Elite Search for Premier Firms
Burns Recruiting was founded and is led by Scott Burns who is a former AmLaw 100 law firm partner, senior executive at the largest lawyer-owned insurance company in the world, and an expert in mergers, lateral hiring and law firm strategy.
Scott has experience working with premier law firms seeking to acquire lawyers through lateral hiring and mergers. He also spearheaded his department’s legal hiring efforts at his former company, ALAS.
Burns Recruiting is an elite resource for premier law firms and companies seeking to attract talented professionals to fill important roles at their organizations. We work with law firm clients looking to find and recruit partners, associates and lead administrators to their firms. Corporate clients also need to add high quality lawyers to their in-house legal staffs, and Burns Recruiting is ready to search for the right candidates who may be interested in moving in-house from their current law firm or corporate legal position. Our unique depth of knowledge of law firms, lawyers, law firm administrators and in-house positions puts us in the perfect position to find and recruit top candidates for our clients.
Scott and I worked closely together for 16 years at ALAS through many cycles in our business and changes in our company and our industry. As one of the most senior lawyers in our Member Services department, his work was always first rate, and he achieved great results year in and year out in our annual renewals and in attracting new business to our company.
In his new role, Scott will bring clients a unique blend of excellent judgment, extraordinary people skills, strong relationships in the legal and business worlds in Chicago and nationally, and a deep knowledge of the culture and business of law firms and in-house legal departments.
I have been involved in law firm risk management for over thirty years, serve as my firm’s GC and my practice is defending large law firms in professional liability cases.
I have had the pleasure of working with Scott Burns for many years. Scott recruited our firm to join ALAS and his responsiveness and knowledge of our industry made that process easy. When Scott told me he was leaving ALAS and starting his own legal recruiting firm I was, at first, surprised. But after reflecting for a moment, I realized he is the perfect person to up the game of legal recruiting and provide a real value added service.
Those of us in firm management know that lateral hires can be essential to a law firm’s ability to grow and to add talent where it is needed. At the same time, historical experiences of many firms, including those I defend, shows us that the opportunities laterals may provide come with significant risks. Risks of underperformance and worse, many of the largest claims I have seen arose from lateral lawyers. With Scott’s experience in the law firm risk management arena and his broad industry contacts I think he can offer a recruiting service like no other. I wish him great success and highly endorse Scott.
I am the General Counsel of an AmLaw 200 firm with nearly 30 years of employment law experience and active involvement with our Firm’s recruitment efforts during that entire tenure. As such, I have had many personal experiences with legal recruiters, and have found my satisfaction with their performance largely to be a function of their integrity.
Given my personal dealings with Scott and what I think of his integrity, I fully expect that he will be the type of legal recruiter a Firm will wish to retain. Given his deep understanding of the private legal industry, firm talent, emerging practices, and current market forces, and in light of his relationships with firm executives, I expect him to be very successful.
Scott Burns is a legal industry expert. He has a deep knowledge of law firm needs and the markets in which they operate. His unique experience, work ethic, communication skills, integrity and strong industry relationships are a huge asset to any law firm seeking to grow.
Through my work with Scott over many years, I have come to see him as a trusted partner, a seasoned advisor and – just as importantly – a friend. He has always been professional and thorough in every way. I am confident that Scott will bring the same level of commitment to his new venture that he did in his previous endeavors. I cannot recommend him more highly.
We look forward to discussing your legal hiring needs and business strategy and working with you to provide an elite level of legal recruiting services. Please contact us so that we can begin a consultation and explain how Burns Recruiting and Consulting is the best legal recruiter to meet your business needs.