Ristvey Legal Search, LLC

Specialists in Permanent Attorney and Paralegal Placements

Ristvey Legal Search, LLC is a boutique legal recruiting firm and noted specialist in all levels of permanent attorney and paralegal placement, meeting the unique hiring needs of law firms and corporations in the legal markets throughout the United States and abroad, with particular focus on the East Coast.


Ristvey Legal Search, LLC is a member of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC), and strictly adheres to and exceeds NALSC Code of Ethics.

Services

Discovering high-caliber legal talent within law firms and in-house corporate legal departments.

Clients

 

Clients

At Ristvey Legal Search, LLC we value our relationships with the clients we serve. We work hard to:

  • Forge strong, meaningful and trusting relationships with our clients
  • Gain a keen insight into our clients' cluture and values
  • Discover those intangible qualities in our talnted candidates that make lasting and worthy matches

Our philosophy is simple: When we discover high-caliber legal talent that meets or exceed your expetations, we give you the competitive edge you seek.

Ristvey Legal Search, LLC focuses on the recruitment of permanent attorney and paralegal placements from all specialty practice areas, nationally and abroad, with an emphasis on the East Coast.

  • Partners
  • Associates
  • Practice Groups
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Paralegals

Ristvey Legal Search, LLC knows the legal market, and keeps abreast of the changes affecting the market place and the practice of law. Using our diverse network within the legal industry and our creative research methods, Ristvey Legal Search, LLC is able to discover talented attorneys and paralegals. Potential matches are carefully interviewed and vetted to ensure that they possess the experience, credentials, abilities, and values our clients are seeking. We do not submit or disclose any potential match without first obtaining definitive authorization from the attorney or paralegal candidate.

We are mindful that confidentiality is an essential element of every search. As a member of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants, (NALSC), we strictly adhere to and exceed the NALSC Code of Ethics.

If you are a firm representative seeking more information about our search process and unique fee offerings, please call Stephanie A. Ristvey, President at 215.579.0600, or e-mail.

You will find that our unique fee structure for attorney and paralegal matches is competitive. No fee is due unless a match has been made.

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Attorneys

 

Attorney Candidates

Although our principal relationships are with our clients, Ristvey Legal Search, LLC values our relationships with our attorney candidates. Forging strong, meaningful and trusting relationships with our candidates affords us the opportunity to get to know you , your career goals, practice and values, enabling us to make matches with law firms and corporate legal departments that share your goals, philosophy and values.

Because we work with a limited clientele, our clients have exacting requirements and seek only those candidates that fit their specific criteria: strong academic credentials and experience practicing law in well-regarded law firms and corporate legal departments. It is not very often that we are asked to fill entry-level positions.

Once we receive your resume, we will objectively and candidly review your credentials to determine which positions may be a match. Should, we find a match, we will meet with you and provide you with relevant information about the position and our client's firm or corporate legal department.

Only upon your explicit consent will we present a detailed and confidential profile delineating your experience and qualifications, including your resume to our client for consideration. We also will provide our assessment of your qualifications and why we believe you would be a match for the position. We will work with you every step of the way including interview strategy and offer negotiation. Naturally, we keep our candidates apprised of their status.

If we are unable to place you, we will direct you to appropriate resources and will critique your resume and writing samples free of charge.

Partners & Attorneys with Portable Business

Ristvey Legal Search, LLC understands that Partners and Attorneys with portable business have specific needs when considering new opportunities. Regardless of your reason for wanting to explore a change, we are here to confidentially advise and guide you to make your transition a positive and rewarding one.

If you are an attorney looking for new opportunities and seeking more information about our search process, please call Stephanie A. Ristvey, President at 215.579.0600, or e-mail your resume and preferred contact information.

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Paralegals

 

Paralegal Candidates

Although our principal relationships are with our clients, Ristvey Legal Search, LLC values our relationships with our paralegal candidates. Forging strong, meaningful and trusting relationships with our paralegal candidates affords us the opportunity to get to know you and your career goals, skill sets and values, enabling us to make matches with law firms and corporate legal departments that will give you the opportunity to work in an environment that permits you to thrive and be successful.

