Announcing Cadence Counsel’s Acquisition by Lateral Link


Lateral Link announced today its acquisition of Cadence Counsel, a best-in-class legal staffing firm specializing in providing top-tier lawyers for project and variable term engagements.

Cadence Counsel was co-founded by Danielle Lackey, a Stanford Law grad and former Latham & Watkins white collar litigator, and she will continue to lead this division of Lateral Link as its CEO. Ms. Lackey’s inspiration behind Cadence came from observing her peers’ growing desire for enhanced professional flexibility, and the opportunity this offered law firms and corporations to increase profits through variable staffing. Under her leadership, Cadence Counsel has emerged as a go-to player in the ad-hoc legal staffing space.

“Like with Lateral Link in the permanent placement industry, Cadence Counsel has developed a national talent community of experienced lawyers who graduated from top law schools with prior experience from major AmLaw firms. Cadence Counsel’s staffing capabilities are a perfect match to supplement Lateral Link’s already best-in-class permanent recruiting services. We are excited to offer a project staffing division to our existing client base – both law firms and in house legal departments – and we found the right fit with Cadence Counsel based on culture, commitment, and leadership,” said Michael Allen, Managing Principal of Lateral Link.

By joining Cadence Counsel with Lateral Link, we now have the unique ability to provide lateral partner candidates a comprehensive solution to seamlessly transition their practices to a new firm. Partners often require top-level talent to service immediate client needs during the natural lag time before their associates can follow to the new firm or if associates do not “tag-along.” Cadence Counsel can supply short term staffing options that alleviate this pressure without compromising quality of work, making it an ideal supplement for Lateral Link’s partner practice. “We can all work together to plan ahead for more fluid partner and group transitions. By utilizing Cadence Counsel, partners can avoid the typical staffing fire drills they often experience after making a move,” said Michael Allen, Managing Principal of Lateral Link.

“Combining Cadence Counsel with Lateral Link’s resources, international footprint, and incredibly talented team lets us accelerate growth, attract even more skilled lawyers, and provide a higher level and range of services to our clients. Our shared emphasis on the caliber and experience of the attorneys we place makes this a logical marriage, and it is an honor to join the Lateral Link team,” said Danielle Lackey.

To kick off this new partnership, Cadence Counsel will be offering a $2500 referral fee for all introductions made by the end of 2015 to attorneys whom we accept into our community once they have performed 40 hours of legal work.

For additional information, please contact Danielle Lackey at



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