Mid-Level Financial Restructuring Associate Century City, CA – our top law firm client has a need in its Century City office for a Financial Restructuring Associate with 4 years experience at a BigLaw firm. This is a great opportunity to join a fantastic team of partners who offer associates lots of deal responsibility and the opportunity […]
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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.
Prestigious, international law firm has a need for a 3 – 7 year intellectual property litigation associate to grow its expanding domestic and international IP practice in San Francisco, CA. Candidate must have IP experience as well as a technical degree in EE, ME, Computer Science or Physics. This is a great platform for career development: […]
Highly-rated law firm has a need in their NY office for a Mid-Level Corporate Associate with 3-6 years of general corporate, M&A, joint ventures and private equity experience at a major law firm. Candidates should have a JD from a top law school and a 3.4+ GPA. Please submit resume and transcripts to be considered. […]
Prestigious international law firm has a need for a Jr. Corporate Associate with 2-3 years of a mix of M&A, capital markets and general corporate experience at a top 20 U.S. law firm. Please have a U.S. JD from a Top 20 law school and a 3.5+ GPA. Please submit resume/transcript to be considered to: […]
Highly-rated law firm has a need for a Pharma Patent Litigation Associate Attorney with a chemistry-related undergraduate degree and 2-3 years of pharma patent litigation related experience to join its collegial and busy group. NY Bar is required. Please have a JD from a top tier law school and top grades. Please submit resume to […]
Top rated national law firm has a need for a Pharma Patent Litigation Associate Attorney with a chemistry-related undergraduate degree and 2-3 years of pharma patent litigation related experience to join its collegial and busy group. Illinois Bar is Required. Please have a JD from a top tier law school and top grades. Please submit […]
Labor & Employment Associate 4+ Years Need in LA or CC – our prestigious law firm client is seeking an associate for its Labor and Employment practice group in its Los Angeles office (Century City or Downtown) with four or more years of prior AmLaw law experience in labor law. Employment litigation and multi-plaintiff litigation experience a […]
4-6 Yr Corporate Associate in Los Angeles – our client with a preeminent, internationally recognized corporate practice is seeking an associate with four to six years of general corporate experience with a strong M&A background. Ideal candidates will have experience representing both buyers and sellers in M&A deals; representing institutions in public securities transactions; and managing the […]
International law firm Simmons & Simmons expands its international intellectual property group with the appointment of Mark Heaney who will join the firm as a partner.*
Global law firm Reed Smith has announced the appointment of Alexander (Alex) Fischer as partner to its corporate and commercial practice. Alex joins the firm from the Shanghai office of Rӧdl and will be based in Reed Smith’s Shanghai office.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Mario Mancuso will join the Firm, where he will lead the National Security and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) practice. He will divide his time between the Firm’s Washington, D.C., and New York offices, serving clients on related transactional, investigative and advisory […]
Kelley Kronenberg, a diverse full-service law firm, announced that Jonathan E. Hyun has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner. Mr. Hyun focuses his practice on business transactions and tax law related matters. He has extensive experience handling matters involving executive compensation and employee benefits. Mr. Hyun also serves an outside general counsel role […]
DLA Piper has expanded its presence in Africa with the launch of its own office in Casablanca, Morocco as of 5 October, to be followed by Johannesburg, South Africa in the first quarter of next year. These offices will complement and support the fifteen DLA Piper Africa firms across the continent.
Blank Rome LLP is pleased to welcome Scott DeMartino to the Firm as a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office’s Tax group. Mr. DeMartino focuses his practice on real estate and renewable investments using renewable energy tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, and new markets tax credits. He joins Blank Rome from Bryan Cave LLP, […]
Kendis Key Muscheid, one of the leading nonprofit tax lawyers in the Southwest, has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in the Phoenix office, Chair Mark Stewart announced today.
King & Spalding announced today that Thomas Jones will join the London office as a partner in the firm’s financial institutions and finance practices. He will join from Allen & Overy, where he has been a partner for 15 years.