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The Texas offices are seeking a Lateral Legal Recruiting Specialist to support the Legal Recruiting efforts across all three of our Texas offices.


As part of the Texas Legal Recruiting and Development Department, the Lateral Legal Recruiting Specialist will be responsible for coordination of all aspects of lateral attorney recruiting, including, but not limited to, lateral hiring and relationship building with recruits, search firms, and vendors.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Communicate and work closely with senior partners within all practice areas regarding lateral needs
  • Act as primary contact for judicial clerks, lateral candidates and headhunters
  • Source candidates and review candidate materials
  • Schedule interviews and meet candidates
  • Collect & distribute interview feedback
  • Accurately track all candidates
  • Update Kirkland’s website with open position information
  • Coordinate judicial clerk outreach and receptions
  • Manage pipeline of transfer attorneys to/from Houston office
  • Prepare new-hire paperwork
  • Coordinate new-hire orientation and onboarding
  • Focus on lateral attorney integration
  • Provide reports and statistical data as needed
  • Work closely with Legal Recruiting and Development team to assist with ad hoc projects as needed

Education, Work Experience, Skills

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of recruiting experience in a law firm or professional service industry.  The candidate must also demonstrate strong leadership, problem-solving, and strategic planning skills, and the ability to work across all levels of management with various personality types; build relationships, be proactive, stay organized, and multi‑task in a fast‑paced, pressured environment.  A Bachelor’s degree is required, along with superior verbal and written communication skills.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise regarding lateral attorney recruitment activities;
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills;
  • Strong problem-solving skills;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills;
  • Ability to design short-term and long-term goals, with clear criteria to measure success and return on investment;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines;
  • Ability to excel in a multiple authorities environment;
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills;
  • A proactive approach and the ability to work "hands-on" as required;
  • High degree of comfort interacting with partners, coupled with a strong image and presence that engenders confidence from firm management and attorneys;
  • Strong presentation skills combined with confidence and poise;
  • A Bachelor’s degree combined with a minimum of five years of recruiting experience, preferably in a large law firm or other professional services environment;
  • Proficiency in the use office software, including Microsoft Office. Experience with ViDesktop preferred.