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PHILADELPHIA LEGAL RECRUITER SMR LEGAL SEARCH PLACES IMMEDIATE PAST CHANCELLOR OF THE PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION, SAYDE LADOV AT PHILADELPHIA BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM, DOLCHIN SLOTKIN

April 19, 2010

Philadelphia legal recruiters Susan Rubinovitz and Stephanie Ristvey of SMR Legal Search placed immediate past chancellor of The Philadelphia Bar Association Sayde Ladov at the Philadelphia boutique law firm, Dolchin Slotkin.  Ladov’s prior law firm, Abrahams, Loewenstein & Bushman, merged with Offit Kurman, a Baltimore based law firm in October 2008.  Yesterday was Ladov’s last day  working in Offit Kurman’s Philadelphia office.  She will begin at Dolchin Slotkin on Monday April 19.

According to an article in today’s Legal Intelligencer, Ladov desired to return to a Philadelphia based law firm with a Philadelphia office culture.  She was introduced to Jerry Dolchin, of the Philadelphia litigation boutique firm, Dolchin Slotkin by Susan Rubinovitz and Stephanie Ristvey of SMR Legal Search.  Ladov stated in the article in The Legal Intelligencer that she was drawn to Dolchin Slotkin, because “the culture was one that was very classy and the firm does wonderful work.” 

Jerry Dolchin was quoted in the article in today’s Legal Intelligencer as stating that Ladov would be “one of the cornerstones of our intended expansion.”  He also stated that Ladov was just the type of attorney that his firm is seeking, someone of Ladov’s age with a large book of business.  Jerry also commented that he was very happy with the visibility Ladov would be bringing his firm.  Ladov stated that all of her clients have indicated that they will be coming with her to Dolchin Slotkin.

Rubinovitz and Ristvey both have extensive experience as legal recruiters in Philadelphia.  In addition, they have worked as an attorney and as a paralegal .  Therefore, they are intimately familiar with the Philadelphia legal market.  Susan Rubinovitz and Stephanie Ristvey work collaboratively with their attorney and paralegal candidates so that the candidates can benefit from the breadth and depth of both recruiters’ knowledge of the law and of the Philadelphia legal market.  Rubinovitz and Ristvey take the time to get to know their candidates and clients and meet regularly to brainstorm on what would be the best fit for both the attorneys and employers with whom they are working.  They are particularly good at thinking outside of the box.

SMR Legal Search is a woman owned business and is based in Philadelphia and New Jersey.  They place attorneys and paralegals at law firms and corporations throughout the entire Northeast with a focus on Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania as well as New Jersey, Delaware and New York.  Contact their offices at 215-665-0800 or SMR@SMRLegalSearch.com.

Philadelphia Legal Recruiter Stephanie Ristvey of SMR Legal Search Lead Webinar on the Obligations of a Lateral Partner Before Accepting a Lateral Partner Position

March 30, 2010

On Friday, March 19, Philadelphia Legal Recruiter Stephanie A. Ristvey of SMR Legal Search led a webinar sponsored by ExecSense entitled: What Lawyers Need to Know Before They Accept a Lateral Partner Position.

Ms. Ristvey addressed fiduciary and ethical responsibilities that lawyers often overlook when considering a lateral move, as well as providing a practical guide for lawyers to follow when assessing an offer. She discussed at length the importance of conducting due diligence and the need to explore critical issues involving the firm’s financial picture, culture and management structure, and integration policy. In addition, she stressed the importance of having a business plan and a checklist of the attorney’s values and client considerations.

About SMR Legal Search

SMR Legal Search is a legal recruiting firm based in Philadelphia and New Jersey.  They recruit and place lateral partners, lateral associates, practice groups and paralegals.  In addition, they handle mergers.  SMR Legal Search recruits and places attorneys throughout the Northeast, with a focus in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware.

SMR Legal Search was founded by Susan M. Rubinovitz, Esq. a former practicing attorney and experienced legal recruiter, to provide in house legal departments and law firms with top attorney and paralegal talent in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner. They are specialists in the field of permanent attorney and paralegal placement. The recruiters at SMR Legal Search have over 45 years of combined law firm and legal recruiting experience.

Philadelphia Legal Recruiter SMR Legal Search Sponsors Philadelphia VIP Award Ceremony & Reception

March 11, 2010

On March 10, 2010, Philadelphia Legal Recruiter SMR Legal Search sponsored the Philadelphia VIP Award Ceremony and Reception.  Philadelphia VIP is a non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance in civil matters to Philadelphia residents who cannot afford to pay for an attorney.

