February 28, 2020 – Legal-focused search firm Whistler Partners has added Julieta Stubrin as a senior director/head of law firm relationships and head of its new office in San Francisco. The firm also hired Dan Mummery and Jonathan Drucker as senior consultants in its Palo Alto, CA and New York City headquarters, respectively. Each will focus primarily on expanding Whistler’s law firm partner practice and will work closely with the in-house counsel practice group.
“I founded this company to focus on and serve the changing legal landscape known as tech convergence, luxury brands, entertainment, advertising, TV/movies/streaming, real estate and financial services are all being rapidly transformed by technology, digital media, and start-ups, said Sean Burke, Whistler Partner’s founder. “To further this objective, who could be better to add to your tech convergence team than a former hiring director of a top tech/start-up law firm, a former AmLaw top 15 tech transactions/outsourcing partner who lead hiring in Palo Alto and the former GC of two prominent global luxury brands?”
Ms. Stubrin brings over two decades of legal recruiting and industry experience to Whistler. She spent the last 15 years at Fenwick & West, where she focused on partner recruiting and led a team of professionals responsible for the recruitment of legal talent in key markets such as Silicon Valley; San Francisco; New York; Santa Monica, CA; Seattle; and Shanghai.
“I am very excited about joining the impressive team that Whistler’s founder, Sean Burke, has assembled and opening a San Francisco office,” Ms. Stubrin said. “My firsthand knowledge and experience, as the longtime head of recruiting for Fenwick & West, matches perfectly with the laser focus of the Whistler team. We all understand that it’s critically important to have a deep understanding of the legal marketplace and that establishing long-term relationships with our clients is key.”
“I look forward to working closely with Sean, Dan and Jon and am certain our diverse backgrounds and extensive ties to the legal community, will create additional opportunities for Whistler to continue to provide top-flight services and counsel to its cutting edge clients,” she added.
Wall Street and Silicon Valley Veteran
Mr. Mummery brings a wealth of experience with over 30 years of practice at leading Wall Street and Silicon Valley law firms, including as a partner, practice group head and hiring partner. Prior to his recent retirement from Gibson Dunn, in addition to his hiring partner responsibilities, Mr. Mummery served as co-chair of the firm’s strategic sourcing and commercial transactions group, as a member of the artificial intelligence, emerging companies, intellectual property, media and entertainment, privacy and cybersecurity, and technology transactions practice groups, and as a member of the firm’s global hiring committee.
“Sean is a tireless recruiter and has done a phenomenal job of focusing on the technology and entertainment and media space in particular, and I was very flattered when he asked me to join the Whistler team and to lead our efforts in the new Bay Area offices,” Mr. Mummery said.
Mr. Drucker served as worldwide general counsel for over 20 years at Godiva, Polo Ralph Lauren, and the media buyout fund and investment bank, Veronis Suhler Stevenson. He also has experience as a law firm partner at both Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman (which subsequently merged with Dentons) and Zukerman Gore Brandeis & Crossman.
“During my career as a general counsel I’ve had the privilege of working with several creative geniuses who have capitalized on developments in the technological and digital landscape,” said Mr. Drucker. “When I met Sean Burke, I immediately recognized the same rare combination of drive, passion and vision to bring new ideas and approaches to the legal search industry.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media