Mestel & Company's Recognized Consultants

Our greatest strength lies in our exceptional team of industry-recognized placement consultants, who are dedicated to candor, integrity, and the highest quality of service. They provide expert guidance and valuable knowledge from having strong relationships with each client’s key decision makers and conducting diligent market research. We know that the combination of intelligence, effort, experience, and sensitivity to the importance of every attorney’s career trajectory creates excellent results. Our success is proven through the company’s thousands of outstanding placements and in the unwavering loyalty of our clients and attorneys.

Valerie Phillips, Esq.

Senior Director
Associates, Counsel, and Partners
New York, NY

“I advise my candidates that the best opportunity for them sits at a crossroads between four considerations: what they enjoy doing; what they do well; what will open the most doors for them down the road; and what pays them well enough to cover their needs and wants.”

Valerie specializes in the placement of associates, counsel, in-house counsel, and partners in the New York market. She tirelessly guides, and advocates for, her candidates through every step of the hiring process.

Valerie joined Mestel & Company in 2016. Previously, she worked at a legal recruitment company, where she managed the full lifecycle recruitment process for associates and counsel placements. When Valerie practiced law, she was a civil litigator in New York City, where she amassed experience in a variety of matters including complex commercial litigation, financial services disputes, and real estate litigation. As a former attorney turned recruiter, she is uniquely poised to provide candidates with valuable market information and advice.

Valerie earned her J.D. from Cornell Law School, where she served as an Associate Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal, and her A.B. degrees in English and American Literature and Women’s Studies from Brown University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Central Westchester.

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