Because we work with a limited clientele, our clients have exacting requirements and seek only those candidates that fit their specific criteria. Most often, our clients seek paralegals with strong academic credentials, particularly those who hold Bachelor’s degrees and a certificate from an ABA approved Paralegal Program or an Associate’s degrees from ABA approved Paralegal programs, along with solid work experience with well- regarded law firms and in-house corporate legal departments. It is not very often that we are asked to fill entry-level positions.

Once we receive your resume, we will objectively and candidly review your credentials to determine which positions may be a match. Should a position matching your credentials materialize, we will meet with you to assess your professional skills and career goals to ensure that your resume accurately reflects your qualifications. We also will provide you with relevant information about the position and our client’s firm or corporation. Only upon your explicit consent will we present a detailed and confidential profile delineating your experience and qualifications, including your resume to our client for consideration. We also will provide our assessment of your qualifications and why we believe you would be a match for the position submitted. We will work with you every step of the way including interviewing strategies and negotiating an offer. Naturally, we keep our candidates apprised of their status.

For paralegals looking for opportunities and seeking more information about our search process, please call Stephanie A. Ristvey, President at 215.579.0600, or e-mail your resume in a Word document.

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Select Openings

 

Select Openings

In order to preserve client confidentiality, we do not publish all of our clients' open positions. Below please find a list of some of the opportunities currently available.

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Credentials

Kindly submit your resume

Credentials

Thank you for choosing Ristvey Legal Search, LLC. We look forward to working with you as you transition into your new position. In strict confidence, kindly submit your resume in a Word document.

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Blog

 

Blog

A legal recruiter’s blog . . . On placing high caliber attorneys and paralegals in law firms and in-house corporate legal departments

Jul 07: Trending Practice Areas for Paralegals

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Trending Practice Areas for Paralegals

Stephanie Ristvey - Monday, July 07, 2014

WHAT PRACTICE AREAS ARE TRENDING FOR PARALEGALS

By Stephanie A. Ristvey, Owner/President, Ristvey Legal Search LLC

If you’re contemplating a job change or a new specialty, environmental law and intellectual property law are in-demand practice areas you might want to consider.

Environmental Law                       

Environmental  (or “green”) law issues are as varied and interesting as today’s headline news.  You could be researching water rights issues related to severe drought, preparing for hearings on the contamination of drinking water by hydraulic fracking in the natural gas extraction industry, or performing environmental due diligence for property acquisitions and development.

Not currently familiar with environmental law?  Be prepared to be your own teacher!  When I worked on mold contamination cases as a beginning paralegal, I did my homework on the science of mold.  It was a huge learning curve for me because I’d avoided science courses in college.  However, I understood that in order to be taken seriously, I had to become a mold expert.

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual property law is an expanding field.  Everyone – businesses, authors, musicians, even tattoo artists – wants to protect their creative work.  If a company considers its intellectual capital to be one of its most valuable assets, then trademarks, copyrights, and patents for scientific and technological innovations are critical.

In addition, the global digital world has created issues around the protection of electronic content (from the Internet to smartphones), and in the last few years we’ve seen an uptick in lawsuits involving software-related patents as well.

Here again, you could be dealing with very technologically sophisticated patents in complex fields such as nanotechnology, pharmacology, or engineering (just to name a few) so you’ll have to be motivated to learn and do research if you don’t have a math or science background.

Recommendations

Whichever field you chose, you’ll have to monitor recent court decisions and stay on top of the latest changes in the laws.  Since you’ll be a liaison between your firm, your client, and state and federal regulatory agencies, top-notch writing and communication skills are indispensable.



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SELECT OPENINGS

Job Title: Complex Litigation Paralegal

Collegial and highly regarded Plaintiff’s firm seeks to add an experienced litigation paralegal to work with senior partner on complex catastrophic personal injury litigation matters that include medical malpractice, product liability, construction and crashes. If you are looking to be a valued member of the team and possess at least 5 years’ experience handling complex litigation matters from analyzing medical and employment records, to assisting with propounding discovery requests and responses, working closely with expert and fact witnesses this position just might be for you. Strong organizational, time management and communications skills are a must. Highly competitive compensation and benefits package and this firm even pays your medical deductible! This is a drama free firm and the paralegals at this firm are considered professionals.

