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Susan Rubinovitz: Of Competency and Experience

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It takes more than standard law school training and professional legal experience for anyone to become a respected legal recruiter, but with Susan Rubinovitz's noteworthy experience and huge network of connections, it is clear that this Boston University educated lawyer is a perfect fit for the legal recruiting industry. She has had considerable experience as a litigator, having worked for several law firms, including a nationally known law firm. These experiences have contributed to her success in federal and state courtroom litigations. But her impressive skills and commendable ability at networking have led her to a flourishing career beyond the courtrooms.

Today, Susan Rubinovitz is one of the most trusted, most competent legal recruiter throughout the Northeast – encompassing the areas of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Boston and Maryland. Highly respected in the industry for her experience, invaluable skills and participation in various charitable organizations, Susan Rubinovitz has been described as a “tremendous asset” and an “excellent resource” by organizations and professionals within the legal recruiting business. Her invaluable stash of skills include, but are not limited to, diversity consulting and training, healthcare legal recruiting, interview skills training, general counsel recruiting, legal marketing, and career advising.

Impressive Credentials

Susan Rubinovitz's passion for her profession – both as a lawyer and a legal recruiter - began in college, when she took up Psychology with a minor in Political Science at Boston University, and graduated Cum Laude in 1983. Three years later, in 1986, she completed her Juris Doctorate from the Boston University School of Law. What ensued was a successful career as a litigator in the Northeast area, where she worked in law firms for a number of commercial litigation cases. A staunch activist on the rights of children, Susan also reserved a special attention for children who had undergone traumatic experiences, from neglect to abusive treatment.

Following her career as a competent litigator, Susan Rubinovitz proceeded to work as legal recruiter at Abelson Legal Search in Philadelphia. Her participation in and contributions to the company have earned her several skills in the field of legal search and recruiting, including lateral associate recruiting, lateral partner recruiting and in-house counsel placements. Having served the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware areas as well as having worked at Abelson for four years, Susan was able to acquire the training and skills she needed for the next step in her career ladder.
In 2009 she established SMR Legal Search, a legal recruiting firm that aims to provide law firms and corporate offices with excellent attorney talent and paralegal staff. Currently based in Philadelphia and New Jersey, SMR Legal Search serves a wide range of areas including New York, New Jersey, Washington and Maryland.

Civic Contributions

As early as her law school days over at Boston University, Susan Rubinovitz already understood the importance of service and charity. In fact she participated in the Legal Aid Program of Boston University School of Law from 1983 through 1986. The program aimed at providing representation services to financially challenged individuals, and Susan was among those who extended her pro bono assistance and expertise to these poverty-stricken individuals and their families.

Moreover, she has continued to pursue charitable works, offering her support and time especially to children's foundations. These include St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and The Support Center for Child Advocacy. She is also a supporter of The Philadelphia Bar Foundation and Philadelphia VIP, an organization that provides legal services to indigent residents. Susan Rubinovitz and SMR Legal Search also support The American Jewish Committee, an organization that serves to preserve and protect the democratic rights, religious freedom and dignity of Jews and of all peoples.

Furthermore, the impressive number of groups and associations that Susan Rubinovitz is a member of is testament to her superb networking skills and worthwhile contribution to the legal industry within Pennsylvania and beyond. Currently she is a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and District of Columbia bars. She also used to be a member of the Maryland and Massachusetts bars. In addition, she is a part of the following groups and organizations: Corporate Lawyer Network, Jewish Business Network, Philadelphia Business Journal, and the National Association of Legal Search Consultants, to name just a few. And as proof of Susan Rubinovitz's competency and standing, she also participated once as judge for the Pennsylvania Lawyers on the Fast Track Awards in 2010.

Competency, Experience and Altruism

With her educational background, competency and experience in the fields of law practice and legal recruiting, Susan Rubinovitz is clearly in the right place, at the right time. And with her commitment to children's causes, dedication in pursuing altruistic efforts and wide network of connections, it's clear that Susan Rubinovitz is one of the highly recommended assets in the legal industry today.

About Harrison Barnes
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