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Mestel & Company is the nation’s leading attorney placement firm.  Founded in 1987, we have assisted the careers of individual associates, partners and in-house counsel and to help effectuate the movement of groups and law firm mergers.

Geraldine Reich Director

BACKGROUND
Geraldine Reich is a Director for our New York office. She is experienced in working with Partners, Groups and Associates.

Geraldine has fifteen years of industry experience. She is especially known for her wit, compassion and sensitivity to the long-term importance of each and every attorney's career aspirations. She is an avid and knowledgeable devotee of opera, ballet and the New York Yankees.

EDUCATION
Hunter College, B.A.






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Geraldine Reich

Director

New York Office

360 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1100 New York, NY 10017


646-356-0506alt646-356-0506 Phone
646-356-0545 Fax
greich@mestel.com

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Isabelle A. Laskin Associate Director Partners, Groups, Mergers

BACKGROUND
Isabelle A. Laskin is an Associate Director in Mestel & Company's New York office. She is a member of the Partners, Groups & Mergers Division.

Prior to joining Mestel & Company, she gained diverse experience in the recruiting industry which included the legal, medical and business sectors. For the past fifteen years, she has focused exclusively on the Partner side of the legal universe working in diverse geographic markets across a variety of practice areas on behalf of groups as well as individuals.

Isabelle has a proven track record of recruiting high-level partners and groups for top tier international, national and local law firms located in New York and across the country. Attorneys enjoy working with her due to her responsiveness, her excellent follow-up and her unwavering commitment to help talented attorneys reach their ultimate career goals.

Isabelle loves international travel, classical music and spending time with her daughter, family and friends.

EDUCATION
Binghamton University, B.A
Bernard M. Baruch Graduate School of Business, M.B.A. - candidate

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Isabelle A. Laskin

Associate Director
Partners, Groups, Mergers

Mestel & Company

360 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10017

646-356-0508alt646-356-0508 Phone
646-356-0545 Fax
ilaskin@mestel.com

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Lynn Mestel President and Founder

BACKGROUND
Lynn Mestel is the Founder and President of Mestel & Company. She began her legal career in 1987, opening Mestel & Company to service the careers of associates and partners and help effectuate law firm mergers. Throughout her career, Lynn has placed hundreds of lawyers throughout the United States and helped achieve law firm mergers and acquisitions of every size.

In November 2013, Lynn was named to the National Law Journal's inaugural list of "50 Business of Law Trailblazers & Pioneers" and recognized as one of the leading women entrepreneurs in the US, being honored by the Women's Venture Fund. She was also named to LawDragon's "100 Legal Consultants You Need to Know". She has chaired numerous conferences sponsored by the American Lawyer, spoken on various "business of law" panels and at law firm retreats and law firm executive committee meetings. Lynn has been recognized by The American Lawyer, Crain's, Forbes, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as one of the preeminent professionals in her field.

Upon graduation from law school, Lynn began her career as a marketing executive, working at two of the world's largest advertising agencies, Doyle Dane Bernbach and Saatchi & Saatchi. In her advertising career, Lynn worked with clients like Procter & Gamble and CIGNA. From that experience, she developed an understanding of business and marketing that was largely undeveloped with respect to the legal profession at the time of founding Mestel & Company.

Lynn lives with her husband and younger daughter in New York City, where her mother, son, older daughter, son in law, and two granddaughters also reside.

BACKGROUND
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa
Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, J.D.

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Lynn Mestel, Esq.

President and Founder

New York Office

360 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10017

646-356-0500alt646-356-0500 Phone
646-356-0545 Fax
lmestel@mestel.com

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Mike Ma Director

BACKGROUND
Mike Ma is a Director in Mestel & Company's New York office. He specializes in recruiting partner level attorneys and groups.

Mike qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in Australia, England and Wales. As one of the youngest attorneys to be admitted in Australia, he practiced complex commercial and general litigation at a prestigious old-line city firm before becoming a Legal Recruiter. Mike has lived and worked in almost every continent in the world, and was recently involved in a number of high profile group placements for AmLaw 100 firms.

Mike is the author of various legal and legal market/recruitment publications. He is fluent in English, French and Mandarin.

EDUCATION
Bond University in Australia, B.A. Honors
Bond University in Australia, L.L.B./J.D. Honors
Oxford Brookes University at Oxford, UK (PLT)

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Mike Ma, Esq.

Director

New York Office

360 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10017

646-356-0500 Phone
646-356-0545 Fax
mma@mestel.com

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Richard A. Senzer Director

BACKGROUND
Richard A. Senzer is a Director for Mestel & Company's New York office where he specializes in placing individual partners, groups and associates.


