Michael Allen





Lateral Link Announces Eleven (11) New Promotions for 2013


Lateral Link is pleased to announce eleven (11) new promotions for 2013.   We have five (5) new Senior Directors, five (5) new Principals, and one (1) new Managing Director.  These promotions are effective as of January 1, 2013.


Our five (5) new Senior Directors include:


Carolyn Brenner (Palo Alto) — Brenner has successfully placed top-tier candidates at major law firms and in-house for companies, such as Google, Esurance, and SolarCity, in her time at Lateral Link. Prior to joining Lateral Link, she practiced law for five years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where she was a member of the hiring committee. Brenner holds her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she majored in Finance and Risk Management. Based in Palo Alto, Brenner focuses on associate, partner and in-house placements in Northern and Southern California.


Gloria Cannon (Los Angeles) — Cannon has former experience practicing bankruptcy law at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy as well as in house experience as a Vice President at Oaktree Capital Management LLC. Prior to joining Lateral Link, Cannon was a Managing Director for five years with a large national attorney search firm, placing attorneys and partners with law firms of all sizes, including Am Law 100 law firms as well as highly-regarded boutiques. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School, and a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles. Based in L.A., Cannon oversees attorney placements in California.


Tricia McGrath (New York and Washington, D.C.) — McGrath works with partner and associate candidates on law firm and in-house searches in both the New York and Washington, D.C. regions.  Given her tax expertise, McGrath has a particular focus on and specialty with tax searches.  She previously worked as a recruiter with a large national attorney search firm, and prior to her career as a legal recruiter, she was a tax associate at Shearman & Sterling in New York City, a corporate associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Menlo Park, California, and a tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She holds a B.A. in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.


Amy Savage (Washington, D.C.) — Savage has successfully placed associates, counsels, partners and in-house attorneys with some of the finest practices in the world, and focuses on matching attorneys with employers in the D.C. metropolitan area. Her legal career began as an associate with a Chambers-rated litigation boutique before making a lateral move to Shaw Pittman. A recognized speaker and author on legal career issues, Savage has presented several lectures at Yale Lew School, and has written articles for The Legal Times among others. She earned her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center.


May Smythe (Atlanta and New York) — Smythe deals extensively with prominent national law firms as well as mid-sized and smaller boutique firms. She started her legal career in the commercial litigation department of a full-service law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana prior to her career as a legal recruiter - first for a boutique legal search firm in New York and then Lateral Link.  Smythe holds a B.A. in English from the University of the South and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Smythe, based in Atlanta, splits her time between working with candidates in the Southeast region, as well as in New York, where she started her career in legal recruiting.


In addition to Michael Allen and Justin Flowers, our five (5) new Principals include:


Ryan Belville (New York) — Belville, who previously served as the Managing Director for Lateral Link's New York office, oversees attorney placements and client services. He practiced litigation for several years and then became a legal recruiter in New York in 2004. Three years later he joined Lateral Link, working both the New York and California markets. Belville holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, having attended the Honors College, and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.


Scott Hodes (Miami) — Hodes oversees attorney placements and client services in major Southeast markets, including Florida and Atlanta.  Scott focuses on placing associate and partner candidates with national, mid-sized and boutique law firms, as well as with candidates seeking in-house positions. He began as a corporate litigator for a full-service firm in Boca Raton, Florida. After one year, he began practicing estate planning.  Prior to joining Lateral Link, Hodes was a name partner in a tax and estate planning firm in Boca Raton. He holds a B.A. in Criminology from the University of Florida, a J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and an LL.M. in estate planning from the University of Miami.


Larry Latourette (Washington, D.C.) — Latourette joined Lateral Link in the summer of 2012 as Executive Director to oversee the partner practice. He previously founded the search firm Veritas Lex in 2001 where he focused on partner hiring with major Am Law firms. He began his legal career as an associate at White & Case and Skadden Arps, then as a partner and Managing Partner of the DC office of Preston Gates. He also served as outside General Counsel for a publicly traded company during his legal career. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, then completed the joint JD/MPP program at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. Based in D.C., Latourette will continue to manage Lateral Link’s partner practice.


Katy Lewis (Chicago) — Lewis previously served as Managing Director for the Chicago office of Lateral Link, and will continue to oversee attorney placements and client services in Chicago. Prior to joining Lateral Link, she was an associate in the real estate department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Lewis holds a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and a J.D., summa cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law.


Julie Locke (Los Angeles) — Locke has successfully placed associate and partner candidates at law firms and in-house legal departments in California. She previously worked at Epiq Systems and LexisNexis Applied Discovery prior to beginning her career as a legal recruiter. She began her legal career in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where her practice was focused on complex intellectual property and environmental litigation matters. Locke received her J.D., magna cum laude, from The University of Minnesota Law School, and a B.A. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.


In addition to Mardy Sackley and Diana Rubin, our one (1) new Managing Director is:


Don Delaney (Denver) — Delaney oversees attorney placements and client services throughout the Mountain Region. Prior to opening Lateral Link's Denver office, he was a recruiter at a boutique search firm in New York, where he counseled practice groups, individual partners, and top caliber associates transitioning to other firms. Before becoming a recruiter, Don practiced law in New York for 10 years. He began his legal career as an associate with Mayer Brown LLP. Don is a graduate of Michigan Law School and received a B.S. in Finance and International Business from NYU Stern.


Congratulations to our newly promoted colleagues. Thank you, along with everyone at Lateral Link, for all your hard work in 2012.  We all look forward to a great 2013.