ESA provides consultative lateral hiring services to both law firms seeking to hire partners and practice groups, and partners who are exploring a lateral move.

We work exclusively with law firm clients and no longer recruit for in-house legal jobs.

Since 2002, we have brokered lateral partner and practice group hires with top tier law firms in a wide range of practice areas in key markets including: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney.


Services to Law Firms
ESA has brokered lateral hires with 25% of the top AmLaw ranked law firms. We assist our clients in establishing or growing practices, founding new offices and introducing M&A opportunities. Our searches address our client's strategic needs, our recruiting is selective, and our work is discreet and ethical.

ESA identifies, qualifies and attracts partners, practice groups and potential M&A firms that align with our client's strategic growth objectives.


Services to Partners & Practice Groups
While we help law firms grow, we are equally adept at assisting partners in exploring the possibility of a lateral move. Our knowledge of the law firm market is comprehensive, our approach to match-making is sophisticated, and our work is discreet, highly confidential and ethical.

Our people understand law firms by their global and regional practice strengths, cultures, management style, governance structures, compensation systems and strategic growth initiatives. We identify firms that can best leverage and meet the needs and interests of partners we introduce.

ESA has counseled hundreds of partners thru the process of navigating the lateral move. Our success based knowledge of the lateral transition process equips us to provide analysis of opportunities in the market, and provide practical advice on how to plan, navigate and execute a lateral move.


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