Take A Look…New JW Michaels Temporary Legal Openings!!!

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

Real Estate Paralegals:

Seeking Junior and Senior Real Estate Paralegals for temp-to-perm roles with a large law firm. This position will consist of helping attorneys with commercial and residential real estate transactions. Must have 5 years’ experience in commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Business Development Coordinator:

Temp Business Development Coordinator with Large International Law Firm. This position provides business development and marketing support to various practice areas in the NYC office. If you have law firm marketing or business development experience, we want to hear from you! This long-term temporary assignment will last until the end of 2015.

Litigation Paralegal:

NYC law firm is searching for a long-term temporary Litigation Paralegal to start work immediately! Candidate must have 4+ years of prior paralegal experience in a plaintiff personal injury/wrongful death torts law firm. Position will be for one year and offers top hourly rate!

Contract Attorney:

Seeking Contract Attorney with 5 years’ experience in construction related matters for national law firm. This is a 6 month contract role starting immediately!

Interested in any of these openings?  Contact DHurd@JWMichaels.com or 646-624-2306.


Are Head Hunters Finding the Best Employees for your Business?

Posted on June 9th, 2015 by Greg DiFalco


Outsourcing the hiring process is a complex decision. Finding the best employees for your business can be time consuming and difficult. If you have used head hunters before, they might have saved you time by taking this process off of your plate. But how good of a job are they really doing? In order to evaluate their work, here are 5 criteria for ensuring your head hunters get you the best candidates. Read more on “Are Head Hunters Finding the Best Employees for your Business?” »


8 Things Every Candidate Should Know about Executive Hiring

Posted on June 9th, 2015 by Greg DiFalco


Becoming an executive could be the biggest career decision of your life. Before applying, every candidate should understand the executive hiring process. Going into your interview, you need to be prepared. As an experienced veteran or up-and-comer looking to climb the ranks, you can always improve your strategy. When the stakes are this high, you can’t afford to ignore helpful advice. Here are 8 aspects you should know about executive hiring process: Read more on “8 Things Every Candidate Should Know about Executive Hiring” »


Business Development Manager Opportunity | NYC

Posted on May 20th, 2015 by Daniel Hurd

New York City Law Firm Business Development Manager Opportunity

career jwmcBusiness Development Manager is responsible for implementing the business development goals and strategies for the firm. The position is expected to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firm’s staff and maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement.

BA required, preferably in a marketing-related field. Advanced degree, JD or MBA a plus. Minimum 5 years of experience required.

Contact Daniel Hurd | Vice President, Legal Staffing & Consulting Services for more details.




JW Michaels announces its new Legal Contract Staffing Division

Posted on April 22nd, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

JW Michaels & Co. continues its expansion through the opening of our Legal Contract Staffing Division!  This division specializes in placing contract attorneys, paralegals, and legal support staff in law firms and corporate legal departments.  Our candidates work on a short-term or long-term basis offering our clients flexibility and substantial cost savings.

Clients utilize JW Michaels & Co. contract legal professionals for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Easing the burden on permanent employees during high volume work periods
  • Staffing large scale projects
  • Utilizing the contract-to-hire program during a search for a permanent employee
  • Providing a specific or highly specialized skill set

The following is a list of positions we fill on a temporary, contract, and temp-to-hire basis:

  • Attorney
  • Paralegal
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Litigation Support Specialist
  • e-Discovery Analyst
  • Office Administrative Supervisor

For more information, please contact DHurd@JWMichaels.com or call 646-624-2306.


Managing Partner Jason Wachtel discusses alt firms hiring SEC alumni

Posted on February 25th, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

Last week a Financial Times’ FundFire article by Laura Suter covered the recent trend of alternatives firms hiring former employees of the SEC and the US Attorney’s Office. In the article, JW Michaels managing partner Jason Wachtel explained these firms’ reasoning:

“By hiring someone who was a prosecutor and worked on significant cases, it sends a clear message to the investor base that [the manager is] really serious about compliance and transparency, and that investors don’t need to worry they are not going to be the next firm on the cover of a magazine saying ’we’re a Ponzi scheme.’ Investors really like that, in fact it’s like a tool to get more dollars, when managers are doing the roadshow they are not just talking about performance, but that they hired someone from the U.S. attorney’s office.”

Wachtel went on to warn, however, that when hiring individualt coming out of the SEC or as prosecutors, there can sometimes be a mismatch in salary expectations. At alt firms they could earn between $500,000 and $750,000 per year, but could go to a law firm and make over $1 million. Alt firms must take into consideration the candidate’s earning power elsewhere.

Visit FundFire to read the original article [paid subscription]: Alts Shops Raid SEC, Attorney’s Office for Compliance Hires by Laura Suter


Managing Partner Jason Wachtel discusses Federal Prosecutor Move To Ackman Hedge Fund

Posted on February 24th, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan


A recent FundFire article by Maureen Brody features JW Michaels managing partner Jason Wachtel:

William Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management has hired former federal prosecutor Jenna Dabbs as senior counsel, The New York Times reports.

Dabbs, who headed the narcotics unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan for the past year-and-a-half, joined the $18 billion hedge fund about a week-and-a-half ago after eight years of federal service focused primarily on drug and securities cases. She will work on compliance and regulatory issues at Pershing Square, the Times notes.

She is one of an increasing number of veteran prosecutors who have moved to hedge funds or private equity firms rather than big law firms. She tells the Times she has known Ackman for “many years” and thinks it makes sense to have prosecutorial expertise on board in the highly regulated hedge fund industry. Having a former prosecutor on staff builds a fund company’s reputation with investors, especially large public pension plans, Jason Wachtel, a managing partner at recruitment firm JW Michaels & Company, tells the Times. It’s part of the message that compliance is a priority, he says.

Visit FundFire to read the original article [paid subscription]: Ackman Hedge Fund Hires Federal Prosecutor By Maureen Brody


Financial Services Market Data Report for 2014

Posted on February 9th, 2015 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

JWMC-2014-Market-Data JW Michaels & Co. has released its 2014 Financial Services Market Data Report. The data appearing in this compensation report were collected by comparing successful placements made by JW Michaels during 2014. 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 2014 at its offices in New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, Houston, and Boston.

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