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

  • Billable or Nonbillable—How Many Kinds of Time are There?

    Law firm lawyers live by the billable hour, but there are many other types of hours—not all of them billable—expected of you by the firm. In addition to performing work for clients, partners (and aspiring partners) also must squeeze into their busy workdays other essential functions such as attorney training,…

  • Lateral Partner Movement from the Client’s Point of View

    Clients are not always pleased when their outside lawyer moves to another law firm because it requires a change in the attorney-client relationship. Either the client must follow the attorney to the new law firm, leave the work with the previous firm and find a new relationship partner, or find…

  • Are Those Clients Really Portable?

    In most cases, the success of a lateral partner hire is greatly determined by the successful transition of his or her clients. A few years ago, the managing partner of a large law firm announced to a roomful of search firm consultants at a NALSC (National Association of Legal Search…

  • How to Identify, Hire, and Develop Star Rainmakers

    The skills that make a great rainmaker are not necessarily the same skills that make a great law firm associate. In the first few years, associates are valued for traits similar to those that brought success in law school—the ability to learn quickly and produce massive quantities of quality work.…

  • 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…

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