Richard Zakin: Managing Director National Partner Placement Division

JW Michaels Meet The Team

richard-zakinRichard joins JW Michaels after practicing executive search for more than a decade, partnering closely with leading New York and national law firms in their targeted and strategic growth efforts. As a former Partner for more than eight years with two AmLaw 100 Firms, Richard brings a unique personal perspective of trust and understanding to candidates contemplating a lateral move.

Richard’s knowledge of the goals and motivations of both clients and prospective candidates helps to streamline the process for all parties involved, and ensures that communications with senior (law firm) management and candidates are discrete, detailed, and handled in an expeditious manner. His broad law firm knowledge and practice area strength ensures that law firm Partner candidates are guided responsibly as they contemplate a lateral move. For both clients and candidates, he has successfully completed Partner placements across a wide range of practice areas, including intellectual-property litigation, M&A, tax, private equity and real estate.

Before entering the executive legal search profession, Richard was a commercial real estate Partner with both Bryan Cave and Dorsey & Whitney. He began his legal career at Skadden Arps after receiving a joint J.D. and M.S.J. in Law and Journalism from Columbia University. He received his A.B. in Government, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.

Connect with Richard:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-zakin-b24a836

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Justin M. Mandel | Managing Director & Head of Compliance

Justin Mandel Meet The Team

justinJustin is a founding principal of JW Michaels & Co. and head of the asset management legal and compliance practice. He also co-heads JW Michaels’ New York Office. Justin was formerly a co-head of the Executive Search division of a national search firm and built and ran the firm’s legal and compliance practice.

Prior to recruiting, Justin worked in real estate development and consulting, and was a Senior Consultant in the Washington, D.C. office of PKF Consulting – Hotel Consulting Services. Justin received a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Business Administration, from the University of Delaware.
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Financial Services Data Report Of 2015

Kristy Wright Skeehan Compensation, Executive Search, News

JWMC-2014-Market-Data JW Michaels & Co. has released its 2015 Financial Services Market Data Report. The data appearing in this compensation report were collected by comparing successful placements made by JW Michaels during 2015. The report presents compensations grouped by size and type of firm as well as by job title.

The data represent total compensation for various executive positions in the compliance, legal, risk, accounting and finance, and information technology areas. JW Michaels compiled this information based on completed placements made by the company in 2015 at its offices in New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, Houston, Boston and Atlanta.

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Essential Due Diligence for the Executive Job Search

Kristy Wright Skeehan Executive Search

due-diligenceAccording to Forbes Magazine, 40% of executives fail in their first 18 months in a new job. Prudent due diligence throughout the application process can greatly reduce the risk of failure.

You are fortunate to find yourself torn between accepting or declining an exciting, new executive position. In all likelihood, you did a sufficient amount of research before your first interview. If this was not the case, you undoubtedly would not have made it to this point in the application process.

There’s a great deal of work involved in a search for the executive job seeker. Organized due diligence will help ensure your success.
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Meet Howie Kobrin | VP, Legal Recruiting

Howie Kobrin Executive Search, Meet The Team

howie kobrin
Howie Kobrin brings a wealth of experience and determination to his position as Vice President, Senior Legal Recruiter at JW Michaels and Company. Howie works with law firms and corporations to assist them in obtaining the best talent the marketplace has to offer. Prior to JW Michaels, Howie was formerly an attorney recruiter for two national search firms.

Howie lives in Jersey City, NJ with his wife and two young sons. He received his B.A. from Hobart College.
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Corporate Citizenship Matters

Kristy Wright Skeehan Executive Search

economic-growth-xsCompanies that disregard corporate citizenship are missing opportunities with both their employees and their external stakeholders. Your employees will embrace the opportunity to contribute beyond their day-to-day job responsibilities. Their engagement will reflect pride in your corporate culture. Your recruitment efforts will also benefit from your social responsibility reputation. Your company will attract candidates with the characteristics you aspire your employees to have. Likewise, your client community will respect your dedication to improving their environment and their standard of living. Developing and implementing a well-planned corporate citizenship practice is a win-win situation.
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Meet Adam Gantt | Risk & Front Office

Adam Gantt Executive Search, Meet The Team

Adam-GanttAdam Gantt | Executive Recruiter Risk & Front Office. Leveraging his experience in the finance sector, Adam partners with global banks, hedge funds and asset managers to deliver solutions for their most critical hires. Adam primarily focuses on Risk (Market, Regulatory, Credit) and Front Office (Research, Sales & Trading) roles. He enjoys the pursuit of finding the superstars that will take his clients from good to great.
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