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What kind of legal recruitment firms are found on the list?
The 2017 Most Influential Legal Recruiters List features 250 legal employment agencies. These are the best legal recruitment agencies in terms of influence in America. Unlike the previously offered directory of legal recruiters or the database of legal recruiters provided by other sources, we provide a ranking of the most influential legal staffing agencies. Although we include legal staffing agencies that place attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants, we only rank the legal placing agencies that focus solely on the law in terms of the legal recruitment firm's website.
Which legal recruitment agencies are the most influential?

Influence extends beyond a legal staffing agency to the legal recruiters ability to reach candidates. The most influential legal recruiters are the legal placement services that candidates are most likely to encounter. Additionally, when an employer wants to hire an attorney, generally, an employer seeks out the best legal recruiters with the influence to reach the candidates. The influence ranking is determined by a number of factors, which are discussed in detail in a separate article.

How did LawCrossing create the legal employment agency ranking list?

After analyzing 250 legal recruitment agencies across the United States, LawCrossing put together the 2017 Most Influential Legal Recruiter List in America based on a series of criteria. We ranked each legal placement firm's level of influence by utilizing more than 20 weighted factors. After months of research, we finalized the factors. The factors vary from the number of years the legal recruitment agency has operated to the use of social media.

Legal Jobs in Chicago and Near Locations

Chicago Legal Search, Ltd.

Rank 46

Chicago Legal Search, Ltd.

180 North LaSalle St., Suite 3525, Chicago, IL 60601
Phone : 312-251-2580
Fax : 312-251-0223
Website :

2017 Legal Recruiters List Rankings


Established in 1988, Chicago Legal Search, Ltd., a diversity-owned business, is the preeminent legal search firm in Chicago. Our clients range from the largest law firms and corporations in the Chicago metropolitan area to unique boutiques and privately held companies. Our primary focus is attorney recruitment and placement. Clients and candidates alike can expect a pro-active, tailored search on their behalf. Employers, as well as attorneys seeking new opportunities, consistently tell us how satisfied they are with our performance. In 2001, we established CLS Legal Staffing, a division that places outstanding paralegals, legal secretaries and support staff. In 2011, we officially launched CLS Executive Search, a retained division that focuses exclusively on providing executive-level recruiting and consulting services.

Past Years Rankings

  • 2016 Rankings - 21
  • 2015 Rankings - 15
  • 2014 Rankings - 24

Law Firms in Chicago

Arnstein & Lehr LLP is one of the country’s oldest and most respected law firms. Since its founding in 1893, we have been serving clients – large and small – throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. Arnstein & Lehr today offers clients a sophisticated, full-service practice that addresses their diverse and complex needs with vision, expertise and a commitment to quality and service....

The founding vision of Barack Ferrazzano in 1984 was to create a new model that departed from the standard "mega-firm" approaches and, instead, focused on delivering efficient, team-oriented services of the highest quality. Our founding partners - two highly respected law professors at Northwestern University and two former members of a prominent Chicago firm - were soon joined by like-minded colleagues also seeking an alternative to the large law firm environment. We have grown steadily ever si...

Since its founding in 1913, Chapman and Cutler LLP has focused on finance. The firm has represented market participants in all aspects of banking, corporate finance and securities and public finance transactions since its inception. That mission and focus continue to this day....

More Legal Recruiters in Chicago

Mendelsohn Legal, Inc.

MENDELSOHN LEGAL, a top legal recruiter, places partners, associates, paralegals and support staff in law firms and in corporate legal departments. Our search and legal placement services are highly focused and multi-layered — we go beyond traditional search methodologies to understand the goals o...

Rank 39
McCormack Schreiber

Founded in 1998 by Amy McCormack and Gay Schreiber, McCormack Schreiber Legal Search is Chicago's premier attorney search firm, placing experienced attorneys of all levels in a full range of exciting law firm and in-house positions. We are proud to have over 20 years of attorney search and placement...

Rank 46
CLS Legal Staffing

CLS Legal Staffing, a division of Chicago Legal Search, Ltd., provides the best permanent, temporary/contract and temp-to-perm legal staff recruiting and placement in Chicago. Today’s leading law firms and companies rely heavily on CLS Legal Staffing. We are confident we can successfully recruit t...

Rank 94

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  • Chicago Legal Search, Ltd.
    By Nabeal Twereet Follow Me on Google+ | Dated: 11-06-2012

    Gary A. D'Alessio has owned Chicago Legal Search, Ltd. since 1988. Prior to founding his company, Gary practiced law for more than five years at McKenna, Storer, Rowe, White & Farrug. For the past twenty-seven years, he has been a legal search consultant, who is very knowledgeable about the Chicago legal market and well-known in the legal recruiting industry. The former practicing attorney has been quoted on a wide range of topics regarding the legal profession in the Chicago Lawyer and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as well as the Chicago Sun-Times. According to Gary’s LinkedIn page, he has also been published in the American Bar Association’s “Changing Jobs: A Handbook for Lawyers for the 1990’s” and the Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association’s “Lawyers’ Guide to the Chicago Job Market.” His company focuses on placing candidates in the Chicago metropolitan area, but also has joint venture affiliates in different cities that can place candidates anywhere in the United States. + read more

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Friday, November 30, 2012

its a nice company
Friday, November 30, 2012

Chicago Legal Search, Ltd. is good firm

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