Top law firm has a need for a Mid/Senior Energy Associate in its Houston office. The ideal candidate will have 4-7 years of LNG/upstream, midstream, or downstream energy experience at a major law firm. A strong background in energy related M&A and project development is essential. Candidates should have outstanding academics from a top law school, a […]
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Founded by one of the most successful Texas legal recruiters of all time, Kinney Recruiting began with a simple philosophy: If we work as hard and smart, and if we are as responsive to client needs as the best of our clients and candidates, we will become the premier legal recruiting firm in every market we serve. We have succeeded by gathering over fifty years of attorney recruitment and top law firm experience within our organization and leveraging technology to help us help our clients. We also have structured our organization to promote teamwork. As a result, we believe that we know of more "real" jobs, we have more clients who know and respect our work, and we provide more help to more people than any legal recruitment agency in any market we serve.
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Our series is back, and this week we caught up with Candace Rodriguez. Candace is currently based out of Houston and is one of the newest members on the Kinney team — we’re excited to have her on board.
How did you become a legal recruiter?
I fell into legal recruiting almost 19 years ago. After being a legal assistant for a couple of years, I was frustrated working with attorneys. (Sorry, please don’t take that personally.)
Soon after I left, I helped out a friend on a temp basis at a legal placement agency, and then she begged me to come help them on a contract position. As it turned out, when I stepped into the fast-paced environment of recruiting, I loved the rush. I stayed with that company for 10 years.
What’s the best part of your day?
The best part of my day is when I am connecting with clients and candidates, building relationships and learning their stories. I like the versatility in my job — wearing many hats and stopping everything to fill an urgent contract need.
What’s your favorite part of the placement process?
When I am able help someone! It’s a great feeling to know you have helped to better a candidate’s life and career. The gratitude and the joy I see in my candidates is overwhelming! It’s nice to know that your job matters in ways you can’t comprehend.
What’s been the best trip you’ve taken as a recruiter?
Winning a trip to Cancun for top sales in the legal support division over 7 offices! It was 5-stars, from the food to the spa and snorkeling. Team building exercises, bonding, meeting different colleagues from across the country and becoming life-long friends really made the trip memorable. It was the best trip I’ve ever taken.
If I wasn’t a recruiter, I would ____________.
I would own a Latin Fusion restaurant with amazing guacamole and margaritas!
You’ve heard it all before: It’s all about who you know. You have to put yourself out there. You need to build your network.
So, needless to say, it has been interesting to see the counterpoint to this old adage presented in articles such as ‘Networking Tips for Contrarians’ and ‘99% of Networking is a Waste of Time.’ These pieces brought up many good points, some of which warrant further development.
Networking is a big part of my job. If I don’t have the right connection with the right person who trusts my judgment enough to interview a candidate I like, then I need to find someone who does. That’s part of the reason we operate as a group.
I can’t be everywhere and I can’t know everyone and, as hard as it is to admit this even to myself sometimes, not everyone is going to like or trust me. So the more people with whom I have a positive, trusting relationship, either my own or by proxy through a colleague, the more our candidates will benefit. It seems pretty simple and it is the reason all of us at Kinney spend a fair amount of time every year on the road cultivating our “friendship garden.”
This week we sat down with Chris Miller (yes, we have two Chris Millers on our team). Chris is a Texas-native and currently recruiting in our Dallas office.
Why or how did you become a legal recruiter?
After a brief but illustrious stint at the practice of law in Houston, I had the opportunity to help grow a technology company in California and Texas. Nine years later, it was time to take on a new challenge, so I reached out to my old friend Robert Kinney. Listening to Robert talk about his business and the industry, I was convinced that I could add something of value to the operation, so I agreed to join. Now if I could just remember what that something was. . .
What’s been the hardest lesson you had to learn as a recruiter?
It is difficult to realize and accept that even what appear to be the most obvious and mutually beneficial transactions still don’t always happen and often these deals break down for reasons that are completely outside of your individual control.
