Partner Placement

Partner Placement

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SeltzerFontaine has over 25 years of experience helping partners and practice groups maximize their potential by seeking new law firm affiliations.

We are on the short list of preferred recruiters of virtually every premier law firm with offices in California. Our clients include global, national, regional, and local law firms from the international giants to select boutiques. We communicate directly with law firm leaders and decision makers; thus, we understand their growth strategies, what they seek in terms of lateral partner candidates and practices, and what will spark their interests for an “opportunistic” hire.

Click the link below for some of the high-level partner searches we currently are engaged to fill. But, don’t forget, we have access to many more hidden partner and practice group opportunities which comprise the vast majority of the lateral partner market.

See Candidate Services below for the specialized array of services we offer our lateral partner candidates. Don’t make a move before talking to us!

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The LPQ: What law firms want to know about lateral candidates. Beyond assessing practice and cultural fit, law firms gather relevant data to verify your book of business, avoid client conflicts, and manage risks. Click here for details on what information prospective law firm employers expect you to provide during the interview and vetting process, and to download our sample form.


The LFQ: What lateral candidates want to know about law firms. Just as firms request information from prospective laterals in an LPQ, partner candidates also should ask questions of the firms they are considering. Click here for our advice on what to ask and how to conduct your own due diligence in order to make an informed decision, and to download our sample form.


We advise senior candidates regarding search strategies, practice evaluation, competitive platform assessment, market dynamics, and individual law firm business practices and economic posture. We can assist you with drafting your business plan, completing LPQs, gathering “inside intelligence”, evaluating offers, and negotiating all aspects of your compensation package.

Blog Articles Regarding Partnership

  • Keeping Your Former Lawyers Happy Helps Your Law Firm Grow

    Law firm recruiting and retention efforts benefit from treating your former attorneys like valued alumni rather than disloyal deserters. Gone are the days when lawyers joined the firm directly from law school and left only when they retired or were pushed out if they failed to make partner. Today, even…

  • Profitability, Not Size of Book, is Key to Lateral Partner Success

    The size of the candidate’s book of business is not the controlling factor in determining the success of a lateral partner hire; rather, profitability is the key concern. A $5million book of business is not worth the same to every law firm’s bottom line, and the calculation depends upon several…

  • High on Pot Practice?

    Cannabis law practice is a double-edged sword at the moment.  The legal needs of this budding industry can provide plenty of work for a wide variety of lawyers or, if the new US Attorney General gets his way, it could fizzle out. A majority of states legalized marijuana for medical…

  • Writing an Effective Business Development Plan

    An effective business development plan lays out exactly how the potential lateral lawyer will advance the target firm’s strategic plan, most commonly through expanding its client base. Moreover, it demonstrates that the candidate has that “It Factor” to justify the firm’s investing the time and money necessary to complete the…

  • Transitioning to Partner

    Towards the end of the calendar year most law firms announce the elevation of their new partnership classes. Although the demand for legal services picked up somewhat since the end of the recession, especially in transactional areas of practice, firms remain conservative in their partnership decisions. What does it really…

  • The Bonus Question

    Most major law firms pay annual associate bonuses during the months of January and February. Firms eye their competition and try to match or slightly outdo each other without giving away too much of their precious partnership profits. As each new year begins, many lawyers wonder: How much will my…

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