March 1, 2016 – Executive Search firm Lucas Group has appointed Amdie Mengistu to lead its legal search practice in New York City. He will manage a team of executive recruiters and continue to grow the practice. In addition, he will recruit talent for a variety of clients from small, boutique firms to Fortune 500 corporations.
Mr. Mengistu transitioned into legal recruiting in 2012 and rose to managing director with boutique legal search firm Empire Search Partners before joining Lucas Group. He was also in the last entering class at Dewey Ballantine which gave him a front row seat for the highs and lows of big law. From there he litigated at a boutique firm and spent a year as a public defender on Staten Island.
“Sharp, strategic and smart, Amdie has already proved to be a tremendous addition to the legal team,” said Tom Williamson, general manager of Lucas Group’s legal practice group. “We are confident that he will lead our team to new heights of success and provide the highest level of service to our clients and candidates.”
“Amdie brings a fresh, creative perspective to our legal team which will help drive results for both our clients and candidates,” said Mr. Williamson. “As more Millennials enter the workforce, Amdie’s youthfulness and energy will play a vital role in reaching our goals and objectives.”
From firm-to-firm moves to corporate in-house counsel positions, Lucas Group provides legal recruiting services finding associates, partners and in-house positions for legal professionals.
With seven practice groups, Lucas Group recruits for key business functions, including accounting and finance, human resources, information technology, legal, sales and marketing, manufacturing and military transition.
Legal recruiting generally has been booming this year. According to Hunt-Scanlon Media, lawyers employed by government agencies are on the move — a direct result of President Obama’s second term nearing its end. 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 government require legal services in the U.S. and internationally as global economies expand.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media