Employers - Harris Legal Search

Harris Legal Search places in-house counsel for Fortune 500 companies, as well as start-ups, in a variety of industries. We also identify and recruit individual partners and practice groups for AmLaw 100, regional, and boutique law firms.

For more than 20 years as a respected leader in the field of legal recruitment, Victoria Harris and her team have placed hundreds of attorneys in the Pacific Northwest with law firms and companies. However, more important than our number of placements is the quality of each fit, which we measure in terms of client and candidate satisfaction. Our definition of a successful placement is one in which everyone wins.

As a search firm dedicated exclusively to attorney search, we provide our clients with an exceptional hiring experience and unrivaled retention rates. Our niche concentration enables us to access an extensive network of specialized talent, and we have developed relationships that allow us to identify and recruit top professionals for any assignment. To make successful matches, we are attentive to our clients’ business strategy, and understand their culture and leadership needs. In addition, we use our extensive proprietary database, dedicated legal research team, and affiliate relationships with top legal recruiters throughout the country to deliver efficiently a slate of talented attorneys.

Harris Legal Search commends our clients’ desire to recruit attorneys of diverse backgrounds, and strives to present diverse candidate submissions.

Testimonials


I have known and worked with Victoria for more than 15 years. When I first moved to Seattle, she successfully placed me at Amazon, where I stayed for nearly 8 years. I then became the General Counsel at Big Fish Games, and over time Victoria essentially helped me to build out the entire Legal Department. She successfully sourced our Associate General Counsel, as well as our IP Corporate Counsel. My paralegal and compliance hires were former colleagues from Amazon, so thanks to Victoria I knew them well from the years I spent there. Victoria is a consummate professional and has a unique sense of who to pair with what environment and company culture. Unlike most recruiters who simply want to sell you on their candidates, Victoria takes the time to truly understand who and what would make a good fit. Any company or firm would be lucky to partner with her in finding the best and right candidates to meet their needs.

Michael Cordero

EVP, General Counsel, Big Fish Games

I have worked with Victoria for the past several years on legal positions from General Counsel to Sr. Attorney. She is particularly easy to work with, has great contacts and really “gets it”. She understood our needs without a lot of explanation and scoured the country to find the right people for us. I trust her assessment of talent and she is a great partner. She is definitely our go-to legal recruiter and I highly recommend her.

Christine Katzmar Holmes

SVP, Human Resources and Administration, Symetra Financial Corporation

As Managing Partner and CEO of two west coast law firms, I have worked extensively with Victoria Harris for 20 years. She has successfully recruited numerous associates and lateral partners across many practice areas. Victoria has always made it a point to understand exactly the type of candidate my firms were seeking and invariably presented talent that was directly responsive to our needs.  Victoria continues to be a highly valuable ally in the stiffening competition for top legal talent.

Steve Kenyon

CEO, Riddell Williams

I’ve worked with Victoria for 15+ years in my capacity as lateral hiring partner and as chair of the Real Estate Group at Foster Pepper. Victoria is highly regarded and well-connected throughout the legal community in the Pacific Northwest.  She is ethical, knowledgeable and honest in her assessment of potential candidates and their strengths. I’ve worked with her on a wide range of hires – from single associate hires to acquisition of multi-lawyer practice groups and small boutiques -  and she brings the same high level of professionalism and energy to all of them. I highly recommend her.

Beth Clark

Partner, Foster Pepper PLLC

I worked with Victoria Harris to hire scores of top-notch attorneys and legal professionals, first as a partner at Perkins Coie and then as Amazon's General Counsel. Victoria is laser-focused on understanding and meeting the needs of her clients and candidates, so she listens carefully to both and then works diligently to find matches for the long-term. She has great judgment and an intuitive understanding of her clients' needs, so I knew I could rely on her - when Victoria said a candidate was a fit, she was almost always right.  She also used our time super efficiently, serving as an effective screen and presenting only strong, viable candidates. I'm more than happy to recommend Victoria for any legal search.

Michelle Wilson

Former General Counsel, Amazon.com
Former Partner, Perkins Coie

As General Counsel at Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. for the past 26 years, I have had to fill a handful of openings in our small legal department that serves a $6 billion company with lands in 16 states. Given the importance of these positions, I could not afford to make a bad hire. I needed someone who knew the legal marketplace and who understood my needs. I have always relied on Victoria Harris and I’ve never been disappointed. Victoria has an impressive knowledge of the legal talent in the market. She also does an outstanding job of pre-screening candidates so you have the type and number of candidates that you want to interview and ultimately hire. The proof is in the pudding:  the hires that I’ve made have gone onto long and successful careers with Plum Creek. Without reservation, Victoria Harris is my go-to legal recruiter and I can’t recommend her highly enough.

James A. Kraft

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc.

After wasting nearly two years using a national firm in our search for a GC for one of our operating companies, we asked Victoria Harris to step in and give it a try. We are highly demanding and seek candidates of the highest intellectual and moral caliber who are an excellent fit with our lean, aggressive corporate culture. Victoria quickly understood the type of attorney we were looking for, conducted a national search and identified candidates, for the first time, which fully fit our profile. In the last year, she has not only helped us fill that position, but two other senior attorney positions within our organization as well. My team has never been stronger. She is a trusted advisor who gets the job – no matter how daunting – done.

Douglas S. Grandstaff

VP and General Counsel, Danaher Corporation
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