GILLMAN STRATEGIC GROUP
Specializing in law firm partner placement, Gillman Strategic Group is a uniquely candidate-facing strategic ally, focusing solely on finding the perfect fit for law firm partners with established business.
Does this describe you?
By most standards you’re considered a very successful attorney — you’ve made partner and developed a strong client base. But you’re feeling frustrated.
- Your current firm isn’t the right platform for you and you feel like you can’t fully serve your clients.
- You may also feel like even though you’re successful, you’re working so hard you don’t have any work/life balance.
- You’re working so hard that you should be compensated better.
Maybe you’re a successful partner at a law firm with business of your own, but you’ve already realized (or you’re beginning to realize) that your current firm is the wrong fit for you.
- Perhaps your firm doesn’t have the correct practice areas to meet all of your clients’ legal needs.
- Some firms may set rates that are too high or don’t make sense for your client base.
- Your specialty area is incompatible with the focus of your firm.
- The internal dynamics of your firm keep you from attracting and retaining the right team.
- Your current firm’s culture isn’t a comfortable fit for you.
What you need is to find a firm with a better fit for your clients and practice — one in which you can stop turning away work.
Your new firm
- Has all the practice areas your current and potential clients need.
- Allows you to set hourly or project rates that make sense for your clients.
- Enables you to assemble the right team to support the work you bring in.
- Compensates you fairly for the work you do and the clients you bring in.
The problem is that you’re so busy just getting your work done and keeping your current clients satisfied that you don’t have the time to even start looking for a better fit. Let alone a great one.
That’s where we come in.
Partner with an experienced attorney and legal recruiter to find that great fit. With 12 years in practice and 10 years in recruiting, we can get your search going. The Gillman Strategic Group focuses on matching partners to the best fit law firm.
We listen to what your perfect match is and do the legwork to find the possible options for you. We help you narrow them down. We can help you negotiate a great deal with your new firm.
I met Jennifer after I realized that I needed to take my boutique law firm to a larger platform. She helped me flesh out what I was looking for in a firm and helped me find the right fit for me and my team. Throughout the entire process, Jen was professional, knowledgeable and always had my best interests at heart. In fact, when I was concerned about a compensation issue a full year after joining the new firm, I reached out to Jen and she offered me advice. She is a great resource.
Jennifer is a consummate professional who excels in her industry because she knows the jobs and she knows the people. She is relatable and cares about her clients. She is an asset and a resource to the legal community.
While I am a divorce lawyer, I represent many clients from Poland. I saw my practice expanding beyond the divorce space in Eastern Europe, specifically focusing on business development as many of the clients that I was divorcing had business ties to Poland. Jen listened to my career goals and while introducing me to Lindabury McCormick where I am a Partner in the Matrimonial Group, she helped negotiate me being named the Managing Director of the International law Group, which helped open further doors in the global market. She is not just a professional legal recruiter – she is a career builder!
Jen encouraged me to interview for the firm that I am now with – and it’s a firm I never would have considered. She told me to trust her – and to take the interview and to meet the attorneys. It wound up being a perfect fit, the best move ever.
Jen’s knowledge of the industry was impressive. She also seemed to understand exactly where I was coming from and had a good relationship with the people at the firm where she was trying to place me. It was a very personalized approach.
Recruiters often approach the engagement… and they try to fit you into the preexisting list of openings as opposed to – and this is what I think sets Jen apart – asking what the lawyer is looking for in a law firm.
Jen’s reputation seemed to be such within the industry that these firms were happy to work with her, and that worked to my benefit.
Jen immediately understood what I was looking for, and very quickly lined up a number – probably four or five – very suitable firms. It was during the pandemic, and so I thought the responsiveness, the accuracy, and the ability to line up several interviews, was great.
Jen’s responsiveness and the ability to focus on what I was looking for as opposed to what was available was impressive. I said, “This is what I am looking for.,” and she didn’t waste my time – she did a great job.
How the process works
We follow a clear, open process with each partner looking for the “perfect fit firm”. Matchmaking works best when everyone is transparent about their intentions, needs, and goals.
Gillman Strategic Group will do the legwork for you — allowing you to keep your focus on your clients. Led by Jennifer Gillman, Esq., our Group’s contacts with law firms gives us the leverage to land you the best position.
We’ll work together in our four-step process.
1. Create Our Connection
We meet by phone or Zoom originally, and then in person or over Zoom for longer if we decide to work together. We’ll explore your concerns about your current firm and goals for any future firm.
2. Craft Your Plan
Based on our conversations, we help you create your Business Plan, and research law firms which might be a great fit for you.
3. Connect With Firms
You select the firms which appeal to you, and we submit your business plan and practice description to our contacts at those firms. We work together to prepare for and debrief after all meetings with the firms, taking advantage of feedback from the firms.
4. Close Your Deal
Once you’ve narrowed your search down, we’ll help you complete all the details the firm needs, including the Lateral Partner Questionnaire, and we will negotiate offers for you. Then, we will help you select the best place for you.
Throughout the process, we will be available to you via text, email, phone, and in-person. We are your partner from the first call through the first days at your new firm, helping you transition to the new firm.
Jennifer Gillman’s experience both as an attorney (12 years) and legal recruiter (10 years) will serve you well during your search for the great new firm.
Who we are
Gillman Strategic Group, LLC, led by Jennifer Gillman, is a “law firm matchmaker” that helps successful partners with significant portable business, find a better fit at a new firm.
We work with individual partners and groups who have their own clients, but struggle with keeping those clients happy and maximizing their own compensation, because their current firm is simply the wrong fit.
What separates our service from other legal recruiters is the combination of Jennifer Gillman’s 12 years of law firm practice, over 10 years as a legal recruiter, and a personal interest in matchmaking.
Because of this experience, clients receive a long-term teammate who will do the legwork they don’t have time for and help them narrow down the options to find their perfect law firm match.
We’ll work together in our four-step process to help you find what you are looking for, such as:
- Rate flexibility.
- Cross-selling opportunities.
- General firm culture.
- Ensuring healthy work/life balance.
- Additional specialty areas.
- Ability to attract and retain the right team.
- Compensation fairly matching the work.
CONNECT WITH US
Call or email today to begin exploring new firms allowing you to meet your professional and personal goals.