Location: Center City Philadelphia
Contact: Stephanie Ristvey - Stephanie@RistveyLegalSearch.com or 215.579.0600


Job Title: Estates and Trusts Attorney

Our client, a small but successful general practice firm is putting succession planning into place and is looking to add an experienced Estates and Trusts attorney to work closely with one of the firm’s partners. The right candidate will have at least 5 years' experience with estate and trust planning including preparation of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Medical Directives, various Trusts, as well as advising businesses on succession and wealth planning. Qualified candidates shall be licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. Although not required, having a little bit of portable business is a plus. If you are looking for a collegial environment and a firm that offers a work-life balance and excellent support services including skilled estate administration paralegals, this is a great opportunity that you do not want to miss. To apply in strict confidence, please send your resume in a Word document to Stephanie@ristveylegalsearch.com or for more information, feel free to call 215.579.0600.

Location: Lower Bucks County
Contact: Stephanie Ristvey - Stephanie@RistveyLegalSearch.com or 215.579.0600


Job Title: Family Law Attorney

Very collegial full- service law firm located in the greater Doylestown area is looking to add an experienced family law attorney to their growing firm for succession planning purposes. The right candidate will be a passionate advocate for his/her clients and have at least 4 years’ experience handling legal separation, divorce matters, pre- and post- nuptial agreements, spousal support, child custody, child support, pet custody and support and litigation. Qualified candidates must be a self-starter and member of Pennsylvania Bar, in good standing with experience before Bucks County Courts. This is a very collegial and supportive law firm. No portable business is necessary, but the desire to build a practice is important. Competitive compensation/benefits and real work-life balance is offered.

Location: Lower Bucks County
Contact: Stephanie Ristvey - Stephanie@RistveyLegalSearch.com or 215.579.0600


Job Title: Litigator who wants to be trained in Corporate Transaction and Real Estate

One of your favorite clients is looking to add a junior litigation attorney who would enjoy becoming a generalist. The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year of experience working as a litigation attorney for a mid-sized law firm and willing to be trained in the areas of corporate transactions and real estate. This firm is known for its mentoring and helping attorneys meet their professional and personal goals. Must possess PA Bar in good standing and have strong academic background. Highly competitive compensation package.

Location: Suburban Philadelphia
Contact: Stephanie Ristvey - Stephanie@RistveyLegalSearch.com or 215.579.0600


Job Title: Estates and Trusts Attorney

Our client, an AV rated, progressive suburban Philadelphia law firm seeks to build its well-regarded Trusts and Estates practice group. The right candidate will have at least 5 years' experience with estate and trust planning including preparation of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Advanced Medical Directives, Special Needs Trusts, as well as advising businesses on succession and wealth planning. Qualified candidates shall be licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and have large law firm experience. Strong academic credentials, required. LLM in Taxation is a plus, but not necessary. Although not required, having a little bit of portable business is a plus. The attorneys at this firm enjoy a real work-life balance, camaraderie, mentorship and highly competitive compensation and benefits package. To apply in strict confidence, please send your resume in a Word document to Stephanie@ristveylegalsearch.com or for more information, feel free to call 215.579.0600.

Location: Suburban Philadelphia
Contact: Stephanie Ristvey - Stephanie@RistveyLegalSearch.com or 215.579.0600


Job Title: Landlord Tenant and Collections Attorney

Our client, a well -regarded business and general practice firm is seeking an experienced Landlord Tenant and Collections attorney to handle a newly acquired practice area. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 3 years of handling and managing landlord-tenant legal disputes, residential and commercial, including evictions, fair housing claims, rent escrows, HOA and ejectments and all other types of related issues with solid understanding of Municipal and District court procedures in Philadelphia and greater metropolitan area.

Location: Lower Bucks County
Contact: Stephanie Ristvey - Stephanie@RistveyLegalSearch.com or 215.579.0600


Job Title: Real Estate Zoning and Land Use Attorney

Well-regarded regional firm is growing and looking to add an experienced Philadelphia real estate attorney with at least 5 years’ experience handling commercial real estate development and transactions, with an emphasis on land use approvals and permitting, site acquisition and disposition, construction, and leasing matters. This firm is known for listening to their attorneys and finding out what is working to make life better. Very collegial environment, competitive compensation and sophisticated work.

