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Law Firm Services

The Manning Group’s recruiting counselors do not simply specialize in making placements. Instead, our specialty is also in understanding the unique and nuanced needs/aspirations of every law firm client and candidate.

“Our one and only goal is to create the best fit for all involved … and our service-oriented approach supports that singular goal.”

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For Partners

Our partner placement process begins by spending ample time with a law firm’s leadership to define the firm’s strategic needs precisely and with an eye toward whether potential candidates would be attracted to the position. This might seem simple but it certainly is not. Our recruiting counselors work intensively with firms to extract the specific points that would draw in the best candidates … whether it be cross-selling opportunities with certain clients or practice groups, succession planning strategies, leadership opportunities or other compelling reasons.

After we have narrowly defined the need, we utilize our extensive network, proprietary database and other resources to identify and communicate with the most highly-qualified candidates. Uniquely, we then meet with every candidate in-person to gather all appropriate objective and subjective information before proposing any candidate to a firm. We then work closely with the firm and the candidate (to include regular very detailed progress updates) to efficiently and effectively assist all parties to determine if there is a mutually beneficial match.

For Groups

Group placements are essentially a mini-merger. Due to the heightened complexity of business issues presented, group placements must be treated with the appropriate attention to detail and an understanding of the unique nuances of all of the dynamics at play.

The Manning Group translates its wealth of legal experience representing numerous parties in highly complex business transactions into an ability to manage and advance the interests of many, sometimes diverse, parties (within the firm and the group) in group placement discussions/negotiations.

Though somewhat similar to the partner placement process, the group placement process involves a greater level of firm and candidate counseling. The Manning Group invests the time necessary to meet with every affected member of the firm and every member of the potential group to ensure the motivations and wants/desires of each individual are understood and taken into account. It is vital that the professional fit is not only right between the firm and the group but also within the group itself. The Manning Group’s emphasis on counseling (as opposed to mere advocacy) helps to ensure that everyone’s interests are appropriately aligned as negotiations progress…thus leading to a much greater potential for a successful placement.

For Associates

Many top law firms rely on The Manning Group for our ability to identify those associate candidates with the needed substantive talent and interpersonal skills to flourish and succeed at their firm.

The Manning Group knows that the associate market is not simply a commoditized market where a firm looks to fit a round peg into a round hole.  Instead, associate placements can be as delicate as a partner placement because, after all, the goal is a well-placed associate today will become a highly successful partner at the firm in the not-too-distant future.

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