Trust Our Legal Search Firm for Attorney Placement Services

"Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work,

a company work, a society work, a civilization work." 

~ Vince Lombardi

"Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work,
a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

~ Vince Lombardi

Quality. Not Quantity.

Trense Group boasts a track record of consistently delivering results for its law firm and corporate in-house placement clients that spans three decades. We understand the needs of our clients and relate to them in a highly personalized and responsive way.

Trense Group embraces an objective, consultative approach to doing business. We have particularized expertise in retained or exclusive searches centered on identifying, recruiting and placing top notch diversity candidates. If you are interested in diversifying your legal team, Trense Group is an industry leader in delivering exceptional results.
Because we know that the quality of the attorney candidate is more important than the number of candidates, we take the time to pre-screen and deliver a comprehensive, written assessment of each candidate.

In addition to focusing on the matters most important to prospective employers, this approach proves to be a time-saver for prospective employers by eliminating the burden associated with processing and responding to unqualified candidates.

Law Firm

We offer retained, exclusive and contingency search services to our law firm clients for the following types of positions:

Associate Placement

Trense Group takes a relationship approach to associate placement. We eschew quantity in favor of quality. Hiring partners and recruiting coordinators prefer working with Trense Group because of our refreshingly different approach. Rather than making the job of the hiring authority more taxing, we make it more efficient by limiting our submissions to only those candidates who are a good fit for the position.

Law Firm

We offer retained, exclusive and contingency search services to our law firm clients for the following types of positions:

Associate Placement

Trense Group takes a relationship approach to associate placement. We eschew quantity in favor of quality. Hiring partners and recruiting coordinators prefer working with Trense Group because of our refreshingly different approach. Rather than making the job of the hiring authority more taxing, we make it more efficient by limiting our submissions to only those candidates who are a good fit for the position.

Partner or Practice Group Placement

Because we are led by a former practicing attorney, Trense Group understands how to match partners and practice groups to law firms appropriately. This matching requires understanding the discipline-specific expertise involved.

It also entails balancing the financial benefits of the arrangement with less tangible considerations such as client and colleague compatibility.

Trense Group will perform due diligence to determine the following information for you as necessary:

  • Portable business
  • Revenue per lawyer
  • Hours billed
  • Billing rates
  • Working attorney credits
  • Realization rates
  • Direct and adverse party conflicts
  • Compensation expectations

De Novo Office Openings and Expansions

It is critically important that law firms engage with the right legal search firm to assist them in opening a new office.

Equally important to the selection of the right search firm are the terms of engagement with that search firm. The terms should further your firm’s interests and goals. Be wary of inappropriate terms that might further the interest and goals of the search firm while frustrating the law firm’s interest in establishing and sustaining a successful office.

On the one hand, an exclusive, retained search structure lends itself to a more deliberate, selective, and discreet search where “who” takes priority over “when.” At the other extreme, a non-exclusive, pure contingency structure tends to create a greater sense of urgency whereby “when” takes priority over “who.”

Under such a structure, it can become more difficult to coordinate the recruiting efforts of multiple search firms such that they are synchronized to systematically cull the best from the rest. Such a structure also makes it more difficult to keep your intentions known to only a chosen few.

More often than not, the most appropriate structure for a de novo office opening would be balanced elements of both exclusive, retained and non-exclusive, and contingency search agreements.

Regardless of the structure or method, it is essential that the search be carefully managed and coordinated to avoid prematurely committing to the less desirable and, in turn, warding off the more desirable candidates. Regardless of the structure of the search, the initial hires will set the tone for the subsequent hires.

Just as success begets success, the converse is true as well. Having worked with one of the largest law firms in the world on a de novo office opening, the Trense Group understands the importance of early success as well as the high costs associated with strategic missteps.

Partner or Practice Group Placement

Because we are led by a former practicing attorney, the Trense Group understands how to match partners and practice groups to law firms appropriately. This matching requires understanding the discipline-specific expertise involved.

It also entails balancing the financial benefits of the arrangement with less tangible considerations such as client and colleague compatibility.

Trense Group will perform due diligence to determine the following information for you as necessary:

  • Portable business
  • Revenue per lawyer
  • Hours billed
  • Billing rates
  • Working attorney credits
  • Realization rates
  • Direct and adverse party conflicts
  • Compensation expectations

De Novo Office Openings and Expansions

It is critically important that law firms engage with the right legal search firm to assist them in opening a new office.

Equally important to the selection of the right search firm are the terms of engagement with that search firm. The terms should further your firm’s interests and goals. Be wary of inappropriate terms that might further the interest and goals of the search firm while frustrating the law firm’s interest in establishing and sustaining a successful office.

On the one hand, an exclusive, retained search structure lends itself to a more deliberate, selective, and discreet search where “who” takes priority over “when.” At the other extreme, a non-exclusive, pure contingency structure tends to create a greater sense of urgency whereby “when” takes priority over “who.”

Under such a structure, it can become more difficult to coordinate the recruiting efforts of multiple search firms such that they are synchronized to systematically cull the best from the rest. Such a structure also makes it more difficult to keep your intentions known to only a chosen few.

