Steven John & Associates, LLC is a boutique retained executive search and talent advisory firm focused on senior in-house legal leaders and their organizations. We partner with our client organizations to attract, retain and develop their Chief Legal Officers, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officers, Divisional General Counsel, and a host of senior subject matter experts within corporate legal departments.
We specialize in roles within the legal profession rather than on a single industry vertical. Our clients are diverse and include private and public companies, large nonprofits, private philanthropies, and academic institutions. The organizations we work with have offices throughout the U.S., and our typical searches are national.
Organizational Development Advisory Services
We take a focused, research-intensive approach to our work with clients looking to optimize the structure of their legal function. Knowing what legal talent the business needs and when it needs it requires organizational awareness and data. We partner with our clients to assess the nuances of their particular business needs, evaluate measurably successful structures and reporting relationships and then craft a strategy for the growth and development of their legal departments.
In addition to our executive search and legal department design practices, our firm provides coaching to leaders and members of their teams interested in building on their successes. We are formally trained professional coaches who understand the challenges and stressors today’s attorneys must navigate to be and do their best.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The foundation of each of the services we offer is our deep commitment to principles of fairness in every project we undertake. While we work with our clients to define what diversity means to their organizations, we are steadfast in our efforts to reach out to all qualified prospects, including those who come from underrepresented communities and/or personal identities. We bring our sensibilities as diverse professionals to our work whenever we partner with our clients. Our commitment to diversity in the legal profession is evidenced not only by our research and published articles on the subject, but also by the extraordinary results we achieve in creating the most diverse candidate slates our clients have ever seen. The results of our work speak for themselves.
The SJ&A Difference
What sets Steven John & Associates apart from the competition?
Our commitment to listening to gain a better understanding of your specific needs in your next attorney hire;
Our reputation for going above and beyond to get to the right result in every search;
Our intellectual curiosity and willingness to dig deeply into your business and industry ecosystem;
Our highly collaborative partnership with every client;
Our 100% placement rate;
Our boutique, bespoke approach that allows us to give you our undivided, focused attention;
Our track record of gaining our clients’ trust and their repeat business;
Our relationships with a diverse universe of talented lawyers across the country and throughout the world.
What We Do
Our clients turn to us to help them attract and hire great lawyers for their legal departments. Whether hiring the first lawyer into a rapidly growing start-up, or refining a maturing legal organization, our search expertise and our extensive professional network make us an ideal partner in that effort.
Executive Search & Recruitment
General Counsel and Senior In-House Attorneys
We are attorney executive search consultants. Our professional search services include industry-leading methodologies and practices that allow our clients to tailor the specifics of each search to meet the particular needs of their organizations. Because of our boutique model, we are able to provide a bespoke service, putting our clients’ unique needs first.
Law Firm and Legal Department Operational Leaders
Our law firm clients come to us to help them build their non-attorney leadership teams. From Finance to Human Resources, Marketing to Professional Development, today’s large law firms are complex enterprises that require top-notch operational talent to help them grow and succeed in an increasingly competitive market for legal services.
In addition to attorney recruitment, we help organizations recruit senior compliance executives across a wide range of industries and organization types. Our years of experience working with clients in banking, energy, healthcare, and other highly regulated industries gives us a broad view of the compliance market.
Organizational Structure Advisory
We take a focused, research intensive approach to our work with clients looking to optimize the structure of their legal function. Knowing what legal talent the business needs and when it needs it requires organizational awareness and data. We partner with our clients to assess the nuances of their particular business needs, evaluate measurably successful structures and reporting relationships and then craft a strategy for the growth and development of their legal departments.
Executive search firm Steven John & Associates has helped to place Jeffrey Hoelsken as the new general counsel for Save the Redwoods League, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. Mr. Hoelsken was formerly senior counsel for Paragon Legal, a legal services firm that provides interim in-house counsel to corporate legal departments, also in San Francisco.
Executive search firm Steven John & Associates has been chosen by the Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID) in San Mateo, CA to find a new executive director. Steve John and Jason Snyder are leading the assignment. The executive director acts as the CEO of the organization and is responsible for the overall management and direction of
Executive search firm Steven John & Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Conchita Lozano-Batista as the new general counsel of Earthjustice. She succeeds Kelley McKenzie, who retired after nearly six years as general counsel. Steve John and Jason Snyder led the assignment. Ms. Lozano-Batista was previously chair of the Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group, which assists the city
Legal recruiting continues to be a hot area for search firms. Lawyers employed by government agencies in particular have been on the move in recent months, according to Hunt Scanlon Media. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022. Demand for legal work is expected to be robust as individuals, businesses and all levels of
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Speaking at the IILP Symposium on diversity and inclusion in the legal workplace