Top Legal Executive Search Firm

      Cowen Partners | Placing Top In-House Legal Talent


      Your legal team is there to support your growth. They identify and handle problems before they happen. 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 executive search process to place top legal talent matched to your needs and company culture, including Chief Legal Officers, Corporate Counsel, General Counsel, and other key legal positions.


      Why Cowen Partners Has A Track Record Of Success 



      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.


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


      We Place World-Class Legal Talent


      Traditional executive search firms take months to conduct a search, and when they place talent, it’s rarely the right fit. Cowen Partners places top 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 executive search process is proactive, senior partner led, and built to connect you with the top 1% of talent in the world, right away. 


      Cowen Partners will 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).


      Cowen Partners will 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? 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


        Recruit the Right General Counsel 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 |  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.


        General Counsel | Managing 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 Officer | Legal Analysis Led Leadership


        The chief legal officer is a C-suite role with duties that focus on the legal department but also providing 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 Consultants | Cowen Partners


        Our hands-on 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. Successful placements span the entire C-Suite – CEOChief Operating OfficerChief Financial Officer, and include vice presidentgeneral counsel, and other director-level leadership roles.

        National Legal Executive Search Firm


        Cowen Partners delivers 3X more qualified candidates than the competition. Through our proven retained executive search process, we find, vet, and deliver the top 1% of candidates for positions across the C-suite. Our process works for all industries, including technologyhealthcaremanufacturingretailreal estatefinancial serviceprivate equity, and more.


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

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        Industries We Help


        Every industry needs talent. We 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 for finding and placing top talent in less than 6 weeks.



        Companies Agree Our Process Works. Our Clients Have This To Say About Our Results

        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

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