Andy Russell Legal Recruitment
Melinda Wallman (Partner in London): Wallman, who has been named to the Lawdragon 100 for the third consecutive year (and featured by the publication here), focuses on recruiting partners in the AmLaw 100 and Top 20 UK law firms. She joined Macrae in 2018 from Major, Lindsey & Africa, where she founded the Hong Kong and London offices and led the EMEA Partner Practice Group. Wallman is WILEF`s Global Vice President, and in 2018 she founded the Reignite Academy, a unique collaboration between London law firms that offers women lawyers the opportunity to return to practice after a career break. She holds a law degree from the University of New South Wales. Melinda Wallman and Andy Russells, partners in London at transatlantic recruitment firm Macrae, talk about the talent sought after by partner-level law firms in the world`s leading legal markets, the impact of Covid on firms and partners, and why Macrae is a key advisor to the UK Top 20 and Am Law 50. Andy runs the London office in Macrae. With over 20 years of experience in brokering partners and law firm teams, he is a well-known figure in the world of legal recruitment in London. His practice typically includes finding contractors and exclusive partners, representing partners, moving teams and opening new offices, as well as due diligence and market intelligence engagements. PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Macrae, a leading transatlantic law firm that places high-level partners, groups and government lawyers with the world`s largest law firms, is pleased to announce that Lawdragon has recognized more than half of its recruiters as Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy & Consulting 2022. The eight recruiters featured in the publisher`s highly regarded annual guide to the “crème de la crème de la légion des consultants qui soutien les entreprises” represent each of the company`s four geographic markets. These include Justine Donahue, Lauren Drake and Jane Sullivan Roberts in Washington, D.C.; Suzanne Kane and Joe Macrae in the San Francisco Bay Area; Jon Truster in New York; and Andy Russell and Melinda Wallman in London. Donahue, Kane and Truster appear for the first time, while the others have been honored in the past.
Joe Macrae (Partner in the San Francisco Bay Area/New York/London): Macrae, the firm`s founder and president, founded the firm in Palo Alto in 2001. This year, he participated in the Lawdragon 100 for the fourth time in a row. It has been depicted by the publication here. Macrae divides his time between the West Coast, East Coast and the UK, acts as a career advisor to partners and teams, and works closely with a number of Am Law 50 and UK 20 firms to develop and implement strategic expansion plans. Macrae moved from law to legal recruitment in 1988 and a few years later he co-founded ZMB (now Hays Legal). He holds a law degree from the University of Manchester. “It`s exciting to see so many Macrae recruiters included in the Lawdragon 100. I am very proud of the exciting work that all my colleagues do every day, not only as individuals, but also in and across our four geographic markets, to provide exceptional service to candidates and clients,” said Joe Macrae, Founder and President. “When we set out to strengthen and expand our presence in the world`s major legal markets five years ago, it was about attracting recruiters who were not only `the best`, but also shared the desire to be part of a transparent and highly collaborative organization that didn`t operate like a traditional recruitment firm. It`s gratifying that Lawdragon recognizes eight of us for our commitment to helping partner-level lawyers and law firms navigate an increasingly complex legal marketplace – and it reinforces our belief that our diligent efforts to create and maintain collective intelligence have paid off. Macrae is a transatlantic legal research and brokerage firm with offices in London, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Palo Alto.
Macrae works with the most successful and innovative law firms in the US and UK to attract lateral partners and partner groups and open new offices. The firm`s expertise also includes representing high-performing partners who wish to take strategic action and high-level government lawyers entering private practice. Her commitment to promoting inclusion and diversity in the legal industry is reflected in the candidates she represents as well as in the firm. Macrae is a female-dominated company and 75% of team members identify as belonging to underrepresented demographic groups in the legal sector. To learn more about Macrae, please visit Macrae.com. Prior to joining Macrae, Andy was a Managing Director at Fox Rodney Search, a global law firm specializing in legal executive research. He also co-founded Abrahams Russell, which became a leading partner-level recruitment firm and merged with Fox Rodney Search in 2013. Andy got into legal recruitment in 1994 and worked for many years with founder and president Joe Macrae for ZMB (now Hays Legal). Andy played a key role in ZMB`s growth, becoming the director responsible for the law firm`s business and overseeing regional and international expansion.
