Direct Hire – Partner Placement is when a legal professional
or group of legal professionals with part or all of an
existing client base is introduced by APL to a host firm
with the intention of initiating a merger of clients and
APL employs legal professionals who are also human resources
specialists in order to provide you, the candidate, and the
client with the best lawyer fit. APL operates under a team
approach. So you are assured of the fruits of co–ordinated
efforts rather than of competition.
Every order that comes in is assigned to, and managed by,
one recruiter. Whether you apply directly for that position
or whether your resume comes up in a search, the recruiter
will contact you if, based on a review of your resume, your
resume appears to meet the criteria for the position.
With detailed telephone and in-person interviews, the
fleshes out the specific factors
required by the client to see if there is a match with your
attributes and stated goals. After the interviewing and
screening, if there is a match, then, with your express
authorization, the recruiter will present you along with
other suitable candidates, to the client.
client requests, APL will set up an interview solely between
you and the client at a time that is mutually convenient. We
suggest that you research the potential employer and prepare
your speaking points. To assist you, we provide a
preparatory phone call before the interview. We encourage
you to ask questions at the interview and do sufficient “due
diligence” to satisfy your questions.
Once a client chooses a candidate, the chosen candidate will
be contacted by APL immediately. Those candidates who are
not selected by the client will also be contacted. The terms
of employment are negotiated and finalized between you and
is more of a merger of equals, we invest significant time
and effort into probing various dimensions of practice, such
as marketing, docketing, expectations, client profiles,
billing and many more matters.
APL works hard to ensure that the matches it makes between
lawyers looking for work and its clients looking for lawyers
rest firmly on a solid foundation of shared values,
expectations, and work modes. We believe in relationship
marketing, and go to great lengths to understand the
detailed needs of both client and candidate.
It is very difficult, and sometimes impossible, for lawyers working
at full time permanent positions to canvass the market for
appropriate new opportunities. You come to us. Clients come
to us. Then we come to you with the clients. You simply have
to let us get to know you so we can "find the fit" for you.
"Fit" in APL terms means far more than just compensation and
legal tasks. We look at personality in a variety of
important contexts such as client relations, co-worker
relations, lifestyle expectations, and work habits. Such
variables as work assignment, training and development,
promotion, compensation, performance evaluation, internal
and external interpersonal style, and lifestyle issues are
all explored. Using APL’s rigorous analytical tools and
asking many questions, APL consultants will come up with the
best fit for all concerned.
APL proudly advertises that it is the single source for the most
lawyer career options. Besides the high profile big law firm
jobs, we find lawyers positions in small firms, government,
in-house (e.g. large corporations or emerging
entrepreneurial companies), boutique firms, and
As a partnership decision has many significant ramifications both
for the lawyer and the firm, our experience and confidence
facilitates our asking the tough questions to all the
parties concerned in order to ensure the best fit. As well,
our knowledge of the market place and the players works to
If a Placement is made, our fee is paid by the client. The
fee is a percentage of the APL candidate’s reasonable
starting annual draw in the first year of the relationship.
The client and the APL Lawyer will decide upon the APL Lawyer’s
reasonable compensation to be paid for the first year.
However, prior to sending any APL Lawyers to an interview
for a direct hire position APL will determine a reasonable
salary range and communicate such to the APL Lawyer.
Throughout this process, APL takes great care to protect
your privacy. We never forward your resume without your
agreement and emphasize to our client’s the need for
discretion and confidentiality at all times. If you have
further questions, our
outlines our responsibilities and practices.