Lateral Link and Kimball Professional

Two Of the Nation’s Leading Legal Search Firms

Launch The Kimball Partner Group

A Partner Recruiting Firm For Am Law 200 and Boutique Law Firms

Led by Frank Kimball, Former Hiring Partner of McDermott, Will & Emery, the Kimball Partner Group Has Experienced Recruiters in Lateral Link's New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Chicago, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, and Shanghai Offices.

Chicago, IL–The Kimball Partner Group combines the broad-based and deep talents of Lateral Link’s international recruiting team with Frank Kimball’s thirty three years’ of experience in lateral and entry-level hiring offering candidates and law firms a depth and range of service previously unseen in lateral partner hiring.

The Principals of Lateral Link, Michael Allen and T.J. Duane, are graduates of Harvard Law School. Before recruiting for Lateral Link, Allen practiced law at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, and Duane practiced at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York. Lateral Link is one of the strongest recruiting firms in the nation for associate level hiring. Lateral Link has a unique approach towards identifying and screening top associate candidates from the best law schools.

Expanding into partner recruiting is the next logical step in Lateral Link's strategic plan. Allen explains “We will bring the same standards of professionalism and client service to placing partners. Frank is one of the best and most experienced legal recruiters in the nation. He brings an unrivaled range and depth of experience to our team. We’ve worked extensively with Frank in the past year and are thrilled to have him on board.” Duane notes “During this pivotal time of change for law firms, our people, technology, and work ethic sets a benchmark for the industry to follow. We share with Frank a similar commitment to stay ahead of the curve when serving our clients and candidates."

Frank Kimball, a 1977 University of Michigan Law School graduate, is the former national hiring partner of McDermott, Will & Emery. He also practiced with New York’s Shearman & Sterling. Since 1992, he has run Kimball Professional Management placing lawyers and providing consulting services with more than thirty of the nation’s largest firms. Kimball also speaks more than thirty times a year at the nation’s leading law schools and to law firms nationally on entry-level and lateral hiring. Kimball has placed hundreds of partners and associates with leading law firms and interviewed or counseled more than 11,000 law students and lawyers.

Kimball commented, “Lateral Link is one of the strongest recruiting firms in the industry. It  has a tremendous track record of placing outstanding candidates with the nation’s most selective law firms. Lateral Link's energy, professionalism, and commitment are remarkable. I’ve met and worked with hundreds of recruiting professionals.  There is no team of recruiters stronger than Lateral Link. I am confident that we will deliver a remarkable level of service to law firms, candidates, and law schools.”

Kimball Partner Group expects to aggressively expand in size and geographic reach over the next year by adding to its existing recruiter base consisting of former practicing attorneys from leading Am Law 100 firms, such as Davis Polk, Shearman & Sterling, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, Troutman Sanders LLP, Skadden Arps, Milbank Tweed, Carrington Coleman, Kaye Scholer, Shaw Pittman, Kirkland & Ellis, SNR Denton, just to name a few.

Kimball Partner Group, a partner level attorney search firm, has offices worldwide with its principal place of business in Chicago. Founded in January 2011 as a joint venture between Lateral Link and Kimball Professional, the firm currently includes ten partner recruiters, including three Principals, Frank Kimball, Michael Allen, and T.J. Duane.

Michael Allen - Principal
213-785-2344 Main
310-210-1209 Cell


T.J. Duane - Principal
646-419-4441 Main
917-520-1054 Cell


Frank Kimball - Principal
773-528-7548 Main
312-350-2646 Cell


The Kimball Partner Group - A Lateral Link Company

854 West Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614