1989 Big Brothers and Sisters Man of the Year, 1985 Man of the Year for Mel Blount Youth Home, Press Old Newsboy for 19 years – raised over $5 million for the Russell Family Foundation, Children`s Hospital, UPMC Children`s Aid Organizations and Cancer Research, 1992 Bob Prince Award, 1992 Hance Award for St. John`s Day. Barnabas Foundation, 2001 Celebrity Roast Honoree für das Mel Blount Annual Dinner, 2002 Vorsitzender der American Heart Association Heart Ball, 2005 Don Faurot Distinguished American Award, 2005 Economics of Pennsylvania, Adam Smith Distinguished Leadership Award, 2005 Board of Directors für Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, 2008 Myron Cope Legends in Sports Award, 2008 Life`s Works Career Achievement Award, Ehrenvorsitzender für das jährliche Dapper Dan Ray Mansfield Event seit 13 Jahren, ist Mitglied des Gastgeberkomitees und leistet seit 20 Jahren einen wichtigen Beitrag zu Animal Friends und Steelers-Vertretern für das jährliche Super Bowl Taste of the NFL-Dinner-Event. Jon Truster (Partner New York): During his 25-year career as a recruiter in the New York market, Truster has helped hundreds of lawyers advance their careers by doing strategic cross-issues, and dozens of law firms have strengthened their presence in New York. Truster works in a variety of practice areas with a focus on corporate law, and many firms consider him their preferred advisor when embarking on the most demanding “needle in a haystack” research. He joined Macrae in 2022 after nearly a decade at New York boutique Greene-Levin-Snyder, where he was co-responsible for lateral partner placement. In his practice, Mr. Russell represents clients at all stages of litigation, including discovery, filing practice, mediation, litigation preparation and court hearing appearances. His experience includes defending device manufacturers nationwide in product liability lawsuits, defending health care providers, advising small businesses, and representing municipalities and law enforcement agencies in matters of personal injury, illegal death, civil rights and class actions. Andy has worked in almost every field of business and industry, as well as in many leading law firms in London, Europe and Asia. He has extensive and impressive experience in partner placement and in-depth knowledge of the market.
He is known for his open and direct style, thoughtful and pragmatic advice, and ability to achieve positive results. Media Contact: Lauren Gard [email protected] (510) 246-1366 Lawdragon has recognized eight Macrae recruiters covering the company`s transatlantic markets as “Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy & Consulting.” USO tour from NFL alumni to the U.S. Navy fleet, Mediterranean, consultant for international companies on 8 consecutive world tours, Westinghouse sponsored trip to Korea, Sony sponsored trip to Japan, Kuwait Oil Company to Kuwait, Aramco to Saudi Arabia, McDermott to Singapore, RRZ&G used the relationship with Swiss Bank Corp to fund transactions totaling $500 million. Mr. Russell works closely with in-house and nationally coordinated lawyers in a variety of civil lawsuits for toxic offences. He is responsible for the day-to-day case management, written discovery, statements of fact and experts as well as the practice of the movement. In addition, Mr. Russell assists national and local attorneys in ongoing lawsuits in state and federal courts. All Pro Rookie Team in 1963, All Pro or All Conference 7 years, 7 Pro Bowls, (the only NFL linebacker to have played six consecutive Pro Bowls between 1971 and 1976), elected by the NFL Hall of Fame Selection Committee in the NFL All Pro Squad of the 70s. Captain of the Steelers team for 10 years – received the Byron Whizzer White Award (awarded annually to the NFL player who has done the most for his team/city; state and country) in 1971, defensive MVP in 1968 and 1970, team MVP in 1971 winning two Super Bowls, 1974 and 1975.
One of 33 players named to the Pittsburgh Steelers` 75th anniversary team in 2007. Representative of the Players` Association for 2 years, NFL USO Goodwill Tours – Made two USO tours to Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968 and to Italy in the 70s to praise our Navy, voted the most outstanding player of the USAREUR (USA).