Looks like global law firms are really starting to resent those outrageous headhunter fees. One firm that “just opened up offices in San Francisco” opted instead for an $80 craigslist ad.
For that price, they expect “junior-senior level partners with anywhere from $7000,000 - 1 million+ in business” to make their employment pitch to an anonymous craigslist email, promising “all inquiries 100% confidential.”
Unfortunately, it looks like this top firm fired all its proofreaders. Or, they really think someone with a $7 million book is cruising job ads on craigslist in their abundant spare time. We were also particularly excited to read that the offices are “in place” all over the world. What a relief.
Is this a joke? A trick? Maybe! Top speculation and whatnot, after the jump!
We checked in with one recruiter, who concluded the ad was either a prank or was posted by a headhunter. We are aware of only one global law firm to open a San Francisco office in recent memory. That’s D.C.-based Crowell & Moring, which picked up half of Folger Levin last month. The firm doesn’t list “entertainment” as a practice area, as our mystery cheapskates do. That would be rare for a global firm not originating in California. So we are left guessing as to the unnamed "top name."
Here’s the ad.
Attorneys - Junior-Senior Partners ($700,000+ business)-Global Firm (San Francisco)
Date: 2009-10-12, 1:22PM PDT
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Top ranked Global Law Firm has immediate openings for Junior-Senior level Partners with anywhere from $7000,000 - 1 million+ in business. The Firm just opened up offices in San Francisco.
Practice areas include: Litigation, Corporate, Entertainment, Intellectual Property (Patent, Trademark, IP Litigation), Bankruptcy, M&A, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Anti-trust, Government, etc. Offices are in place all over the world, and the Firm can support and cross-sell virtually every practice area.
Ideal for someone who wants the top support of a highly ranked firm (top name, marketing, technology, administrative support, etc.), yet wants the autonomy similar to running your own firm or practice group. Most solo attorneys that join the firm nearly double their income after joining the firm.
Top compensation depending on experience & business. Full benefits. Top support and associate staff. All inquiries 100% confidential.
Let us know if you applied and what you heard back (we didn’t get a response, ourselves. Stupid minimum book requirement …).
— Amanda Royal
Follow me on Twitter