Meredith Riley

ourconsultant_pics_big_merMeredith specializes in partner placement and practice group acquisitions. Since 2000, she has successfully represented practice groups, individual partners and associates to several leading law firms including: Skadden Arps; O’Melveny & Myers; Akin Gump; Alston & Bird; Norton Rose Fulbright; White & Case; Crowell & Moring; DLA; Greenberg Traurig; Morrison & Foerster; Perkins Coie; Quinn Emanuel; Proskauer; Jeffer Mangels; Loeb & Loeb; Gibson Dunn; Reed Smith; Baker & Hostetler; Arent Fox; Blank Rome; Vedder Price; Buchalter; King & Spalding; Holland & Knight and Snell & Wilmer. Her focus in the last twelve years has been partner placement.

Ms. Riley’s placement track record speaks for itself. She has handled the moves of several prominent partners- many in the last few years. In fact, while 2014, 2015 and 2016 were great years, 2017 may exceed all! She facilitated the move of Michael Agoglia, former Managing Partner of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office and co-chair of the firm’s financial services litigation practice group to the new office of Alston & Bird in San Francisco. Mr. Agoglia along with a significant Reed Smith litigation group (also brokered by Esquire), created Alston’s new S.F. office. Meredith effectively collaborated with Esquire President Sandy Lechtick on the recent placement of a 4-lawyer corporate and tax group headed by former Stradling partners Goodarz T. Agahi and Ryan C. Gaglio to Baker & Hostetler (O.C.) and a prominent litigation team to King & Spalding (L.A.). She recently placed Danielle Garcia, a leading finance partner to Holland & Knight (Los Angeles); Eric Fromme, formerly litigation partner at Jeffer Mangels to Theodora Oringher and L&E partner Kellie Christianson to Lewis Brisbois- both in Orange County.

A few of the other notable partner representations in the last 18 months include: prominent commercial and employment litigator Brian P. Maschler to Arent Fox (San Francisco); Locke Lord corporate partner Daniel Peters to Katten Muchin (Los Angeles); Goodwin Procter Antitrust Litigation Partner Patrick Thompson to Perkins Coie (San Francisco); Michelle Gilette, Mintz Levin products liability partner to Crowell & Moring (San Francisco); Pamela Naughton, noted White Collar partner formerly of Sheppard Mullin to DLA (San Diego); corporate partner Jonathan Atzen also from Sheppard Mullin to Perkins Coie (L.A. and Silicon Valley); DLA cyber security and data privacy chair Joshua Briones and Ana Tagvoryan to Blank Rome (L.A.) and Germain Labat, former Mayer Brown litigation partner to Vedder Price – as litigation chair (L.A.).

Some of her other representations include: Kirkland & Ellis litigation partner Mark Cramer’s move to Buchalter and Rick McNeil, former Irell & Manella environmental chair to Snell & Wilmer. Ms. Riley and Sandy Lechtick also facilitated Amar Thakur’s move to Quinn Emanuel. Mr. Thakur, was formerly IP chair at Foley & Lardner and lead trial lawyer in a $160M major IP lawsuit which he won. (As a sidenote, Quinn Emanuel seldom works with recruiters on partner placement!). The two also handled the move of prominent Akin Gump project finance energy partner Elliot Hinds to Crowell & Moring; patent litigation partner Scott Feldman (MSEE) to Baker & Hostetler; Gordon & Rees life-science co-chairs William Pedranti and George Ng to Snell & Wilmer and Arnold & Porter trademark specialist Diane Lambillotte to Arent Fox (see letter).

While Meredith has handled many placements in Los Angeles, she has significantly expanded her relationship base to San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. For instance, she placed litigation partner David Bournazian with Baker & Hostetler in Orange County (see letter); and products liability partner Bernard Gehlhar from Wilson Elser to LeClairRyan (San Francisco). While Meredith continues to handle searches with some of the largest and most profitable law firms in the Nation, she has expanded into the small and mid-sized law firm sector- e.g. Philip Schroeder, corporate specialist from Allen Matkins; litigator Shawn E. Cowles, and Keri Borders, an experienced first chair trial lawyer from Kelly Drye all to Buchalter. She handled transactional real estate partner Richard A. Schloss (formerly with Robins Kaplan) to Liner (Westwood).

Meredith has had a very unusual career path. After receiving her B.A. in Communications/Journalism, she spent several years in the entertainment sector handling literary projects. However, interested in the dynamic convergence of technology, entertainment and web-based enterprises, she entered the executive and technical search arena- and handled sr; level computer programmers and executives. Ultimately however the influence of the lawyers in her family (father and brother) and her interest in law propelled her to attorney placement. She placed her first attorney within her first 60 days. Meredith joined Esquire in 2010.

Her hobbies include collecting antiques, foreign travel, singing, cooking and yoga.
July 2017

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