Executive Legal Search Consultants
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Testimonials for the Mara Group

“I first met Ralph early in my career as a law firm associate.  Ralph immediately stood out from other recruiters by demonstrating a genuine interest in my career development.  I was also impressed by his integrity, professionalism, comprehensive market knowledge and extensive network of contacts.  Ralph and I evaluated a number of opportunities and offers together and, thanks in large part to Ralph’s guidance, I waited for the right opportunity and was able to make a successful lateral transition to a prestigious international law firm.  Following my lateral transition, Ralph maintained regular contact with me and established himself as a trusted career coach, helping me identify and work toward long-term career goals.

Most recently, Ralph introduced me to his colleague Catherine, who was leading an in-house search for a prominent, publicly traded company.  Like Ralph, Catherine demonstrated a genuine interest in my career development and an uncompromising commitment to finding the right fit.  Catherine’s extensive experience, insight and support were key factors in my being chosen as the winning candidate.  I am extremely grateful for the role that Ralph and Catherine have played in my career and offer my highest recommendation.”

Brian S. Vasandani, Corporate Counsel, Public Media Company

“My experience with Catherine has been overwhelmingly positive. Promptly after the engagement, she set up a meeting to discuss the parameters of the position, and she quickly ascertained the experience and skill level required. More importantly, she took pains to understand the personal characteristics I was looking for, and was able to produce 10-12 outstanding candidates in a very short period of time.  Catherine kept me informed during every step of the process, and her hard work and keen insights made filling the position easy.  She is a seasoned professional, and I recommend her without reservation.”

Thomas C. Etter – Senior Vice President and General Counsel – Americas, Informa plc

“Catherine has been this firm’s search consultant on six hires.  All of those lawyers were important to this firm’s success, and all were very successful.  Catherine is tireless in finding and vetting candidates.  Her analysis is unusually thorough, as is her candor about the all aspects of a lawyer’s qualifications.  She has taken the time to know our  practice and has become a strategic advisor, helping to spot future directions and refining the practice’s needs.  She has been critical to the firm’s growth.”

Stephan G. Bachelder, Managing Partner, Law Firm

“Since I started working with Marc Fagin, nearly 10 years ago, I have been consistently pleased with our interactions.  Marc has a strong knowledge of the legal business.  Furthermore, he works hard to understand the culture of both his clients — by clients, I refer to both law firms and applicants —  and makes good matches.  Marc has built his company with these values in mind, which resulted in a trustworthy source for my recruiting needs.   Also, it is fun to work with Marc — he has a great sense of humor and is a fresh breath of air.  I would recommend him wholeheartedly.”

Paul Giangola, Formerly Recruitment Director at three AMLAW 100 Firms

“I worked very closely with Ralph during my job transition.  Ralph was patient, collaborative and strategic throughout the process.  I’m very happy with the results and would highly recommend using him if you are interested in exploring other platforms for your practice.”

Roxanne Elings, Trademark Partner

“As a junior to mid-level associate at a large NY law firm, I was inundated with recruiter calls and emails, and the process of “testing the market” and choosing a potential recruiter to assist me in my search initially seemed overwhelming.  After speaking with several, I knew Tara and her group stood apart from the rest.  The amount of time, energy and unbiased coaching and advice Tara dedicated toward my search was simply incomparable to any other recruiters I had previously spoken with and I knew I had found someone willing to work hard in my best interest. Throughout the process Tara was consistently accessible and extraordinarily helpful in helping me find and select a great lateral opportunity.  I recommend without hesitation working with Tara and her group”.

Adam L, Bankruptcy and Restructuring Attorney, Banking and Finance Practice, International Law Firm

“Tara attends to personal career needs in considering placement opportunities; it’s not just an exercise in finding a candidate to fill an available position.  Through often stressful and reflective moments, Tara was there every step of the way to make sure the opportunity fit my needs and career aspirations, always putting my consideration at the forefront.”

Brian Geldert, Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel, International Bank

“I retained Ralph to work on an Associate Counsel search at my company.  I found Ralph to be very knowledgeable, efficient and thorough.  The candidates he submitted were all on point and the candidate he ultimately found for us has worked out fantastically.  I would highly recommend using Ralph on any in-house search. You won’t be disappointed.”

Irene Carlson, General Counsel, Media Company

“I met Joseph Floriani towards the end of a 2-year clerkship with a United States bankruptcy judge.  During this time, not only did Lehman Brothers file for bankruptcy but hundreds of attorneys were laid off from their respective firms.  Needless to say, it was not a great time to look for a new position.   Over the course of several months, we carefully reviewed and fine-tuned my resume and interviewing skills. We also narrowed my search to firms that were the best match for my career goals.  Thanks to Joe’s efforts, I landed an amazing position with a dynamic practice group.

Joe cares about his clients and it shows.  He is frank, honest, and realistic – a rare combination of traits.  While I was searching for my position, Joe called and emailed me periodically just to “check in.”  His “check in” e-mails and calls are the reason why I always refer Joe and his firm to friends and colleagues who are looking for a new position.”

Cassandra Porter, Bankruptcy Counsel

“I engaged Ralph multiple times to assist me in building my in-house team while I was General Counsel of a publicly-traded medical device company.  On all of the search engagements I found Ralph to be responsive, collaborative, knowledgeable and hard working.  The candidates that he sent all fit within the search parameters and his analysis of candidates was always thorough. He took the time to really vet the candidates and identified their strengths and weaknesses which made for a very efficient interview process.  I would highly recommend using Ralph to identify top legal talent.  His has his pulse on the market and won’t waste your time.”

Mark Farber, Chairman, Farber LLC