JW Michaels & Co. Hires Richard Zakin to Lead National Partner Placement Division

JW Michaels

New Managing Director Brings Extensive Law and Executive Placement Experience

NEW YORK (September 6, 2016) – JW Michaels & Co. proudly announces it has hired Richard Zakin as a managing director to lead its national Partner Placement Division. With a decade of experience in practicing executive search and as a former partner for more than eight years with two of The American Lawyer’s Am Law 100 firms, Richard brings a unique and 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 streamlines 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,” said JW Michaels & Co.’s Managing Partner Jason Wachtel.

Zakin 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 LLP and Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

“For the past 10 years, I’ve partnered closely with leading New York and national law firms for targeted and strategic growth efforts,” said Zakin. “My broad law firm knowledge background and practice area strength will ensure law firm partner candidates are guided responsibly as they contemplate career decisions.”

Zakin began his legal career at Skadden Arps after earning his Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Dartmouth College, graduating magna cum laude.

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