorney placements -- simply the best legal headhunters in the business.
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Here's What Folks Say About Us
We pride ourselves on the lasting relationships that we build. Our clients have returned to us again and again for our advice. This includes both attorneys looking for opportunities, and law firms intent on securing the best legal talent. Read what they have to say, then CONTACT US.
"If any recruiting firm can weather the storm, and continue connecting great candidates with great jobs, it is Swan Legal Search. I remember you helped place me in the middle of the 2008/2009 recession no less! Just an all-star team that I absolutely trust and refer all my friends and internal firm/corporate recruiting heads to."
San Francisco Law Firm
"In a crowded space, Delia is heads above the rest. As an experienced attorney in Los Angeles and New York with plenty of contact from legal recruiters over the years, Delia sets herself apart in all of the right ways. She is lovely to deal with, elegant and graceful in her presentation, and very plugged into the legal decision-makers in the Los Angeles community. Candidates with whom Delia chooses to work are very successful, in part, because Delia has significant credibility with the top firms in town. I cannot recommend more highly Delia and her able team. She is, simply, as good as it gets in this space."
Los Angeles Law Firm
"I recently had the pleasure of working with Jenny Swan in my job search. She had clearly studied my resume beforehand and was able to offer advice and strategy in our first conversation. She had an excellent sense of the market and I felt that she was invested in me as a candidate and truly cared about helping me find the best "fit" rather than just placing me at any firm. I've worked with legal recruiters before who'd spam candidates with job postings, but Jenny's approach was very different and very tailored to my background, interests, and career goals. I also appreciated her responsiveness to my emails and calls. I had a great experience with Jenny and SLS!"
Los Angeles Law Firm
Put simply, Delia found me an exciting, ideal position that, but for her hard work, I would have never discovered. Having previously worked for a well-known international firm, I was eager to find a job that offered not only challenging work and substantive responsibility, but also better opportunities for work-life balance. Delia listened to my concerns and goals, and I could not be happier with the results she achieved. Her candor, knowledge and diligence were refreshing and reassuring, and she managed to make a stressful process much easier to navigate. Due to Delia's help, I am once again excited to be a lawyer -- thank you Delia!"
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