Our client is a $8 billion per year revenue international corporation with worldwide operations, including significant operations in China. This company is a leader in the emissions and ride control industry, producing parts for a very large assortment of automotive manufacturers, as well as heavy industry emission control products. This company seeks a sophisticated, internationally […]
Top law firm has a need for a Mid-level Real Estate Associate with 3-6 years of real estate private investment management and finance experience at a major law firm to join their busy and growing practice. Admission in NY is required. Please have a JD from a top law school with a 3.4+ GPA. Please […]
Highly-regarded law firm has a need for a Midlevel Emerging Companies Associate (Attorney) with 2-5 years of broad corporate experience, including M&A/PE/VC and capital markets. MA Bar is required. Please submit resume/transcript to be considered to: danielle at kinneyrecruiting dotcom I will never submit your resume anywhere without your authorization.
Highly-regarded law firm has a need for a Midlevel PE Associate (Attorney) with 3-6 years of broad corporate experience, including PE/M&A and capital markets. MA Bar is required. Please submit resume/transcript to: firstname.lastname@example.org We will never submit your resume anywhere without your authorization.
Top-rated law firm has a need for a Midlevel Tax Associate with 2-4 years of tax experience at a major law firm supporting the firm's corporate group. Please have M&A/PE, JV and capital markets tax experience. (The firm will, unfortunately, not be considering candidates who are at accounting firms at this time). Please have a […]
Prestigious law firm has a need for a Midlevel Real Estate Private Funds Associate with 4-6 years of registered funds experience, as well as, experience advising non-registered funds clients. Please have sophisticated funds/IM experience at "biglaw". Please also have a JD from a Top 40 law school with a 3.5+ GPA. Please submit resume/transcript to be considered. […]
Prestigious law firm has a need for an Islamic Finance Associate Attorney with 1-4 years experience in financing transactions, with an emphasis on real estate and/or corporate acquisitions. (Unfortunately, the firm is not looking for candidates with structured finance experience.) Interest in Islamic finance or in a Middle East-related practice would also be a plus, but candidates […]
Global law firm Ropes & Gray announced today that John E. Sorkin has joined its mergers & acquisitions practice as a partner in the firm’s burgeoning New York office.
Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Yilong Du has joined the firm’s Hong Kong office as a partner in the Corporate Department. Du has extensive experience advising on equity capital markets transactions in Mainland China, Hong Kong and the US and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Over the years, Du has advised leading Chinese […]
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney announced today that Walter J. Dunn has joined the firm’s Energy Practice as a shareholder in Washington, D.C. He comes to Buchanan from Adam & Reese.
Akin Gump today announced that James E. Fitzgerald has joined the firm as a partner in its litigation practice in Los Angeles. Mr. Fitzgerald, who has tried more than 40 trials in federal and state courts over the course of his career and handled more than 20 arbitrations, comes to Akin Gump from Stroock & […]
Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added vangard, a leading labor and employment law boutique in Germany, to its global platform. The combination closely follows the opening of Littler’s first Canadian office in Toronto in August and marks the first entry into Europe for Littler Global, which has expanded […]
Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Stephen Moll and Jim Cooper as partners in its Insurance Recovery Group. The two will join the firm’s Houston office from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Houston, where they co-led that firm’s Policyholder Insurance Coverage Group for more than 15 years.
Dentons is pleased to announce the launch of an office in Milan—its first in Italy—with the hire of 21 lawyers, including seven partners, led by Managing Partner Federico Sutti. Sutti, who is rated by both Chambers and The Legal 500 as one of Italy’s most reputable lawyers, was formerly DLA Piper’s Managing Director for Europe […]
Davis Polk today announced that leading tax lawyer David Schnabel has joined the firm as a partner in New York. Mr. Schnabel joins Davis Polk from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he had been a partner since 2000.