More often than not, the most appropriate structure for a de novo office opening would be balanced elements of both exclusive, retained and non-exclusive, and contingency search agreements.

Regardless of the structure or method, it is essential that the search be carefully managed and coordinated to avoid prematurely committing to the less desirable and, in turn, warding off the more desirable candidates. Regardless of the structure of the search, the initial hires will set the tone for the subsequent hires.

Just as success begets success, the converse is true as well. Having worked with one of the largest law firms in the world on a de novo office opening, the Trense Group understands the importance of early success as well as the high costs associated with strategic missteps.

In-House

In-House

Much of Trense Group’s in-house placement business stems from referrals from its satisfied law firm clients. Corporate clients, large and small, do not always need the services of a legal search firm to attract interest, in the form of resume submissions, in their companies. Rather, they need a knowledgeable, experienced attorney search firm to serve as a buffer or gatekeeper between the hiring authority and the hundreds of candidates who think that they are the perfect fit for the position.

The reality is that of the hundreds of attorney candidates who will likely express an interest, only a handful are truly prospective hires. Experienced recruiters know that the most desirable candidates are often those who are not actively in the market for a new job.

The most desirable candidates don’t typically respond to online, print, or other types of passive advertising. Instead, they must be identified, targeted and approached directly, which is what Trense Group does best.

Trense Group offers retained and contingency search services to its non-law firm clients for the following types of positions:

General Counsel

Trense Group has placed attorneys in the position of general counsel with companies of various sizes—from closely held companies to large, publicly-traded corporations. Trense Group successfully placed the general counsel of a large publicly traded client where knowledge of securities laws and Sarbanes-Oxley was essential.

In addition to some of the largest companies in the world, we frequently work on behalf of smaller to mid-sized companies who are looking to make their first in-house counsel hire or have rather modest sized and/or budget constrained legal departments.

Associate or Assistant General Counsel

Trense Group has placed in-house attorneys on behalf of public and private company legal departments, in the industries of:

  • banking
  • energy
  • finance
  • home building
  • insurance
  • packaging
  • real estate
  • technology
  • telecommunications

In some instances, we sourced our candidates from law firms. In other instances, our clients expressed a preference in hiring someone from another corporation in the same or a related industry.

At Trense Group

At Trense Group, we believe in being respectful of our clients’ limited time and resources. We recognize that you can merely post an ad if your objective is to generate large quantities of resumes.

In fact, if you can fill the position by simply posting an ad online or in the appropriate trade journal, you probably don’t require the services of an attorney search firm. We specialize in quality, not quantity.

For this reason, Trense Group carefully screens the candidates that we submit. If they are not appropriate for the position, we will not submit them.

Our job is to make your job easier. We cannot accomplish that by papering you with resumes of candidates who lack the background, experience and credentials necessary to excel in the position that you are seeking to fill.

Much of Trense Group’s in-house placement business stems from referrals from its satisfied law firm clients. Corporate clients, large and small, do not always need the services of a legal search firm to attract interest, in the form of resume submissions, in their companies. Rather, they need a knowledgeable, experienced attorney search firm to serve as a buffer or gatekeeper between the hiring authority and the hundreds of candidates who think that they are the perfect fit for the position.

The reality is that of the hundreds of attorney candidates who will likely express an interest, only a handful are truly prospective hires. Experienced recruiters know that the most desirable candidates are often those who are not actively in the market for a new job.

The most desirable candidates don’t typically respond to online, print, or other types of passive advertising. Instead, they must be identified, targeted and approached directly, which is what Trense Group does best.

Trense Group offers retained and contingency search services to its non-law firm clients for the following types of positions:

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General Counsel

Trense Group has placed attorneys in the position of general counsel with companies of various sizes—from closely held companies to large, publicly-traded corporations. Trense Group successfully placed the general counsel of a large publicly traded client where knowledge of securities laws and Sarbanes-Oxley was essential.

In addition to some of the largest companies in the world, we frequently work on behalf of smaller to mid-sized companies who are looking to make their first in-house counsel hire or have rather modest sized and/or budget constrained legal departments.

Associate or Assistant General Counsel

Trense Group has placed in-house attorneys on behalf of public and private company legal departments, in the industries of:

  • banking
  • energy
  • finance
  • home building
  • insurance
  • packaging
  • real estate
  • technology
  • telecommunications

In some instances, we sourced our candidates from law firms. In other instances, our clients expressed a preference in hiring someone from another corporation in the same or a related industry.

At Trense Group

At Trense Group, we believe in being respectful of our clients’ limited time and resources. We recognize that you can merely post an ad if your objective is to generate large quantities of resumes.

In fact, if you can fill the position by simply posting an ad online or in the appropriate trade journal, you probably don’t require the services of an attorney search firm. We specialize in quality, not quantity.

For this reason, Trense Group carefully screens the candidates that we submit. If they are not appropriate for the position, we will not submit them.

Our job is to make your job easier. We cannot accomplish that by papering you with resumes of candidates who lack the background, experience and credentials necessary to excel in the position that you are seeking to fill.