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Meet Howie Kobrin | VP, Legal Recruiting

Posted on October 28th, 2015 by Howie Kobrin

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Howie Kobrin | VP, Legal Recruiting

Howie Kobrin brings a wealth of experience and determination to his position as Vice President, Senior Legal Recruiter. 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.

“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.” – -Abraham Lincoln


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Corporate Citizenship Matters

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

Companies 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. Read more on “Corporate Citizenship Matters” »


Meet Adam Gantt | Risk & Front Office

Posted on September 18th, 2015 by Adam Gantt

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Adam 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.

A native of Charlotte, Adam has a BA in Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a MBA from Georgetown University.

“The man who thinks he CAN and the man who thinks he CAN’T are both right! Which one are you?” – Henry Ford

Connect with Adam:
Email: agantt@jwmichaels.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/adam-gantt/5/810/6b1


Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure

Posted on September 17th, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

JW Michaels & Co. recently participated in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure in Central Park on Sunday, September 13th. We were introduced to this event by Executive Recruiter Alyssa Guberman, daughter of Judy Salerno (CEO, Susan G. Komen). As a firm, we are committed to team building and passionate about supporting meaningful causes.


Pictured above (from left) Gary Weiss, David Sawits, Jacqueline Volpe, Alyssa Guberman, Jeff Detweiler, Shana Miles and Nate Wasserman.


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Meet H. Lawrence Brown | V.P. Legal

Posted on September 9th, 2015 by H. Lawrence Brown

H. Lawrence Brown | Vice President Legal

Lawrence earned his undergraduate education at Syracuse University where he earned a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.A. in International Relations from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Lawrence earned his J.D. at The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law. After graduation from law school and his admittance to the bar, Lawrence joined JW Michaels at the beginning of 2011.

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Lawrence helped me successfully pursue a very exciting career opportunity. Throughout the process, he was accessible, knowledgeable and responsive to questions. It was a real pleasure to work with him!” -Mara Davis

Connect with Lawrence:

Email: Lawrence@JWMichaels.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hlawrencebrown
Twitter: @HLawrenceBrown


Meet Justin M. Mandel | Managing Director & Head of Compliance

Posted on August 18th, 2015 by Justin Mandel

 Justin M. Mandel | Managing Director & Head of Compliance

Justin M. Mandel | Managing Director & Head of Compliance

Justin 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

An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it-Bill Bernbach

Connect with Justin:

Email: jmandel@jwmichaels.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justinmmandel
Twitter: @JWM_Compliance


Legal Job Market Heats Up As Demand For Compliance Increases

Posted on August 12th, 2015 by Mitch Avnet

Why Compliance Is a Hot Practice Area By Lori Tripoli Law Practice Management Expert

Why Compliance Is a Hot Practice AreaHaving doubts about the viability of compliance as a career option?

Consider that the Association of Corporate Counsel Chief Legal Officers Survey identifies compliance as a top concern of chief legal officers. The Robert Half Salary Guide for the Legal Field identifies hiring opportunities in compliance as a trend both at law firms and in corporate legal departments. More and more regulations are being issued covering the financial industry and other fields. The number of Federal Register pages published on proposed and final federal rules grew from almost 22,000 pages in 1976 to more than 45,500 in 2014.

Those working in this area can, in part, thank certain bad actors, such as Bernie Madoff, for the increased attention devoted to compliance. Madoff, of course, was the financial wizard who just happened to run the largest Ponzi scheme ever discovered. “Bernie Madoff certainly put many aspects of the financial industry on notice with respect to their compliance responsibilities,” says David Smyth, a partner at Brooks Pierce in Raleigh, N.C. He is also a former assistant director in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division.

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Minimization Of Risk In Corporate Universe Creates Greater Demand For Compliance Lawyers

Posted on August 12th, 2015 by Mitch Avnet

What Do Compliance Lawyers Do? By Lori Tripoli Law Practice Management Expert

What Do Compliance Lawyers Do?Given that compliance is such a hot practice area in our current regulatory climate. Thanks in part to the high-profile acts of a few bad actors triggering greater enforcement and a corporate universe anxious to minimize risk, it is perhaps no surprise that there is plenty of work for compliance lawyers. “Companies that treat their compliance obligations seriously and devote time and effort to that are going to drastically limit the number and scope of the government inquiries they have to face,” says David Smyth, a partner at Brooks Pierce in Raleigh, N.C.

The need to comply with statutes and regulations stretches across industries, of course. “Pharma companies obviously have to pay close attention to Food and Drug Administration regulations. Companies with overseas customers need to think about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and import/export regulations. Media companies will have to consider Federal Communications Commission regulations, and often won’t have to worry about any of those others,” Smyth says. “Lately, we have seen an increased attention to retail, tech, and financial industries. The agencies that enforce anti-bribery laws typically look at the entire industry in the course of investigating a subject company, so the risk of being investigated and paying a hefty penalty will remain high across the industry,” observes Laura Martino, general counsel and national compliance director for Tower Legal Solutions in New York.

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National Consulting Firm Seeks Legal and/or Compliance Professionals

Posted on July 29th, 2015 by Daniel Hurd

Are you a Legal and/or Compliance Professional? Interested in working from home?

National consulting firm, is looking for temporary legal and compliance professionals to work remotely. Candidates must have regulatory compliance and/or industry compliance backgrounds, particularly in the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Investment Company Act of 1940 and FINRA rules.

Candidates must have worked for the SEC and/or directly for an investment advisory firm including Venture Capital firms, Hedge Funds, Private Equity firms for at least 5 years. This project will start immediately!

For consideration, send your resume in Word format to:

Daniel Hurd | VP Legal Staffing & Consulting Services
Email: dhurd@jwmichaels.com


Is the Workload in Your Law Firm Reducing Your Productivity

Posted on July 21st, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan


How can your law firm save money with constant downward pressure to do more with fewer resources? More than ever before, the litigious nature of society has increased the need for legal counsel. The ability to maintain the same amount of revenue has become the muse of business and administrative innovation for the modern law firm. Beyond hiring Paralegals, there is more that can be done: Read more on “Is the Workload in Your Law Firm Reducing Your Productivity” »