Location: Center City Philadelphia
Contact: Stephanie Ristvey - Stephanie@RistveyLegalSearch.com or 215.579.0600


Job Title: Litigation Partner

Our client, a well-regarded national firm is looking to add a seasoned litigator who has at least 18 years’ First chair experience handling complex litigation matters including product liability, construction and commercial matters. This firm offers very attractive terms for attorneys with at least $400K in a book of portable business. If you are tired of being told that you need to increase your billing rates or that you can’t do your client a favor by “writing off” part of a bill without permission from administration, then this firm is well worth exploring. Very collegial environment and cross-selling opportunities with a very financially healthy firm. For consideration, in strict confidence please send your resume in Word or PDF formats to Stephanie Ristvey at stephanie@ristveylegalsearch.com. Ms. Ristvey will personally reach out to you and meet with you at your convenience.

Location: Center City Philadelphia
Contact: Stephanie Ristvey - Stephanie@RistveyLegalSearch.com or 215.579.0600


Job Title: Litigation Partner

Our client, a well-regarded regional firm is looking to add a seasoned litigator who has at least 10 years’ First chair experience handling complex litigation matters including product liability, construction and commercial matters. This firm offers very attractive terms for attorneys with at least $400K in a book of portable business. If you are tired of being told that you need to increase your billing rates or that you can’t do your client a favor by “writing off” part of a bill without permission from administration, then this firm is well worth exploring. Very collegial environment and cross-selling opportunities with a very financially healthy firm. For consideration, in strict confidence please send your resume in Word or PDF formats to Stephanie Ristvey at stephanie@ristveylegalsearch.com. Ms. Ristvey will personally reach out to you and meet with you at your convenience.

Location: Wilmington
Contact: Stephanie Ristvey - Stephanie@RistveyLegalSearch.com or 215.579.0600


Job Title: Plaintiff’s Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice Legal Assistant-Delaware County

Well regarded plaintiffs law firm seeks experienced legal secretary/legal assistant to work closely with 2 partners. Qualified candidates will possess at least 8 years’ experience handling diverse personal injury matters including auto-tort, slip and fall, workers compensation and medical malpractice. If you are a self-starter and possess strong time management, interpersonal and communication skills, this position is worth exploring. A high level of professionalism including punctuality is paramount. Duties include full cycle case work -up from meeting with clients at intake through drafting correspondence, requesting medical records and bills, preparing medical summaries and settlement demand packages, drafting discovery, scheduling meetings and preparation for trial, mediations and arbitrations. If you are looking for a collegial work environment where the partners appreciate and respect their support staff, this is a great opportunity for you. Proficiency with Needles, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required. Although possessing an Associate degree in Paralegal Studies is a plus, will consider experience. Competitive compensation and benefits package offered, including free parking.

Location: Delaware County
Contact: Stephanie Ristvey - Stephanie@RistveyLegalSearch.com or 215.579.0600


Philanthropy

Ristvey Legal Search, LLC is committed to giving back to the communities in which we work. For every placement made, Ristvey Legal Search will make a donation to a local bar foundation, food pantry or other local charitable organization to help those in need.

Philadelphia Bar Foundation or other Foundation that helps provide legal resources to those in need.
philabarfoundation.org

Philabundance or other local food pantry that helps provide nourishment to the less fortunate.
philabundance.org

IOCC offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide.
iocc.org

FOCUS North America provides action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America.
focusnorthamerica.org

Allegheny County Bar Foundation provides educational programming, promotes public awareness of the legal and judicial systems, renders legal services to low-income clients, and provides financial assistance and grants to legal related organizations.
acbf.org

Maryland Bar Foundation is a non-profit charitable corporation organized in 1965.
msba.org

Contact us

Discovering legal talent within law firms and in-house legal departments.

Ristvey Legal Search, LLC is a boutique legal recruiting firm and noted specialist in all levels of permanent attorney and paralegal placement, meeting the unique hiring needs of law firms and corporations in the legal markets throughout the United States and abroad, with particular focus on the East Coast.

Ristvey Legal Search, LLC is a member of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC), and strictly adheres to and exceeds NALSC Code of Ethics.

Ristvey Legal Search, LLC
Silver Lake Executive Campus
41 University Drive, Suite 400
Newtown, PA 18940

mail@RistveyLegalSearch.com

215.579.0600