 Each year, Philadelphia VIP gives out awards to those in the Philadelphia legal community whom they feel have done the most to provide free legal assistance to Philadelphia’s poor through this program.  This year’s ceremony and reception took place at Philadelphia City Hall on March 10, 2010. 

Among those in the Philadelphia legal community receiving awards this year were Cheryl Jacobs, Fox Rothschild, LLP, The Beasley Firm and Willig, Williamson & Davidson who received the Brennan Award.  The following Philadelphia law firms received the Chancellor’s Award:  Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP, Berger & Montague, P.C., Berner Klaw & Watson, LLP, Blank Rome, LLP, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.S., Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy, LLC, Dechert, LLP, Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig, Gay Chacker & Mittin, P.C., Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, Kovler & Rush, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP, Pepper Hamilton, LLP, Reilly Janiczek & McDevitt, P.C., Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP, Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, Ltd., Shrager Spivey & Sachs, Smith Horwitz, Spector Roseman Kodroff & Willis, P.C. and White and Williams, LLP.

The Individuals’ Award went to Alfonso Madrid, Andrew Albergo, Barry Penn, Clark Pease, Colleen Coonelly, Dean Babler, Dean Weisgold, Deeya Haldar, Donald Parman, George Xanthoudakis, Greg Schell, Herbert Weiman, Ilya Lipin, Marjorie Greenfield, Mark Allen Taylor, Mikd Stosic, Miriam Jacobson, Robert Cocco, Samantha Dalton, Shanese Johnson, Stanely Askin, Susan Givson, Susan Wallack, Tejal Mehta, Terri Malenfant, and Tonya Williams.

The Corporate Pro Bono Award was presented to Sunoco.  The winners of the Business Recognition Awards were Aracor, First American Title Company, Furia Rubel, and the Legal Intelligencer.  The Legal Services Award was presented to Robert Lukens of Philadelphia Legal Assistance.  The VIPeoples Choice Awards were given to Craig Sopin, Edward Hayes, Gilbert Marquez and Kevin Gilboy.

In these difficult economic times where so many law firms and companies are doing less with more and justifiably worried about their bottom line, it is very impressive to see these attorneys, law firms and companies unselfishly giving of their time to help those less fortunate.

Likewise, Philadelphia Legal Recruiter SMR Legal Search is committed to helping those less fortunate than them.  Legal Recruiters Susan Rubinovitz and Stephanie Ristvey of SMR Legal Search are both firm believers in the adage “to whom much is given much should be given back.”  SMR Legal Search has supported many worthwhile organizations in addition to Philadelphia VIP, such as the Support Center for Child Advocates, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Work to Ride, just to name a few.  In addition both Susan and Stephanie engage in community service throughout the community.

About SMR Legal Search

SMR Legal Search was founded by Susan M. Rubinovitz, Esq. a former practicing attorney and experienced legal recruiter, to provide in house legal departments and law firms with top attorney and paralegal talent in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner. They are specialists in the field of permanent attorney and paralegal placement. The recruiters at SMR Legal Search have over 45 years of combined law firm and legal recruiting experience.

Stephanie Ristvey Represents SMR Legal Search at Community College of Philadelphia Law and Society Week

March 9, 2010

March 8, 2010, Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia Legal Recruiter Stephanie A. Ristvey of SMR Legal Search participated in conducting mock interviews for Paralegal and Justice students and graduates during Community College of Philadelphia’s Law and Society Week, which took place February 29 through March 5.

According to Ms. Ristvey, this is a great opportunity for entry-level Paralegal and Justice students to experience what a professional interview entails. After the interview, students are critiqued, providing positive feedback and constructive criticism that will enable them to be better prepared and confident when it most counts -their first job interview.

SMR Legal Search is a legal recruiting firm based in Philadelphia and New Jersey.  They recruit and place lateral partners, lateral associates, practice groups and paralegals.  In addition, they handle mergers.  SMR Legal Search recruits and places attorneys throughout the Northeast, with a focus in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and all of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Delaware.

About SMR Legal Search

SMR Legal Search was founded by Susan M. Rubinovitz, Esq. a former practicing attorney and experienced legal recruiter, to provide in house legal departments and law firms with top attorney and paralegal talent in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner. They are specialists in the field of permanent attorney and paralegal placement. The recruiters at SMR Legal Search have over 45 years of combined law firm and legal recruiting experience.

