Michael Allen is the Founder and Managing Principal of Lateral Link. Founded in 2006, Lateral Link is now one of the world's largest legal recruiting firms with offices in over a dozen cities across the United States and Asia, and is a well-regarded resource for elite attorney placement. Located in the Los Angeles office, Mr. Allen focuses exclusively on Partner and General Counsel placements for top firms and companies. Prior to Lateral Link's founding, he worked as an attorney at both Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Irell & Manella LLP. Mr. Allen graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, San Diego before earning his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. An active participant in the Los Angeles community, he is a member of YPO, Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, and The California Club. He resides in Santa Monica with his wife and three children.