Prior to joining Mestel & Company, Richard served as a Vice President of Computershare, an international company engaged in transfer agency and a range of other diversified financial services. As an AV Preeminent™-rated attorney, he practiced law in New York for over 20 years at both law firms and global companies. He began his legal career as a litigation associate at RubinBaum LLP and then moved to Dentons US LLP (formerly Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP) where he specialized in product liability and commercial litigation. Richard also served as Deputy General Counsel for a multinational company specializing in class action matters.


As someone who has worked as a lawyer in both the law firm and corporate settings, Richard brings an intimate understanding of the profession to both the client and candidate. In addition, as a lawyer who has previously undergone the job-hunting process himself, he understands the importance of having good career guidance and advice, and is always available to provide this to candidates. Richard utilizes both his long-established contacts with the decision makers at law firms and companies to gain otherwise unavailable access for his candidates. His deep understanding of changing market conditions, specific law firm priorities, and individual firm and partner personalities allows him to counsel candidates about which options best match their skills and goals.

EDUCATION
Cornell University, B.S.
Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., Editor of the Hofstra Law Review

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Richard A. Senzer, Esq.

Director

New York Office

360 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10017

646-356-0514 Phone
646-356-0545 Fax
rsenzer@mestel.com

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Roger Hsia National Senior Director

BACKGROUND
Roger Hsia is the National Senior Director for Mestel & Company's New York office. He specializes in working with partners, groups and on firm merger opportunities in New York and across the country.

After graduating from University of Texas School of Law, Roger engaged in general corporate, securities, real estate and other transactional work for two prominent mid-sized law firms. Prior to joining Mestel & Company, Roger was a Managing Director for a top legal recruiting boutique. He has placed numerous partners, associates and groups into law firms and corporations throughout his recruiting career.

EDUCATION
University of Michigan, B.A.
University of Texas School of Law, J.D.




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Roger Hsia, Esq.

National Senior Director


Mestel & Company

New York Office

360 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10017

646-356-0511 Phone
646-356-0545 Fax
rhsia@mestel.com

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Samuel Roberts National Senior Executive Director Partners, Groups, Mergers

BACKGROUND
Sam Roberts is the National Senior Executive Director for Mestel & Company; he is based in the New York office.

Since joining the company in 1998, Sam has spear-headed the company's lateral partner efforts, helped guide a number of significant national law firm mergers, and been instrumental in helping several AmLaw 100 firms open new offices in domestic and foreign markets. Today, he has significant relationships with key Managing Partners across the entire spectrum of law firms, domestically and internationally, providing guidance and advice to partners as they seek to move their practices to better aligned platforms, more fully address their clients' needs, and strengthen their economic position.

Sam has also played a major role in developing Mestel & Company's national presence in New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has trained many of the company's recruiters and continues to be a daily advisor overseeing the efforts of the Mestel team.

Before joining Mestel & Company, Sam was founder and president of a China-based pharmaceutical and medical imaging company that imported and exported products to and from several Asian and Latin American countries. In the earlier years of his career, Sam was corporate counsel and, subsequently, general counsel, to a large, privately held energy company, as well as a partner in a mid-size New York based law firm.

EDUCATION
Binghamton University, B.A.
Brooklyn Law School, J.D., Notes Editor of the Law Review

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Samuel Roberts, Esq.

National Senior Executive Director Partners, Groups, Mergers


Mestel & Company

New York Office

360 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10017

646-356-0509alt646-356-0509 Phone
646-356-0545 Fax
sroberts@mestel.com

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Valerie Phillips Director

BACKGROUND

Valerie Phillips is a Director in Mestel & Company's New York office.She specializes in the placement of associates and in-house counsel.

Prior to becoming a legal recruiter, Valerie was a civil litigator in New York City where she amassed substantial experience in a broad variety of matters including complex commercial litigation, financial services disputes, and real estate litigation.

Valerie brings her experience as a practicing attorney to bear in each of her searches.As a former attorney turned recruiter, she is uniquely poised to provide candidates with market information.She tirelessly guides candidates through every step of the hiring process.

Valerie works hard to understand both her clients' and candidates' strategies and goals.Her knowledge of the cultures and inner workings of law firms and companies allows her to pair the best candidates with law firms and corporate clients.Valerie prides herself on advising lawyers considering career transitions with honesty and integrity.

EDUCATION

Brown University, A.B.
Cornell Law School, J.D.

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Valerie Phillips

Director

New York Office

360 Lexington Avenue
Suite 1100
New York, NY 10017

646-356-0513 Phone
646-356-0545 Fax
vphillips@mestel.com

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