JW Michaels Appoints Head of Partner Placement Division

September 12, 2016 – New York-based executive search firm JW Michaels & Co. has named Richard Zakin as a managing director to lead its national partner placement division. With a decade of experience in practicing executive search and as a former partner for more than eight years with two of The American Lawyer’s Am Law 100 firms, Mr. Zakin brings a unique and personal perspective to the role.

Most recently, he was managing director of Alan Roberts Co. and before that held the same role with Howard-Sloan Legal Search. He also gained executive search experience with Solomon Page Group and Strategic Legal Solutions.

Mr. Zakin has completed partner placements across a wide range of practice areas, including intellectual-property litigation, M&A, tax, private equity and real estate. Before entering the executive legal search profession, he was a commercial real estate partner with both Bryan Cave LLP and Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Broad Legal Sector Knowledge

“Richard’s knowledge of the goals and motivations of both clients and prospective candidates streamlines the process for all parties involved and ensures that communications with senior law firm management and candidates are discrete, detailed and handled in an expeditious manner,” said Jason Wachtel, managing partner of JW Michaels & Co.

“For the past 10 years, I’ve partnered closely with leading New York and national law firms for targeted and strategic growth efforts,” said Mr. Zakin. “My broad law firm knowledge background and practice area strength will ensure law firm partner candidates are guided responsibly as they contemplate career decisions.”

JW Michaels & Co. is an executive search firm dedicated to serving the recruiting needs of top-tier financial services, legal, technology and business institutions, including investment management firms, hedge funds, investment banks, law firms and Fortune 500 companies. The firm has additional offices in New York, New Jersey, Chicago and Houston.

The firm recently expanded into the Atlanta market through a majority investment in executive recruiter ExecuSource, Inc. Since 1998, ExecuSource has placed more than 5,000 accounting, finance and IT professionals with over 200 mid-sized to billion dollar organizations in the Atlanta area. Its local experience and resources will now contribute to JW Michael’s continued growth. The firm’s founding partners, Frank Green, Marc Schwartz and Michael Johnson, along with the rest of its staff, all remain with the firm.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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