WEATHERING THE ECONOMIC STORM

January 11, 2010

You went to a top law school, were in the top 25% of your class and editor of a  journal.  Coming out of law school, you landed a great job as an associate at a top law firm and never thought that you would have to worry about job stability.  Then came the latest recession, and everything changed.

You took a deep breath and sighed with relief when you made it through the first and second rounds of layoffs at your firm.  Unfortunately, you are not out of the woods yet.  The stock market has rebounded quite a bit, the housing market just a little bit, but unemployment is still at 10%.

Your law firm likely does not want to lay you off, but they may need to make some more difficult decisions if the economy does not rebound quickly enough.  You must show the partners at your law firm how much they need you.  If your department is slow, after getting the permission of your direct supervisor, ask for work from other departments.  In addition, let it be known that you are open to switching to and learning a different practice area.

For example, if you are in commercial litigation and that is slow at your firm, let it be known that you are willing to handle bankruptcy or labor and employment matters.  If you are a commercial real estate attorney, but there is not enough work in that area to keep you busy, offer to learn land use or affordable housing.  If you are a corporate mergers and acquisitions attorney, let the powers that be know that you are willing to learn work out law or any other area that is busy at your firm.

In addition, let the powers that be at your firm know that you are not above doing any job, be it summarizing a depositions or even doing filing.  You must show your firm that you are a team player and will do whatever is needed to help them through this most difficult time.

It is also a good idea to spend time working on your resume so that it is the best that it can be and ready to be sent out at a moment’s notice.  In addition, spend time networking with other attorneys, write articles and get involved in charitable causes.  Networking and getting your name out there is more important than ever, and getting involved in worthy causes will feel good and allow you to meet like minded caring people.

SMR Legal Search Sponsors Pennsylvania Managing Partners Breakfast

December 8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SMR Legal Search Sponsors Pennsylvania Managing Partners Breakfast

On December 8, 2009, Philadelphia Legal Recruiting Firm, SMR Legal Search, sponsored the Pennsylvania Managing Partners Breakfast held at Morton’s Steakhouse in Philadelphia.  This event was organized by The Legal Intelligencer and included a presentation given by Ward Bower, a principal at Altman Weil.  Mr. Bower analyzed the findings of The Legal Intelligencer’s informative 14th annual Managing Partners Survey, compared them to national trends and provided his thoughts as to what lies ahead for Pennsylvania law firms in 2010.

This breakfast was a wonderful opportunity for managing partners of firms throughout the state of Pennsylvania to get together and discuss what worked in 2009 and what did not and how best to position their firms for a successful 2010.  It was also an enjoyable event including a delicious steak and eggs breakfast and catching up with old friends. 

SMR Legal Search legal recruiters, former practicing attorney Susan Rubinovitz and former practicing paralegal Stephanie Ristvey, sponsors of the event were on hand to answer any questions that the attorneys had about the current legal market or diversity initiatives. 

About SMR Legal Search

SMR Legal Search engages exclusively in permanent attorney placement and focuses on Philadelphia and all of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C. Baltimore and Connecticut.  Their recruiters are former practicing attorneys or paralegals with extensive legal recruiting experience in the greater Delaware Valley.  SMR Legal Search handles lateral partner placements, lateral associate placements, practice group moves and mergers.

An Updated Resume Will Increase Your Career Options

November 9, 2009

 Have you been staying ahead of the employment curve by having your resume ready at a moment’s notice?  Whether you are actively looking for a new position or are  presently happy where you are practicing law now, when you least expect it that is when a new exciting career opportunity presents itself. Even during a sluggish economy, law firms and in-house corporate legal departments are keeping an eye out for top legal talent, so they can stay competitive in the market place.

One of the biggest mistakes attorneys can make is “digging up” an old resume and quickly adding a few updated lines to make it appear new. While this will certainly get your resume out to a prospective employer, a mediocre resume translates into a missed opportunity.

Before you miss a great opportunity, make some time for yourself and update that resume. A strong resume, is one that takes a few hours to formulate, not a few minutes. Do not forget to highlight your accomplishments, rather than merely listing areas of the law you practice. Remember, your resume is a work in progress. Even if you are not thinking about a career move, you should update your resume at least quarterly, to ensure that you do not overlook a major case, new practice area, an award, accolade or a major accomplishment. In this economy, preparedness is the hallmark for a new beginning, and a fabulous career opportunity.