US Operations

 

In the Fall of 2018, we launched our US Operations within the major U.S. markets, focusing on attorney placements into the M&A, technology, emerging companies, venture capital, and entertainment / media sectors. However, we are full-service and have extensive experience in attorney placements across various corporate, finance, and litigation practice areas.

Evan Jowers, along with maintaining the most successful Asia-focused legal recruiting practice in the industry, also has placed attorneys into private practice and in-house roles in the following US cities / markets: New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Orange County, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Boulder, New Orleans, Washington DC, Atlanta, Northern Virginia, and Charlotte. In recent years, Evan’s recruiting focus in the US markets has been primarily at the partner level. Evan was an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York, and also in-house for a large Miami based company before he moved into attorney recruiting. Evan received his JD from Boston University.

Alexis Lamb (Partner and Head of Operations) has over a decade of experience recruiting for large, mid-sized, and boutique law firms as well as public and private corporations and financial institutions within the U.S. and Asia. She has recruited and placed associates, partners, and in-house counsel within private practice roles and companies in the financial services, life sciences, media, technology, and nonprofit industries. Alexis’ experience includes serving as a senior recruiter for two New York-based recruiting agencies. Prior to joining Jowers Vargas, Alexis was Director of Talent at Bliss Lawyers, a New York-based “NewLaw” alternative legal services provider. Alexis has placed attorneys in New York, New Jersey, California, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, and even Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Prior to moving into recruiting, Alexis was an associate at O’Melveny in New York and Linkaters in Hong Kong. She received her JD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Kat Komarnicki (Partner, US Team Lead) splits time between New York and San Francisco, and is by any measure one of the most important young rising stars in the attorney recruiting industry, especially in the technology / emerging companies / venture capital area. She also happens to be the go-to recruiter for Canadian-qualified attorneys looking to relocate to the US and other parts of the world. The majority of Kat’s placements are in New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles, but she has also placed attorneys in Boston, Denver, and London. Kat is also involved in our Asia and European recruiting efforts and works closely with Ropner Fredriks, our London-based affiliate team.

Jade Sealey (Partner) is based in Los Angeles and focuses on attorney placements into media and entertainment law. She has played a key role in the growth of several LA-based elite entertainment and media-focused boutiques, as well as entertainment and media practice groups at Vault / AmLaw 100 firms nationwide. Before joining Jowers Vargas, Jade spent two years as a managing director at a Manhattan-based recruiting agency where she placed several associates and partners at many of the country’s top media/entertainment and VC/tech firms and practice groups. Jade’s other professional experience brings a unique and valuable perspective for her in the world of media and entertainment law attorney recruiting. Jade was a paralegal at a top civil rights law firm and is also a well-regarded actress, known for multiple film and television roles as well as an extensive career in theatre.

Jason Cunningham (Partner) is based in Boston and focuses on partner, associate, and counsel recruitment in the Boston and New York markets. He also has experience making placements and running searches out of Los Angeles, London, and Hong Kong. Jason received his JD from Harvard and practiced as an associate for seven years at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP in both their litigation and real estate groups in the Los Angeles and New York offices. Prior to joining our company, Jason founded and ran a successful recruiting company, Lodestar Recruiting, which he merged with Jowers Vargas in 2017. Jason also heads up our recruiting of attorney recruiters to join our team and continue our expansion in the US markets.

Paige Drewelow (Consultant, Special Projects) is a highly experienced and well-rounded attorney recruiter, having served as Global Director of Legal Recruiting at Am Law 100 law firms, as well as in the role of Managing Director at a legal search firm. She has placed partners, associates, and in-house attorneys across the world.Paige has been in the legal industry for over 20 years. At O’Melveny, Paige oversaw recruiting and associate relations in both Northern California offices as well as the Asia offices. She then ran global recruiting at O’Melveny, Weil Gotshal, and Vinson & Elkins. Paige is a former board member of the Bay Area Legal Recruiting Association (BALRA) and member of NALP. Paige has lived and worked in San Francisco, Austin, Houston, and New York City and spent substantial time working in other markets including Washington DC, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Shanghai. Her big firm background and experience working with attorneys give her unparalleled insight into the placement process, from both sides of the table.

Evan Jowers
Alexis Lamb
Kat Komarnicki
Jade Sealey
Jason Cunningham