Top Legal Executive Search Firm

      Cowen Partners | Placing Top In-House Legal Talent


      Your legal team can support growth, proactively identify and handle problems, and oversee liability and regulatory matters. With that, your in-house legal team’s qualifications are key to getting — and staying — competitive in today’s economy. 


      Cowen Partners has developed a 12-point legal executive search process to place top talent in the roles of Chief Legal Officer (CLO), Corporate Counsel (CC), General Counsel (GC), and other legal positions. Plus, our nationally recognized legal executive recruiters are exceptionally skilled at matching talent to company culture, niche needs, and more.


      A Record of Success with General Counsel & Legal Executive Search



      Cowen Partners is a recognized leader among the best legal executive search firms. Our experienced recruiters specialize in sourcing and placing legal executives using a custom process with a proven track record of success. We search for and evaluate highly qualified executive-level candidates, identifying the ideal fit for your company’s objectives and culture.

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      If the best is your standard, Cowen Partners is the recruitment partner you’re looking for.


      Experienced Legal Executive Recruiters, World-Class Talent


      Traditionally, legal executive search firms take months to conduct a search. When they place talent, it’s rarely the right fit. At Cowen Partners, our trusted legal executive recruiters place extraordinary talent, matched to your company’s objectives and culture, in 38 days, on average.


      You don’t have time to wait for new legal executives. That’s why our legal executive search process is proactive, senior partner-led, and built to connect you with the top 1% of talent in the world for GC and CLO roles,right away. 


      Cowen Partners will:


      1. Bring you a list of qualified, company culture-matched candidates to grow your leadership in 38 days, on average (compared to the 100-day minimum industry standard).
      2. Place top talent for all essential legal positions — General Counsel, Chief Counsel, and Chief Legal Officers — for a wide variety of industries.


      Are you ready to make your next choice the best yet? The top legal executive recruiters at Cowen Partners can help. Let’s talk.

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        Recent Legal Executive Search Placements

        Chief Legal Officer, Family Office

        VP of Legal, Consumer Goods

        General Counsel, Large Medical Research University

        General Counsel, Commercial Real Estate

        VP Legal & Tax, Private Equity

        Chief Legal Officer, Private University

        General Counsel, $1B Credit Union

        Chief Counsel, Aerospace Manufacturer

        Chief Legal Officer Alaskan Native Corporation

        Chief Legal Officer Healthcare

        Operations Counsel Healthcare


        General Counsel Recruitment for Swift, Safe Growth


        General and chief counsel roles carry more responsibility than ever before. Your legal counsel guides your growth strategy. That’s why Cowen Partners curates candidates with top industry experience. Every candidate we connect you with will have the acumen and legal experience to effectively manage risks, strategize for maximum growth, and evolve with your legal needs.


        General and chief counsel are different roles and need to be curated to each company’s needs. That’s why our search process is led by a senior partner. Their experience ensures the candidates we provide excel at the competencies required for each role.


        Identifying What You Need in a General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer


        You know growth is supported by an in-house legal team. You want a team experienced in the nuance of your industry so they can anticipate and prevent exposure to risk before it arises. That’s why Cowen Partners specializes in placing high-level talent in top roles for your legal needs.


        That’s why we not only place top talent but also help you identify if you need legal support or a legal leader. Below are the key differences we look for when placing in-house legal talent.

        How General Counsel Manage Legal Issues, Compliance, & Governance


        If you are looking for legal talent to manage compliance and governance, you need a general counsel. General counsel is there to ensure all your company’s legal obligations are met.


        Here’s a look at the responsibilities the general counsel will oversee:

        • Represent the company in court
        • Convey legal advice to company executives
        • Lead and manage legal team
        • Communicate & oversee compliance regulations with government agencies

        Chief Legal Officers & Legal Analysis-Led Leadership


        The chief legal officer is a C-suite role with duties that focus on the legal department but also provide analysis to grow the company’s business models. They work to align legal and business strategies to ensure flawless execution, suggest innovative business solutions, mitigate risk, and ensure legal efficiency. The CLO is a legal business partner, not just a lawyer.


        A few of the duties of the chief legal officer include:

        • Monitor legal changes that affect the company or business industry
        • Develop training to  convey legal matters to employees
        • Oversee the hiring of internal and external legal teams
        • Manage compliance
        • Advise top executives on legal matters


        Legal Executive Search & Recruitment | Cowen Partners


        General Counsel & Legal Executive Search & Recruitment
        General Counsel & Legal Executive Search & Recruitment

        Our hands-on legal executive recruiters have experience working with private, public, pre-IPO, and non-profit organizations. Clients are typically $50 million in revenue to Fortune 1000’s or have assets between $500 million to $15 billion. Cowen Partners delivers 3X more qualified candidates than the competition.

        Through proven processes, our legal executive recruiters find, vet, and deliver the top 1% of candidates for all C-suite legal roles and positions across all industries, including technologyhealthcaremanufacturingretailreal estatefinancial serviceprivate equity, and more.


        Read more of our industry-leading resources to see why Cowen Partners is a top legal executive search firm in Los Angeles,  Seattle, Chicago, Milwaukee, Anchorage, New York City, Atlanta, Dallas, and beyond.

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        Industries Our Legal Executive Recruiters Help


        Every industry needs talent. Our general counsel and legal executive search firm connect companies with in-demand candidates who are prepared to take command of leadership roles.

        Click the role you need below to learn more about our process and how it’s made Cowen Partners a premier legal executive search firm nationwide.



        Companies Agree Our Legal Executive Search Process Works. See What Clients Say About Our Legal Executive Recruiters.

        You succeeded where many others failed; we are grateful for your key role in helping us hire a great candidate.

        CEO Healthcare

        I can’t believe you found someone so fast, yes we want them to start!

        CFO Bank

        I’m really impressed by all the qualified candidates, thank you so much

        SVP Chief People Officer

        I wanted to let you know we are very happy with your services, she has been great for us. Thank you for this assistance.

        CFO Credit Union

        I really appreciate your help finding someone for me and hope our paths cross again. I would definitely consider using you for a new search if I should have one. It was really easy to work with you.

        CFO Software Company

        Even after less than two months, it’s clear she is extremely well qualified and an excellent long term addition to our staff. We are very pleased to have her. Thanks for all the work you did to help make this possible.

        CEO Real Estate Company

        You are adamant in your search. I don’t think we have ever had a headhunter/recruiter so diligent on seeking out candidates as you are.

        VP HR Seafood Company

        You did what you said you’d do and I appreciate that, let me know if you ever need a reference

        CEO Specialty Pharmacy

        We have never seen this much activity from a recruiter before

        VP Talent Acquisition

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