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Juristech Associates, Ltd. a national legal recruiter, places lateral attorneys, including partners, associates and intellectual property specialists, in law firms and corporate legal departments.

Innovative Resources For Lateral Attorney Placement Since 1988

Juristech Associates, Ltd. is a national and remote-based, attorney search firm engaged in the placement of lateral business attorneys in law firms and corporations since 1988. Using the most comprehensive data bases of attorney biographies and an approach both ethical and determined, we seek to complete searches for attorneys in a manner that is timely, comprehensive and effective. To law firms and companies in the hiring process, Juristech offers the intersection of quality and quantity, providing appropriate candidates to enhance the optimization of a hiring firm’s lateral selection. Juristech is a member of N.A.L.S.C. If you are an experienced attorney seeking a new position, send us a description of your education and practice history by clicking here. If you are a hiring law firm or corporation, send us a description of your attorney requirement by clicking here. If you would like to ask us a question, click here

Juristech Associates, Ltd recruiting and consulting services include:

  • Permanent placement of lateral attorneys, including partners and associates. (See Open Positions)
  • Placement of intellectual property specialists, including patent attorneys, trademark attorneys, patent agents and searchers
  • Placement of practice groups and assistance in the creation of practice departments
  • (Assisting in ) Creation of job descriptions to target most appropriate candidates
  • (Assisting in) Creation of resume to offer prospective employers a clear understanding of a legal candidate
  • Confirmation of bar admissions (patent or general)
  • Career counseling
  • Portable business development strategy assessment
  • Assisting in Lateral Partner Questionnaire Completion
  • The Provision of Interview Guidance
Q: Let’s start with a basic question: Who pays the recruiting fee, the hiring firm or the legal professional candidate?

A: Recruiting Fees are paid by the hiring entity only. Attorney and legal professional candidates receive Juristech’s placement services and information about opportunities without being charged a fee.

Q: What kind of database expenditure does Juristech incur in an effort to keep its list of potential candidates and firms current?

A: Juristech owns 6 seats on LinkedIn and a national database covering every major and midsized US law firm. It’s total annual fees for these databases is about $35,000. LinkedIn, which we pay for, and Martindale, which we get for free, covers nearly all of the smaller firms. We don’t think any list is truly comprehensive, but the lists we use keep us productive.

Q: Is Juristech owned and operated by an attorney?

A: Yes, Nicholas Kokoris passed the IL Bar at his first sitting in February, 1986.

Q: How many years of experience has Juristech had in the placement of attorneys?

A: As of November of 2016, 29 years.

Q: What percentage of Juristech’s placements involve law-firm hires as opposed to in-house corporate hires?

A: Throughout the whole course of the time Juristech has been in business, I would estimate 90% law firms, 10% in-house.

Q: Is Juristech a member of N.A.L.S.C?

A: Yes, and the President of the firm, Nick Kokoris has attended 14 national NALSAC conferences since 1996. It’s a valuable organization and gives us ideas every year.

Q: What is the Schultz Study, conducted by Boalt Hall Law School in 2008? Why is it important?

A: The Schultz study involved an original research study conducted through thousands of interviews with top rated attorneys and judges throughout the United States. The study was led and directed by the University of California at Boalt Hall’s HR Department in 2008. It distilled 26 factors which were present in the personalities of approximately 4000 of the study’s research candidates. The candidates in the study were top national partner-level attorneys and judges. The study concluded that there is a negative correlation between academic performance in law school and the LSAT and the presence of the 26 winning personality factors. Apparently, the neurological complexity of many highly successful AMLAW 200 partners includes both the presence of many, if not all of those 26 factors, despite the presence of extremely high academic ability. In other words, AMLAW 200 equity partners and Federal Judges, as one might suspect, are neurological outliers in that they combine the personality traits that predominantly appear in less academically successful people with the extraordinary academic achievement of AMLAW 200 partners. This is what might be described as “street smart” and “book smart”. These top attorneys and judges have an extraordinary temperamental capacity, not to mention another 20 some largely psychological factors. (In many cases, it might be beneficial for a college graduate to work for a few years before commencing law school. Often times, older candidates have stronger temperamental capacity in their mid to late twenties or early thirties than right out of college.) Another permutation of the Schultz study is that the majority of truly gifted academically people do NOT make the best lawyers, but often quite pedantic lawyers who are so detailed oriented they have limitations with leveraging psychological strength. While this is counterintuitive, the data, as well as some of my own anecdotal observations, seem to support it. We try to identify the full personality, academically sound legal professionals by understanding the significance of personality in the legal profession.

Q: What do you look for in a candidate?

A: A candidate with some longevity of employment and a candid personality, who talks neither too much nor too little. A certain sound, a certain ring of authenticity, when the candidate is not trying too hard to make a point. Each recruiter, we might guess, places emphasis on different factors. We tend to believe that longevity subsumes character and intellect. It says a great deal about anyone.

Q: Why does Juristech have a national practice when so many N.A.L.S.C. recruiters work in specialized geographical markets?

A: Juristech began in 1988 by placing patent and IP attorneys. At that time, the biggest players in the I.P. space were remote recruiters, firms which placed attorneys over the phone. That was how the IP attorney search market began- remotely. When the internet took off in the mid to late 90’s, we extended that national approach to general attorneys.

Q. What role does size of a search firm play in its effectiveness?

A. Large or small search firms offer different advantages. Small search firms have fewer “hands off” firms- more places where they can look to find attorneys for given jobs without running into conflicts of interest. As databases and use of LinkedIn have become commonplace, it is often very effective for a small search firm, incentivized by low or no equity dispersion among the recruiting staff, to use the internet to make placements that larger search firms which are less incentivized by lower pay rate per recruiter ( higher overhead ) and greater search limitations due to conflicts, could accomplish. It’s quite ironic, but I’ve seen it. I guess there’s a little of Hunter S. Thompson to it. When the going gets weird……. Our size keeps our overhead low, our incentive high, our conflicts fewer. When Artificial Intelligence (AI) takes over, if we had to guess, we think a Juristech type structure will be one of the last kind of search firm to feel its impact. We could be wrong here, but it sounds pretty plausible. The other advantage of staying small is that we have the option of networking with other recruiters.

Q: How has disintermediation, the idea that the Internet will reduce the role of middle people and brokers, which is also a kind of baby step toward artificial intelligence, impacted legal search?

A: In about 1995, there was an article involving an interview with the Computer Science Chair at MIT. He was asked the same question in relation to brokers in general. He replied that disintermediation, while not only not hurting brokers, will actually increase their revenues if brokers use the internet tools to their advantage. This has largely played out for us.

Q: Why does Juristech actually encourage other recruiters, who are its competition, to use the Juristech fee statement?

A: Because it’s a great fee statement that is designed to protect the intrinsic value of the information recruiters provide to hiring entities and because its helps to elevate and keep in our minds, sacred, the role that we play as information providers. If everyone used it, then the hiring entities would have a harder time disagreeing with its clauses. If a fee statement becomes popular, then it becomes universally harder to disagree with its application and its adoption. We especially like clause
“The hiring entity’s affiliation of an attorney or patent agent or any other independent contractor referred by Juristech or the creation of an affiliation with the same subsequent to the receipt of this fee statement shall be considered valid approval and acceptance by the hiring entity to the terms of this fee statement.”