Sandford “Sandy” Lechtick is owner and founder of Esquire, Inc. a nationally known Los Angeles-based legal search firm. Sandy is a trusted advisor to leaders of some of the Nation’s preeminent law firms, and works closely with chairmen, executive directors, managing partners and practice group leaders on strategic growth initiatives, launching of new offices, expanding high-priority practice areas and overall talent recruitment.
Mr. Lechtick has either personally handled or supervised the placement of more than 800 lawyers – primarily partners. He and his team have facilitated almost a dozen law firm mergers, established new offices or placed key leaders at firms including: Winston & Strawn; King & Spalding; Alston & Bird; Greenberg Traurig; Perkins Coie; Bryan Cave; Lewis Brisbois; Locke Lord; Orrick Herrington and others. He and his team have opened offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Orange County, Houston, Dallas, Beaumont, Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas.
Sandy has counseled literally thousands of lawyers on career enhancement and compensation, business development, industry trends, job hunting techniques and related. He has been retained as an expert witness by major law firms including Sheppard Mullin; Glasser Weil; Littler Mendelson; Robbins Kaplan and Lewis Brisbois. Mr. Lechtick is one of the most quoted legal recruiters in California and has written 20 plus articles published in The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, The Recorder, Los Angeles Business Magazine, American Lawyer and other publications. In his four and a half decades of experience in the executive, technical and legal search arena, he has trained more than 200 recruiters. He is a long-term member and active in the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (N.A.L.S.C.). He had selected and moderated National NALSC conference panels including managing partners of major law firms.
- Facilitated the recent opening of Alston & Bird’s San Francisco office with the representation of highly respected Robert “Bo” Phillips and his 9-lawyer litigation group from Reed Smith; and Michael Agoglia, former managing partner and financial services group leader at Morrison & Foerster.
- Key role in expansion of King & Spalding West Coast offices, including the representation of Tim Scott, formerly litigation chair of Sidley & Austin (S.F.) to manage King’s Silicon Valley office and Jeff Ezgar (S.F.), Sidley litigation partner. Also placed Tom Duley, DLA corporate partner (S.F.) and most recently the moves of a prominent white collar and commercial litigation group in King’s Los Angeles office.
- Core group of litigation partners to establish Winston & Strawn’s Los Angeles office including Neal Marder (Daily Journal’s “$10M Rainmaker Club”) and formerly Winston’s L.A. Litigation Chair; Laura Petroff – Managing Partner and Executive Committee Member; Lee Paterson, West Coast Labor Chair and Debra Albin-Riley, a Fried Frank litigation partner.
- Eight lawyer four partner white collar and government enforcement group from (KL Gates) to Morgan Lewis (Dallas).
Eight lawyer Andrews & Kurth structured finance and real estate group (four partners) to Alston & Bird (Dallas). The group has played a key role in expanding the firm’s Texas operation.
- Facilitated the merger of Hosie Wes Brelsford with Perkins Coie thereby establishing Perkins’ Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices. The offices are now their most successful and fastest growing.
- Facilitated the merger of Layman, Jones & Dye with Bryan Cave thereby creating Bryan Cave’s Orange County office.
- Facilitated the merger of Galton & Helm with Burke Williams & Sorensen (Los Angeles).
- Facilitated seven separate law firm mergers with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith thereby creating new offices in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Houston, Beaumont, Dallas, Tucson and Sacramento, and placed more than 70 partners including 12 group leaders and managing partners throughout the United States.
- Facilitated the merger of the Sacramento office of Bullivant Hauser with Locke Lord including Bullivant’s former chairman Taylor Florence to establish Locke Lord’s Sacramento office.
Edwin Woodsome and his Howrey litigation team (Daily Journal’s “$10M Rainmaker Club”) to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe where he had been Orrick’s National Litigation Chair for five years.
Mark Wine – I.P. co-chair at McDermott Will & Emery to Orrick Herrington’s Orange County office where until recently, he was Managing Partner
- Amar Thakur, former Intellectual Property chair at Foley & Lardner to Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan to lead a 70-lawyer litigation group.
- Kent Goss, Intellectual Property leader and his Pillsbury Winthrop litigation team to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (L.A.) where he heads the litigation group.
- Established the labor group for Norton Rose Fulbright: Art Silbergeld, Dickstein Shapiro Western Regional Labor Chair (and group) and John Yslas, Foley & Lardner National Employment Class Action Co-chair and Regional Labor Chair to Norton Rose in Los Angeles.
- Handled the moves of seven partners including prominent IP Litigator Robert Dickerson (L.A.) to start the IP department; the firm’s new San Diego office and add litigation strength in Orange County to Burke Williams & Sorensen
Sandy received a B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1971. He was founder and president of the U.C.S.B. Speakers Bureau; represented the University in a Communications Seminar with IBM Executives and was founder and Team Captain of the U.C.S.B. Table Tennis Team.
Active in athletics most of his life, he was Captain and MVP of the Hamilton High School gymnastics team (Los Angeles), lettered at L.A. City College and was a California State Table Tennis champion in the mid 70’s. Focusing on his executive search business career, he retired from table tennis competition in the 70’s, transitioned to paddle tennis competition and by the mid-1980’s to 2010, won 17 single and doubles paddle tennis championships in California. Sandy resumed table tennis competition in 2015- after 37 years and now competes in the U.S. Nationals as well as regional championships.
Sandy is also a nationally known collector of 1900-1950’s vintage coin-operated penny arcade machines, automatons, Baranger mechanical advertising window displays and automatic music devices (orchestrions, player pianos). He is both a member of and has show-cased his collection to several collector orginizations including the Automatic Mechanical Instrument Collector Association (A.M.I.C.A.); the Coin-op Collectors Association (C.O.C.A.) and the Music Box Society (M.B.S.I).
He and his wife travel throughout the U.S. and are especially fond of driving up the California Coast, staying at bed and breakfast inns and biking through small towns – hopefully close to antique stores. The Hearst Castle in Cambria is one of their favorite destinations.