We don't take your time until we've taken our time.
We understand that today's legal market is a dynamic one, intensely competitive and constantly changing. Time is more valuable than ever. That’s why we carefully listen to our clients and screen our candidates before submitting resumes or arranging interviews.
We match credentials and chemistry.
SeltzerFontaine learns everything possible about each client's practice, client base, and financial performance as well as its needs, goals, and culture. We study each candidate's academic achievement, professional experience, rainmaking potential, interpersonal style, and career objectives.
We sell your story.
An effective search firm must not only tell your story, but also “sell” your story, thereby inspiring the strongest candidates to consider the opportunity. Merely identifying a roster of qualified prospects isn’t enough. Our in-depth knowledge of the legal marketplace and proven track record of dedication to the continuing success of our clients allow us to recruit, engage, and present the best candidates for your consideration.
Our Confidential Services
SeltzerFontaine has an extensive local, regional, national, and international client base which we serve through conducting retained, contingency, directed, exclusive, and non-exclusive searches.
- Law firm partners/associates
- In-house counsel
- Government lawyers
- Non-profit attorneys
- Strategic hires
- Group acquisitions
- Geographic expansion
- Needs assessment
- Job descriptions
- Search procedures
- Integration assistance
- Market intelligence
- Compensation structures
- Diversity and inclusion
- Trends in the profession
We Partner With You
SeltzerFontaine offers a highly experienced team with an unwavering commitment to successfully completing each search we undertake. We are big enough to handle a tough assignment, yet small enough to be responsive. Our approach is one of open, honest partnership and close communication with our clients through every step of the recruiting process.
Founded over 25 years ago, SeltzerFontaine is one of California’s oldest and most prominent legal search firms. Our team is comprised of highly skilled recruiters and former practicing lawyers with outstanding credentials and excellent reputations in the legal community. Together, the consultants at SeltzerFontaine have more than 150 years of legal search experience. Our network of connections in the legal market is broad, deep, and longstanding, efficiently allowing us to find the right candidates with the expertise and client base you seek.
Also important is our ability to assess subjective qualifications and cultural fit. We work with you to identify your hiring needs, refine the ideal candidate profile, and shepherd candidates through the process from initial presentation through the ultimate hire. We keep your organization’s best interests in mind as we partner with you to successfully fulfill your short- and long-term strategic growth goals.
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